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New Details Of Chaos On The Set Of 'Blade: Trinity' Indicate Production Was Doomed From The Start

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 20, 2012 8:07 PM
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This is absolutely, painfully hilarious! Sad, and painfully hilarious! I guess it all makes sense now; the movie stunk, which I think most of us can agree on.

In reading co-star Patton Oswalt's recent interview with AV Club about the film (posted on their website just yesterday), it's clear that, during shooting, Wesley Snipes wasn't at all happy with the project.

The fact that he would later sue New Line Cinema, writer/director David Goyer and Toby Emmerich, executive producer of Blade: Trinity, in a wide-ranging lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in damages, was certainly a nod to his disgust with the film and his involvement in it.

You might recall that, in the suit, Wesley claimed:

- A violation of his contract;

- That the director (Goyer), the screenplay and the supporting cast were essentially forced on him, and he had no say in any of those choices; especially with the script, which he didn't care for, objecting to what he called the "juvenile level of humor" in it, as well as the fact that his character, the lead character, whose name is on the marquee, was marginalized, with focus being shifted from Blade to the 2 sidekicks (played by Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds) - the plan, Snipes claimed, being to set the stage for spinoffs featuring other cast members. 

- Racial discrimination/prejudice against Goyer and the whole production. Specifically, that in contrast to the first two Blade films, in which efforts were made to select a multiracial cast and crew, Goyer and Emmerich "intentionally hired only white people," which Snipes claimed led to him feeling isolated and excluded. He also claimed that Goyer made racially motivated statements about Snipes being unprofessional and difficult to work with, and that Goyer refused to discipline a crew member who wore a racially discriminatory T-shirt on the set.

There was more to the suit, but you get the picture; basically, he felt disrespected and railroaded, and that the movie sucked as a result!

Also worth noting, fans of the franchise who watched and listened to the DVD commentary for Blade 2 will know that, originally, for Blade 3, Blade was supposed to have a sex scene in the film, since the first 2 movies didn't have Blade do the nasty with anyone; that piece of info was revealed by both Snipes & Goyer on the Blade 2 DVD commentary. And who was he supposed to have sex with? Abigail Whistler, the character played by Jessica Biel. And, as we all know, there was no such sex scene in Blade: Trinity. What a surprise!

So, yeah, this baby was in the toilet from day 1 it seems, and Wesley didn't like the smell of any of it; and as the Patton Oswalt interview with AV Club below shows, his behavior on set demonstrated that.

But can you blame the brotha?

Like I said, it's kind of humorous to read now, several years later; but, man, insider stories like this (from the contents of the lawsuit, to this interview) really are gold, pulling back the curtain a bit, for the average viewer, allowing us to see some of the ish that goes on behind the scenes - especially where black talents are concerned.

Check out an excerpt from the Oswalt interview below:

PO: Oh, Christ. That was the third Blade movie. And there’s a scene where Blade goes in and confronts this guy for harvesting humans. That scene was supposed to be the whole basis of the film. Blade is fighting for the last shred of humanity. But they thought that it was just so fucking grim, so they decided to just have Blade fighting Dracula. It was just one of those; it was a very troubled production. Wesley [Snipes] was just fucking crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on. We were in Vancouver, and it was always raining. I kept the door to my trailer open to smell the evening rain while I was watching a movie. Then I remember one day on the set—they let everyone pick their own clothes—there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word “Garbage” on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, “There’s only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says ‘Garbage?’ You racist motherfucker!”

And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer. So later that night, Ron Perlman was in the city. Everyone who makes movies in Vancouver stays in the same hotel. It’s like an episode of The Love Boat. Every time the elevator stops, you’ve got a different celebrity getting on. Like, [announcer voice] “Hey, now we’ve got Danny Glover!” So we went out that night to some strip club, and we were all drinking. And there were a bunch of bikers there, so David says to them, “I’ll pay for all your drinks if you show up to set tomorrow and pretend to be my security.” Wesley freaked out and went back to his trailer. [Laughs.] And the next day, Wesley sat down with David and was like, “I think you need to quit. You’re detrimental to this movie.” And David was like, “Why don’t you quit? We’ve got all your close-ups, and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in.” And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note “From Blade.” [Laughs.]

Damn.

I love how Wesley always seems to be aware of and accounts for his *blackness*, and represents!

You can read the rest of the interview HERE.

