Wesley Snipes Attacked & Tried To Make Director David Goyer Quit BLADE: TRINITY

Wesley Snipes Attacked & Tried To Make Director David Goyer Quit BLADE: TRINITY

Comedian/actor Patton Oswalt shares some entertaining behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Blade: Trinity. Including stories about Wesley Snipes being stoned during most of filming.

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The A.V. Club conducted a sensational interview with Patton Oswalt. During the interview he is asked about each one of his film roles. He shares some funny anecdotes about each, but when he gets to talking about his time on the set of Blade: Trinity things REALLY get interesting. As he explains how troubled the shoot was as star Wesley Snipes was clashing with first-time director David Goyer, who had written the scripts for the two previous Blade films.

Wesley SnipesBlade: Trinity (2004)—“Hedges”
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.]

AVC: There’s a rumor that he tried to stay in character the entire shoot.
PO: Oh yeah, he did. When I met him I was like, “Hi!” And he was like, “I’m Blade.” And also, Natasha Lyonne was on that set, and she was going through some kind of mental breakdown. Wesley is all boundaries, and she has no boundaries. She played a blind computer expert. So the first scene they had together, she put her hand right on his face, and he just recoiled. It was awesome.

AVC: If you were trying to be in character all the time as a vampire killer, being high all the time might not help.
PO: A lot of the lines that Ryan Reynolds has were just a result of Wesley not being there. We would all just think of things for him to say and then cut to Wesley’s face not doing anything because that’s all we could get from him. It was kind of funny. We were like, “What are the worst jokes and puns that we can say to this guy?” And then it would just be his face going, “Mmm.” “Smiles are contagious.” It’s so, so dumb. [Laughs.] That was an example of a very troubled shoot that we made fun. You have to find a way to make it fun.

AVC: In a weird sort of way, it sounds like Wesley Snipes united the production against himself. Everyone had a common enemy.
PO: Everyone was just like, “This is going to be such a great story.” I’m in this business for two reasons: the money and the anecdotes. That’s all I want. I either want to do the best films or the fucking worst films. I don’t want to do the “eh” film.

AVC: Well, the second Blade movie is great.
PO: Yeah, the first Blade is fucking genius. That, more than anything, is what really put forth the idea of vampires as exclusive, high-tier night-clubbers who are young and beautiful forever. They took that idea done clumsily in Lost Boys and really made it amazing.


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jazzman - 11/21/2012, 2:15 PM

Snipes was p!ssed so much cause Newline and Goyer was screwing him and Kris Kristofferson over.

oh anything Marvel should not reboot Blade at all just wait for Wesley Snipes to come out from jail and make a Blade 4

KaneVonDoom - 11/21/2012, 2:21 PM
Fuuuuuuuuuck Snipes. I'm sure Marvel won't wanna go anywhere near him.
Necroxide - 11/21/2012, 2:22 PM
I like what your saying Jazzman !
thanos83 - 11/21/2012, 2:23 PM
Goyers a hack..can you blaim Wesley for wanting to knock some sense into him?(and no he's not the reason why "The Dark Knight" is a great film,,nolan took goyers serviceable drivel and made it the work of art it is today
santoanderson - 11/21/2012, 2:25 PM
So, ummm, isn't Wesley Snipes playing don't-drop-the-soap in prison now?
DocHorrible - 11/21/2012, 2:29 PM
Shame, the first two were excellent. Snipes always looked bored or uninterested during the film. I think the harvesting humans storyline would have gone better than Dracula.
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 2:38 PM

say that to his face i bet you will sh!t your.
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 2:43 PM

he only dress as a woman once on film he aint like Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry, etc who keep on making a habit dressing like a women. jeez remember Eddie got caught with a Tranny Hooker in his car lol
AManCalledHawk - 11/21/2012, 2:49 PM
All I got from that was that some people purposefully torpedoed the movie because they were bored. It was well documented that Snipes main gripe was the script and how he felt they were trying to force him and Kris Kristofferson out of the franchise.
storyteller - 11/21/2012, 2:50 PM
If only Del Toro had returned from Trinity. Give him the same story and he would have spun gold.
Preston - 11/21/2012, 3:01 PM
“There’s only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says ‘Garbage?’ You racist mother[frick]er!”

And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer.

It's a shame that he failed.

1). Death Warrant (1990)
2). Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
3). Demonic Toys (1992)
4). Arcade (1993)
5). The Puppet Masters (1994)
6). The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
7). Zig Zag (2002)
8). Blade: Trinity (2004)
9). The Unborn (2009)
10). Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

There would have been one less hack in Hollywood.
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:04 PM
Well his last name IS Snipes.

