Recently I read something that shocked me. Now this actor had been cast as Aragorn. If he would have been better or not, we'll never now. He trains for two months in swordfighting.. You know what is required for the movie... And a day before filming they said 'bye bye', we got Viggo, now get out! Without any good reason at all. At least not as far as I'm aware. Now I read more cases where something similar happened. Recently I was reading about Eric Stoltz who was to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future. They were already filming for five weeks and I could see why they thought they picked the wrong guy, fired him after five weeks of work and picked Michael J. Fox instead. The guy was just too serious. I like Back to the Future mainly because of its comedy and it would just have failed if Stoltz played Marty. I'm sure he's a good guy and such, but he was just not right for the part. But with Stuart Townsend there was not really a reason given why he was fired and they could at least have had the decency to pay him. Edit: Found this quote: "I was there rehearsing and training for two months, then was fired the day before filming began. After that I was told they wouldn't pay me because I was in breach of contract due to not having worked long enough. I had been having a rough time with them, so I was almost relieved to be leaving until they told me I wouldn't be paid. I have no good feelings for those people in charge, I really don't. The director wanted me and then apparently thought better of it because he really wanted someone 20 years older than me and completely different."