They say, “All’s well that ends well” and we know that's true. A climax sequence is an important part of every movie. A well-done climax can turn a mediocre movie on its head too for the audience. There have been many examples when a movie changes drastically from the time the script is written to its release. The endings have often been changed to keep in with the flow of the movie. And we are glad they are, because if you knew the original endings of some of the movies, they will make you rethink if the movie would have been as popular as it is now.
The Pineapple Express
What it was: We saw a happy ending with Seth Rogen and James Franco defeating the baddies and burning down a drug laboratory and after having a good time at a diner with Danny McBride.
What it could have been: What if in their jolly merrymaking they were shot to death by a machine gun? It would not be the kind of movie the audience would walk happily from.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
What it was: The force was brought to balance. We saw a glimpse of Anakin Skywalker saving the galaxy and Darth Vader dying. And Han Solo and Princess Leia were together.
What it could have been: Han Solo could have been dead. It was Harrison Ford’s wish, one by which he stands till today. We are sure, that was something the audience would not have been very happy with.
Lethal Weapon 2
What is was: After a lot of fight and shootings on a ship, we see someone almost dying but everything is well in the end and the team survives to battle another day.
What it could have been: What if someone who was almost dying actually did die? It would be a very real and believable sequence leaving us very sad. But that is not why we were watching the movie.
What it was: After a lot of arguments, everything is sorted and some life's lessons are learnt along the way.
What it could have been: It could have ended with Dante getting shot in the head and us seeing his cold hard face looking into the camera. We are glad the idea was scrapped.
What it was: The movie features the iconic ending when she steps on the ledge and drops the heart of the ocean into the ocean where the Titanic lay.
What it could have been: A dramatic sequence when she was almost stopped by Bill Paxton and she delivers a monologue about the whys and hows of the necklace being with her before throwing it into the ocean was junked.
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