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17 Comments

  • ALM | November 26, 2012 5:59 PMReply

    The focus was definitely moved off of Blade. Wesley was right about that. It seemed as if they were setting up the series for Ryan Reynolds. Sadly, studio executives couldn’t forsee that “The Green Lantern” would later receive an even worse response than “Blade: Trinity” did.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 21, 2012 10:56 PMReply

    It's time to reboot the franchise (and it can definitely be revived). Not with Wesley, though. He's too old now. And he's burned a lot of industry bridges. Better to start over with a younger Blade more true to the comic origins, which had him as a more feral, less polished killer -- and blood drinker -- akin to Wolverine.

  • Donella | November 24, 2012 4:26 PM

    Yes, the movie franchise can be revived with a different actor. Did you see the television series with Tricky?

  • Donella | November 21, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    The first two directors managed ground-breaking movies with brilliant action sequences and a large cast of leads, supports, and extras. The third director choked, likely because he tried to pal around and be a friend instead of maintaining leadership, professionalism, and discipline on the set.

  • webmaster | November 21, 2012 6:02 AMReply

    Blade trinity is the best example of action of movie and the sequences are like realistic...

  • Satan | April 15, 2014 6:47 PM

    The more I read this, the less it makes sense..

  • VichusSmith | November 21, 2012 5:50 PM

    What does this mean?

  • Firebrand | November 21, 2012 4:54 AMReply

    Wow, funny story, but quite sad as well. The series went from good to terrible in a heartbeat, and now we likely won't get another blade film because of that disaster known as Trinity. Even Snipes doesn't seem too keen on returning to the role in the near future, and after reading this, I don't blame him.

  • Mohammed | November 20, 2012 11:21 PMReply

    We need more of this. As a person of african origin it disgusts me that Snipes behaved that way. But more than that, as a film-lover I'd like to think that the best way to discourage this kind of ill behaviour against co-stars and uknown actors in minor roles who are just happy to be there doing the work for the fans, is to publicly shame these actors who behave like this. Being an artist doesn't mean that one isn't expected to behave as a decent human being towards others. One will not learn a lesson of bad behaviour is covered up out of fear.

  • Firebrand | November 21, 2012 4:53 AM

    Did you even read the article?

  • Dankwa Brooks | November 20, 2012 11:16 PMReply

    I got a 4 DVD BLADE set for $10.00 at Wal-mart featuring Blade 1, 2, 3 and the pilot of the Spike TV show. I thoroughly enjoyed Blade 1 & 2. Can't bring myself to watch the other two -___-

  • Miles Ellison | November 20, 2012 9:43 PMReply

    What a surprise that this turned out to be a bad movie.

  • AccidentalVisitor | November 20, 2012 9:19 PMReply

    The only thing new here is the idea of a sex scene for Blade in the third film. Not surprised it didn't happen. Probably wasn't even written into the script.

  • Dalamar | January 2, 2013 1:08 AM

    It actually was with her being a bit of an older character. There was a lot written into the script but cut out at the last minute, for instance this film was originally supposed to be set 20 or so years after Blade 2, taking place in a world where the vampire problem had gotten extremely worse due to having 2 different ways of growing in numbers (Birth as established in the first film, & being turned as in all vampire folk lore). The main plot point as mentioned in the article was to be that of human harvesting & Blade fighting more now than ever to preserve his own humanity. That idea was originally supposed to make an appearance in the first movie but got scrapped & serves now as just a deleted scene. More or less Trinity and the tv series (also co-written by Goyer & set to star Snipes until last minute drop outs & changes) were doomed to fail due to drastic rewrites, lack of a capable director, last minute casting decisions, and inflated egos coming from all directions. :/

  • VichusSmith | November 20, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Maybe he should've been more conscious of his accounting.

    Besides Ryan Reynolds, I can't really say that I liked Blade Trinity. Yeah, they're right about Blade just fighting Dracula. That was so lame, and it made Dracula look lame. It's goddamn Dracula fighting on a table! They severely dropped the ball. I don't think that it would've been much greater if Snipes was all in.

  • Donella | November 20, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    I commented on this here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/patton-oswalt-has-some-pretty-awesome-wesley-snipes-stories-from-blade-trinity-20121119

  • starry118 | November 21, 2012 12:21 AM

    I wish I could "Like" or +10 that comment so much...

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