Deadpool arrives in theaters this week, looking like it’s going to prove that a big audience can and will support an R-rated comic book movie. But one of the projects that helped cement the idea that they wouldn’t was the 2010 big screen take on Jonah Hex that starred Josh Brolin in the title role.
Speaking with Nerdist, Brolin has opened up about how unhappy he was with the film, saying candidly that he “hated it. Hated it.”
He explained, “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”
What would he have done differently, then?
“I remember when I was talking to Warner Bros. about doing that movie, High Plains Drifter (the Clint Eastwood Western) is what I put on the TV,” he recalled. “I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I would do that movie still.”
Brolin continued, “If I ever had the balls to spend $5 million, which I don’t, I would do that movie, because that’s the version of that movie that would have been successful, for sure. And it didn’t need to cost anything more than $8-$10 million.”
In the end, Jonah Hex cost closer to $80 million, yet scraped up just $11 million at the box office. The character is coming back to the screen only now in DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow TV series, with Jonathan Schaech set to play him. So it seems as if Brolin’s low-budget, gritty film version will have to wait…probably a long time.