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13 Incredible Movie Moments That Almost Didn’t Make It In Their Movies

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1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” The Wizard of Oz

I know what you're thinking, "Seriously, we're starting off with the most iconic song of all time?" Yup. Apparently, MGM's studio head Louis B. Mayer thought the song was too sad, while other executives felt it slowed down the pace of the film. However, producer Mervyn LeRoy and assistant producer Arthur Freed fought passionately for the song's inclusion, with LeRoy going as far as saying he'd quit the film if the song was cut. His threat paid off, and frankly we all owe him our lives.
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I know what you’re thinking, “Seriously, we’re starting off with the most iconic song of all time?” Yup. Apparently, MGM’s studio head Louis B. Mayer thought the song was too sad, while other executives felt it slowed down the pace of the film. However, producer Mervyn LeRoy and assistant producer Arthur Freed fought passionately for the song’s inclusion, with LeRoy going as far as saying he’d quit the film if the song was cut. His threat paid off, and frankly we all owe him our lives.

 

2. No Man’s Land, Wonder Woman

As incredibly difficult as it is to believe, director Patty Jenkins has to fight for this now-iconic scene to make it into the movie. Others working on the film were "confused" by what the point of the scene actually was. "It’s my favorite scene in the movie and it's the most important scene in the movie," said Jenkins during an interview with Fandango. "It’s also the scene that made the least sense to other people going in, which is why it's a wonderful victory for me."

Warner Bros

As incredibly difficult as it is to believe, director Patty Jenkins has to fight for this now-iconic scene to make it into the movie. Others working on the film were “confused” by what the point of the scene actually was. “It’s my favorite scene in the movie and it’s the most important scene in the movie,” said Jenkins during an interview with Fandango. “It’s also the scene that made the least sense to other people going in, which is why it’s a wonderful victory for me.”

3. “Part of Your World,” The Little Mermaid

"Part of Your World" is one of the absolute best Disney songs ever (don't @ me). Though it's greatness is common knowledge now, it wasn't always thought of as a legendary tune. During an early test screening for the film, a young boy spilled popcorn mid-song, which lead Jeffery Katzenberg (Disney's chairman at the time) to conclude that the song was too boring for young children to want to sit through without losing interest. However, the rest of the staff fought for the scene, and it stayed.
Disney

“Part of Your World” is one of the absolute best Disney songs ever (don’t @ me). Though it’s greatness is common knowledge now, it wasn’t always thought of as a legendary tune. During an early test screening for the film, a young boy spilled popcorn mid-song, which lead Jeffery Katzenberg (Disney’s chairman at the time) to conclude that the song was too boring for young children to want to sit through without losing interest. However, the rest of the staff fought for the scene, and it stayed.

4. Darth Vader’s Wrath, Rogue One

The best part of Rogue One wasn't even created until the last possible second during re-shoots, and it almost didn't make it in the film at all. "Jabez Olssen [the editor] was like, 'I think we need to get Darth Vader on that ship,' and I thought, yeah, that's a brilliant idea, but there's no way they're going to let us do it," director Gareth Edwards told Esquire. Kathleen [Kennedy, the producer] came in and Jabez thought, "Fuck it!" and pitched her this idea, and she loved it." And the rest is lightsaber massacre history!

Disney

The best part of Rogue One wasn’t even created until the last possible second during re-shoots, and it almost didn’t make it in the film at all. “Jabez Olssen [the editor] was like, ‘I think we need to get Darth Vader on that ship,’ and I thought, yeah, that’s a brilliant idea, but there’s no way they’re going to let us do it,” director Gareth Edwards told Esquire. Kathleen [Kennedy, the producer] came in and Jabez thought, “Fuck it!” and pitched her this idea, and she loved it.” And the rest is lightsaber massacre history!

5. “Yo Adrian,” Rocky II

In the original ending of Rocky II, Adrian (Talia Shire) is actually IN the audience at the fight, rather than watching the fight from home with their newborn baby. In this version, the film ends similarly to the first film, with Adrian in Rocky's (Sylvester Stallone) arms. It was decided that it would be more powerful for Adrian to be watching from home with their child, giving Rocky his solo moment to shine, which lead to the now classic line, "Yo Adrian, I did it!"

