Brian Cox was “Fired” from Playing Aslan in 2005
Cox recently recounted the story:
The director took me to one side and said, ‘Brian, I’m going to have to let you go’, and that was it. The first time and only time I’ve ever been fired. … Liam Neeson did it in the end. He’s got that great Northern Irish softness that really worked, whereas I was doing it more ‘me’. Creatively, it was the right decision.Brian Cox
You can listen to Cox’s voice in his recent appearance on The Tonight Show.