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Terence Malick cuts Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper, Jessica Chastain, and Rachel Weisz from his next movie

Aug. 29, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Terrence Malick has cut pretty much any other movie's dream cast from his upcoming TO THE WONDER. We aren't talking about their contracts falling through. Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper, and Jessica Chastain all filmed scenes for the movie which are now cut from the final product.

Rachel Weisz, also cut from the movie, told an Italian newspaper "I had the experience of working with him, but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work."

Malick has always been an odd duck in Hollywood. He has turned out amazing works that run the gamut from DAYS OF HEAVEN to TREE OF LIFE to THE THIN RED LINE and THE NEW WORLD. The guy is a master filmmaker and seems to finally be hitting the height of his career.

Plot: A womanizer who has a love affair in Paris and then moves back to Oklahoma.

TO THE WONDER currently still stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and Javier Bardem.

None of these cuts are confirmed from Malick or his people. But, if these scenes are all gone then TO THE WONDER may be a completely different movie and Malick is not exactly Mr. Director's Cut.

I am intrigued even more by TO THE WONDER. While it premieres in Toronto next month, there is still no firm release date. Either way, Malick has certainly generated buzz for this movie fan.

Extra Tidbit: I wonder what we are missing in those scenes?
Source: Vulture

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5:27PM on 08/30/2012
I am yawning already...
I am yawning already...
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3:51AM on 08/30/2012
Elder Predator said everything I wanted to say, AND Provided a link. Thumbs up to you good sir.
Elder Predator said everything I wanted to say, AND Provided a link. Thumbs up to you good sir.
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3:40AM on 08/30/2012

editing...

LIKE A BOSS! :D
LIKE A BOSS! :D
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1:13AM on 08/30/2012
This is typical of Malick. Most of the time, the script he writes ends up being nowhere near the finished product. I, personally, find his approach interesting. Tons of shooting, and later "finds" the film in the editing room, and goes about it very organically. Yeah, it's too bad, but I trust his methods as it's left us with some of the most interesting films the art form has seen.
This is typical of Malick. Most of the time, the script he writes ends up being nowhere near the finished product. I, personally, find his approach interesting. Tons of shooting, and later "finds" the film in the editing room, and goes about it very organically. Yeah, it's too bad, but I trust his methods as it's left us with some of the most interesting films the art form has seen.
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6:10AM on 08/30/2012
I think it proves that he goes into every project completely unprepared and can never make up his mind which in my opinion makes him a terrible director.
I think it proves that he goes into every project completely unprepared and can never make up his mind which in my opinion makes him a terrible director.
2:04AM on 08/31/2012
To me, there isn't "one way" to make a film or any kind of art. Malick writes his own material and has a script on hand...but is never afraid to deviate from this material if something else finds itself in the process. It's very daring, and incredibly risky. Nine times out of ten, this approach doesn't work...but Malick is the one that is able to pull it off, in my opinion. Does it make him the greatest filmmaker of all-time? No. But like I said, it has given us some interesting and thought
To me, there isn't "one way" to make a film or any kind of art. Malick writes his own material and has a script on hand...but is never afraid to deviate from this material if something else finds itself in the process. It's very daring, and incredibly risky. Nine times out of ten, this approach doesn't work...but Malick is the one that is able to pull it off, in my opinion. Does it make him the greatest filmmaker of all-time? No. But like I said, it has given us some interesting and thought provoking films. Everyone has a different process.

He never gets too attached to his own material, something that others in the biz are guilty of. One shouldn't be afraid to completely change the direction if it just isn't working.

It's like when writing a script. A lot of times the first draft is nowhere near the shooting script. Malick just takes it one step further, and continues tweaking and making big changes in the editing room. Again, it's risky...but, in my opinion, it's worked out pretty well.
11:01PM on 08/29/2012
The Thin Red Line all over again.
The Thin Red Line all over again.
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9:50PM on 08/29/2012
I think it's hilarious that people are mad at Terrence Malick for cutting actors from his new film. He has been doing this type of stuff for years, it's not anything new. It's sucks that these actors had their scenes cut from the film but I'm pretty sure they all knew what they were getting into when they signed on to it. Malick is a very unique director who likes to shoot lots, and I mean lots, of footage and then finds the story/vision in the editing room. If he believes that their characters
I think it's hilarious that people are mad at Terrence Malick for cutting actors from his new film. He has been doing this type of stuff for years, it's not anything new. It's sucks that these actors had their scenes cut from the film but I'm pretty sure they all knew what they were getting into when they signed on to it. Malick is a very unique director who likes to shoot lots, and I mean lots, of footage and then finds the story/vision in the editing room. If he believes that their characters were no longer essential to the story that he is trying to tell, than that's his decision to cut them. He's not the first director to do it and he won't be the last. Plus from what I hear Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper, Jessica Chastain and Michael Sheen's roles were only small anyway. I read a while ago where Chastain said that she thinks she wouldn't end up being in the film anyway since her role was basically a cameo.
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8:32PM on 08/29/2012
"The Tree of Life", and "The Thin Red Line" are two of the top ten greatest movies of all time. I used to hate Malick, but revisiting his films multiple times made me see how brilliant they are. No Malick movie should be viewed only once.
"The Tree of Life", and "The Thin Red Line" are two of the top ten greatest movies of all time. I used to hate Malick, but revisiting his films multiple times made me see how brilliant they are. No Malick movie should be viewed only once.
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7:47PM on 08/29/2012
So except for Javier Bardem, all of the people I'd actually WANT to see in the movie are gone.

