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Note: Captain America: The Winter Soldier SPOILERS below.

While discussing deleted scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Collider, Joe and Anthony Russo, the film's directors, revealed that not only will there be around five of them on the DVD/Blu-Ray release, but that one of them was removed in unusual circumstances. The brothers admitted:

“There's a great scene that got cut that’s like master class in acting between Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson that took place near the end of the second act...It’s when they find Fury in the Bunker. Natasha takes issue with the fact that Fury did not let her in on the fact that he was still alive; she actually believed he was dead. It’s a nice reflective moment for her where she goes ‘Oh my God, this is the world I invited myself to?’ Fury says, ‘I had to keep the circle small.’ Short scene, but it’s a great one.”

So why was it removed? As it turns out, it was Johansson's idea:

“After she saw the movie, and loved it, she goes: ‘It just seems there was a bit of a drag in that section. This is crazy for me to recommend, but do we really need that scene between me and Sam? Is there really narrative content in that scene? You could still get the arc out of my character without it. So, she actually recommended cutting her own scene.”

What do you guys think? Would that scene have improved the film, or were the Russo brothers right to listen to Johansson? Are there any other scenes in film history you wish had been removed by their stars? Let me know below!


Which 'classic' movie scene should have been removed at its star's request?


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