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What a Difference a Song Makes

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 21, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 21, 2010 |

A month ago, TK posted the first trailer for Clooney’s new assassin spy thriller The American. Above all else, TK observed that the trailer was endowed with an indubitable Clooneyness that made it irresistible. Well, quality control got ahold of it, and by “quality control” I mean most literally that Hollywood studios have a quality control department that is responsible for controlling quality the way that secret police control the population.

Here’s the original trailer:

As TK said, Clooneyness, right? Now here’s the second trailer:

That is almost exactly the same trailer except that they made the cuts quicker, added the movie trailer guy to intone ominously, and changed the music from thoughtful piano to banging generic action movie score. Slam! Gunshot! Growly intonation! Hammer hitting metal! Bang of indeterminate origin! It doesn’t feel like Bourne IV yet, ADD A FIREBALL!

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.