Ah well. He gets out next year : )
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:05 PM
snipe (snp)

3. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
BlueDemon - 11/21/2012, 3:08 PM
I loved part 1 and 2 but Trinity was pure shit. A lot of part 3's have been sucking lately
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:08 PM
@Preston: you're mixing writing, producing, and directing there.

Yeah they sucked but lets compare apples to apples.

And lets not leave out his redemption: The Dark Knight.
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:10 PM
& Batman Begins, Call of Duty, etc
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:11 PM

i dont call it redmeption he came up with the screenplay and idea but Nolan and his brother wrote the script.
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:15 PM
David Goyer is a weak script writter his best work is when its been co-write with someone else
Preston - 11/21/2012, 3:15 PM

Either Goyer is really good at writing Batman and he is really bad at everything else he does in Hollywood or Nolan can make his crappy scripts seem half way decent.I'm going with option 2.
pointman - 11/21/2012, 3:17 PM
And I wonder why no one will work with snipes arogant ass
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:23 PM
@jazzman: again lets compare apples and oranges. I agree he shouldn't be directing, but give credit where credit is due.

Batman Begins: screenplay & story
The Dark Knight: story... which means Nolans wrote screeplay?
Wrote Blade & Blade 2.

He should write and when he does it's a foul or a home run there's not really any middle ground.
Marqy - 11/21/2012, 3:24 PM
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:24 PM
*lets not, or lets... whatev : )
capMO - 11/21/2012, 3:24 PM
who gives a f"#¤... Blade is a indifferent character from Marvel that never deserved the big screen treatment anyways
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:25 PM

they cam out as good cause Nolan re-write them Goyer done the screenplay but Nolan and his brother done the script.
NubaX - 11/21/2012, 3:25 PM
David Goyer is a TERRIBLE Directer and is a SUSPECT Screen writer.

Del Toro even commented about disagreeing with Goyer in the Extra's feature on the Blade 2 Dvd Extras.

After BLADE 3...to add INSULT to injury, he did Blake the SERIES!

Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:26 PM
I think whether or not it's a foul or a home run often has to due with who is actually directing... like @storyteller said^^^
Mego - 11/21/2012, 3:33 PM
Maybe Snipes will have a career cumback playing women now that he researched the role of women while in Prison.

Perhaps Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy can play sisters with Mike Tyson.
Or they can do a new Deliverance reboot set in Harlem.
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:33 PM

yes Blade 1 and 2 was great but the script was not great Wesley Snipe made the directors made it great to watch.

TDK and TDKR script/screenplay was done by the Nolan brothers. Goyer came up with the story/ideas for the movies he cant write a script on his own cause he is weak.
YoungThanos - 11/21/2012, 3:35 PM
I say bring Snipes and Kristofferson back. David Goyer can kick rocks. If Sony doesn't own Morpheus then bring him in and hit the ground running.
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:37 PM
@jazzman: please enlighten me... what's the difference between a script and a screenplay?

Now, so far as I know, there is a difference between writing a story, and converting that story to a script/screenplay.
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:38 PM
& @jazzman... also, he's credited for writing AND credited for the screenplay in Batman Begins.
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:45 PM

Batman Begins is the only one he did all himself.

screenplay is the script writing. the difference is betwwen Screenplay and Story. David Goyer mostly did the Story for TDK and TDKR. the Story is like a brainstorm of ideas that might or might not happen in the movie. Screenplay uses the story idea and write a perfect script for the movie
YoungThanos - 11/21/2012, 3:47 PM
The big question is what has he done for us lately?

Ghost Rider 2?

Um yeah..lets move on.
CoolantTech - 11/21/2012, 3:49 PM
I hear ya Snipes, the production was soo bad you just had to get faded... I concur

jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:53 PM

hahaha MoS helpfully be alright i remember Zack Snyder had to bring 300 scrpt writer Kurt Johnstad to re-write some scenes for MoS. i dont know if its actually true but their are articles about the situation.

TheGambitFreak - 11/21/2012, 3:55 PM
My God. This article is beautiful. Undisputedly my favorite article in quite some time. This is hilarious!
Greengo - 11/21/2012, 3:57 PM
@jazzman. yup just clearing that up. Well lets not deny anyone their successes but I gotta admit there is a lot more fail than win but a lot of win when in the proper hands.

I hope Zack Snyder has progressed enough sense then but if you really want to criticize Zack is also an easy target for some, but I'm a fan. He's very ambitious and visual just not too good story wise. Thank God Nolan IS involved in at least some compacity with MoS!!!
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 3:58 PM

which movie u talking about
jazzman - 11/21/2012, 4:02 PM

im not saying Zack Snyder is perfect. he is good at making the movies but screenplay done by him sucks. i like what he does on film expect the overused of Slow-Mo. not every scene needs slow-mo and bad taste of music
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