Comedy ‘13 Going on 30' Big on Deleted Scenes9 Jul, 2004 By: Fred Topel
Comedy DVDs tend to have a lot of deleted scenes among the extra features. Sometimes there is so much improvisation going on that there are multiple variations on the same scenes. Sometimes the movie runs long and needs to be tightened and the director has to cut some funny bits.
Director Gary Winick noted several scenes that may be included among the 18 deleted scenes on the 13 Going on 30 special edition DVD, which streets Aug. 3.
Jennifer Garner plays a 13-year-old girl who one morning wakes up in her 30-year-old body. Thrust into the life of a high-powered fashion magazine editor, she went through more zany antics than ended up in the final film.
“The first conference room scene, for example, when Richard calls them all in [about a] party is huge,” Winick said. “Jennifer did about six or seven wonderful things that she came up with. Eating a scone and then spitting it out. All these little things that made the scene about five minutes long, when in the movie it's a two-minute long scene.”
Don't expect the deleted scenes to look as good as the finished film, as scenes like the conference room never make it to final cut. “It's not edited very well because we abandoned it early on, but Jennifer is great in it,” he said.
Winick will not include everything in the collection, however. Some deleted scenes may be too embarrassing for the actors. For example, a scene where Jenna's adult boyfriend does a comic strip tease for her might be too hot for DVD.
“It just felt like [actor] Sam[uel Ball] trusted me, and he went for it, and he did a great job,” Winick said. “But I didn't know what the hell to do and neither did he, so we were just coming up with stuff, and some of it's more embarrassing than others.”
Winick does regret that he had to do his commentary track alone. While doing press for the film's theatrical run, it already looked like his lead actress would not be available to join him. “I would love to do the commentary with Jennifer, but it sounds like everyone is going to do their own commentary,” he said. The final DVD will feature Winick's track and a separate track with the producers.