9 Hollywood stars who were completely edited out of big films

  • 8 Hollywood stars who were completely edited out of big films

It has been revealed that for Terrence Malick's new romantic drama Song to Song, the famously experimental director has cut Christian Bale, Haley Bennett, Benicio del Toro, Trevante Rhodes and Boyd Holbrook's performances from the film.

Malick is renowned for cutting out entire performances of big Hollywood names from his films, and so, here is a list (including a couple of entries from Malick himself) of times well-known names that saw their performances chopped out of films...

9. Shailene Woodley - The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Having wowed Hollywood with appearances in The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, Shailene Woodley was tapped up by TASM2 director Marc Webb to play long-term Peter Parker love interest Mary-Jane Watson.

MJ's appearance would introduce her for future Spider-Man films as Peter Parker's girlfriend, but Webb was forced to cut her from an already-bloated cast list, as he stated: "The relationship between Peter and Gwen is so sacred and so powerful, that it just didn't feel right.

Initially, Woodley didn't take it so well: "For a few hours it was literally like, 'Oh, my God, was I awful? Why did they cut me? What are people going to think'. I woke up the next morning and I was like, "O.K., it makes total sense.'"

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8. Mickey Rourke - The Thin Red Line

When it was announced that Terrence Malick would be making his first film for twenty years with the WWII drama, top Hollywood talent including Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Gary Oldman, George Clooney, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis offered to take massive pay cuts in order to work with the legendary director.

Bill Pullman and Lukas Haas had their performances chopped in editing, as well as Billy Bob Thornton's narration, but the actor most upset with Malick's brutal editing was Mickey Rourke.

Rourke believed his wildman reputation caused him to be cut out, as he stated in a 2005 interview: "It was some of the best work I ever did. There were political reasons why I was out of the movie. That really upset me."

Here's a scene featuring Rourke's self-proclaimed finest work

7. Andy Garcia - Dangerous Minds

Andy García was asked by producers to star in the Michelle Pfeiffer inner-city school drama as her husband.

The husband didn't appear in the original script, but producers wanted a love interest for the Marine-turned-teacher, and when Garcia read the script, he told them that he didn't think that the role was needed.

Garcia didn't end up in the finished film, as producers realised that the husband character wasn't needed, and the star cheekily explained later: "I had a great time. We shot the whole relationship and then it was determined later on that it was really unnecessary in the storyline, which is what I said to begin with. But I did cash the cheque!"

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6. Jessica Chastain and Rachel Weisz - To The Wonder

Terrence Malik followed up his much-debated experimental epic The Tree of Life with the 2012 romantic drama To The Wonder starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko - but a few more well-known faces fell foul of Malick's ruthlessness in the editing suite.

The names included Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper and Michael Sheen and a couple of actresses, who were expecting what would happen when they signed on for a Malick production.

Rachel Weisz, who only spent a couple of days on set explained: "It seems that my part has been cut. "I had the experience of working with him [Malick] but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work."

Meanwhile, her fellow chopped co-star Jessica Chastain took to Facebook to say: "Just as I suspected, my small role has not made it into the final version. But I really didn't imagine it would. I'm looking forward to see how it all brilliantly comes together."

These days when Hollywood names join one of Terrence Malick's films, they know there's a 50/50 chance of actually making it to the screen.

5. Uma Thurman - Savages

In 2012, Oliver Stone directed crime thriller Savages about two marijuana growers who must face off against a Mexican cartel when their shared girlfriend Ophelia (Blake Lively) is kidnapped.

Stone cast Uma Thurman to play Ophelia's serial-divorcee mother, whose backstory would help to explain her daughter's unorthodox life choices, but reluctantly, Stone had to remove all of her scenes from the film.

When asked about why Thurman was excised from Savages, Stone reasoned:  “We had to make decisions in the script, we made decisions in the editing, we had to consolidate so much and there's so many things different in the movie than the book, you have to read the book to understand that.”

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4. Sienna Miller - Black Mass

Johnny Depp donned prosthetics to portray Whitey Bulger in the biopic of the real-life Boston mobster for 2005's Black Mass.

The film didn't show Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig, despite her scenes having been filmed, with Sienna Miller playing the 'tough chick' that helped Bulger evade capture for nearly twenty years, as they were entirely removed from the final cut.

Despite director Scott Cooper labelling Miller's performance “fantastic”, his explanation for excising the performance was that "it came down to narrative choices" - that Bulger's gangster story would be less dramatic with the included scenes of Greig.

3. Jena Malone - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Fans of The Hunger Games were excited when they heard that Jena Malone (who also appeared in Donnie Darko and Inherent Vice) had been cast in an unnamed role in the superhero epic.

The excitement grew further when details were leaked that Malone would potentially be playing Barbara Gordon - the future Batgirl, only for fans to be disappointed when Malone failed to show up when the film was released.

Malone's role was likely cut due to a number of key characters already taking up the blockbuster's runtime, but when the Ultimate Edition was released, with Malone's performance restored, it turns out that she played Jenet Klyburn - a minor character from the comics.

2. Paul Rudd - Bridesmaids

Kristen Wiig wrote and starred in the 2011's Bridesmaids - which was regarded as one of the best comedies of the year and picked up an Oscar nominations - but she chose to remove a Hollywood comedy A-lister during in the editing process.

When Wiig's character Annie attempts to start dating, she goes for a date at a skating rink with Paul Rudd; their date doesn't go to plan when he falls on the ice and turns into an unpleasant, rude, know-it-all.

Test audiences reacted badly to seeing fan favourite Rudd playing a nasty character, and Wiig was forced to cut his appearance, and she explained: "We had so much fun the days he was there and it was so incredibly painful. It’s the hardest thing to have to cut stuff."

1. Harrison Ford - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg cast his Raiders of the Lost Ark star in E.T. as the school principal who reprimands a drunk Elliot after she frees the frogs that are due to be dissected.

E.T.'s screenwriter Melissa Mathison was Ford's wife and wrote the bit part for the Star Wars actor, but as Spielberg purposely chose to wait until the film's third act to show an adult's face apart from Elliot's mother, his performance was filmed entirely from behind.

The scene was cut for time in post-production, eventually turning up in the 1996 laserdisc release and can be viewed here.























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