It's not uncommon for movies to have deleted scenes. The initial cut of most films tends to run a little long. The editing process is fundamentally designed to pare away the stuff that isn't needed, so that the story flows at an optimal pace. DVDs and Blu-rays offer viewers a chance to see the stuff that didn't make it into the finished product.
What's far more uncommon is for a big star to be mostly edited out of a movie. After all, if you're going to pay for a big name, why cut them out in the end? Nevertheless, this has happened on multiple occasions - even to some actors you would never expect to receive such treatment. Many times this happens simply because a film is running long and needs to be trimmed for time. But there have been instances where reshoots, fickle-minded directors, and other factors have been to blame.
The following major actors all suffered that fate, seeing their roles cut way down or, in some cases, eliminated entirely.
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