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Al Pacino exits Despicable Me 2 and Benjamin Bratt enters as the villain

May. 3, 2013by:

This is a bit of a surprise.

Al Pacino, who has been set to voice the villain Eduardo in DESPICABLE ME 2 for some time now is suddenly exiting the project. What's not so good about this? The film is set to release on July 3rd.

But, all is well. Benjamin Bratt has already replaced Pacino. So what was once thought as a bad deal turned out to be a quick mend. Why the exit from Pacino though? Creative differences. Really? What creative differences could they possibly have? Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment issued this statement on the departure:

ver 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.

Bratt voices Manny in the CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS series. A character that doesn't say much at all in the first film but makes a great impression. While I love Pacino, I'm perfectly cool with Bratt taking his place.

Source: Deadline

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6:33AM on 05/05/2013
I don't understand this at all on either side. Pacino just has to show up and spit lines into a microphone so how can you walk away from a cushy gig like that? On the animation side of things, if Pacino is doing things you don't want why not just let him adlib/improvise and then choose the takes you need?
I don't understand this at all on either side. Pacino just has to show up and spit lines into a microphone so how can you walk away from a cushy gig like that? On the animation side of things, if Pacino is doing things you don't want why not just let him adlib/improvise and then choose the takes you need?
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8:29AM on 05/04/2013

Strange

Especially if you consider the fact that they record dialogues so much before drawing the actual film, so they can take the way he moves and the look of the actor to do his character
Especially if you consider the fact that they record dialogues so much before drawing the actual film, so they can take the way he moves and the look of the actor to do his character
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5:32AM on 05/04/2013

Greed

Once again it will end up being something about money and how my time is soooo valuable, blah these people really have lost their grip on reality. I would love to see Joss do a CGI movie with people he pulled randomly off the street so these "actors" could see how little it has to do with their amazing abilities.
Once again it will end up being something about money and how my time is soooo valuable, blah these people really have lost their grip on reality. I would love to see Joss do a CGI movie with people he pulled randomly off the street so these "actors" could see how little it has to do with their amazing abilities.
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1:53AM on 05/04/2013
who fucking cares!
who fucking cares!
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12:51AM on 05/04/2013

Creative Differences ...

Huge CGI family film. Will make up for Jack and Jill. You see the protagonists in the first film, you see what your character looks like. Then you act in comfy clothes a couple hours at a time. This is an over the top villain, so it cannot be creative differences, so money. Or not enough voice time? Jack and Jill ... Im just saying an easy lay up is not a bad thing at this stage.
Huge CGI family film. Will make up for Jack and Jill. You see the protagonists in the first film, you see what your character looks like. Then you act in comfy clothes a couple hours at a time. This is an over the top villain, so it cannot be creative differences, so money. Or not enough voice time? Jack and Jill ... Im just saying an easy lay up is not a bad thing at this stage.
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10:43PM on 05/03/2013
Was looking forward to hearing Pacino voice the villain. Oh well. Will still see it.
Was looking forward to hearing Pacino voice the villain. Oh well. Will still see it.
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11:06PM on 05/03/2013
Shocking.
Shocking.
10:43PM on 05/03/2013

Um...? July 3rd?

How the hell will they pull this off? I'm hoping this "villain" is just one of many, and the most superficial and pointless one, because I can't think of any scenario where they will get away with having a major villain switch voices throughout the film. Are they removing all of Al Pacino's audio and adding in Benjamin Bratt's in its place?

I don't know much about the turnaround for production on animated films, but I do know that no matter the movie, having an actor stepping in due to
How the hell will they pull this off? I'm hoping this "villain" is just one of many, and the most superficial and pointless one, because I can't think of any scenario where they will get away with having a major villain switch voices throughout the film. Are they removing all of Al Pacino's audio and adding in Benjamin Bratt's in its place?

I don't know much about the turnaround for production on animated films, but I do know that no matter the movie, having an actor stepping in due to another quitting because of creative differences, exactly 2 months from release... that is a -bad- sign.
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12:19AM on 05/04/2013
Er, dude, it's not like the voice work is in progress. In fact, they likely had Pacino's lines down over a year ago.
Er, dude, it's not like the voice work is in progress. In fact, they likely had Pacino's lines down over a year ago.
10:37PM on 05/03/2013
Talk about a downgrade - I really wanted to hear Pacino as a villain in this flick. Maybe this is why we saw nothing of the villain in the first trailer.
Talk about a downgrade - I really wanted to hear Pacino as a villain in this flick. Maybe this is why we saw nothing of the villain in the first trailer.
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11:28PM on 05/03/2013
His name still popped up in the credits on that. I think there's more of a thing saving up the villain for the full trailer anyway.
His name still popped up in the credits on that. I think there's more of a thing saving up the villain for the full trailer anyway.
10:36PM on 05/03/2013

thank god.

Maybe he exited it to start on that sports flick with Dr Palma. Hope that's still in production.
Maybe he exited it to start on that sports flick with Dr Palma. Hope that's still in production.
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10:33PM on 05/03/2013
I was looking forward to hearing Al Pacino, but i'll still see it.
I was looking forward to hearing Al Pacino, but i'll still see it.
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10:19PM on 05/03/2013

Truth be told, I'm a bit bummed by this.

I don't really know how they do it with CGI nowadays, but it used to be you'd record the actors and then animate to match their voice. But if they can trade out voice actors, then I guess they can digitally sync it up or something. Nothing against Benjamin Bratt, but I was looking forward to Pacino lending his distinctive voice to animation.
I don't really know how they do it with CGI nowadays, but it used to be you'd record the actors and then animate to match their voice. But if they can trade out voice actors, then I guess they can digitally sync it up or something. Nothing against Benjamin Bratt, but I was looking forward to Pacino lending his distinctive voice to animation.
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