Justin Long’s latest horror film barbarian, contains many frightening scenes, but there was one particular one that he said was cut because it was way too “gross”.
Director Zach Creggers stars alongside Long, Bill Skarsgård and Georgina Campbell in his thriller-mystery film about a woman (Campbell) who discovers her Airbnb rented home is strangely inhabited by a stranger (Skarsgård). Against her better judgment, she decides to stay the night only to find that there is more lurking in the house than just the stranger.
Since its release in late August, the film has received critical acclaim, currently with a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Talking about his success in a recent interview with vultureLong explained that there’s a “very fine line between something creepy, disturbing, and potentially cinematic and something that’s over-the-top farce — for weird, wrong reasons.”
In one scene, Long’s character AJ, “a grown man,” is breastfed by his mother (Matthew Patrick Davis) in the dungeon.
“After that, there was a moment where Mom, because I didn’t want to cling to her chest, she takes a rat — it scurries by — and bites its head off and chews it and puts it in my mouth,” he recalled .
“What was in the script, and I knew it was going to happen. And we shot it right after we shot the breastfeeding scene,” he said. “Zach deleted that. He felt the bridge was roughly too far away.”
He added, “I wouldn’t say I’m a method actor — but it wasn’t like I could get in and out that easily.”
Long went on to discuss how he managed to stay in the right “headspace” while filming the breastfeeding scene.
“[Patrick Davis] is the cutest person. So he checked on me between takes because he saw I was excited,” he recalled.
“Behind that grotesque face he said, ‘Are you okay?’ Like, really gentle. “Are you okay, dude? Do you need anything?” It was weird, so I had to laugh. It is ridiculous.
“Then you realize what we’re doing and it’s like he’s shoving his prosthetic nipple in my mouth. It all gets hilarious right away,” he said.
“It’s such a fine line to walk. I also found it funny that without realizing it, he was so naturally mothering. It was a lot. I remember being very exhausted at the end of that day. It’s exhausting to do something like that.”
barbarian is coming to cinemas now.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/barbarian-justin-long-cut-scene-gross-b2191581.html Barbarian: Justin Long reveals which scene was cut because it was too ‘gross’