- The 1998 movie “Wild Things” almost featured a sex scene between Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon.
- According to director John McNaughton, it never happened because an actor refused to film it.
- “You win some, you lose some,” McNaughton said of the outtake.
“Wild Things” almost featured a sex scene between Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon, but the moment was scrapped when one of them refused to film it, the director said.
Talking to Ethan Alters to yahoo news On the 25th anniversary of the 1998 cult classic, director John McNaughton recalled one of the most surprising moments from the original script that was never filmed.
“Wild Things,” which also stars Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, follows a police detective who uncovers a conspiracy in a case involving a high school counselor accused of rape by two students, according to IMDB.
The film features several twists and turns. However, one of the most shocking moments that screenwriter Stephen Peters originally included was a sex scene between Dillon and Bacon’s characters after it is revealed that the pair are conspiring against the two young women.
“In the original version of the scene, Matt goes into his bathroom to shower and there’s Kevin,” McNaughton said. “They were supposed to look each other up and down and then, bam, start.”
But it never happened, because one of the two refused to film the scene as originally presented in the script. According to Alters, McNaughton declined to say who. Representatives for Dillon and Bacon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“I love surprise, and I love things I don’t see coming,” he said. “But at that point it was like, ‘You win some, you lose some; we move on.'”
Dillon told Total Film in 2005 that he was “relieved” when the scene was cut, while Bacon told the publication that the twist would have been “cool”, ultimately blaming the film’s financiers for pulling it, as he believed they “didn’t like the idea of men kissing”.
McNaughton made several other revelations in other parts of the Yahoo interview, including the Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. he was initially slated to play the character of Dillon.
According to the director, they ended up choosing Dillon over Downey Jr. in part because your substance abuse problems at the time he made it a liability to studio production and in part because they couldn’t close a deal with their representatives.
Looking back, McNaughton said he thinks the right actor got the part.
“As my dear mother used to say, ‘Everything happens for a reason,'” she said.