Did you know that Ethan Hawke
was originally supposed to be in Total Recall
The actor had mentioned in interviews that he was part of a five page monologue which was being shot for the sci-fi blockbuster but he doesn’t make an appearance in the finished film.
Daniel Anderson recently got the chance to sit down with Total Recall
star Jessica Biel
, he asked about the rumours of Hawke's
involvement and how his character would have played.
Check out what Biel
had to say.
So it seems Hawke
was set to play an alternative version of Colin Farrell’s
Hauser, presumably before he had memory and face altered in order to become Quaid. It’s an interesting idea which would certainly have made the opening scenes that much more complicated – something which might have helped to add some depth to the fairly basic plotting in the film.
On the other hand, Total Recall
clearly decided early on that it was going to be an all out action film – as Jack talked about in his review
– so questions of identity and potential audience confusion might not have been what the filmmakers had in mind.Hawke
himself seems an odd choice. Apart from the physical differences and the fact that he must have had one hell of a cosmetic surgeon, he’s far from the most recognisable of actors. This seems like it might have been the perfect opportunity to inject some knowing references to the older movie, not something as blatant as Arnie’s
over stretched visage but a brief appearance by someone like Michael Ironside
would have gone down a treat. Though the romance might be a little more unbelievable.Total Recall is in cinemas worldwide now. For more interviews, clips, trailers and a competition, head to our Content Hub.