Thursday, July 8, 2010
I don't remember seeing that!
Now that we've all (I hope) had a chance to see Prince of Persia, it's fun to think back on all the Disney marketing and wonder, "Hey, what happened to that shot?" The smallest change can be jarring - I saw the trailer so many times, that when Dastan says, "You really like telling me what to do," my mind kept supplying the "Don't you?" But that wasn't in the movie.
I preferred the trailer version!
there were other differences - I think the movie kiss is from the reverse angle in the film. And we saw lots of stills and images that didn't make it to the final cut.
Sadly, Prince of Persia is out of local theaters, so I can't go again this weekend to check. But I don't remember these scenes in the movie. I guess they couldn't include everything, and apparently some people would have objected to a three-hour epic. But I'd never say no to more Jake Gyllenhaal on-screen.
The shot above and the one below were probably done during the last act of the movie, back in Alamut. You can see Sheik Amar there, and I remember Dastan in that cape. But we never saw him sitting and trying to avoid detection, nor did we see the three of them running from that angle. It's too bad, because these are beautiful shots.
A dramatic escape for the prince. I wonder if this was supposed to be part of Dastan's run from the market after meeting Nizam. I don't remember the buildings being close enough for him to suspend himself. But it's a cool shot!
This shot is very intriguing. It appears that Dastan is in Tamina's chambers. Maybe this was part of the infamous deleted scene that would have given the film an R rating? One can only hope that scene really was filmed and will appear on the DVD.
Would love to know what's going on here. Dastan and Bis didn't get to spend enough time together onscreen, so it would have been fun to see them interacting more.
I guess there isn't a lot of time in an action film to show the hero looking all brooding and pensive and gorgeous. A pity!
Dastan tracks Tamina down in the desert one last time, but in the film, he wakes her up when she's sleeping, and she doesn't try to run from him. This is a beautiful shot, but I'm not sure what was happening.
I can see why they cut this one. It's a little too Rambo-esque. Kind of silly!
This is the most egregious omission of all! I think these were the first shots we got of Jake in costume on set. And then they were never seen again. It looks as if they are in a palace, maybe setting up for a banquet. Perhaps they were taken of Jake in between takes and not for an actual scene, but what a tease!
Please feel free to devise your own dialogue or scenarios to explain these missing scenes! Or are these scenes or shots you were expecting to be one way that turned out differently?
(Photos courtesy of IHJ.)