Laine didn't actually see the film until it premiered, at which point he cringed with embarrassment over how emotionally invested he had been in his performance of the theme song, probably somewhere between the third and fourth rape joke.
The Thin Red Line -- Adrien Brody Thought He Was the Main Character
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The Thin Red Line was director Terrence Malick's attempt to make Saving Private Ryan as boring as he possibly could. The movie tells the story of various soldiers of C Company during the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II, with a bloated cast that reads like a list of talking points on an episode of I Love the '90s, including George Clooney, John Travolta, Nick Nolte, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, and drunken woman-punching machine Sean Penn.
One name we left off of that list was Adrien Brody, who played Corporal Fife, the central character of the novel on which the film is based. You might assume we didn't mention him because Brody wasn't a huge star at that point, because why else would we leave out the main character? That same question was doubtless at the front of Brody's mind when he finally saw the finished film, because it wasn't until that moment that he discovered he'd been cut almost entirely out.
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Even from the choreographed dance number that played over the credits.
It's fairly common for an actor's performance to get trimmed down substantially or completely removed, but Brody was the main character. He had filmed his entire role, done press junkets and magazine interviews, and brought his freaking parents to watch the movie's premiere, all with the understanding that he was the central character and that The Thin Red Line was his big break. To call back Saving Private Ryan, this would be like if Steven Spielberg had cut Tom Hanks' role down to three lines and didn't tell him about it until the movie came out.
Brody was understandably heartbroken -- he'd filmed countless hours of material and endured six months of boot camp with Sean Penn and John Travolta, which automatically entitles you to an Academy Award for Special Achievement in Not Killing Yourself (see Carrie, above). Years later, he still considered the experience an exercise in public humiliation, a feeling probably shared by the rest of the people Terrence Malick cut out of the film, including Gary Oldman, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Sheen, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Pullman, and Mickey Rourke, who, in all fairness, was probably removed because the editors mistook him for a leathery old rhinoceros that had accidentally wandered in front of the camera.
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That didn't stop Armond White from praising Rourke's performance as "powerful."
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