"I wanted to make sure that when I tested the film, it felt satisfying, and that the audience was equally split rooting for Chris Pine and rooting for Tom Hardy," McG tells The Playlist. "When it was clear that they were, it felt safe selecting the ending that I did." And without spoiling things, he does confirm that one man walks away with the girl, acknowledging the losing side by saying, "I planned on photographing an ending where she landed in [his] arms, but fortunately we stayed the course, and I think we ended it in the best place."
However, if you purchase the eventual BluRay/DVD, you'll get a peek at a much more unconventional end to "This Means War." "We had an ending where she ended up with nobody, and we wanted to call that the homoerotic finish," McG says. "It didn’t seem as satisfying, but we shot it for fun, it will be on the DVD, where the boys end up in each others’ arms, and they leave Reese out to dry on the highway."
"I was interested in re-introducing the world to a sexier version of Reese Witherspoon," he says, noting her involvement came shortly after her award wins for "Walk The Line." "Then I needed to make sure I had two guys that were up to the strength that Reese had onscreen. And I once saw Pine in a play called 'The Lieutenant Of Inishmore' by Martin McDonough, and he was great. So I said, I need one more that can be antithetical to the All-American Pine selection. And I had seen Tom Hardy in 'Bronson' and 'RocknRolla,' and his turn in 'Inception' was fantastic. I said, I gotta meet this guy. I sat with Hardy and it became clear to me he was capable of being so mischievous, and brilliant, with such an active mind, that I thought, wow, people don’t know you for comedy, maybe I can turn the world onto this lighter, more playful version of Tom Hardy."
"This Means War" is now playing in theaters.