Trivia / Hard Target

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Reportedly, the chance to work with John Woo was the main reason Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo signed up for the film.
  • Executive Meddling: If this is to be believed, Universal executives were horrified at Woo's original cut of the film (as was star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who complained that there was "not enough close-ups") and ordered major edits to the film in order to tone down the violence and make it to where it was presentable (in their minds) to audiences. To prevent Woo from interfering, he was locked out of the editing room during post-production.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The theatrical trailer shows Van Cleef saying "Look at it this way. You gonna get to meet Elvis" while kneeling over dead body of Roper after his men killed him on street. This short dialogue scene is not in any known version of the movie.
  • Re Cut: There is a Director's Cut version only available on bootleg. It features more violence (In a John Woo movie, what a shock), the ear-cutting scene is shown in more grisly detail, and the scene where Fouchon is playing the piano was originally intercut with scenes of animals hunting in Africa. Also, there's a scene of Chance and Natasha confronting their UST that according to scuttlebutt, was dropped when preview audiences complained that they didn't get to see Yancy Butler's tits. One of the good cuts from this is Fouchon's death. In the DC, his death scene is a lot more conventional and lame. As noted above in Executive Meddling, Universal executives and Van Damme were critical of this cut.
  • Throw It In: During the final battle, Lance Henriksen's coat accidentally caught fire. He never broke character and continued the scene while he pulled off the coat and threw it away. This remained in the final cut.
  • Wag the Director: Jean-Claude Van Damme would often second guess John Woo and in post-production, he went with his own editor to make his own edit of the film. Van Damme's version excises whole characters to insert more scenes and close-ups of his character Chance. When asked about this edit, Van Damme replied that "People pay their money to see me, not to see Lance Henriksen".
  • What Could Have Been: John Woo wanted Kurt Russell to star, but he was unavailable.
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