Patton Oswalt On ‘Blade: Trinity,’ The Greatest Method Acting Experience in Comic Book Films
For all those who love the third Blade movie, Blade: Trinity, you’ll be happy to know that, if a few recent behind-the-scenes stories from Patton Oswalt are any indication, the creation of the movie seems to have been at least as entertaining as the movie itself… Although it may not have seemed that way to those involved at the time.Oswalt, who played Hedges in the 2004 movie, spilled all manner of beans about the behind-the-scenes hi-jinks to the Onion’s AV Club (Wesley Snipes tried to stay in character for the entire shoot, he shared. “When I met him I was like, ‘Hi!’ And he was like, ‘I’m Blade’”), describing it as “a very troubled production”:
Wesley [Snipes] was just f***ing crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on. We were in Vancouver, and it was always raining. I kept the door to my trailer open to smell the evening rain while I was watching a movie. Then I remember one day on the set-they let everyone pick their own clothes-there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word “Garbage” on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, “There’s only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says ‘Garbage?’ You racist motherfucker!”
And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer. So later that night, Ron Perlman was in the city. Everyone who makes movies in Vancouver stays in the same hotel. It’s like an episode of The Love Boat. Every time the elevator stops, you’ve got a different celebrity getting on. Like, [announcer voice] “Hey, now we’ve got Danny Glover!” So we went out that night to some strip club, and we were all drinking. And there were a bunch of bikers there, so David says to them, “I’ll pay for all your drinks if you show up to set tomorrow and pretend to be my security.” Wesley freaked out and went back to his trailer. [Laughs.] And the next day, Wesley sat down with David and was like, “I think you need to quit. You’re detrimental to this movie.” And David was like, “Why don’t you quit? We’ve got all your close-ups, and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in.” And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note “From Blade.” [Laughs.]
Oswalt went on to say that the reason Ryan Reynolds gets so many lines in the movie is because Snipes wasn’t really there (“We would all just think of things for him to say and then cut to Wesley’s face not doing anything because that’s all we could get from him”) and sums up the way in which the experience brought everyone together:
Everyone was just like, “This is going to be such a great story.” I’m in this business for two reasons: the money and the anecdotes. That’s all I want. I either want to do the best films or the f***ing worst films. I don’t want to do the “eh” film.
Admit it: Now you want to blow off work for the rest of the day and watch Blade: Trinity again, don’t you?