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Did You Know: Noel Clarke Was Cut From 'Ghost Rider' + Not Sure He'll Be Seen In 'Star Trek 2'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 2, 2012 9:21 PM
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The proverbial cutting room floor, fodder for DVD and Blu-ray extras. I haven't seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (released last year) and certainly haven't touched the DVD or Blu-ray to know what special features/extras each contains.

Those of you who have may already be aware of this; in an interview this morning with the BBC, plugging the UK theatrical release of his rom-com The Knot, Noel Clarke revealed that he had a role in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, but his scenes were completely gutted from the finished film that many of you saw. 

In fact, he's not even listed in the credits - at least, not on the film's IMDB page of credits. So, you'd never know that he was in the film at all. He doesn't say what his role was, or how significant it may have been; although, given that he was cut out of it, we can surmise that the Brit's on-screen time was probably minimal.

I should note that his fellow Brit thespian, Idris Elba was also in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, but, lucky for him, the character he played in the movie, Moreau, made it to through post-production.

Clarke also discussed his secretive role in the upcoming Star Trek sequel, which will be released next year. As you may recall, Clarke's character has still yet to be fully revealed, other than the statement that he'll be playing a family man with a wife and child; and no word on how plump his role as family man will be in the film. 

In today's BBC interview, he didn't seem entirely certain that his character will end up in the movie that opens next May, stating, "as far as I'm aware, I'm still in the movie," adding, when asked to explain, "You go out there and do a big film, and you don't know what they're going to cut..."

And he's right, you don't know. But, if he's role was significant, or integral to the plot, chances are he'd be far more certain of whether he'd end up in the completed film. So it's probably also a *insignificant* part. 

He's a star in his homeland, cranking out projects like an assembly line; but across the pond, here in the USA, he's still unknown to most... unless you're and S&A reader, of course.

But clearly, he's making attempts to change that fact, and it's likely only a matter of time...

You can watch the full BBC interview HERE (it's not embeddable).

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8 Comments

  • Jan | October 3, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    He really isn't a good actor anyway

  • Dee | October 3, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Accidental Visitor: Compared to the vanishing from sight / soap / pursuing their theatrical careers paths, the work these actors are finding in the US "is" a measure of success. What they or others do with this is a different matter. What is true is of the creative industries is that everyone is waiting for someone else to tell them what's great and these actor's presence; no matter how small it may appear on the other side of the pond; is a recognition of the value they bring to the screen.

  • Dee | October 3, 2012 11:00 AMReply

    Well it's not like he was cut from a Malik film is it?

    Let's not fool ourselves. Prolific and talented are not the same beast.

    Clarke is a passable screen presence, still too self concious to comfortably share a screen with the rawer talents of Ashley Walters or John Boyega. You are always aware he is acting.

    The actors that have succeeded in the US Idris Elba, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Lenny James, David Harewood have got skills to spare in the acting dept. and their places are well earned.

    I'm glad he is philosophical about his situation because he has worked harder than most to gain his place in the film world and I'm sure he'll mature into a more subtle actor, he's just not there yet.

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 3, 2012 11:35 AM

    Harewood has succeeded? I don't know about that. He's gotten a supporting and mostly inconsequential role in an acclaimed cable TV series. Big whoop. A fellow countryman of his (white of course) got the actual lead for that show. Getting the lead means a sign of success, getting a supporting role that no one really pays attention to only means he got a job. It pays the bill, sure. Can't dismiss it entirely. But how is that true success, the type of success which we are discussing? Baptiste had a supporting role in one of the countless CBS crime dramas. It didn't require her to do any heavy lifting as an actress. Besides that what work has she gotten in the good ol' USA? Not much. Waters hasn't really gotten anything over here in America. Boyega would have been showered with offers if he was a white because that's what Hollywood does: shower young white Brits with plenty of offers once there is the slightest buzz around them. Has Lenny James gotten any starring vehicles in America as he did in England? I suppose there is something coming down the pipe for him now but it didn't come quick. Elba gets all of this praise and pub and yet outside of "black films" made by black directors he has never gotten the lead in an American motion picture; he's always playing a supporting part, most of them being rather forgettable. That's way different from upcoming white actors from England who are considered by industry types having both talent and appeal; those dudes get buried with offers routinely. And the only TV series that Elba has been the star of is one that was based in Britain. Granted it took "The Wire" for folks to pay attention to him in the first palce, but it isn't as if he was getting offers from AMC, HBO, Showtime and the broadcast networks to headline his own show in this country. Yes, there are a few true success stories, black people whose opportunities in America far outnumbered their opportunities in England. Not arguing against that. But there is a myth that this country is some great land of opportunity for hungry black actors and actresses.

  • Africameleon | October 2, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    He's really talented, AdULTHOOD and KiDULTHOOD are great films!

  • Boomslang | October 4, 2012 2:14 PM

    I really want to like his acting , but frankly I am totally "unmoved" when he's on screen . He does not have half of the acting chops of Tyler Perry, he is passable . However I am huge fan of his writing and I know how hard he works. I hope he'll use my urban crush Tamika Markland warren in his next project. that girl's da bomb.

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 2, 2012 9:58 PMReply

    And yet we still get these silly articles from various sources about how America is the promiseland for black British performers. That's such nonsense. I've been meaning to write something about that for this site. Perhaps it is time I got around doing so.

  • Erm | October 3, 2012 11:09 AM

    EVERYONE gets cut from movies, white, black, Latin, Asian, male, female, whatever. He booked the jobs, didn't he? He's got this blog reporting his every move, doesn't he? Sounds pretty sweet to me.

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