Thursday, March 23, 2006
Sam Jackson Will Do Any Movie You Offer Him. Is He the New Chistopher Walken?
Anyone been reading about Snakes on a Plane, the upcoming New Line film starring Samuel L. Jackson? CNN.com's running a pretty hilarious article about the whole internet phenomenon that's rising up around the movie, and all the hubbub is percolating without the kind of corporate marketing techniques the studios spend so much money on to promote their often middling product. One interesting paragraph in that article is about a fairly popular audio trailer a guy named Chris Rohan put together. On it, Rohan has a Sam Jackson sound-alike saying, "I want these motherf**king snakes off this mother f**king plane!" The growing fan base loved the line and now New Line is doing $5 million in reshoots to not just take the current cut, which is PG-13, to a hard R by adding more violence, more snakes, and nudity, but to add that line specifically. This is just one more bit of evidence that the things people say in the talkback sections of these movie sites are often taken very seriously by the movie studios. They will do whatever they can to get people excited enough about a movie to come out and see it on that opening weekend. Amazing. It's a pretty interesting article, and not too many typos, which is weird for CNN.com.