Top 10 great movies saved by last minute changes
Top 10 Great movies saved by last minute changes for this list we’re looking at fan favorite pieces of cinema that underwent last-minute changes ones that undoubtedly improved the final product also we will be discussing spoilers for some films on our list so consider yourselves warned.
This now classic animated feature stars Mike Myers as a cantankerous ogre who just wants to be left alone in a swampy home. While we all remember the title characters thick Scottish brogue he almost sounded completely different. For starters, he was initially voiced by Myers fellow Saturday Night Live alum Chris Farley. But sadly Farley passed away before he finished recording his lines so, we’ll never know what could have been. Myers was brought in as a replacement, but before settling on a Scottish accent Myers recorded much of his dialogue in his natural Canadian accent. Thankfully Myers recognized that this did not work and his lines were re-recorded with the accent we know and love today.
Edgar Wright’s supercharged adaptation of the cult Canadian indie comic, almost had an entirely different ending from the one Audiences ultimately got. after defeating the last of his paramour’s evil exes, Scott walks off hand-in-hand with his new squeeze. but in the initial version of the film, Scott instead wound up with knives. his love interest from earlier in the film. towards the end of production, however, the sixth Scott Pilgrim comic book was released which saw Scott and Ramona reunite. and so the ending was changed to fit with the source material.
A stand out from this x-men time-hopping adventure was the introduction of Evan Peters as the silver-haired speedster Quicksilver. But the character’s role in the movie including the memorable time in a bottle sequence was almost something else entirely. Originally, Wolverine was going to recruit a young juggernaut to help break Magneto out of prison. Director Bryan Singer chose to change the character to Quicksilver midway through production after watching some high-speed camera videos and getting the inspiration for the film’s memorable sequence given that Peters fun performance and big scene were major highlights of the film. We’re not complaining that juggernaut got the boot.
Sam Mendez’s award-winning film about an advertising executive who falls for a much younger woman while navigating a midlife crisis famously ends badly for its protagonist. But he wasn’t always going to be the only one who ended the movie in a bad way. Originally, secondary characters Ricky and Jane were meant to take the fall for the events of the film’s climax. Being hauled in to stand trial despite their innocence the extra sequence would have caused the film to run for an extra half hour which Mendes felt ruined the film’s pacing and impact by dragging things out with little payoff. Seems like he made the right call.
The second installment in this self-referential horror franchise had its entire production derailed when the script leaked online. spoiling the ending, the studio was desperate to maintain the secret of the film’s ending. so the script had to be rewritten but that’s not all the ending we got was one of several endings written for the film, as a way to ensure that no further leaks would happen. even the cast and crew weren’t allowed to know which end was the real one. in one of the dummy endings, it turned out that virtually the entire supporting cast was part of a mass plan to kill protagonist Sidney Prescott. Wow! that’s dark even for this franchise.
In the original climax of this iconic action movie, Vietnam vet John Rambo confronts his former commanding officer Colonel Trautman letting loose an epic and tear-stained monologue about his treatment at the hands of the people he thought he was fighting for. at the end of it all, Rambo begs Troutman to finish him off once and for all. in the original ending, Rambo literally forced Troutman’s hand to put him out of his misery. unsurprisingly, Rambo actor Sylvester Stallone felt this was a downer and the ending was changed so that Rambo instead surrenders himself to the police. The original ending also would have put the kibosh on the film’s sequels.
Kevin Smith’s career-making indie comedy is a mostly light-hearted affair. even with some of the darker twists and turns, the film takes towards the end. but originally the closing seconds of the film would have taken a serious turn. In Smith’s original ending put-upon convenience store clerk Dante would have been shot and killed in a robbery mere seconds before the credits rolled. it certainly would have been a shocking and memorable twist but Smith was convinced to remove the ending following its first screening. It’s hard to argue that the proposed ending wouldn’t have felt out of place. ending an otherwise fun movie on a bleak note.
Stanley Kubrick’s horror opus is widely regarded today as one of the finest horror films of all time. thanks in no small part to the nail-biter of an ending. the film ends on a desperate chase through the Overlook Hotel and the nearby hedge maze with Danny and Wendy Torrance narrowly escaping the crazed Jack. in the finished film the pair escapes moments before the credits roll, but originally a sequence would have seen them recovering in a hospital. this additional scene was actually included in the film’s LA premiere but was removed afterward because Kubrick wisely realized that it detracted from the impact of the film’s final sequence.
it’s hard to imagine Marty McFly being played by anyone other than Michael J Fox but we narrowly avoided a timeline in which the character was played by mask star Eric Stoltz. Stoltz was originally cast in the role by director Robert Zemeckis but after a few weeks of filming, the director realized that Stoltz was not a great fit for the role. Zemeckis his first choice for the part had always been Fox but his part in the hit sitcom family ties presented a scheduling roadblock. following Stoltz his departure, Fox signed on for the role. filming family ties by day and working on the film by night.
This iconic horror film is the poster child for the less is more philosophy teasing audiences with glimpses of the rampaging shark to build suspense. this same formula has been used for countless horror movies since but we almost got something very different. originally, audiences were meant to see much more of the monstrous shark but the mechanical predator constructed for filming rarely worked when it was supposed to. not one to let a little thing like a malfunctioning robot shark get him down, Steven Spielberg made use of what shark footage he could get elected to show the Beast as little as possible before the climax and just like that a classic was born.
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