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Movie Characters Who Were Supposed To Die..But Didn’t

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Characters who were saved by a script rewrite:

  • Lethal Weapon 2 – Mel Gibson’s character, Martin, gets shot and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” plays while…HE LIVES. Producers decided that they could do more than one movie if he didn’t die at the end. They were right.
  • Rocky 5– Sylvester Stallone decided not to kill off his character in a street fight with Tommy Gunn, and in 2006 he gave his character a better send-off in “Rocky Balboa”.
  • First Blood – John Rambo dies at the end of the book, but again Sly changed the ending. He even filmed the ending where John Rambo dies, but he decided to spare him.
  • Scream– David Arquette’s character, Dewey, originally died in the first film. Wes Craven shot two endings – with him living AND dying. For some reason, they decided to keep him, and he’ll be in the new “Scream 4″ this year.
  • Return of the Jedi – Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to die in the “Star Wars” franchise, but George Lucas ultimately decided to scrap the plot line where he was rescued from Jabba the Hut, but later died on the Death Star. It’s been said that Harrison wants to kill Indiana Jones in the next film for that very reason.
  • Full Metal Jacket– Matthew Modine’s Private Joker was the central character of the film, but he was supposed to die at the hands of Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, Private Pyle, when he went postal. Modine talked Stanley Kubrick into keeping him alive.

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