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Garret Dillahunt Says First Cut Of 'Killing Them Softly' Was 2.5 Hours, Not Sure If He Made The Final Edit

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 25, 2012 12:41 PM
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Killing Them Softly Garrett Dillahunt

Director Andrew Dominik is no stranger to long first cuts. As anyone who followed the tortured post-production on the director's contemporary classic "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford" knows, the director battled Warner Bros. over the length and tone of the movie, and numerous editors were brought in to try and cut down a film that reportedly originally ran more than three hours. Regardless, the resulting film was magnificent and Pitt remained one of the director's biggest supporters. They reteamed for "Cogan's Trade," which was recently retitled "Killing Them Softly," and it looks like the director had a lot of material to work with once again.

Garret Dillahunt, who played the simple Ed Miller in 'Jesse James,' is part of the large ensemble rounded up for "Killing Them Softly," but he reveals that his part was relatively minor and may not have survived the editing room. "My role is just a cameo in that because Andrew was bringing back the whole 'Jesse James' crew," he told The Insider. "Although the first cut of the film was two and a half hours long, and I know they had to trim that down to an hour and a half, so I might have been cut out. I don't know. But it was great to see those guys again."

In actuality, the final cut of the film according to the Cannes Film Festival where it will premiere, is 1 hour and 40 minutes, so there may be hope for Dillahunt yet. But was this another case of a movie studio and a director clashing, or just the usual case of a film being honed and structured in the editing suite? Our guess (and our hope) is that it's the latter. Unlike the more contemplative 'Jesse James,' this film is apparently more of a thriller, focusing on an enforcer investigating a heist that goes down during a mob-protected game. And we'd wager a more compact running time probably benefits the material and tone Dominik is striving for. But it's an interesting tidbit nonetheless.

Starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy and Bella Heathcote, "Killing Them Softly" will hit theaters on September 21st.

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  • McRaj | April 26, 2012 6:38 AMReply

    I want MOAR!

  • Nik Grape | April 25, 2012 2:02 PMReply

    Man I really gotta re-watch Jesse James because I didn't do much for me, but the indie community exalts it to epic proportions....with KTS in Cannes, now's a good as any for a re visit.

  • Matt | April 25, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    I'd give anything to see the full, uncut version of "Jesse James".

  • Mike_M | April 25, 2012 4:45 PM

    THIS x2

  • KT | April 25, 2012 1:40 PM


  • Den | April 25, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Great actor, but unfortunately he plays always small roles.

  • Frances | April 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    Not true. He is just unafraid to take small roles. He is the lead in four or five movies of his own, as well as one of the leads in a successful tv series about to start its third season.

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