The Kid wrote:garble wrote:First of all, theres like a million motherfucking stars in it. Great. John Travolta is terrible as always and his five minutes of gay general bullshit let me know I was in for a really well made film.
Apparently none of the big stars -- Nolte, Cusack, Travolta, Penn, Clooney, etc. -- were originally cast in the movie.
The original cut was five hours, and Adrien Brody was the main character.
Then the people bankrolling it got involved to a larger degree, stars got plugged in, and the movie Malick intended to make was changed into the movie that got released.
Read about it here:
Ponderous narration aside, I think it's still far superior to Spielberg's commercial for American Morality. Although the Omaha Beach scene is pretty impressive.
I think that article is innacurate. Malick met and disccussed with dozens of Hollywood's elite before filming began. From Brad Pitt to Johnny Depp. He has never been opposed to using "big stars" in any of his productions, it will gurantee more box returns for him.
Billy Bob Thornton recorded a narration for the three-hour-plus epic under the supervision of director Terrence Malick. However, the final print of the film has voice-overs by eight of the main characters in the film; none of the narration from Thornton is in the final print. In addition, several other stars who filmed scenes were left on the cutting-room floor, including Bill Pullman, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen and Mickey Rourke.