Director Taika Waititi explains why we won’t be seeing the cut Jeff Goldblum scenes from Love and Thunder. As we already knew, there were scenes cut from the movie that feature Goldblum as Grandmaster, along with other scenes featuring both Peter Dinklage and Lena Heady. As far as Waititi tells Insider, the reason he doesn’t want to release these scenes is that they were cut for a reason. In other words, the director doesn’t think they are good enough to show to fans.
“I wrote the thing so when you cut anything it’s a little bit of a challenge to yourself because you’re like, “Am I not that good? Should I have seen this coming?” But every film I’ve done I’ve probably cut the same amount out. When you go into the edit you just never know. A scene on its own could be the most funniest thing or intriguing thing, but sometimes those things if you keep them in will just make the movie screech to a halt. So you have to do what’s best for the film.”
“And if you ask any of those actors who were cut out — Jeff Goldblum, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage — they all understand how it works. They have been in the game long enough. But that’s just the way I look at things.”
“I’m not going to give you a moment because this is my way of telling you, like, people say, “I can’t wait for the deleted scenes with those actors.” I don’t want people to see the deleted scenes because they’re deleted for a reason: They aren’t good enough. [Laughs.] The scenes were not in the movie and that’s it.”
That’s that then. I highly doubt we will be seeing these scenes in the physical disk release, nor on streaming. That’s not to say that there will be no deleted scenes on the physical release. However,given Waititi’s comments, it appears he’s not a fan of that?
Without the context, it is impossible for us to comment on whether we should see these scenes or not. Ultimately it seems that Waititi was happy with his cut of the movie and that’s that. However Ringer-Verse‘s Joanna Robinson recently claimed on the latest episode of House of R, that Waititi had a mandate to keep the movie under two hours long?
To be honest even if that is the case, then it will be something Waititi was aware of going in. There seems no suggestion, despite what some fans think, that Waititi was told to cut 30 minutes off the runtime. Waititi has already said he shoots a lot more footage than he needs, that’s just his style. Still, I do wonder if another 10-15 minutes would have helped Love and Thunder? I really enjoyed it, but not quite as much as I hoped I would.
Taika Waititi explains why we won’t be seeing the cut Jeff Goldblum scenes from Love and Thunder. What do you think of his reasoning? As always, let us know below, or over on Discord.