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In the original ending of Rocky II, Adrian (Talia Shire) is actually IN the audience at the fight, rather than watching the fight from home with their newborn baby. In this version, the film ends similarly to the first film, with Adrian in Rocky’s (Sylvester Stallone) arms. It was decided that it would be more powerful for Adrian to be watching from home with their child, giving Rocky his solo moment to shine, which lead to the now classic line, “Yo Adrian, I did it!”

6. The Holographic Fight, Blade Runner 2049

When a scene is as complicated as it is time-consuming, it forces the filmmakers to weigh how necessary it is for the film. This was the case with the visually-stunning hologram fight scene between Deckard (Harrison Ford) and K (Ryan Gosling). "That was a big deal in the cutting room, and probably the hardest and longest sequence to work on," said editor Joe Walker in an interview with The Playlist. "Tonally it didn’t fit, it didn’t feel like Blade Runner. I had to recut the scene, and we dumped a lot of the layers of holograms. Really great footage of pole dancers spinning down from the ceiling, all had to go." Luckily, they were able to work with what they had, and kept the scene in the final film.

Warner BrosWhen a scene is as complicated as it is time-consuming, it forces the filmmakers to weigh how necessary it is for the film. This was the case with the visually-stunning hologram fight scene between Deckard (Harrison Ford) and K (Ryan Gosling). “That was a big deal in the cutting room, and probably the hardest and longest sequence to work on,” said editor Joe Walker in an interview with The Playlist. “Tonally it didn’t fit, it didn’t feel like Blade Runner. I had to recut the scene, and we dumped a lot of the layers of holograms. Really great footage of pole dancers spinning down from the ceiling, all had to go.” Luckily, they were able to work with what they had, and kept the scene in the final film.

7. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” Frozen

Whether the song sounds identical to "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl or not (I see you, Deadpool 2 fans), there's no denying this tune was one of the most memorable from the mega-hit film. Still, it was taken out, then put back in, then taken out again, as many thought the song slowed down the opening of the story. They seemed to be content without the song in the film until THE VERY LAST EDIT. "It was not put back into the film until the witching hour before we released it," said actress Kristen Bell during the The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic documentary.

Disney

Whether the song sounds identical to “Papa Can You Hear Me?” from Yentl or not (I see you, Deadpool 2 fans), there’s no denying this tune was one of the most memorable from the mega-hit film. Still, it was taken out, then put back in, then taken out again, as many thought the song slowed down the opening of the story. They seemed to be content without the song in the film until THE VERY LAST EDIT. “It was not put back into the film until the witching hour before we released it,” said actress Kristen Bell during the The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic documentary.

8. The After Credits, Deadpool 2

Speaking of Deadpool 2, while the film was hilarious, making the now iconic end credits bit wasn't so laughable. "We had a dick of a time trying to get the actual raw footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine," said Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, during The Empire Film Podcast. "I was literally losing sleep over it, I was thinking ‘Oh my god, how are we going to do this? Am I going to have to call Hugh [Jackman] and ask him to re-shoot this chunk that looks exactly like a movie he’s already done?’ I can’t think of a worse hell for a human being.” Luckily, everything worked out in the end.

20th Century Fox

Speaking of Deadpool 2, while the film was hilarious, making the now iconic end credits bit wasn’t so laughable. “We had a dick of a time trying to get the actual raw footage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” said Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, during The Empire Film Podcast. “I was literally losing sleep over it, I was thinking ‘Oh my god, how are we going to do this? Am I going to have to call Hugh [Jackman] and ask him to re-shoot this chunk that looks exactly like a movie he’s already done?’ I can’t think of a worse hell for a human being.” Luckily, everything worked out in the end.

9. The Peeing scene, The Paperboy

This festival circuit darling had a very ~questionable~ scene in it involving Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and a bunch of jellyfish. She pees on him, ya'll. Anyway, after shooting, director Lee Daniels had some second thoughts. "I got nervous at the end, after we shot it," Daniels told GQ. "Right before I sent it off to Cannes, I called Nicole [Kidman] at three in the morning. I said, 'Nicole, I can't do it, I've gone too far.'" Kidman, however, wasn't having it. "She said, 'Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don't put that in the movie, you're out of your freakin' mind!'"

Millennium Films

This festival circuit darling had a very ~questionable~ scene in it involving Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and a bunch of jellyfish. She pees on him, ya’ll. Anyway, after shooting, director Lee Daniels had some second thoughts. “I got nervous at the end, after we shot it,” Daniels told GQ. “Right before I sent it off to Cannes, I called Nicole [Kidman] at three in the morning. I said, ‘Nicole, I can’t do it, I’ve gone too far.'” Kidman, however, wasn’t having it. “She said, ‘Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind!'”

