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Original Birdman ending would have featured a Johnny Depp cameo

02.10.2015

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Last month while being interviewed by The Playlist, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu revealed he had a different ending planned for his Oscar-nominated movie BIRDMAN, however he decided to change it in the middle of filming because he "knew it was a piece of shit." Inarritu didn't describe the original conclusion of the movie, but said "It was bad," and would've been very embarrassing.

So what was the "piece of shit" ending for BIRDMAN? Co-writer Alexander Dinelaris shared the original plans for the film while appearing on Jeff Goldsmith's Q&A Podcast (via Screen Rant), and says the ending would have featured a cameo by Johnny Depp.

Warning: BIRDMAN spoilers ahead!

The end of the film would've shown Michael Keaton's Riggan being interviewed on a talk show after he shot himself on stage. I'll let Alexander Dinelaris explain the rest.

Then the camera prowled like it did the whole film, went back stage through the halls we’ve seen the whole time and we’d get to the dressing room where literally Johnny Depp would be sitting looking in the mirror and putting on his Riggan Thomson wig and then the poster of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ would be in the back. In Jack Sparrow’s voice [it would say], ‘What the f*** are we doing here, mate?’ It was going to be the satire of the endless loop of that.

Besides Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu not being too high on the Johnny Depp ending, Alexander Dinelaris also says it didn't happen because the production team couldn't land Depp or a mock PIRATES 5 poster. I think it's hilarious Inarritu even contemplated using this as the final BIRDMAN scene, but I'm glad he decided to go with a more ambiguous ending for his film.

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7:25AM on 02/11/2015

Would've made it suck even MORE

Glad they left it as is. The movie was "meh". This would've made it "blech"
Glad they left it as is. The movie was "meh". This would've made it "blech"
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9:45AM on 02/10/2015
Haven't seen the movie but even I think that ending would have sucked. Would be one thing if Johnny Depp were still relevant, but now he is a joke.
Haven't seen the movie but even I think that ending would have sucked. Would be one thing if Johnny Depp were still relevant, but now he is a joke.
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11:50AM on 02/10/2015
First: That was the point of the movie - that Riggan, the main character, is now a joke to the industry.

Second: Watch Birdman!
First: That was the point of the movie - that Riggan, the main character, is now a joke to the industry.

Second: Watch Birdman!
9:05AM on 02/10/2015

Would have been perfect.

Why is everyone hating that ending??? It makes total sense. The camera just keeps following actors who are typecasted and only known for a specific role.

They could have done like an Edward Scissor hands thing instead of Pirates, but that is Johnny big franchise so it would make sense people only see him as Jack Sparrow (especially since he bombed in every other role after that)
Why is everyone hating that ending??? It makes total sense. The camera just keeps following actors who are typecasted and only known for a specific role.

They could have done like an Edward Scissor hands thing instead of Pirates, but that is Johnny big franchise so it would make sense people only see him as Jack Sparrow (especially since he bombed in every other role after that)
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8:38AM on 02/10/2015
Thank God that didn't happen. Would have been a terrible ending.
Thank God that didn't happen. Would have been a terrible ending.
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8:36AM on 02/10/2015

I'm relieved!

The movie was a satire with in-jokes, but it never had any meta moments. Ending it by breaking the 4th wall wouldn't have fit. Not to mention that this kind of ending has been done before. I'm not 100% sure if the ending they used has been done before, but it most likely hasn't. Plus, what were we supposed to take from this ending? Emotionally, I mean. The ending they used isn't clear, but I was still kind of moved by SAM's reaction at seeing her dad fly.
The movie was a satire with in-jokes, but it never had any meta moments. Ending it by breaking the 4th wall wouldn't have fit. Not to mention that this kind of ending has been done before. I'm not 100% sure if the ending they used has been done before, but it most likely hasn't. Plus, what were we supposed to take from this ending? Emotionally, I mean. The ending they used isn't clear, but I was still kind of moved by SAM's reaction at seeing her dad fly.
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11:17AM on 02/10/2015
Ya never been any ambigious endings about did the character die or was he just hallucinating?
Ya never been any ambigious endings about did the character die or was he just hallucinating?
12:24PM on 02/10/2015
Yes, but not one like this. For the most part, it seemed clear that all the weird things were happening inside RIGGAN's head. The ending throws that out the window (literally). That's why the movie was classified as magical realism.
Yes, but not one like this. For the most part, it seemed clear that all the weird things were happening inside RIGGAN's head. The ending throws that out the window (literally). That's why the movie was classified as magical realism.
1:05PM on 02/10/2015
how would that have been breaking the 4th wall
how would that have been breaking the 4th wall
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