Ben Affleck Didn't Understand 'To The Wonder'
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Affleck told GQ in a Dec. 2012 interview that the experience of shooting Terrence Malick's Tree of Life follow-up "seemed half-crazy in that we didn't really have dialogue, so I didn't really know what was happening." Luckily, Affleck realized partway through that Malick's style was akin to that of a painter. Shoot actors walking around to get the paint. Edit it together to make the painting.
Mark Wahlberg Didn't Understand 'Star Trek'
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News broke earlier this year during the press rounds for Broken City that star Wahlberg was eyed for the brief but important role of Kirk's dad in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot. Obviously, that didn't work. Reason? Wahlberg didn't get it. "I tried to read the script, but I couldn't understand the words or the dialogue or anything," he said. Was Abrams script written in Klingon?
Bruce Willis Didn't Understand 'A Good Day to Die Hard'
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While promoting the fifth installment of Die Hard, Willis let it slip to BBC's 'The One Show' that, even after shooting the movie, he never really got the title. “I don’t understand it. ‘It’s a Good Day to Die Hard’? No, I’m still working on it.” Judging on the box office numbers, it didn't really matter to anyone if the title made sense. In the end, it was just a good day to get paid.
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Sean Connery Didn't Understand 'Lord of the Rings'
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Tucked away in a special feature for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen DVD (which someone apparently owns?), Connery admitted that he took on literary-infused superhero movie after he passed on The Matrix and Lord of the Rings because he didn't understand them. Apparently the martini-sipping, lady-bedding, terrorist-killing stylings of James Bond stretched Connery's imagination to the max.
Will Smith Didn't Understand 'The Matrix'
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Can you imagine Smith as Neo? It almost happened, but the actor bailed after not being able to wrestle with the heady sci-fi concepts. He told Wired in 2004, "In the pitch, I just didn't see it … I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix. At that point I wasn't smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don't try and perform every moment."
James Caan Didn't Understand 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
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Hindsight is 20/20 — even for legendary actors. In 2003, Caan told Time Magazine that he turned down the role that eventually went to Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because the movie didn't sound visual enough. Clearly, Caan wasn't on board with director Milos Forman's vision for the performance driven film, which earned Nicholson an Academy Award. "I've made some bad choices," said Caan.
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Harrison Ford Didn't Understand 'Cowboys & Aliens'
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How Harrison Ford could have dismissed Cowboys & Aliens after starring in Star Wars is beyond us, but it happened. ContactMusic reported in 2011 that Ford initially rejected Jon Favreau's genre-blending movie. "Well I read 30 pages and then I threw it across the room and I called my agent and I said, 'I don't get it,'" he said. "'There's nothing in this for me. Why are you asking me to do this?'" A chat with Favreau eventually convinced him.
Tom Berenger Didn't Understand 'Inception'
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Discussing the script for Christopher Nolan's mind-bender of a thriller with the Wall Street Journal, costar Tom Berenger admitted, "After I finished it, if anybody had interrogated me under torture to tell them what exactly the plot was, I’d be hard put." You are not alone, Tom. You are not alone.