Benjamin Bratt Suddenly Replacing Al Pacino on 'Despicable Me 2'
by Ethan Anderton
May 6, 2013
Well, this is very disconcerting. Initially, the villain in Despicable Me 2 was supposed to be voiced by Javier Bardem, but Al Pacino ended up taking the role for his first role in an animated film. However, it sounds like there was trouble at Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment as Deadline reports Pacino has departed the film due to unspecified creative differences. And with just a couple months before the release, Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Snitch) has stepped up to voice Eduardo, a new super-criminal causing problems for The Anti-Villain League, which recruits Gru (Steve Carell) for help. Read on!
Universal says, "Over 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.” Maybe Pacino's squabbles were differences that simply couldn't be taken into consideration because of the long production process of animation films. However, to that same end, why weren't these differences figured out before the animation process began? This problem won't impact the release, but it's still worrisome. Thoughts?