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.
  • 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.