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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 6:10 am 
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I just read something pretty intriguing on the Brothers Bloom IMDB page today...

"Tom Cruise is credited with special thanks in regards to the film due to his initial interest in the film that led to a lengthy 3 hour meeting with Rian Johnson. Cruise's analysis of the script led to a few significant changes of the key elements of the script. As this meeting occurred precisely the same day Cruise's company was taken off by Paramount, Rian felt this was a more than generous act on Cruise's behalf. However, due to scheduling conflicts as well as other factors, Cruise could never be a serious consideration for one of the lead roles."

Soooo, Rian...here comes the part where I humbly ask that you tell us more. Without divulging any major plot spoilers, what kinds of "significant changes" occurred at the urging of Tom Cruise? What were some of the "other factors" that prevented Cruise from being in the movie? How did this crazy meeting occur in the first place? And, out of my own raving curiosity, what did Tom Cruise think of Brick? :wink:

Regrettably, I still have not gotten around to seeing Brothers Bloom, because the one decent art house theater in Connecticut (that I can usually depend on for films like this) hasn't come through yet. I am taking an NYC trip next week, though, so I'll be sure to see it then!


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 9:11 am 
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Thank Dan - the change basically had to do with the Diamond Dog, originally he was a more ambivalent character, and from the story meeting I decided to commit to making him menacing.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 4:46 pm 
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The Diamond Dog, huh? Any relation to Moulin Rouge? :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:12 am 
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I hear Bowie was a really big Toulouse-Lautrec fan.

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 7:42 am 
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The Audio Commentary for The Brothers Bloom is also listed on the front page on IMDb where they recommend other links.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 2:11 pm 
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rcjohnso wrote:
Thank Dan - the change basically had to do with the Diamond Dog, originally he was a more ambivalent character, and from the story meeting I decided to commit to making him menacing.


I suspect that every note Tom Cruise gives screenwriters correlates directly to the chapter of William Goldman's "Adventures in the Screen Trade" where he talks about The Great Santini.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 4:52 pm 
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Ah, I'm a nerd and I get that reference.

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