How Eric Bana's shaved Trek head held up Time Traveler's Wife

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Jul 4, 2015, 2:21 PM EDT

Rachel McAdams, who plays the title character in the film adaptation of the novel The Time Traveler's Wife, told a group of reporters that the film's delay was due only to scheduling conflicts for a single scene. Principal photography wrapped in 2007, but Eric Bana (the time traveler), was not immediately available for additional scenes.

"We wound up doing a reshoot, and Eric was the holdup," McAdams said in a group interview on Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif., where she was promoting State of Play. "That's right. He had to shave his head for a different role, for Star Trek, I think. So we were waiting on Eric's hair."

To clarify, the new scene was not a correction, but rather an addition to the story. "It wasn't really reshoot," McAdams said. "We did an additional scene in the meadow, so we were also waiting on the meadow to look the way it did [the first time we shot]. So we were waiting on the seasons. Basically we were waiting on nature and Eric's hair."

McAdams has not seen the new final cut, but early assemblies suggested the film of Audrey Niffenegger's novel will emphasize romance over sci-fi. "I haven't seen it recently," she said. "I saw a cut, like, quite a long time ago, a very, very rough cut. So I haven't seen it in a while. But from what I remember then, it's quite focused on the relationship. There is time travel in it, obviously, and it's kind of cool in the way they deal with it, his shoes kind of clicking down the stairs, and some cool shots with that, but Robert Schwentke, the director, he really explored the relationship and how you carry on with the love of your life when you have this imposition, to say the least."

The Time Traveler's Wife opens Aug. 14.