Many of us have taken jobs that turned out to be something other than what we expected. Whether it was because we misunderstood the job description or because we were blatantly lied to by the employer, it has happened. Well, this happens to actors as well. Sometimes, everything changes late for them too.
We tend to ignore the post production process of a film. It’s not very exciting. It’s more convenient to think that actors just come in and shoot scenes chronologically until they have a full movie. Slap it together seamlessly in editing and, boom, the movie’s complete. But that’s not the way it works. Scenes are typically shot in a way that makes the most sense logistically. Actors are not often involved in everything going on behind the scenes. On most films, actors are only involved in the processes and scenes that have an impact on their roles.
With that in mind, we now have to think about films that have changing scripts during the filmmaking process. This is actually much more common than most people think. Some films change quite dramatically while filming. Then there’s the post production process where editing can alter a film in ways you never thought possible. SO, considering all that, it really is not that big of a stretch to hear about actors not liking the final products of their films. Hell, some actors don’t even recognize the film they watch in the end. We wanted to explore this phenomenon. Here are 15 Actors Who Thought They Were Making a Different Film Than What Came Out.
15. Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit
Evangeline Lilly was a great add for The Hobbit cast. She looks like an elf in her everyday life and she’s mind-shatteringly beautiful. It made sense. But, as you may know, making The Hobbit was a bit of a nightmare for almost everyone involved. There were several major delays, director changes, and both money and time issues. In the end, Peter Jackson had to come in and try to salvage the films. The end result was not what he wanted. For Lilly, all these issues meant her story was changed several times, changing so much that it became something altogether different than what she signed on for.
“For the record, when I took this job in 2011,” she said. “I made one stipulation: ‘I will not do this film if you will not guarantee me one thing. You have to guarantee me there will be no love triangle.’ And there wasn’t. For the whole time I shot. For a year of shooting there was no love triangle… And then, I came back for re-shoots in 2012 and they were like, ‘Well, we made a couple of alterations to some scenes and we added a couple more scenes.’ And all of a sudden manifested a love triangle before my very eyes and the film was shot, and I’m in and there’s no getting out and there was no escaping it.”
14. Mickey Rourke – Iron Man 2
When Mickey Rourke got around to viewing Iron Man 2, he felt it wasn’t the same film they were trying to make. For this, he blames Marvel Studios. Rourke said of his experience, “When I did Ivan Vanko in Iron Man, I fought … You know, I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to [Jon] Favreau that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”
That wasn’t all Rourke had to say. He would add, “Well, you know, it is f**king too bad, but it’s their loss. If they want to make mindless comic book movies, then I don’t want to be a part of that. I don’t want to have to care so much and work so hard, and then fight them for intelligent reasoning, and just because they’re calling the shots they … You know, I didn’t work for three months on the accent and all the adjustments and go to Russia just so I could end up on the floor. Because that can make somebody say at the end of the day, oh f**k ’em, I’m just going to mail it in. But I’m not that kind of guy. I’m never going to mail it in.”
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