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12 Unbelievable Stories From Behind The Scenes Of Blade: Trinity

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Blade: Trinity is one of the most unforgettable movies in cinema history - not because it’s so good, but because it’s a train wreck from beginning to end. The dark stories from the set of Blade paint a picture of Wesley Snipes being a celebrity who’s impossible to work with. Multiple members of the cast and crew claim the production almost came crashing down because of the nightmare behavior of Snipes, but he’s not the only person to blame.

These Blade behind the scenes secrets are all absolutely bonkers, and they explain why the movie is such a mess - and why it effectively ended that version of the franchise. Not only was Snipes high the entire time he was on set, but he and the film’s director were openly fighting. Their hatred for each other even ended up turning into a physical altercation that spilled out onto the set. If you didn’t already think this movie was bananas, taking a look behind the scenes of Blade: Trinity will make you realize how crazy it really was.

  • Wesley Snipes Sued The Production For $5 Million

    After completing the film, Wesley Snipes sued the production and New Line Cinema for a whopping $5 million. He claimed the "director, screenplay, and supporting cast of Blade: Trinity" were put in place without his consent and he was basically forced to make the movie. On top of that, Snipes claimed he hadn't been paid everything he was owed for his appearance and "he was harassed and defamed because of his race." The suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money. 


  • Post-It Notes Were Wesley Snipes's Preferred Method Of Communication

    After getting into a physical altercation with director David Goyer, Wesley Snipes and the director stopped speaking altogether. But you can't make a movie if the film's director and star aren't communicating, so Snipes devised a way to get his point across while still expressing the maximum amount of sulk - Post-Its. Towards the end of the shoot after filming all of his close-ups, Snipes started passing Post-Its to Goyer, and each of them were signed, "From Blade." Hopefully the director kept a few of those to sell at auction some day. 



  • Natasha Lyonne Was In The Midst Of A Breakdown During Filming

    Natasha Lyonne has definitely had her ups and downs with drug abuse, and a lot of it has been in the public eye. She appears in Blade: Trinity as Sommerfield, a blind hacker, and one reporter claims she was in a low spot during filming. While Chris Parry was trying to interview the cast, Lyonne's publicist asked him to email his questions to her and allow them to be vetted by a lawyer. She never got back to him with her answers. 

    Patton Oswalt backs up the claim Lyonne was going through "some kind of mental breakdown," but she was at least having some sort of twisted fun with it: "Wesley is all boundaries, and [Lyonne] has no boundaries. She played a blind computer expert. So the first scene they had together, she put her hand right on his face, and he just recoiled. It was awesome."

  • Wesley Snipes Was Really Pushing For A Sex Scene That Never Happens

    It turns out Wesley Snipes really wanted to have a sex scene in Blade: Trinity. He talked about it on the DVD commentary for Blade 2 and was allegedly making moves behind the scenes to make sure his character showed his prowess in the bedroom in the third film. Supposedly the idea was for Blade and Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel) to hook up at some point during the movie, but the idea never came to fruition. Was it because Biel vetoed the scene? Or was it because it had nothing to do with the plot of the film?