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Al Pacino Quits “Despicable Me 2″ In Middle Of Recording

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Al Pacino is famous for playing the bad guy; even when he’s the good guy, he’s still kind of the bad guy. He yells a lot, he makes crazy eyes, his hair always looks like he’s been awake for 37 hours on an anger binge. He’s gravel-voiced and intimidating. So, he was the perfect choice to play a villain in a children’s movie. Unfortunately, he’s reportedly dropped out due to “creative differences” with the producers of “Despicable Me 2″, the highly-anticipated sequel to the Steve Carrell-led animated feature.

What’s most unfortunate is that he was halfway through the recording of his part, meaning the producers were left in the lurch. They issued this statement:

“Over the production of Despicable Me 2, there were creative differences between us and Al Pacino, who had been cast as the voice of Eduardo in the film. We have mutually decided with Al to replace the voice of Eduardo with a new actor. Universal and Illumination thank Al for his many contributions to the process and look forward to a new actor bringing this memorable character to the screen upon its release this summer.”

In fact, knowing that they had to stick to their tight schedule in order to keep a July 3rd release date, those at the helm of the film made a quick decision and snapped up Benjamin Bratt to take Pacino’s place. No statement yet from Pacino, however.

The film is still slated for a summer release and also stars Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, and Steve Coogan.

Al Pacino Quits “Despicable Me 2″ In Middle Of Recording
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  • Johnf

    For chrissakes, it’s a freekin’ cartoon!

    • Barbara Deighan

      The man has prostate cancer. Perhaps THAT is why he needed to leave production. All of you haters should shut up and pray for him.
      Ya’ think?

  • jmp

    ah, maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time for Al..and he woke up and said ‘what the hell was I thinking’…an animation?…c’mon show a lil’t respect…he’s a brilliant actor, no excuse for ‘bad behavior’ though…sometimes, u gotta know whe to ‘foldem’…ride into the sunset, head held high…’say hello to my lil’ friend’…

    • CT

      I love most of his movies, especially “Godfather” & “And justice For All”. Never saw “Scarface”–I know, I know; it’ on my bucket list. I understand he can be difficult to work with. I think it says alot about an actor/actress who will do a child’s film. Too bad.

  • CT

    Is this a nice way of saying that Al was a bansy-a&&ed spoiled brat and wanted out. OMG it an animation and even it won an Oscar Al wouldn’t get one.

    • CT

      Oooops that’s supposed to be Pansy-a&&ed. Darn arthritis.
      and: it’s and if. Can’t type and proof today. Sorry

      • Pammy Faye

        I think we all figured it out! ;-)

    • Lesa

      We all have those days!!

    • Barbara Deighan

      He has cancer you moron.
      Pray for him-but first take a good look in the mirror. HOW can you stand being you?

  • The Blogging Queen

    I love Al Pacino, but this story seems really suspicious to me. I do not believe for one second that the only thing that set him off was “creative differences.” He is a total professional and I just think something else happened that they’re not telling us.

  • John Flores

    Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors–a real pro–and I remember when “serpico” first came out. He has not aged well, and he does not really look too well. I think he has some health problems. He smoked and drank like a fish in a smokestack for years. I hope he is healthy but then again Robert De Niro–the total discipline guy–developed prostate cancer a few years back.

    • Jay

      What do you mean he hasn’t aged well, he is 73 years old!? What do u want him to look like, he’s 50 still?!

  • l chapman

    Al Pacino can do anything he wants. He’s the best actor around, always has been.

    • Edie

      And always will be!

  • Kayo

    Statements from the entertainment spokesman are always gracious. I can guarantee they are cursing Al Pachino to high heaven behind closed doors….lol.

    • Kayo

      Pacino….Sorry, Al.

  • susan

    Al Pacino is a great actor and always will be!!!!

  • TOMOZUMI AKIYAMA

    Who do ya all think you’re dealing with, Al has been around ya know!!
    That’s right, Pacino, you tell them that you are just getting warmed up(The Scent of Woman)

  • mike

    It’s sad in this country animation is considered only “kid movies”. People can’t fathom there being creative differences in the making of an animated film as if there isn’t the same amount of work and planning and creativity that goes into any live action film.

    That aside, maybe Al Pacino wasn’t used to not having as much control over the character.

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