At about the same time Wesley Snipes was making Blade Trinity in the early 2000s, he was also gearing up for a total meltdown that would eventually see him go to prison on tax charges. But did you know that Trinity director David Goyer encouraged Snipes to quit mid-shoot, and the action star allegedly tried to choke out Goyer at one point?
It's all true, according to the film's co-star Patton Oswalt (Hedges), who spilled the details in a lengthy sit-down with The A.V. Club. According to Oswalt, the production was extremely "troubled" and went through a ton of in-fighting before the final film in the Blade trilogy finally made it to the screen in 2004.
Here's an intriguing excerpt from Oswalt's interview:
Oh, Christ. That was the third Blade movie. And there's a scene where Blade goes in and confronts this guy for harvesting humans. That scene was supposed to be the whole basis of the film. Blade is fighting for the last shred of humanity. But they thought that it was just so f---ing grim, so they decided to just have Blade fighting Dracula. It was just one of those; it was 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 motherf---er!"Wow.
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.]
The full interview is well worth a read over at the A.V. Club. The film seemed a little uneven, sure, but who'd have guessed there was this much insanity behind the scenes?