Going to the cinema is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it is undeniably expensive.
So it’s disappointing when it doesn’t go to plan and the film is a bit rubbish.
Especially if you really enjoyed a scene in the trailer and it doesn’t appear in the finished film, leaving the audience wondering if they missed something.
It happens more often than you think – including hit films such as Star Wars: Rogue One, where a number of shots and lines didn’t make it.
According to Games Radar, “an absolute ton of stuff was pulled from Rogue One’s trailers, possibly as a result of the reported reshoots and reworks toward the end of production.”
This includes: “Jyn turning around dramatically in that Imperial corridor as the lights come up. Jyn being ambushed, face-to-face, by a TIE Fighter.
“Saw Gerrera’s voice-over asking: “What will you become?” An absolute ton of stuff was pulled from Rogue One’s trailers, possibly as a result of the reported reshoots and reworks toward the end of production.”
Now writer Lauren Wheeler has gone viral on TikTok after she giving an insight into why it often happens – and used a Robert Pattinson film to detail her example.
She explains: “So in August 2020, the trailer for The Devil All The Time [came out.]
“And we can see clearly that is Robert Pattinson licking his thumb..”
But in the film, Lauren points out that the shot of him licking his thumb isn’t included – instead, he just licks his fingers.
Lauren goes on to explain why this might have happened due to a request from the Motion Picture Association of America, which assesses films for classification.
She said: “The shot of him licking his thumb doesn’t appear anywhere else in the final movie. This is my conspiracy theory.
“The MPA deemed a shot with two fingers inappropriate to show in a movie trailer, I don’t think this is for timing or that it’s stylistic.
“I think this is an alternative shot they shot to be less sexual. My job used to be editing movies to make them appropriate to air on TV and this feels like the sort of dumb assignment I would get.
“Like if you pay attention, you can catch other edits in movie trailers like this.
She then shows a clip from the trailer for the horror film Happy Death Day 2, where the main character is wearing a t-shirt that says OMG on it.
But in the film, it says ‘FML’ instead.
Her video went viral, and others chipped in to share their examples too.
One person commented: “The first example I can think of is Marvel trailers have edits because of spoilers.
“Like Thor having both eyes, or Hulk in the Wakanda battle, when in the movie Bruce had to use the Hulk buster suit.”
Another added: “For the Deathly Hallows trailer, they edited the blood of Hermione’s hands in one of the shots.”
A third added: “I always noticed those things in trailers! I thought I was crazy.”