Manny Jacinto In "Top Gun: Maverick" And 23 Other Stars Who Were Cast And Then Given Literally Nothing To Do

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Actors — even the biggest ones— can get phased out of the final cut of a movie for all sorts of reasons.

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Maybe something in the news leading up to the film's release caused a part to be retooled, even if it was already given to a big name (like in Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Or perhaps, the studio simply wanted as many big names as possible, even if the actors were playing bit parts (like in plenty of Star Wars and Marvel movies).

The most common reason, of course, is that scenes simply get cut. But whatever caused these big names to have tiny (or nonexistent) roles in the final cuts of blockbuster hits, at least they already had plenty of great movies/TV shows on their resume.

Manny Jacinto was in Top Gun: Maverick, but just barely.

Manny Jacinto  poses for an IMDb portrait session

Rebecca Hall was originally meant to be the main villain in Iron Man 3, but her role was changed (and greatly reduced) when the studio decided a female villain's toy wouldn't sell as well.

Rebecca Hall talking to Iron Man

Angela Bassett's role in Mr. & Mrs. Smith was reduced so much that now only her voice is in the movie.

Angela Bassett posing on a red carpet

Chris Cooper was cut from The Ring because audiences wanted to see more of him.

Chris Cooper smiling for a portrait photo

Serena Williams was in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Serena Williams shouts in excitement during a tennis match

Speaking of the Avatar franchise, Rami Malek was also in The Legend of Korra.

Rami Malek at the Oscars red carpet

Judy Greer is barely in Jurassic World.

Judy Greer on the red carpet for the premiere of Jurassic World

In the four hours of Zack Snyder's Justice League, Henry Cavill's Superman has just 13 lines of dialogue.

Henry Cavill as Superman in the theatrical release of Justice League

Not only is John C. Reilly in Guardians of the Galaxy...

John C. Reilly in Guardians of the Galaxy, talking to Glenn Close's character

...Glenn Close is, too!

Glenn Close in Guardians of the Galaxy

Michael Stuhlbarg was that super forgettable doctor in Doctor Strange.

Michael Stuhlbarg as a doctor in Doctor Strange

Ewan McGregor was in 2006's Stormbreaker for about six minutes.

Ewan McGregor driving a car in Stormbreaker

Natalie Dormer makes an extremely brief appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Natalie Dormer as Private Lorraine holding a newspaper in Captain America

Sofia Coppola played Queen Amidala's handmaiden in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.

Sofia Coppola at an awards show

Max von Sydow opens Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and immediately dies.

Max Von Sydow leaning against a rock wall and looking into the camera for a photo

Andy Serkis's Supreme Leader Snoke introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn't the big bad everyone thought he'd be.

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Andy Serkis first shot to fame as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and he's since directed, starred in Marvel movies, and of course, delivered many more memorable motion-captured performances.

So when it was announced that Serkis would be playing the shadowy Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens, we all figured he'd play a pivotal role. But after minimal screen time in The Force Awakens, his death in The Last Jedi, and a confusing explanation for his existence in The Rise of Skywalker, things didn't quite pan out the way we (and maybe Andy Serkis) expected back in 2015.

BB-8 initially had an actual voice, and that voice was Ben Schwartz.

Ben Schwartz attends a Sonic the Hedgehog premiere

Simon Pegg played Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens.

Simon Pegg waves at the audience on a talk show

Thomas Brodie-Sangster is also in The Force Awakens, for even less screen time than Simon Pegg.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster as a First Order officer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Daniel Craig plays the stormtrooper that sets Rey free in The Force Awakens

Daniel Craig attends the Bond 25 film launch at Ian Fleming's home

J.K. Simmons was a pretty inconsequential Jim Gordon in the theatrical cut of Justice League.

J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon in the theatrical cut of the Justice League

Rachel McAdams isn't in much of the first Doctor Strange.

Rachel McAdams as a doctor performing a procedure in Doctor Strange

Edward James Olmos's 60-second scene in Blade Runner 2049 didn't add much to the movie.

Edward James Olmos wearing a white shirt and bowtie in Blade Runner 2049

Who else was underutilized in a movie role? Let me know in the comments!