If there is anything that is more important than talent to succeed in our industry, it is work ethic. All of us know of countless cases of potentially great actors who fell by the wayside only because of their attitude problems or unprofessional ways; and conversely, many others who have survived and prospered for years by the sheer dint of their dependability and hassle-free working style.
The latest addition to the list of people that are hell bent on ruining their own careers is this actress who was cast in a soon-to-start film and dropped out at literally the eleventh hour. The reason apparently was that she was offered another, better paying, role that required her dates in the same window.
Well, in isolation, there is nothing wrong with picking one film over another but there is no way that you can do this when you have signed a contract, and a massive pre-production effort is underway to roll the film out as scheduled. Worse, this is no small-time film but an established franchise with some big names associated with it. So when word gets out, as it inevitably does, about the actress’s sense of commitment, you can imagine the likely reaction from other makers who may have planned to cast her.
Sigh… in such a high-risk field as films, the last thing one needs is to be your own worst advocate.