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Deadpool arrives in cinemas this week, looking like it's going to prove once again that a big audience can and will support an R-rated comic book movie. One of the projects that helped cement the idea that they wouldn't was the big screen take on Jonah Hex a few years' back, that starred Josh Brolin in the title role.
Chatting with Nerdist, Brolin has opened up about how unhappy he was with the project, and the finished film. Well, he's pretty direct too, saying that he "hated it. Hated it".
"The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days", he said. »
One of the less well-regarded comic book films of all time was one from only a few years ago - 2010's "Jonah Hex". A critical and commercial disaster, the $80 million budget project made just $10 million at the worldwide box-office and was the subject of scathing reviews.
Its stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender managed to escape its stink without much damage, even so the film itself has become something of a poster child for how not to make a comic book movie. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") were originally hired to write and direct but dropped out before filming and were replaced by animation director Jimmy Hayward.
Rewrites, production problems and reshoots soon followed, and it was an experience that Brolin doesn't have many fond memories of. Speaking with The Nerdist and The Frame, Brolin discussed the mess and why he signed up in the first place:
- Garth Franklin
“Why do they call you ‘Dirty’ Harry?”
It’s a question that courses throughout the 1971 thriller that gave birth to the Clint Eastwood character of the same name. The answer is different every time: He hates minorities, he always gets stuck with the dirty jobs, he’s a part-time pervert, he’s always getting the [wrong] end of the stick… And so it goes.
But what was it about Dirty Harry that endured to spawn four sequels and give Eastwood’s already-surprising career a big-time second act?
First there’s Eastwood himself. A bit-part actor through the ‘50s, Eastwood found his stride in westerns throughout the ‘60s, first with the TV series "Rawhide" and then the Sergio Leone Man with No Name films. »
- Shane McNeil
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