Johansson’s directorial debut dumped

May 3rd, 2009 - 1:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, May 3 (IANS) Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson’s dream of becoming a director has been shattered as the scenes she shot for a movie has been edited out from the final version.
The 24-year-old was among a number of stars, including fellow actress Natalie Portman, who took part in making upcoming film “New York, I Love You”, which is a series of love stories shot by different directors.

Pagesix.com reports that Johansson’s directorial debut starring Kevin Bacon, shot in black and white, was tagged “unwatchable” and has been edited out. Producer Emmanuel Benbihy felt that the short was too “conceptualised” to fit in with the rest of the picture.

“The story did not specifically involve an interpersonal relationship and it was conceptualised to be filmed in black and white - both of which were extreme departures from the other films,” said Benbihy.

“Scarlett presented me with an extremely compelling, albeit unconventional, narrative that appeared as though it would not necessarily conform to the overall approach of the entire collective.

“I was very much moved by her vision (but) after months of editing I had to admit that there were editorial decisions to be made in the interest of serving the overall narrative and composition that resulted in previously filmed scenes and footage not getting used,” he added.

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