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Al Pacino leaves 'Despicable Me 2' two months before premiere date

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(Read caption) Al Pacino will not voice the villain in 'Despicable Me 2' as planned.

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Actor Al Pacino has left the animated movie “Despicable Me 2,” in which he was set to play the movie’s villain.

Pacino departed the film’s production because of “creative differences,” according to MSN Entertainment. The move comes two months before the film’s premiere date, which is set for July 3.

According to Deadline, the actor had finished most of the voicework needed to play the film’s villain, Eduardo.

“We have mutually decided with Al to replace the voice of Eduardo with a new actor,” the film’s studio, Universal Pictures, told Deadline. “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.”

Actor Benjamin Bratt of “Law & Order” is set to replace Pacino. The actor has done voice work before, in the 2009 animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

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