Jennifer Garner

  1. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Happy Endings, 2004.     The Alias TV queen had replacedGwyneth Paltrow in 13 Going On 30, 2004, and was about to repeat the exercise when she again when she proved pregnant. Maggie took over. With her own singing.
  2. Liv Tyler, Reign Over Me, 2006.    Attached, in every sense, to Angela, Garner had to quit due to production delays, allowing Tyler to succeed as… what UK critic Andrew Pulver called, “the world’s least plausible psychiatrist.”
  3. Blake Lively, Green Lantern, 2010.     As directors changed from Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Zack Snyder (quitting for Watchmen), Greg Berlanti (the film’s producer and co-scenarist)to, ultimately, 007’s Martin Campbell, so did the candidates for Lantern’s light, his girl Carol Ferris, vp of Ferris Aircraft -. Jennifer, Eva Green, Diane Kruger, Keri Russell. Carol, who eventually becomesthe evil Star Sapphire, was originally based – byJohn Broome and Gil Kane in 1959 – on Elizabeth Taylor.
  4. Jennifer Connelly, The Dilemma, 2010.  One Jennifer for another… in director Ron Howard’s first comedy for a decade. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers reported: “You can tell The Dilemma is a dud just from watching the trailer.” Owch!  
  5. Olivia Wilde, Better Living Through Chemistry, 2012. Jennifer was expecting her third  child with Ben Affleck – finally allowing Olivia to land a top role, at last, after missing out on The Great Gatsby, Oblivion, Prometheus – as the femme fatal ensnaring dorky pharmacist Sam Rockwell into a rom-com noir. (You heard).


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