Well, consider *me* not interested anymore!
So except for Javier Bardem, all of the people I'd actually WANT to see in the movie are gone.

Well, consider *me* not interested anymore!
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7:28PM on 08/29/2012
What do I care? People are cut all the time. I do hear he is kind of a d**ck, Christopher Plummer told a pretty interesting story about Adrien Brody and his experiences on a Thin Red Line, but when you sign up for a film with a director of Malick's caliber, whether you love or hate his work, I'm sure you have some idea of what to expect and what the outcome might be
What do I care? People are cut all the time. I do hear he is kind of a d**ck, Christopher Plummer told a pretty interesting story about Adrien Brody and his experiences on a Thin Red Line, but when you sign up for a film with a director of Malick's caliber, whether you love or hate his work, I'm sure you have some idea of what to expect and what the outcome might be
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7:07PM on 08/29/2012
A little shocking for sure. That sounds like a massive amount of content to cut and I feel bad for the actors (Amanda Peet especially) but I'm still nothing but excited to see this movie. He hasn't made anything I didn't adore.
A little shocking for sure. That sounds like a massive amount of content to cut and I feel bad for the actors (Amanda Peet especially) but I'm still nothing but excited to see this movie. He hasn't made anything I didn't adore.
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7:05PM on 08/29/2012
A little shocking for sure. That sounds like a massive amount of content to cut and I feel bad for the actors (Amanda Peet especially) but I'm still nothing but excited to see this movie. He hasn't made anything I didn't adore.
A little shocking for sure. That sounds like a massive amount of content to cut and I feel bad for the actors (Amanda Peet especially) but I'm still nothing but excited to see this movie. He hasn't made anything I didn't adore.
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6:47PM on 08/29/2012
I feel bad for all those actors (and I didn't even know Amanda Peet was still acting). It must be so frustrating to dedicate your time and effort to do this film, which means turning down other possible roles, only to have it left on the cutting room floor. However, a part of me feels you have to know this is a risk when you sign on to work with Malick. He's done it before, and I'm sure he'll do it again.
And out of respect, I see no reason why some form of the scenes couldn't be included as
I feel bad for all those actors (and I didn't even know Amanda Peet was still acting). It must be so frustrating to dedicate your time and effort to do this film, which means turning down other possible roles, only to have it left on the cutting room floor. However, a part of me feels you have to know this is a risk when you sign on to work with Malick. He's done it before, and I'm sure he'll do it again.
And out of respect, I see no reason why some form of the scenes couldn't be included as a special feature on a blu-ray.
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6:41PM on 08/29/2012

Talk about a giant douche...

I'm sorry but I've never been able to board the "brilliant Terence Malick" train. Much like his other films, he'd rather fill it completely with imagery that adds nothing to the overall story or character development but it sure looks pretty. TREE OF LIFE was nothing but a nature documentary with tiny bits of awkward human interaction (and I do mean AWKWARD) that I guess we're supposed to see as us being a part of nature's cycle and it was just pretentious crap. Without the amazing
I'm sorry but I've never been able to board the "brilliant Terence Malick" train. Much like his other films, he'd rather fill it completely with imagery that adds nothing to the overall story or character development but it sure looks pretty. TREE OF LIFE was nothing but a nature documentary with tiny bits of awkward human interaction (and I do mean AWKWARD) that I guess we're supposed to see as us being a part of nature's cycle and it was just pretentious crap. Without the amazing cinematography and score, nobody would have seen it.

Cutting down scenes is one thing but cutting out entire parts is fucking ridiculous and it proves that what he writes or what is written is completely up in the air and very little thought is given. I'd be pissed if I wasted my time shooting for weeks on a film and then finding out I'll never be in a single frame of it. It's a waste of the actors time, it's a waste of the crew's time, etc, etc.

I'll let my fellow Canadian Christopher Plummer say the rest: [link]
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