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Al Pacino out of 'Despicable Me 2,' replaced by Benjamin Bratt

Because when you can secure the voice talents of the Bratt-ster, you have to do it

By Corwin Neuse May 6, 2013 7:01AM
Citing that hoariest of excuses, "creative differences," Hollywood legend Al Pacino reportedly broke up with the hotly anticipated "Despicable Me 2" over the weekend, leaving producers of the upcoming animated film seemingly in the lurch. Fans of the immensely popular Steve Carrell-led animated franchise can rest easy, however, as those involved quickly moved on by hiring suave and charismatic "Law & Order" and "Miss Congeniality" hunk Benjamin Bratt to replace him. The evidently cantankerous Pacino was to have voiced the film's central villain. Now, just how in the world such behind-the-scenes drama could be unfolding at seemingly the last minute is completely beyond us; the kiddie flick remains resolutely on track for a July 3rd release.

What do you think, Hitlisters? Would Pacino have made for a memorable villain? Would his patented brand of egregious over-acting have translated well into animation? Could Pacino have bristled when he found out his famous countenance was not to have graced the silver screen, but replaced by the crudely-drawn avatar of a CGI puppet? Will Benjamin Bratt be forced to re-dub all of Pacino's lines, matching his cadence and delivery? Or could the animators possibly do some last-second changes to his character's facial schematics, allowing Bratt literally more room to breathe? Only time—and the finished product—will tell. Until then...

[via Deadline]
41Comments
May 7, 2013 4:30AM
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Seriously....who cares one little bit.

These guys are actors. Nothing more, nothing less.

 

May 7, 2013 3:57AM
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What ever the real reason is that Pacino walked .,,,It is a animated film and no amount of "over" acting a part would be seen on screen. Only the animation folks can bring the part to life on screen. Voicing the part can be redone in a short time and the nuance of the actor can be replaced rather easily by computer magic in to days movie making.

Bratt will be super as the villain and his voice and actions can be placed smoothly into the film.

Time has come to let the PrimaDonnas know  that they can be and will be and should be replaced ASAP when they begin to act like a horses behind. There are way to many very talented actors today  and to have a jerk on set is no longer needed.

May 7, 2013 2:06AM
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he should do the rest of the movie with a crapy al pacino voice whoo ahh!!
May 7, 2013 5:45AM
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Pacino seems to be old and set in his ways..Perhaps retirement should come soon, kind of like the old mean teacher that is out of touch with the kids who has no business being around them anymore.
May 7, 2013 7:26AM
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He'll be back. Every time he thinks he's out , they pull him back in.
May 7, 2013 6:21AM
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Pacino quit the moment he found out it's an animated film. No scenery for him to chew through.
May 7, 2013 8:09AM
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if Pacino doesn't want the part...Fine... His loss

Benjamin Bratt will do a fine job with the character.... and he'll he smiling all the way to the bank...

May 7, 2013 7:09AM
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So Pacino will do Rocky & Bullwinkle with no problem, but this was a problem?
May 7, 2013 5:21AM
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Is this what passes for journalism these days?

 

Could Pacino have bristled when he found out his famous countenance was not to have graced the silver screen, but replaced by the crudely-drawn avatar of a CGI puppet?

 

Corwin Nuese should be ashamed...ridiculously biased against Pacino without any real knowledge of what happened. Why would the hitlist allow such drivel to be submitted is a more important question than the foolish ones asked here.

May 7, 2013 8:19AM
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Bring in Dana Carvey. He did an awesome Pacino in The Master of Disguise.
May 7, 2013 8:25AM
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Oh please . . . Pacino is so played-out.  I'm surprised he didn't just "phone it in" and get his paycheck, like he has for the last 20 years.
May 7, 2013 8:42AM
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Hollywood egos strike even animated movies now... lol!  And they wonder why nobody takes anyone from Hollywood seriously...
May 7, 2013 9:04AM
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IT IS A FRIGGIN CARTOON, WHO CARES ABOUT A FRIGGIN CARTOON, ANYONE CAN BE THE VOICE, WHY DO THESE OVER PAID SO CALL ACTORS GET AN AWARD FOR TALKING, IT IS A CARTOON, TAKES ONLY THE ANIMATORS TO MAKE IT, AND ANYONE CAN BE THE VOICE, BS IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, THEY CAN'T MAKE A MOVIE BUT A CARTOON, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A CARTOON.

 

May 7, 2013 8:59AM
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Creative differences on a cartoon???  How petty.
May 7, 2013 8:41AM
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Creative differences, my foot.  He probably could not be as interesting as expected.  Big deal.  Benjamin Bratt will be fine.
May 7, 2013 9:02AM
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Come on, you wanna go to war, we take you to war, okay? ( Scarface )

May 7, 2013 9:00AM
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Ok, they want war, I'll give em war! ( scareface )
May 7, 2013 9:00AM
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Perhaps Pacino threatened to take a flamethrower to the place.
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