Why this scene was ever shot: Probably because some old college buddy of Donner' was on the payroll as "Unit Manager, Octopus Effects," and kept nagging the director and bringing up "all those times I bailed your ass out in the Quad" until Donner finally sighed and said, "Alright, fuck it. Let' shoot the 'pus."
4. Cameron Crowe Wants You to Watch People Listen to Music
Movie: Almost Famous
Director: Cameron Crowe
Why this scene was deleted: Because in this scene the young wannabe rock critic wins over his skeptical mother by making her listen to the poetic majesty of
Why this scene was ever shot: Because no one on set had the balls to tell Crowe, "Hey Cam, I know this movie is based on your childhood, and that playing Stairway is actually what convinced your mom to let you write for Rolling Stone, but"Â¦dude, it' an EIGHT-MINUTE SONG. And we're filming a bunch of people just sitting around, looking at each other and listening to THE ENTIRE THING! I mean, I like a good nostalgia jerk too, but can't you just rub one out to the
This scene was an early sign of Crowe' increasing belief that directing a movie means filming actors sitting around while good music plays in the background. Had Crowe deleted every scene like this from his next two movies,