A Deleted Scene in 'Bird Box' Would Have Revealed the Monster and It Would Have Been Dumb
The movie to watch over the holidays on Netflix is Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box, which is a much better option than last year’s Bright. It’s about a post-apocalyptic world in which a … something … causes all the world’s inhabitants to take their own lives if they peer into the … something.
Director Susanne Bier is wise in the film not to let viewers see a glimpse of the something because, obviously, whatever we conjure up in our imagination will be worse than anything that can be put onscreen (for instance, I imagine a giant, floating ethereal Eddie Redmayne-shaped apparition).
However, the producers — who notoriously possess shit for brains — strongly suggested that the something be featured in the film — that the creature been shown, explained the film’s writer, Eric Heisserer, to Bloody Disgusting: “There was a time when one of the producers was like, ‘No, you have to see something at some point’ and forced me to write essentially a nightmare sequence where [protagonist] Malorie experiences one in that house.”
As Sandra Bullock explained, “It was a green man with a horrific baby face. It was just a long fat baby.”
That sounds … dumb.
“We actually shot that and spent a lot of energy on [the deleted scene], but every time I saw it, I was like this is not going to be tense. It’s just going to be funny,” director Susanne Bier said. “At first, [Bullock] was like, ‘I don’t want to see it’ because she thought it was scary. Then it was like, ‘Don’t show it to me because [I’ll laugh].’ Every time I did it, I was like, ‘Shit, that’s a different film.’”
And it would have been a completely different — and laughable — film, which again proves the old maxim: “Producers should just be quiet.”
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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