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EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Jane maybe off Headshot? It's sadly true!

May. 27, 2011by: Eric Walkuski

UPDATE: We contacted Thomas Jane to get his take on all of this and this is what he had to say at the moment: "No comment, but I can tell you this, we have a classic with me & Sly & Hill. Script is tailor made for us all."

AICN broke it as a rumor today, and after a couple of key phone calls, we're here to confirm for ya that this bullshit is 200% true and it's one of the more glaring examples of studio interference that we've seen in a long time... not to mention just a major f*cking bummer of epic proportions.

As we exclusively told you last month, Thomas Jane was cast opposite Sly Stallone in Walter Hill's HEADSHOT, a thriller about a hitman (Stallone) who is forced to team-up with a cop (Jane) to take out the bad guys. It's a match made in machismo heaven: Stallone, Jane, Hill - can't get any more badass than that.


Put some muscle on the Studio Sly and keep Jane in there!

Only now it's looking like it may not happen. Dark Castle - the production company that has boarded the project - wants Jane off the picture, to be replaced by somebody more "ethnic". This goes against the wishes of Stallone and Hill, who obviously want Jane for the role, but now the powers-that-be (Joel Silver runs Dark Castle) are making them recast. Naturally, this is something that happens all the time in Hollywood; producers wield their power without pity in the face of the creative teams every day. But this...

This is bullshit. And before you jump to the conclusion that this is a race issue, it's not. Not at all. It's an issue of a studio flexing its muscles and demanding the creative team involved to resort to a "formula" that has worked in the past. For Joel Silver, the formula has worked many times: 48 HRS., LETHAL WEAPON, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, etc. It's not hard to see why he'd want to go back the old reliable "he's white, he's black, they don't like each other but dammit they're going to get the job done!" song and dance. But if Jane is the man the filmmakers want, then he's the man who should get the role. Let's not forget that Walter Hill directed 48 HRS.; you'd think he knows what he's doing. If he wanted to cast someone "ethnic" for the co-lead, he would have.


THE MAN!

What makes this even more upsetting is that the response to the Jane news was phenomenal. Almost everyone was excited about the prospect of Jane teaming with Sly for a Walter Hill movie. It would be a damn shame to see this movie manhandled by studio execs in order to become something it doesn't want to be.

Perhaps this will fall on deaf ears, but I'll say this much to Dark Castle (and their home base Warner Bros.): If HEADSHOT is being tangled with in this way and it becomes obvious that Walter Hill's vision is being compromised... I won't be giving the movie my money. I'm certain that I'm not alone.

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12:18PM on 05/29/2011
I'm confused... is thom saying that he and stallone and hill are going to be in another movie together? This news is an outrage!!!!!
I'm confused... is thom saying that he and stallone and hill are going to be in another movie together? This news is an outrage!!!!!
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9:31AM on 05/29/2011

Bull

What a ridiculous load of crap.
What a ridiculous load of crap.
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3:01PM on 05/28/2011
What a crock of fucking shit~
What a crock of fucking shit~
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12:19PM on 05/28/2011
Fuck this shit.
Fuck this shit.
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8:28AM on 05/28/2011
So this is what all the white jokes were about on Facebook.
So this is what all the white jokes were about on Facebook.
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2:54AM on 05/28/2011
I wrote a long rant about how insulting this move is to people of ALL ethnic groups but deleted it and am going for...

Bring back Jane! instead.
I wrote a long rant about how insulting this move is to people of ALL ethnic groups but deleted it and am going for...

Bring back Jane! instead.
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2:03AM on 05/28/2011
Tyler Perry presents...
Tyler Perry presents...
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11:25PM on 05/27/2011

They just lost a customer!

I love the Jane andc ompromising Art because you have no confidence in a project pisses me off. Why did Dark Castle get involved? Walter Hill and Sly should move it over to Millennium or whatever other company that works.
I love the Jane andc ompromising Art because you have no confidence in a project pisses me off. Why did Dark Castle get involved? Walter Hill and Sly should move it over to Millennium or whatever other company that works.
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9:09PM on 05/27/2011
Stallone and Hill should stand their ground and say, "If he goes, we go!"
Stallone and Hill should stand their ground and say, "If he goes, we go!"
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7:41PM on 05/27/2011
No Thomas Jane, no movie. Seriously, studio heads and Joel Silver and Warner Bros. better listen up: IF YOU TAKE THOMAS JANE OFF OF THIS MOVIE, I WILL NOT BE GIVING OVER MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO SEE THIS!! The whole reason why I got very super-excited to see this is because of Tom Jane's casting. If you take that away, I'm just not going to be there. Bible truth...
No Thomas Jane, no movie. Seriously, studio heads and Joel Silver and Warner Bros. better listen up: IF YOU TAKE THOMAS JANE OFF OF THIS MOVIE, I WILL NOT BE GIVING OVER MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO SEE THIS!! The whole reason why I got very super-excited to see this is because of Tom Jane's casting. If you take that away, I'm just not going to be there. Bible truth...
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7:33PM on 05/27/2011
No Thomas Jane, no movie. Seriously, studio heads and Joel Silver and Warner Bros. better listen up: IF YOU TAKE THOMAS JANE OFF OF THIS MOVIE, I WILL NOT BE GIVING OVER MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO SEE THIS!! The whole reason why I gotta very super-excited to see this is because of Tom Jane's casting. If you take that away, I'm just not going to be there. Bible truth...
No Thomas Jane, no movie. Seriously, studio heads and Joel Silver and Warner Bros. better listen up: IF YOU TAKE THOMAS JANE OFF OF THIS MOVIE, I WILL NOT BE GIVING OVER MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO SEE THIS!! The whole reason why I gotta very super-excited to see this is because of Tom Jane's casting. If you take that away, I'm just not going to be there. Bible truth...
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6:10PM on 05/27/2011

