Unfortunately, professional actors have to deal with rejection at every turn. After all, most anonymous actors spend a huge portion of their time going on auditions for roles they will never get. Amazingly enough, famous actors often have to deal with rejection as well since there are lots of stories about major stars barely missing out on the role of a lifetime.
Ever since Chloë Grace Moretz rose to fame following the 2010 release of the hit film Kick-Ass, she has been in high demand. A former child star who seemed much wiser than most people her age, Moretz is one of those rare people who managed to remain a big deal once they grew up.
Despite everything that Chloë Grace Moretz has accomplished during her lengthy career, she hasn’t been immune from the sting of rejection. In fact, it could easily be argued that Moretz had to deal with a much harsher example of rejection than most of her famous peers will ever have to cope with. After all, Moretz was hired to star in a Disney animated movie and after she finished recording all of her dialogue for the film, she was almost entirely replaced.
An Impressive Career
A great performer from an early age, Chloë Grace Moretz’s acting in Kick-Ass was so entertaining that it has to be considered to be among the best child performances of all time. Unfortunately, it is widely agreed that Kick-Ass 2 was a big step down from the first movie in the series. That said, it could actually be argued that Moretz gave a better performance in the sequel as she played her character in a more nuanced way and continued to kick butt.
On top of starring in the Kick-Ass series, Chloë Grace Moretz has starred in a long list of other films, many of which received impressive reviews. In terms of critics, Moretz’s highest-rated films include the English version of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Hugo, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Let Me In among others.
Another way to gauge how successful Chloë Grace Moretz’s career has been is by looking at the caliber of the people who’ve wanted to work with her. For example, Martin Scorsese has directed some of the best movies of all time so he can work with just about any actor he wants to. With that in mind, it speaks volumes that Scorsese hired Moretz to star in his film Hugo. Similarly, Denzel Washington is such a big star that he can pass on a massive film franchise without his career missing a beat. Fortunately for Moretz, Washington decided to star in The Equalizer and he clearly approved of her casting in one of that film’s other lead roles.
Ever since Robin Williams was amazing as The Genie from Aladdin, Disney and Pixar have habitually hired big stars to headline their animated movies. In fact, sometimes Disney and Pixar hire so many major stars to headline their animated movies that it seems excessive. For example, Toy Story 4 featured the talents of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Christina Hendricks and several other notable stars.
No matter how strange it may seem at times that Disney pays out millions of dollars to hire stars to headline films when they never appear on screen, you can’t argue against the results. After all, major stars like Robin Williams, Jeremy Irons, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Crystal, James Earl Jones, and Kristen Bell all did an amazing job voicing Disney and Pixar characters.
When Chloë Grace Moretz was hired to voice the main character in the 2008 Disney animated movie Bolt, she must have hoped that her performance would go down in film history. No matter what Moretz imagined starring in the film would do for her career, the fact remains that Chloë Grace spent hours in a recording booth to complete work on the film.
Given all of the stellar performances that Chloë Grace Moretz has given throughout her career, it is almost unfathomable that the Disney bosses would be unhappy with her work on Bolt. Despite that, the people in charge of Bolt’s production obviously decided that there was something about her voice-over performance that didn’t work.
After Disney presumably paid her a hefty sum to star in Bolt, they hired Miley Cyrus to take over Chloë Grace Moretz’s role. On top of that, Disney also had Cyrus record a song with John Travolta for the film and released it as a single. While all of that was strange enough, Bolt’s producers still chose to use a tiny fraction of the dialogue that Moretz recorded for Bolt. When a younger version of Bolt’s main character appears in flashback form, Moretz’s voice can be heard. The fact that Moretz voices the young version of Bolt’s main character makes no sense since nobody has ever thought that Chloë and Miley Cyrus sound the same. Instead, the only logical thing to assume is that the powers that be at Disney felt they had to get something out of the money they paid Moretz for the film.