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. . . is that Tim Burton was in Pre-Production as the director of AFTER HOURS, planning his flick as an animated stop-motion Claymation-style puppet show when Martin Scorsese got fired by the Pope from some project he was doing for the Vatican, bouncing Burton out of AFTER HOURS because Joan Didion's nephew had the same lawyer as Scorsese. Speaking of lawyers, one gets the sense that the "urgency" for Scorsese's AFTER HOURS involvement that is alluded to here has to do with the fact that Mr. S. was still performing "Community Service" with his Vatican gig under the terms of his probation for inspiring the 1981 shooting of U.S. President Ron "The Gipper" Reagan, and was on the verge of having his parole revoked and being herded back into the Federal Pen after the Pope turned upon him. That's why this piece is entitled FILMING FOR YOUR LIFE: Scorsese literally risked being bumped off by another disgruntled "Travis Bickle" fan UNLESS he could "get something into the can" ASAP. Though AFTER HOURS was no ROMAN HOLIDAY for Scorsese, it was better than taking a shiv between the ribs in the shower!
Film for Your Life: Making 'After Hours' (2004)
*** (out of 4)
Star Griffin Dunne, producer Amy Robinson, editor Thelma Schoonmaker and director Martin Scorsese are interviewed in this 14-minute featurette that takes a look at the making of AFTER HOURS. Those wanting to see a lot of footage from Scorsese will be disappointed as he only briefly appears twice. The majority of the film has Dunne and Robinson doing most of the talking as they were the ones who got this film off the ground and sent it to Scorsese. We learn that originally Scorsese had to turn it down because he was filming THE LAST TEMPTATION OF Christ and the project was then offered to Tim Burton. However, after the Scorsese picture got shut down he jumped back on board. Dunne talks a lot about the way Scorsese directed him as well as giving us a pretty good idea of how he got into certain scenes. Dunne also talks about Scorsese having a shot list made up so that people knew exactly what they were going to do each day. Some of the best discussion comes about the ending and the various ways they thought about ending it including one crazy bit where Dunne would crawl up into a woman and she would later give birth to him! I'm sure that would have been surreal and you're imagination will be running wild trying to figure out how Scorsese would have shot it.
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