10. The Spaghetti Sequence, Lady and the Tramp

Who among us hasn't tried to reenact this scene with our partner (excluding the whole pushing-a-meatball-with-your-nose bit)? Well, as wild as it sounds, Walt Disney himself wasn't fully convinced this sequence would work. According to Disney, "Dogs sharing an Italian dinner would just look ridiculous." Besides being the funniest sentence every spoken out loud, this sentiment also turned out to be completely incorrect, but Disney wasn't sold on the moment until animator Frank Thomas showed him his sketches for the scene.

Disney

Who among us hasn’t tried to reenact this scene with our partner (excluding the whole pushing-a-meatball-with-your-nose bit)? Well, as wild as it sounds, Walt Disney himself wasn’t fully convinced this sequence would work. According to Disney, “Dogs sharing an Italian dinner would just look ridiculous.” Besides being the funniest sentence every spoken out loud, this sentiment also turned out to be completely incorrect, but Disney wasn’t sold on the moment until animator Frank Thomas showed him his sketches for the scene.

11. General Leia’s scenes, The Last Jedi

While this one is less of an "edit" or "cut," it was certainly a struggle to get into the film at all. The passing of Carrie Fisher weighed heavy on Star Wars fans worldwide, but it also presented a unique problem for The Last Jedi filmmakers. While she had completed shooting all of her scenes, she had NOT recorded any of her ADR (the in-studio re-recording of dialogue for films, in case dialogue on-set is muffled). "We had to do a lot of sound work and that was kind of tough, but we managed," director Rian Johnson told Rolling Stone. "We have a great sound team and we managed to find little snippets from here and there to make it work."

Disney

While this one is less of an “edit” or “cut,” it was certainly a struggle to get into the film at all. The passing of Carrie Fisher weighed heavy on Star Wars fans worldwide, but it also presented a unique problem for The Last Jedi filmmakers. While she had completed shooting all of her scenes, she had NOT recorded any of her ADR (the in-studio re-recording of dialogue for films, in case dialogue on-set is muffled). “We had to do a lot of sound work and that was kind of tough, but we managed,” director Rian Johnson told Rolling Stone. “We have a great sound team and we managed to find little snippets from here and there to make it work.”

12. Ellie’s infertility, Up

According to director/writer Pete Docter, this specific moment in the tragic opening montage was the source of "several notes" from the studio, claiming that such an emotional reveal may "take things too far." The team behind the film were quick to point out that without a direct answer it would leave questions about where Ellie and Carl's kids were, or why they chose not to have any. "You didn’t feel as deeply [without the scene]," said Docter during an interview with Yahoo. "Most of the emotional stuff is not just to push on people and make them cry, but it’s for a greater reason to really make you care about the story."

Pixar

According to director/writer Pete Docter, this specific moment in the tragic opening montage was the source of “several notes” from the studio, claiming that such an emotional reveal may “take things too far.” The team behind the film were quick to point out that without a direct answer it would leave questions about where Ellie and Carl’s kids were, or why they chose not to have any. “You didn’t feel as deeply [without the scene],” said Docter during an interview with Yahoo. “Most of the emotional stuff is not just to push on people and make them cry, but it’s for a greater reason to really make you care about the story.”

13. The After Credits, Avengers

In the original script for the first Avengers film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) wakes up after being knocked out and immediately asks the surrounding Avengers "What's next?" However, Downey Jr. felt like the moment could be played for more comedy. "It was one line, now it’s three pages," director Joss Whedontold Entertainment Weekly. Stark mentioning the shawarma place was a complete improvisation, and the after credits moment featuring the Avengers chowing down wasn't added until re-shoots, which means when it premiered internationally, the rest of the world didn't get to enjoy the silly moment.

Marvel

In the original script for the first Avengers film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) wakes up after being knocked out and immediately asks the surrounding Avengers “What’s next?” However, Downey Jr. felt like the moment could be played for more comedy. “It was one line, now it’s three pages,” director Joss Whedontold Entertainment Weekly. Stark mentioning the shawarma place was a complete improvisation, and the after credits moment featuring the Avengers chowing down wasn’t added until re-shoots, which means when it premiered internationally, the rest of the world didn’t get to enjoy the silly moment.

Source: buzzfeed.com

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