Collider: I heard that your original cut on this was over three hours.
David Fincher: It was three hours and seven minutes.
Exactly, and you’re releasing a…
Fincher: Two hour and forty…well, again, I have to count titles contractually. But if you’re talking about the movie, the movie’s two hours and thirty-three minutes.
Either way, there was a lot of talk about you debating how to cut twenty minutes out of the movie.
Fincher: Somebody asked me, “At what point did you decide the movie should be two hours and thirty three minutes?” And I said, “At the point in time where it was three hours.” It was pretty obvious when you looked at it that we could sustain a lot of interest, but I didn’t think we could sustain three hours worth of interest.
Are you going to release the additional footage?
So that footage is never going to see the light of day?
Fincher: No, I don’t believe in that. I’m a final cut director. Oliver Stone’s a final cut director. Why would JFK, the one we saw, be different from the one that’s on the DVD? Tell your story, man.
100%, except that studios today release extended cuts and unrated editions.
Fincher: I don’t believe in that. I think that’s like jerk-off land
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