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Despicable Me 2 El Macho movie poster

A poster for the villain El Macho. who Al Pacino was originally supposed to voice act and record dialogue for.

Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 sequel to the 2010s film Despicable Me. But before Benjamin Bratt was casted for the character El Macho, Al Pacino was originally asked to fill in the role for Eduardo "El Macho" Perez.

Development[]

In February 2012, it was announced that Al Pacino was set to voice the film's villain, El Macho. However, on May 3, 2013, two months before the film's July release, the film's writers and producers announced that Pacino left the film on to bringing his character to life, despite all of his voice recordings being completed and his character was fully-animated in action for the film, his role was then revived by Benjamin Bratt.

To this day, not a single one of Al Pacino's original voice recordings as El Macho have been released to the public and have unfortunately not surfaced. It's unknown if Universal or Illumination still have Pacino's original recordings in their studio. The only evidence that remains online is of Pacino's original voice acting credit is the film's official trailers before the roles were changed. However, none of the trailers or previews feature his original dialogue neither his villain.

Although, a 10-second lightning reel was published on Vimeo in 2014 and did feature a short clip of Al Pacino as El Macho. However, the video has been taken down and it is unknown if it will ever be back again on the website anytime soon.

Why This Version Was Cancelled[]

  1. Al Pacino exited the project due to "creative differences".
  2. There was a contract dispute.
  3. Al Pacino wanted to capitalize on the Dunkaccino name and brand for his movie “Jack And Jill”.
  4. His Mexican accent may have been not as good.
  5. The Despicable Me team had set Benjamin Bratt for the cast before Al Pacino, so they cast Bratt because they didn’t want an unhappy actor.

Results[]

  • Al Pacino left the project 2 months before the film's official premiere on July 3, 2013. So he was replaced by Benjamin Bratt.
  • The original version of Despicable Me 2 was permanently cancelled.
  • A spin off film, titled Minions, was released in July 10, 2015 and received mixed reviews while a sequel, Minions: The Rise of Gru, was released in 2022 and was a box office success and received positive reviews.
  • A third Despicable Me film, called Despicable Me 3, which is the sequel to Despicable Me 2, was released in June 30, 2017 and received mixed reviews, despite being a box office success.
  • A user on Vimeo called PUJALTE Patrick uploaded a video called Demo_2012 where it shows Al Pacino playing El macho, the part can be found on 0:50 here: https://vimeo.com/447470063/description
  • another voice clips of el macho with Al Pacinos voice was also found on Vimeo called despicable me 2 theatrical tv spot recruited with Al Pacinos voice at the end https://vimeo.com/108162214
  • A fourth Despicable Me film, called Despicable me 4 was released in July 3, 2024 and reveived possibly a positive review and commercial succes maybe

Trivia[]

  • This would of been Al Pacino's voice act debut in a kid's animated movie.
  • This is the 821th page.

References[]

Here are some of the trailers which credited Al Pacino:

  1. https://youtu.be/koNSa_6Fd1U
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU3hpF7XLPg
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