Roger Deakins Still Misses the Original ‘Sicario’ Opening Scene That Villeneuve Cut

Roger Deakins Still Misses the Original ‘Sicario’ Opening Scene That Villeneuve Cut
This week’s “Team Deakins” podcast teamed Roger Deakins with editor Joe Walker, a crew member the Oscar-winning cinematographer knows quite well thanks to their work on Denis Villeneuve projects such as “Sicario” and “Blade Runner 2049.” When the conversation turned to the former title, a 2015 action thriller starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Deakins and Walker reminisced on the original opening that was conceived and shot for the film. Walker and Villeneuve would later cut the sequence during post-production.

“There was an opening sequence on the coast that was removed. It was a fantastic scene,” Walker said. “It was with a heavy heart that you remove something like that, but it changed the perspective of viewpoint in the film.”

“It changed Benicio’s introduction and the perspective of the film,” Deakins added. “You feel [in the theatrical cut it’s] more about Emily and this ghostly character shows up at the airport. I really
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