35 Years Later, ‘The Lost Boys’ Star Kiefer Sutherland Recalls ‘Violent and Crude’ Deleted Scene and ‘Creation of the Mule’
Thirty-five years ago, long before there was Dusk, true bloodor even Interview with the Vampire – there was the lost boysJoel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic starring Coreys Feldman and Haim, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter, and of course 18-year-old Kiefer Sutherland as the fearsome bloodsucking biker and scene-stealer David .
The film established the model of the posh vampire – in part because of its hip soundtrack and Sutherland’s platinum-punk persona – but there’s one long lost. lost boys scene that, more than three decades later, still hasn’t seen the light of day, so to speak, because it was “a bit too violent and crude”.
“There was one scene that didn’t make the movie that really, really got me excited — mostly because it was so violent I couldn’t believe we were doing it,” Sutherland told Yahoo Entertainment. . “It’s kind of in the movie – they cut around it – but there was a guy on a beach and he was bald and they had made a prosthetic cast of his head. And the part of the scene that I loved the most was literally, it was like a cake: I ate the whole back of his head and the blood ran out everywhere. I had been asked to smile like a child eating a cake, and both images were so creepy and creepy.
Speaking about his rocker image in the film, Sutherland reveals that he was inspired by one of the big peroxide post-punk stars of the 1980s, Billy Idol. “It’s actually a funny story. Joel Schumacher wanted me to have long hair, and I had long hair then and then he wanted it white, a timeless kind of millennial look. So, I dyed it white and my hair was like normal long, like long all over. And I just looked like a wrestler! I hated that,” the actor/singer-songwriter laughs. “And I just thought, ‘This is awful.’ And Billy Idol had just come out… and he looked cool. I mean, he just looked badass. And so I thought, ‘Well, he’s got white hair. It could look really cool. But Joel wanted my hair to be long. And so I actually think I may have been responsible, or at least partially responsible, for the creation of the mule. And for that, I will apologize until death.
After Sutherland convinced the hairstylist on set to cut off the top of his hair on the second day of shooting the film, he had to apologize to Schumacher. “He wasn’t thrilled,” Sutherland recalled with a laugh. “But I did five movies with Joel, so we joked about it later. … I think [David] the character looks really cool, but it was a complete accident that all of this happened.
David’s look was a perfect complement to the edgy soundtrack – “one of the first”, Sutherland proudly notes – which featured Roger Daltrey covering Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, Echo & the Bunnymen doing a ray Manzarek-produced version of The Doors’ “People Are Strange” and two collaborations between INXS and Jimmy Barnes of Cold Chisel.
“Stylistically, it made a real mark on the times, and it stood the test of time – and it’s a real homage to Joel Schumacher,” says Sutherland. “The soundtrack was also really innovative, and it tried to teach the film industry that music can help you not only make your movie great, but also sell it and work as a partner with you. And It was a really exciting time. And like you said, everyone picked it up after that.
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