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, f**k 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,