No Jane No us

Damn, this blows!!
Damn, this blows!!
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6:09PM on 05/27/2011
Someone more ethnic... geez. Why don't they make another movie call it the Ethnic explosion or something and leave this one alone
Someone more ethnic... geez. Why don't they make another movie call it the Ethnic explosion or something and leave this one alone
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5:45PM on 05/27/2011

No Jane No Movie

Thumbs down!!
Thumbs down!!
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5:23PM on 05/27/2011

WE ♥ TOM JANE

we love Sly and Hill too don't get us wrong, but the reason this movie was going to be SO FUCKING AWESOME was because ALL THREE were going to come together to give us something incredible.

There are no substitutes, we will accept no substitutes - not for Hill, not for Stallone and NOT for Tom Jane.

Jane is the man for the job, period.

I can guarantee whoever is trying to get Jane out that IF he stays IN this role this movie will be NUMBER ONE AT THE BOX OFFICE. I think I speak for
we love Sly and Hill too don't get us wrong, but the reason this movie was going to be SO FUCKING AWESOME was because ALL THREE were going to come together to give us something incredible.

There are no substitutes, we will accept no substitutes - not for Hill, not for Stallone and NOT for Tom Jane.

Jane is the man for the job, period.

I can guarantee whoever is trying to get Jane out that IF he stays IN this role this movie will be NUMBER ONE AT THE BOX OFFICE. I think I speak for everyone when I say we will all stand behind that.

No Jane.
No us.
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5:15PM on 05/27/2011

Come on!

Why break up a dream team? Please keep Jane in this!
Why break up a dream team? Please keep Jane in this!
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4:40PM on 05/27/2011
This is 100 percent pure bullshit. I will not be seeing this movie...unless ofcourse Jane's replacement is Michael Jai White. O_O Fuck everything else.
This is 100 percent pure bullshit. I will not be seeing this movie...unless ofcourse Jane's replacement is Michael Jai White. O_O Fuck everything else.
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5:25PM on 05/27/2011
It was a joke. lol
It was a joke. lol
4:03PM on 05/27/2011
Screw this! I want me some Jane!
Screw this! I want me some Jane!
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3:25PM on 05/27/2011
Well, I would have been lining up to see this opening night but now they can forget about getting any of my money. What a joke.
Well, I would have been lining up to see this opening night but now they can forget about getting any of my money. What a joke.
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3:17PM on 05/27/2011
Jane, Stallone and Hill...right there you got ACTION novelty. It isn't broken don't fix it. Makes NO sense to me.
Jane, Stallone and Hill...right there you got ACTION novelty. It isn't broken don't fix it. Makes NO sense to me.
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2:34PM on 05/27/2011

Side Note

If this actually happens and they go through with it then the backlash will be humongous and they'll lose tons and tons of fans and potential dollars.
If this actually happens and they go through with it then the backlash will be humongous and they'll lose tons and tons of fans and potential dollars.
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2:31PM on 05/27/2011

this is all wrong!

Firstly, replacing an actor because of the execs. Secondly, the ethnic bullcrap? This shouldn't be a factor whatsoever. Even if, the original idea would make this movie more, well, original. The whole white cop, black cop shtick was done to death. This movie had a badass and badass thing going on for it, never really seen before in a buddy cop movie.
I guess if they could get Michael Jai White now, this could still have the same effect, but it would still be a shame, because of how Jane got
Firstly, replacing an actor because of the execs. Secondly, the ethnic bullcrap? This shouldn't be a factor whatsoever. Even if, the original idea would make this movie more, well, original. The whole white cop, black cop shtick was done to death. This movie had a badass and badass thing going on for it, never really seen before in a buddy cop movie.
I guess if they could get Michael Jai White now, this could still have the same effect, but it would still be a shame, because of how Jane got screwed.
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2:25PM on 05/27/2011

NOT SEEING IT WITHOUT JANE

This is a really insulting move. It is offensive to people who see past color and just enjoy characters.

