Zack Snyder spent millions of dollars removing Chris D’Elia from the Netflix zombie heist epic Army of the Dead.
The director admitted it was a "fairly easy" choice to remove D'Elia — who was accused of sexual impropriety by multiple women last year — and add Tig Notaro to the movie instead. But it was a costly decision.
Snyder's producer wife Deborah Snyder told Vanity Fair: "It was an expensive one, that’s for sure," with Snyder explaining it cost "a few million".
Deborah added: "I will say, Netflix did the right thing. They put their money where their mouth is."
Army of the Dead follows a well-armored mercenary team (led by Dave Bautista) that goes into Las Vegas to take millions from a casino vault that's surrounded by zombies. The movie's original budget is said to be in the range of US$70 mil-US$90 mil.
The producer previously spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about adding Notaro to the movie as chopper pilot Marianne Peters.
"It’s so daunting. And let’s couple that with an actual pandemic that we are dealing with. We shot for 14 days to get Tig in the movie. Had it not been the pandemic, we probably would have brought the whole cast in and reshot scenes with everybody.
"But we didn’t have that luxury. We were trying to keep it small. We were trying to keep it safe. The studios were just making deals with all the unions of what the rules of going back to filming would be. As one of the first, we were very conservative in our approach, so we decided to shoot it all against greenscreen.
"Thank God Marcus [Taormina], our visual effects supervisor, is amazing. We sat with him and Zack and figured it out. Every shot had a methodology, and we figured out what we would shoot against greenscreen.
"We built the rooftop set and then Ana [de la Reguera] came back for one scene. We did want a comedian, and John Papsidera, our casting agent, had the idea of Tig. Immediately we were all like, 'Oh my God, that’s such a great idea.' The weird thing is, she got to see the movie. How often do you get to decide you want to be a part of something and it’s already made? The big joke was, it was only her for 14 days. She was like, 'I felt like I was the star of the movie and then I saw I was out of focus in a lot of the scenes.'" — BANG SHOWBIZ
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