So far as ’90s motion trash goes, Face/Off is pretty elegant, combining a gleefully dumb premise with some nice over-the-top appearing from each John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. However the story of Sean Archer and Castor Troy was virtually a really completely different movie—a number of occasions over—as revealed in a current oral historical past courtesy of Ralph Jones at ShortList. Jones’ article tracks the a number of incarnations of the movie, together with the time it virtually starred Johnny Depp—besides he was too mad that it wasn’t about hockey.
The anecdote in query comes from a interval when the movie was briefly within the fingers of Demolition Man director Marco Brambilla, when Paramount needed Depp in one of many starring roles, reverse Cage. When Depp lastly bought round to studying the script, although, he realized that, opposite to what he’d thought, it wasn’t a hockey movie, and he abruptly dropped out. (Taking Brambilla with him, which left the film to be directed by John Woo.)
This isn’t the primary time Depp has made an abrupt filming determination for bizarre inside causes; he apparently rejected a Pirates 5 script as a result of it had a feminine villain, and he’d already had a type of. (Presumably, he lastly bought his hockey fill together with his current Canadian motion pictures with Kevin Smith.) It’s all for one of the best, clearly; apart from the truth that Woo’s enter was precisely the goofy nonsense that Face/Off wanted, there’s additionally the truth that it might suck to need to ask ourselves whether or not we needed to assist Depp each time we needed to place the film on, and simply sit back with some easy face-transplanting enjoyable.
[by way of Vulture]
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