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Eyes Wide Shut minus Harvey Keitel??

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Robert_eb, Oct 19, 2002.

  1. Robert_eb

    Robert_eb Supporting Actor

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    I heard that Harvey Keitel was booted from the Eyes Wide Shut production. Is this true and if so why?
     
  2. Thi Them

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    I don't remember if he was booted or if he left. I think he was supposed to play Sydney Pollack's character. Jennifer Jason Leigh was also supposed to be in the movie.

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  3. MichaelAW

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    IIRC, Keitel left due to scheduling issues. JJL was supposed to play the daughter of the patient (who died) that made a pass at Tom Cruise's character.
     
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    JJL did film her scenes, but when Kubrick wanted JJL back for reshoots, JJL wasn't available, so Kubrick had that part recasted for the film.
     
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    I saw Jan Harlan (Kubrick's brother-in-law and the producer of EWS) speak after a screening of EWS at the Egyptian Theater here in LA earlier this year. He explained that Keitel shot some scenes as Ziegler. Kubrick was pleased with Keitel's performance but disappointed by the set design of Ziegler's house, especially the pool room. So Kubrick ordered a redesign. By the time the new set was ready, Keitel was unavailible. The same thing happened with JJL. Kubrick liked her performance but didn't like the set and ordered another overhaul. When the set was ready she wasn't availible so the went with Marie Richardson instead. Harlan emphasized that in both cases it was a simple scheduling problem. Kubrick had no problem with either Leigh or Keitel's performances, as some have reported.
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    Funny thing is that JJL passed up being in a Kubrick fim to be in David Cronenbergs Existenz . Harvey Keitel left to play Elvis is Finding Graceland.
     
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    I don't think it was a case of passing it up so much as they were contractually obligated to do those films and couldn't leave in the middle of production (which had already started by the time Kubrick decided to do reshoots) to go back to EWS. Actually I heard that Leigh tried to do both but because eXistenZ was shooting in Canada and EWS in England she couldn't manage it.
     
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    Didn't Harvey Keitel also pass on Apocalypse Now? Although considering the shoot maybe it was an act of self-preservation.....
     
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    Why was he fired?
     
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