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New Line/Everett Collection Stuart Townsend spent two months training for his role in the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. He was replaced by Viggo Mortensen because he was considered too young to play Aragorn. Townsend says he was told a day before filming and not paid for his time. Given Mortensen’s major success after the trilogy and Townsend’s near obscurity, this could have changed his career. However, Townsend may be a problem case. He also left the first Thor film due to “creative differences.” Lotr Movies, The Hobbit Movies, Stuart Townsend, Thor Film, Dougray Scott, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Gandalf The Grey, Daniel Day, Sister Act
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Shocking Movie Roles That Were Recast

Could you imagine Tom Selleck as “Indiana Jones”? What about Bette Midler in “Sister Act”? What about Lindsay Lohan as Regina George? Stuart Townsend, Dougray Scott, and Melinda Clarke also missed out on A-List careers based on the luck of the draw.