Russell Crowe was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night and his conversation was probably on TV just as I was writing my “The Deceptive Marketing of ‘Body of Lies’” article only to prove there was an additional sleight of hand during the filming and subsequently in the editing room.
In the film Crowe plays Ed Hoffman and he is Roger Ferris’ (Leonardo DiCarpio) superior at the CIA and he suddenly shows up in Jordan and in Roger’s apartment. Roger is visibly upset and the two of something of a volatile relationship as it is and they begin to make small talk. One of the things discussed is Ed’s flight in which Roger asks, “So how was your flight?” Ed replies, “Good, I watched that Poseidon.” CUT. That is where the line ends in the film. It seems a bit strange and you realize Body of Lies is a Warner Bros. movie and so is Poseidon, the awful remake of the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, but for just a second I was wondering where it came from and why it was such an abrupt mention. Well, as it turns out it’s not all that was said as Crowe explains to David Letterman:
So, the mention of the movie gets in… she-bang, but the zinger gets ommitted. For shame… Where’s the sense of humor WB? Can’t you laugh at yourself for making a disastrous disaster film at least?
Watch the Letterman clip below.