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When you begin making a film for Terrence Malick, you never really know how much of what you film is going to wind up in the final picture. Even major stars can end up getting their entire parts cut from the versions audiences finally see. For his latest film, To The Wonder, Malick has reportedly cut Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Barry Pepper’s scenes.
Weisz confirmed the news that she had been cut from the film first, reports The Film Stage. The Oscar-winning actress told the Italian publication La Stampa that “it seems that [her] part has been cut.” She added, “I had the experience of working with him [Malick] but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work.”
Deadline later confirmed that the other actors had every scene they were in cut from the final edit, which will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.
“It’s just the way Terry works; it’s not a reflection on anything other than the story,” a source told Deadline.
As CinemaBlend notes, Malick has made a habit of doing this to stars. Most recently, Sean Penn complained that his role in last year’s The Tree of Life was drastically cut down. For 1999’s The Thin Red Line, Malick cast stars Martin Sheen, Micky Rourke and Gary Oldman, but their roles were eventually cut. He also turned John Travolta and George Clooney’s roles into cameos.
The final version of To The Wonder will feature Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko.
Malick’s next film is Knight of Cups, which will star Christian Bale (who worked with Malick on The New World). Other stars in that film include Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Ryan O’Neal.
Weisz will next be seen in Oz: The Great And Powerful.