Utah Video Production Blog 126: 10 Movie Directors You Never Knew Got Fired On Set

Making movies is no easy task. From managing huge budgets to people on set just being divas, the pressure to spin a tale convincingly and get the fans in theaters to watch can be a big weight on anyone’s shoulder.

Movie sets are a haven for frayed nerves and flaring tempers. Film production companies are notorious for firing staff at the drop of a hat. Many celebrities have been kicked off the movies they were starring in.

Sometimes, people barely take notice as egos get kicked off the shoot early in production, and an astute director finds a way to work in a new actor. Other times, they are noticeably absent, and the movie finds a way to kill them off.

The age-old excuse is to ascribe such firing to ‘artistic differences’. A seasoned actor may have his own ideas while the consummate director has a script he is bent on sticking to, leading to an inevitable clash. In some cases, it’s just really bad form on one person’s part, thanks to some really dumb decisions.

Megan Fox lost her place in Transformers: Age of Extinction for comparing director Michael Bay to Hitler. The film’s executive producer, Steven Spielberg, was having none of that and got her booted off the movie. Lindsay Lohan got the heave-ho from Georgia Rule for constantly showing up late. Movies are on a very strict schedule and one person choosing to be a diva just won’t work.

Regardless of genre, many movies through cinematic history have had cast and crew replaced. The following are some of the directors that  actually got the boot – often while shooting!