Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER Leaves Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet on the Cutting Room Floor

     August 29, 2012

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If you’ve got a recognizable name like the folks pictured above, you’d think that once you sign onto a project, you can expect to see your face on the big screen.  That’s not the case when Terrence Malick is the director.  Although Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet and Michael Sheen all filmed scenes for the Badlands director’s film, To the Wonder, all of them were left on the cutting room floor. The film screens this coming Sunday at the Venice Film Festival before moving on to TIFF next week.  Hit the jump for why the actors’ scenes were cut and who is left in the finished film.

terrence-malick-to-the-wonderDeadline reports that Weisz, Pepper, Peet and Sheen all occupied small roles in minor parts of the film’s main storyline. Malick is known for shooting excessive footage which he later excises to trim down to his desired final cut.  In the words of one of the film’s insiders:

“It’s just the way Terry works; it’s not a reflection on anything other than the story.”

The actors are clearly aware of this risk as well, as Weisz was informed that her part would likely be cut, but was happy just to have the experience of working with Malick.

To the Wonder stars Ben Affleck as a player who seduces a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) while in Paris, and who he marries when he returns with her to Oklahoma.  As their relationship sours, he takes comfort in a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) and a religious exile (Javier Bardem).

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