10 Planned Movie Scenes Actors Refused To Film

8. Vice President Bennett Breaks Down Crying - Air Force One

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Glenn Close gave a terrific performance in Air Force One as Kathryn Bennett, the steely, cool-headed first female Vice President of the United States.

But the action-thriller's shooting script featured a scene which attempted to show a more "vulnerable" side of Bennett by having her break down crying in the situation room during an especially dire part of the focal hostage situation.

Yet in a 2020 interview with Vanity Fair, Close revealed that she disagreed with this written characterisation of Bennett and ultimately refused to film the scene outright. She said:

"They had a scene around that table, where she broke down crying. And I said, 'I will not do that. I don't think that would happen, not my VP. My VP would not break down into tears. She would step up to the challenge.' So they changed it."

And Close was absolutely right to protest - to have the first female VP, an otherwise strong-willed and resourceful character, reduced to tears in the middle of a crisis scenario would certainly be a bad look and inconsistent with her established character.


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