Benjamin Bratt Replaces Al Pacino in ‘Despicable Me 2’

The legendary actor parted ways with the Universal Pictures animated sequel over creative differences, leading the way for Benjamin Bratt to take over.

Al Pacino is replaced by Benjamin Bratt on Despicable Me 2, just two months before its release
Al Pacino is replaced by Benjamin Bratt on Despicable Me 2, just two months before its release
With exactly two months to go before its theatrical release, the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 has lost key voice actor Al Pacino. The studio has already found a replacement, with Benjamin Bratt signing on to take over as the main villain Eduardo. Al Pacino signed on last February to make his animation debut, but he has backed out due to creative differences. Here's a statement released by Universal Pictures about the Al Pacino's departure.

"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."

It is believed that both Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment plan on keeping their July 3 release date for the sequel, with Benjamin Bratt getting to work right away. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are directing this animated comedy, with Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove reprising their roles as Gru and Margo from 2010's Despicable Me. The voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, and Moises Arias.

Despicable Me 2 was released July 3rd, 2013 and stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Elsie Fisher. The film is directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (23)

  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    When it comes to Boll, nobody should take the job, not even as an extra

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. Basquat

    @ejk1 I go with Boll. He's the one who hired me, and it is his film.
    If i have a problem with the director and his vision, i shouldn't have taken the job to begin with. Neither should Crowe

    2 years agoby @basquatFlag

  3. ejk1

    @basquat Let's test your theory. Here's a hypothetical for you: You are an aspiring actor, and you've just received your first acting role in a film. The director tells you to do things one way, and the veteran actor also in the film tells you to do it another. The actor is Russell Crowe. The director is Uwe Boll. Now, who do you listen to?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. Basquat

    @ejk1 If the director and producers don't like it, too bad. See that's where you are wrong.
    Of course actors should interpret the role. But it's the directors job to pull them back and keep them on the right path. You can't just let people run wild. Pacino wouldn't be the legend you think he is if that was the case.
    Everything has to fit, otherwise you're gonna end up with one messed up movie.

    2 years agoby @basquatFlag

  5. ejk1

    @basquat You know better than that. Hollywood is a completely different industry. Actors are hired to act out a role. Part of that acting job is how the actor interprets the role. If Pacino, or any actor, sees how the role should be interpreted in a certain way, he should be allowed to explore that avenue. If the producers or directors didn't like what Pacino was doing, too bad. They should have ironed out these issues before signing him to a contract. Now how stupid do they look for doing this? Very, in my opinion. You hire AL Pacino to do his thing, which he has been successfully doing for over forty years, and two months before the release of the film, they decide they don't like what he wanted to do, or did? That's some BS right there.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. Basquat

    @ejk1 He's a legend:-) He should go make his own films then.
    Have you ever had a job? You do as your boss tells you, not what you feel like doing. He was hired to voice a character. What are they gonna do, change the entire animation to fit around him. That's the dummest thing i ever heard.

    2 years agoby @basquatFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    With veterans, I can imagine that being the case

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. CelluloidDreams

    What a step down!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. Mr.K

    That's really cheap, He likes to be on Jack and Jill but not on this? What the hell?

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  10. Ghostman

    @ejk1 You're right, directors have to work with the actors and let them express their given roles and portray them he way they feel works best. Not tell them "no, you can't do that. You have to do it MY way." That's bad workmanship right there.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. ejk1

    @basquat Eh, yes. He's Al Pacino. You don't sign one of the legends of our time and tell him how to portray a character. If he's feeling the character one way, and you're not, defer to the guy that is playing the character. He's the actor looking for motivation in his character.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. Basquat

    @ejk1 Eh no. He's an actor hired to do a job. No more no less. He doesn't deserve creative license. That's just rubbish, and maybe why so many films stink. Actors with creative licens

    2 years agoby @basquatFlag

  13. moviegeek

    Wait... so Al Pacino was fine appearing in Jack and Jill, but had a problem with Desp*cable Me 2? This guy needs to retire.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  14. CUPID


    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  15. ejk1

    @basquat Eh, yes. He's Al Pacino. If you hire an Al Pacino, he obviously is expecting (and deserves) creative license.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  16. Kill-Bill

    Now I'm not going to see this film..

    2 years agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  17. Basquat

    @ejk1 ehh no. Let the director do it his way. Pacino doesn't know jack about animations.

    2 years agoby @basquatFlag

  18. Fry_3000

    Damn , would've loved to hear what he recorded. Love his voice

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  19. Bane5000

    Talk about a downgrade

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  20. Ghostman

    I wonder how much of his lines he had recorded. Will they have to re-dub them now?

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  21. artkid04

    weird, very weird

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  22. ejk1

    "Creative differences?" With Al Pacino? Whoever the person is that caused this to happen needs a reality check. Pacino wants to do it his way, let him do it his way.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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