”I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m just slow,” admits director John Lee Hancock, whose epic was slated for a Christmas release. ”But I enjoy fiddling with stuff. My postproduction schedule for ‘The Alamo’ – six main characters and 1.4 million feet of film – was about what I had on ‘The Rookie,’ which was a simpler movie. And I used all that time up.” Great Texas horny toads – did he say 1.4 million feet of film? ”There are a hundred movies I could make from the footage I shot,” says Hancock, who confirms that some test audiences found the sprawling story confusing. On the upside, no additional shoots were required – changes all happened in the editing room (so far, about 30 minutes have been excised). What about the rumors claiming that ”Alamo”’s delay was studio-mandated because test audiences reviled a scene where Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) begs for his life? ”Completely false and laughable,” says Hancock.
Posted February 17 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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