I wanted to see this because of Thomas Jane. If he is out, then so am I and my money.
This is a really insulting move. It is offensive to people who see past color and just enjoy characters.

I wanted to see this because of Thomas Jane. If he is out, then so am I and my money.
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2:18PM on 05/27/2011

Someone more Ethnic?

What the fuck Hollywood? Someone more ethnic?!?!? Yeah lets fight racism with racism. Jane is an action star waiting to happen. If you want the next class of action stars to come up in Hollywood well here is one that should be in that class. More Ethnic my ass.
What the fuck Hollywood? Someone more ethnic?!?!? Yeah lets fight racism with racism. Jane is an action star waiting to happen. If you want the next class of action stars to come up in Hollywood well here is one that should be in that class. More Ethnic my ass.
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2:08PM on 05/27/2011
Y'know, it's getting real tiresome when the suits in Hollywood think they can have complete control over every project and turn it upside down just to make money. You want to take out a HIGHLY qualified actor for someone who's more "ethnic" to fit into a formula for success? This is the biggest pile of crap I've ever heard. I'm sorry but if this happens you just lost yourself a customer.
Y'know, it's getting real tiresome when the suits in Hollywood think they can have complete control over every project and turn it upside down just to make money. You want to take out a HIGHLY qualified actor for someone who's more "ethnic" to fit into a formula for success? This is the biggest pile of crap I've ever heard. I'm sorry but if this happens you just lost yourself a customer.
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2:07PM on 05/27/2011
It's amazing to see how quickly a movie can generate momentum, only to be completely stopped in its tracks because of studio over-involvement bullshit like this. Way to go Silver (you asshole), you just lost yourself a customer.
It's amazing to see how quickly a movie can generate momentum, only to be completely stopped in its tracks because of studio over-involvement bullshit like this. Way to go Silver (you asshole), you just lost yourself a customer.
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2:01PM on 05/27/2011
This is bullshit. No way I'll be giving them any money after this.
This is bullshit. No way I'll be giving them any money after this.
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1:59PM on 05/27/2011
Horseshit! Everyone was excited for a teaming of Sly and Thomas Jane. Now they want someone ethnic. Can't we just add awesomeness instead?
Horseshit! Everyone was excited for a teaming of Sly and Thomas Jane. Now they want someone ethnic. Can't we just add awesomeness instead?
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1:52PM on 05/27/2011
In all seriousness.. FUCK.THIS.NEWS.

FUCK THIS.
In all seriousness.. FUCK.THIS.NEWS.

FUCK THIS.
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1:48PM on 05/27/2011
This is BULLSHIT! I was excited for this film because of the team up of Sly and Jane. I'm a HUGE Jane fan and he is a damn underrated actor.

The studios are fuckin' stupid because all over the internet people were EXCITED about this team up...nice fuck up assholes
This is BULLSHIT! I was excited for this film because of the team up of Sly and Jane. I'm a HUGE Jane fan and he is a damn underrated actor.

The studios are fuckin' stupid because all over the internet people were EXCITED about this team up...nice fuck up assholes
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1:33PM on 05/27/2011

Complete BS

I was so lookin' forward to this, and if Jane loses the gig you gotta get him in The Expendables 2 Sly. The Dudes an action star, its just to bad the jackasses in Hollywood would rather cast guys like Matt Damon, or Adrian Brody in action roles these days. Nothing against those guys, but I want my action heroes back.
I was so lookin' forward to this, and if Jane loses the gig you gotta get him in The Expendables 2 Sly. The Dudes an action star, its just to bad the jackasses in Hollywood would rather cast guys like Matt Damon, or Adrian Brody in action roles these days. Nothing against those guys, but I want my action heroes back.
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1:22PM on 05/27/2011
If Jane is out cause of the suits, this will be the first Sly Stallone movie I will skip on. And as you all know, I am a HUGE fan of Sly. Sad to say it, but hey it's how I feel.
If Jane is out cause of the suits, this will be the first Sly Stallone movie I will skip on. And as you all know, I am a HUGE fan of Sly. Sad to say it, but hey it's how I feel.
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1:20PM on 05/27/2011
This sucks. I think Jane was the biggest draw for me, as I'm not a big Stallone fan, and it's been a while since Walter Hill did something I felt I had to check out. In a slight Devil's advocate way, if they MUST recast, don't go black, that's been done too many times. Go Latino or Arab or something different, or else it's just old hat.
This sucks. I think Jane was the biggest draw for me, as I'm not a big Stallone fan, and it's been a while since Walter Hill did something I felt I had to check out. In a slight Devil's advocate way, if they MUST recast, don't go black, that's been done too many times. Go Latino or Arab or something different, or else it's just old hat.
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