Despicable Me 2 (lost original Al Pacino dialogue of animated film; 2013)
A promotional movie poster for El Macho, the character Al Pacino originally recorded lines for.
Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 American computer-animated film sequel to Illumination's 2010 animated feature Despicable Me. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renuad, it starred returning voice actors of the first film including Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Elsie Fisher and Dana Gaier, along with new cast members to the franchise including Benjamin Bratt and Steve Coogan. The film quickly became one of the most commercially successful films of the summer, and received generally positive reviews from film critics.
In February 2012, it was reported that Al Pacino was cast to voice the film's villain, Eduardo "El Macho" Perez. However, on May 3, 2013, two months before the film's release, the film's producers announced that Pacino left the film due to a reported "creative differences" on how to bring his character to life, despite all of his voice recordings being completed and his character was fully-animated. His role was then re-dubbed by Benjamin Bratt, who was first considered for the role before Pacino.
None of Al Pacino's original voice recordings as El Macho have been officially released to the public and it's unknown if Universal or Illumination still have Pacino's original recordings in their vaults.
The only evidence that remains online of Pacino's original voice acting credit is the film's official trailers and previews as well as press releases made before the roles were changed; however, none of the official trailers or previews feature his original dialogue or his character.
- Box Office Mojo's results for Despicable Me 2. Retrieved 30 Jan '18
- Deadline's article announcing Al Pacino has been cast for the film. Retrieved 30 Jan '18
- Variety's article on Al Pacino leaving the project. Retrieved 30 Jan '18
- An interview with Benjamin Bratt talking about the change of voice actors. Retrieved 30 Jan '18