The Real Reason Al Pacino Left Despicable Me 2
Al Pacino, best known for his standout roles in “The Godfather” trilogy, “Scarface,” and “Scent of a Woman,” had already recorded many of Eduardo’s lines before it was announced that he and Illumination-Universal Pictures mutually agreed on a separation. Pacino’s departure from “Despicable Me 2” came mere weeks before its release (via Deadline), which means Benjamin Bratt stepped in with very little notice. Thankfully, Bratt had experience in the realm of animated features after lending his voice to “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”
In a somewhat vague statement, Illumination and Universal Pictures credited “creative differences” as the reason behind Pacino’s departure. Representatives said, “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.”
Many “Despicable Me” fans were confused about the situation surrounding the recasting. If Pacino had already recorded the majority of Eduardo’s parts, why leave? Some speculated that he felt the job was beneath him. “Apparently he thought the lines were too terrible to read, or this is just a PR way to tell us he’s being fired,” said u/cybolic3 on Reddit. Other users countered that he had filmed several silly scenes for the 2011 Adam Sandler comedy “Jack and Jill,” including a “Dunkaccino” commercial that included rapping and choreography; in their opinion, voicing an animated supervillain couldn’t have been any worse for him than that.