This is absolutely, painfully hilarious! Sad, and painfully hilarious! I guess it all makes sense now; the movie stunk, which I think most of us can agree on.
In reading co-star Patton Oswalt’s recent interview with AV Club about the film (posted on their website just yesterday), it’s clear that, during shooting, Wesley Snipes wasn’t at all happy with the project.
The fact that he would later sue New Line Cinema, writer/director David Goyer and Toby Emmerich, executive producer of Blade: Trinity, in a wide-ranging lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in damages, was certainly a nod to his disgust with the film and his involvement in it.
You might recall that, in the suit, Wesley claimed:
– A violation of his contract;
– That the director (Goyer), the screenplay and the supporting cast were essentially forced on him, and he had no say in any of those choices; especially with the script, which he didn’t care for, objecting to what he called the “juvenile level of humor” in it, as well as the fact that his character, the lead character, whose name is on the marquee, was marginalized, with focus being shifted from Blade to the 2 sidekicks (played by Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds) – the plan, Snipes claimed, being to set the stage for spinoffs featuring other cast members.
– Racial discrimination/prejudice against Goyer and the whole production. Specifically, that in contrast to the first two Blade films, in which efforts were made to select a multiracial cast and crew, Goyer and Emmerich “intentionally hired only white people,” which Snipes claimed led to him feeling isolated and excluded. He also claimed that Goyer made racially motivated statements about Snipes being unprofessional and difficult to work with, and that Goyer refused to discipline a crew member who wore a racially discriminatory T-shirt on the set.
There was more to the suit, but you get the picture; basically, he felt disrespected and railroaded, and that the movie sucked as a result!
Also worth noting, fans of the franchise who watched and listened to the DVD commentary for Blade 2 will know that, originally, for Blade 3, Blade was supposed to have a sex scene in the film, since the first 2 movies didn’t have Blade do the nasty with anyone; that piece of info was revealed by both Snipes & Goyer on the Blade 2 DVD commentary. And who was he supposed to have sex with? Abigail Whistler, the character played by Jessica Biel. And, as we all know, there was no such sex scene in Blade: Trinity. What a surprise!
So, yeah, this baby was in the toilet from day 1 it seems, and Wesley didn’t like the smell of any of it; and as the Patton Oswalt interview with AV Club below shows, his behavior on set demonstrated that.
But can you blame the brotha?
Like I said, it’s kind of humorous to read now, several years later; but, man, insider stories like this (from the contents of the lawsuit, to this interview) really are gold, pulling back the curtain a bit, for the average viewer, allowing us to see some of the ish that goes on behind the scenes – especially where black talents are concerned.
Check out an excerpt from the Oswalt interview below:
PO: Oh, Christ. That was the third Blade movie. And there’s a scene where Blade goes in and confronts this guy for harvesting humans. That scene was supposed to be the whole basis of the film. Blade is fighting for the last shred of humanity. But they thought that it was just so fucking grim, so they decided to just have Blade fighting Dracula. It was just one of those; it was a very troubled production. Wesley [Snipes] was just fucking crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on. We were in Vancouver, and it was always raining. I kept the door to my trailer open to smell the evening rain while I was watching a movie. Then I remember one day on the set—they let everyone pick their own clothes—there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word “Garbage” on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, “There’s only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says ‘Garbage?’ You racist motherfucker!”
And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer. So later that night, Ron Perlman was in the city. Everyone who makes movies in Vancouver stays in the same hotel. It’s like an episode of The Love Boat. Every time the elevator stops, you’ve got a different celebrity getting on. Like, [announcer voice] “Hey, now we’ve got Danny Glover!” So we went out that night to some strip club, and we were all drinking. And there were a bunch of bikers there, so David says to them, “I’ll pay for all your drinks if you show up to set tomorrow and pretend to be my security.” Wesley freaked out and went back to his trailer. [Laughs.] And the next day, Wesley sat down with David and was like, “I think you need to quit. You’re detrimental to this movie.” And David was like, “Why don’t you quit? We’ve got all your close-ups, and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in.” And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note “From Blade.” [Laughs.]
I love how Wesley always seems to be aware of and accounts for his *blackness*, and represents!
You can read the rest of the interview HERE.