Shades of conflict as Bradley Cooper dumps Jamie Dornan from movie
Having Jamie Dornan in your new movie might normally be taken as a guarantee of box office success.
But fellow Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper obviously doesn't think so.
He has just dropped the 33-year-old Northern Ireland actor from his upcoming film Burnt.
The Fifty Shades of Grey star is said to have undergone specific training for the movie, which sees Cooper playing a has-been chef hoping to redeem himself by opening a Michelin-starred restaurant.
A spokesman for the Harvey Weinstein-produced film confirmed that scenes featuring the star of Belfast-based crime drama The Fall have been edited out, without explaining why.
"Jamie's role was a small cameo that was part of a back story and following the editing process is no longer part of the film," he said.
However, The Sun newspaper reported that it was his involvement in the Fifty Shades franchise which sealed his fate.
"It's embarrassing. Being in Fifty Shades of Grey seems to be getting Jamie dropped from movies which he had already been cast in, rather than landing him big new roles," a source said.
"Some people thought having him pop up on screen would be distracting. They're hoping to generate Oscar buzz with Burnt, and featuring the star of the most widely panned film of 2015 wasn't going to do the project any favours really."
The Holywood native had been cast as a rival chef to Bradley's lead character Adam Jones but - despite featuring in the original trailers and posters - his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
So far, Dornan's camp has made no comments on the report.
Gritty TV drama The Fall made a household name out of Dornan, who subsequently landed the lead in the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise.
The Fall is set to return for a third and final series next year and fans will finally discover the fate of serial killer Paul Spector (Dornan) after Supt Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) tracked him down. The BBC recently confirmed the award-winning drama's return, saying the story would be brought to a definitive close at the end of the five-part series.