I’ve seen bloopers from many films -- some entertaining such as those from the comedy “Liar Liar” starring Jim Carrey and others that were boring including some of the “Bad Boys II” outtakes. Who hasn’t? No matter how funny or amazing or silly blooper reels are to watch, however, they’ve long since lost their novelty; still, movie goers expect to see them -- if not during the promotional period leading up to a film’s release -- at the very least, on the special features menu of its DVD.
If you’re a James Bond fan, you may not want to hold their breath waiting to see any “Skyfall” bloopers -- not now or anytime in the near future. Actor Daniel Craig, star of this twenty-third James Bond film, says the cast and crew were treated to a hilarious blooper reel during their wrap party -- but, no one outside of that group is going to see them. When it comes to audiences’ inability to access these types of extras, Craig wouldn’t have it any other way...
“It’s what happens on a film set. You want to be in film? Get a job. -- People are like, ‘Show [the outtakes]!’ And it’s like, No! It’s a secret. It’s like smoke and mirrors.
It’s like that magician thing of giving the gag away. I really kind of respect that -- I think it’s great that you can keep a secret. ‘How does that trick work?’ None of your business!” - Daniel Craig
While I understand the importance of preserving the magic of movies, I also believe that showing bloopers from any film -- including a James Bond movie -- does not detract from the amazement of the final film itself nor does it give audiences an all-access pass to the inner workings of a movie set. If anything, it makes people more in awe of the magic and keeps them on the edge of their seats in anticipation for what comes next. Either that, or it makes them want to rewatch the film and brag to their friends about the fact that they know some juicy details about the making of the movie. Of course, this is assuming that the blooper reel is any good or worth watching at all.
There are times when sharing details about the making of a movie does more help than harm. “Life Of Pi” has a whole marketing campaign centered on how Ang Lee’s special effects department built a computer generated tiger -- going so far as to promote itself as the next “Avatar” -- another movie that didn’t hold much back in terms of telling and showing audiences about all of the fancy things that James Cameron and his production team did to make one of the most expensive movies ever released. No matter how much (or how little) I already know about the making of “Life Of Pi,” I’m still celebrating my birthday weekend watching it -- in 3D!
Having had the pleasure (and unfortunate displeasure at times) of making my own films, I know that there are tidbits about the scenes (such as having to reorder a key prop because the first one arrived broken or the wrong size; two actors started fist fighting, the caterer got punched in the process and called the cops) and related things that probably happened on the “Life Of Pi” movie set that none of us will ever know. Now, THAT’s the kind of stuff that people do have to literally work in film to find out.
What are the funniest movie outtakes that YOU ever saw?