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<I>Barbershop</I> DVD to Show Trimmed Scenes

16 Nov, 2002 By: Fred Topel

MGM Home Entertainment's Barbershop, debuting on DVD with a special edition Jan. 1, will offer plenty of inside looks at the making of the film.

The comedy, which has pulled in $65 million at the box office, tells the story of one day in an urban Chicago barbershop, where anything goes and no subject is too sacred to thrash. Director Tim Story hopes that his collection of bloopers, deleted scenes and audition tapes will give fans a unique behind-the-scenes experience.

“We've got some bloopers that I think everybody's going to love,” Story said. “There are some scenes that we cut out that we'll put in, and one of the things I think people are going to really like is we're going to get some of the audition tapes. You'll see Eve audition and Anthony Anderson auditioning with Lahmard Tate. I think it's also Sean Patrick Thomas auditioning with Troy Garity; they had chemistry immediately.”

One audition includes a stunt where Anderson, who was already cast, got so physical it scared the other actors. “They just didn't know what was coming because this was the first time Anthony was on the other side of the table. He already had the part, so we had him reading with people, and he just really got into it. He bruised a rib jumping off tables. It's the funniest thing in the world.”

Among the more typical cracking up, out-of-character outtakes is one involving the character “Hustle Guy.” In the scene, Hustle Guy is selling bootleg movies, and he improvises a long joke about co-star Ice Cube's films. “The Hustle Guy, DeRay Davis, at one point he's selling Friday, Friday After Next, Saturday and then he says, ‘I've got Barbershop.' There's all these little things that we couldn't go on with the scene because we're laughing so hard.”

Producer Bob Teitel remembers another outtake where Cedric swore at Cube, but stayed in character. “There's one where he goes, ‘You Ice Cube-lookin' motherf------.’

Story tells of a subplot in the film that, while meaningful, had to be cut for pacing purposes and now has been added back, at least in deleted scenes. “There was an underlying story dealing with the church,” Story said. “I know it was really important about hitting religion, as it was a subject matter that touches all barbershops. There was a religious undertone or subplot. We took about three scenes. There's a conversation that goes on with all the barbers, there's one where a church lady comes in and there's a situation with that, and then Calvin actually prays to try to get money to save his shop. Those are some of the scenes we had to take out.”

The Barbershop DVD will also include commentary with Story, the producers and Cube; four behind-the-scenes featurettes; a still gallery; an interactive game; and a music video. The DVD has a suggested retail price of $26.98; the VHS is priced for rental. Preorder is Dec. 3.

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