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  • An article about the history and filming of The Good Shepherd is at the LA Times, and it confirms that Leonardo DiCaprio left the film due to his salary demands. Excerpts:

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    As De Niro worked to complete the editing, it was unclear if the violin segment would even make it into the finished movie. The director's latest cut of "The Good Shepherd," which opens Dec. 22, was running at 2 hours, 40 minutes, and his distributors wanted 20 more minutes lopped off.

    "It's not over till it's over," De Niro said during a late October visit to Los Angeles. "But I can't cut any more than I feel comfortable with."

    At least he had something to cut. It took a dozen years to bring "The Good Shepherd" this far, a period in which the film passed through five other directors' hands. But with every false start, every maddening delay, the movie's subject matter grew only more timely.

    "This is not 'The Bourne Identity,'" producer Jane Rosenthal said. "You have to get into the movie and pay attention."

    But the production couldn't close DiCaprio's rich deal, and De Niro was worried the actor would first make Martin Scorsese's "The Departed." "I said one night, 'You have to let me know now. Are you in or are you out?' " De Niro said. "Because I had intentions to get it to Matt that night."

    Damon also was starring in "The Departed," but he would be done earlier than DiCaprio, and the ever-busy Damon didn't want to take any time off before starting "The Good Shepherd."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Good Shepherd

    Have to say Leo is one of the reason stars get a bad rap. Why couldn't he take less money, it is not like he doesn't have money. Oh well with him gone it is great that Matt stepped in and he waived his usually fee. Also I agree 2hr 40 minutes is to long. It is hard to sit through movies now with them being so long, they can always include the extra material on the DVD anyway.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Good Shepherd

    But if an extra 20 minutes means the difference between this and the 'All the pretty horses' problems of a movie cut to pieces, then I'd rather have the longer movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Good Shepherd

    I totally agree with you. "All the Pretty Horses" was ruined thanks to it being cut to pieces. If the extra twenty minutes make the difference between a so so movie and a classic it is well worth the time. Here is hoping all the buzz around "The Good Sheperd" comes to fruition. I can't wait to see it! Not sure when the release date for it in Australia is? Soon after America I hope!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Good Shepherd

    I agree with you also. I think Syriana should have been about 30 minutes longer. It would have been a better movie. Even my husband said that after we came out ot the theater.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 11th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Good Shepherd

    Totally! I'm still really, really bummed that we've never been able to see the original version of All the Pretty Horses...and while I want to hold out hope that we may still get a chance to someday, given the situation with the composer, etc., I don't think it's going to happen. :-(

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Is the Jane Rosenthal quote a slam on The Bourne Identity"? Getting into the movie and paying attention are strong requirements for "Bourne". How could we all be excited about it if we didn't give it interested concentration? As a matter of fact, those criteria are vital for the enjoyment of any movie. I hope the other executives on TGS are smarter than Rosenthal or we've got a problem here.

    Joyce
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    Of all the movies she could have chosen, it seemed a strange dig at Matt.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 6th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The woman shouldn't have named any of his movies. By insulting the man's choices in film, you're insulting the man, and putting your star in a bad light. I wonder if there's any chance she was misquoted, as it seems that, from a PR standpoint, it's a rather idiotic thing to say.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't think it was a slam. I think she was just saying that this is a VERY different movie than the Bourne movies. He is probably best known for his role as Jason Bourne.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 11th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    Indeed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Collin's gay?

    Why do people keep saying that Matt played Collin as a gay in TD?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    A lot of people are trying to read a lot more into the movie than is actually there (a common problem with that film!) Lots of people have their theories on various sites including IMDB - see them for more detail.

    Matt thought it would be more interesting if his character was impotent - it gave the character more depth - but it was only related to the power issues with Jack Nicholson's character (non-sexual), and nothing more.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    Yes I visited IMDB. People there are going crazy over whether Collin was gay or not. Thanks for replying and whose baby do you think Vera was carrying?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    We're not meant to know - it's supposed to be undetermined.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    hmmm.......though Leo lovers on IMDB are absolutely sure that the baby is Billy's ;-P
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    Not trying to encourage this, but the impotency talk was a one-off, and Colin believed the baby was his. But let the Leo fans claim it if they want...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    Thats what i said to them once, that is was off and colin believed the baby was his, so you know!...and also that where not suppose to know anyhow! But like you said, i thought let the Leo fans claim it they want...

    ~Cass
    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 6th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    Normally I wouldn't get into a movie disscussion on anything but a movie board or designated thread, but I got to say I think Colin was gay. The performance problem, the over-abundant gay slurs (even for a tough Southie), the obvious recoil at Jack Nicholson in the theater: IMO, all attempts by Scorsese and Matt to make the character sexually ambigious (more Matt's attempts I'm sure as Scorsese can't seem to write a character anymore who's not a cardboard cut out). I'm not saying that Colin was meant to be gay, but there is some evidence to support that theory.

    >But let the Leo fans claim it if they want...

    Agreed, though I think the real mystery is how a woman whose beauty rivals that of Shelley Duvall could have seduced two hot guys. No offense, but talk about begging the audience to suspend their belief! LOL
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    I definitely think that Colin was supposed to have sex issues. Probably sexual abuse when he was a boy. I would not go so far as to say he was gay. I didn't see any evidence of that, but definitely sexual issues.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 6th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Collin's gay?

    >A lot of people are trying to read a lot more into the movie than is >actually there (a common problem with that film!)

    To name one! The movie was about as deep as an ashtray. Bless you Felicity, you may have more sense then most highly-paid, over-appreciated film critics put together. You're one smart cookie. I would say you ought to be a film critic yourself, but who would then run this site as good as you do!? :D
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 11th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits -- thanks for linking that article, Felicity!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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