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For me, Manchester by the Sea, along with Fences and Hacksaw Ridge, were movies that were more deserving of the 2017 Best Picture than Moonlight. I thought that Kenneth Lonergan’s film was an amazing movie with outstanding performances by Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck.
Matt Damon was a producer on Manchester by the Sea and he was originally meant to star in and direct the film. Now, in an interview on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Matt Damon revealed that they did not have the funds available to shoot the original ending for Manchester by the Sea.
Manchester by the Sea
Here is what Matt Damon had to say on this newly revealed aspect of Manchester by the Sea:
“I love Manchester, I’m incredibly proud of it, but Kenny had an ending—there was this scene where they were on the boat that the whole movie’s kind of about, and it was a flashback to before Casey’s kids had died, before his brother had died, when he was still married to Michelle [Williams], and they were all on this boat and they were whale watching.”
“It’s this incredible moment of joy and you see this family all together and then these whales start breaching out of the water. You needed [a] fucking drone cam, I mean it was one day of shooting and you gotta get lucky with the whales, but either way we could’ve figured that out.”
“It was this epic [scene], so as the camera pulls back as this family is experiencing this incredible joy—and you know it’s about to go horribly wrong for them—the camera’s pulling up, up, up and it reveals all of these other boats all around it, and it’s all of these other families watching these whales and it’s like this is one little story in this sea of stories.”
“It was epic and it was beautiful and it tied the whole thing together, and we ran out of money (laughs). It was like, ‘fuck.’”
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