i think rachelle was acting selfishly and unprofessional. she put herself above everyone else when she decided it wasn't important for her to be there when she had committed to being there, whether for ten days or one. i know we all loved her as victoria, but any actor who behaves that way loses my respect as a professional. frankly, in my opinion she doesn't deserve our efforts to 'fight' on her behalf. summit made the right call; the only one they could make given the circumstances rachelle established.
i honestly don't know what people expect from summit, here. rachelle left them with no option. if she was unable to be there when she needed to be there, what could summit do about that? it honestly baffles me that people are putting so much effort into blaming and criticizing summit for what was rachelle's fault. it was her irresponsibility which led to her re-casting. the claims regarding their reasons for casting bdh don't even make sense. summit isn't stupid. they saw what happened when word got out about possibly re-casting taylor. they wouldn't have caused that uproar again if they had any other option.
someone please explain to me what option summit had. these claims that they are 'backpedaling' are unfounded. what are they backpedaling from? they gave a perfectly valid explanation: rachelle committed to being there, rachelle couldn't be there, summit had to replace her. so much money and effort go into making a film, and it requires full cooperation by everyone involved; most obviously: being able to show up for filming. if someone can tell me what summit should have done to better resolve this conflict, please do explain.
i think it's very sad that so-called 'fans' are so quick to tear to shreds the company who has worked very hard to stay loyal to the story and to the fans. it would have been very easy to do to twilight what hbo did to true blood, but they're working their a**** off to give us a product that we love.
in no way does any of this mean that i don't like rachelle. i think she's a talented, beautiful actress who brought something very special to victoria. i think that she made an unfortunate mistake, and it honestly saddens me that she won't be able to bring victoria to eclipse, both for our sake and for hers. i just do not see how it is fair that we are lashing summit with the guilt of her mistake.