"Death Becomes Her" Tracey's Deleted Scenes, Script Pages

Saturday, February 21, 2009 expat 5 Comments



Back in 1991, Tracey was to make her big return to the siver screen in the Robert Zemeckis film, "Death Becomes Her". It was also to be a reunion of sorts with her "Plenty" co-star, and long-time friend, Meryl Streep.

Tracey was cast as "Toni", a bartender who befriends Dr. Ernest Menville, the husband of Madeline (Meryl), and ex-husband of Helen (Goldie Hawn).

Ernest and Toni decide to stage Earnest's death and run off together. Toni was pinnacle to the film's moral. Removing her expunges the point it's trying to make. Unfortuantely, this would be the result.

Upon completion, the film was shown to "test audiences", who filled out questionnaires recording what they "liked", "disliked", "would like to see more of". The audience prefered a darker ending of sorts. Cuts had to be made, and re-shoots had to be done. Tracey ended up on the cutting room floor.

Here is a copy of the original script featuring the dialog Tracey as Toni would have delivered. You get a better understanding of her character and how she befriends Ernest to begin with:






























Here are the last ten pages of the script, the original ending:














Tracey and Bruce Willis were made up to look aged for the film's ending. Here is the only photograph known to publicly exist, exhibiting Tracey's make-up:



*Photograph courtesy of The Makeup Chair, and Cinefex/Cinefantastique


Some of Tracey's cut scenes can be seen in the early trailer:




The Director's cut of "Death Becomes Her" is at the top of the list as a film the fanbois/gurls want in their collection. Here's a petition demanding its release in some sort of DVD special edition:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dbh_dc/

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I much prefer this ending to the one in the film now. I really hope we'll get to see it in a special edition DVD!

Anonymous said...

I REALLY REALLY hope there is a Special Edition for the 20th Anniversary! The deleted scenes and alternate ending need to come out!!

Anonymous said...

It's been forever, and I refuse to buy this on DVD until they have an edition with the deleted scenes!!!!

Anonymous said...

So what was the plot of the original story? Were Mad and Hel able to properly come back to life after their fatal injuries, so remaining young women instead of becoming zombies?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Mad and Hel remained young and beautiful looking but not very happy and extremely bored. It's all in the original script posted here: http://screenplayexplorer.com/wp-content/scripts/Death-Becomes-Her.pdf