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. 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.
It turns out Wesley Snipes will totally throw down if you piss him off on set, which is exactly what happened one day when the star tried to strangle director David Goyer during a confrontation about their vampire movie. The night after being intimidated on set, Goyer was out drinking at a strip club with members of the crew when he met some bikers. According to Patton Oswalt, "David says to them, 'I’ll pay for all your drinks if you show up to set tomorrow and pretend to be my security.'" They agreed to the deal and showed up the next day while "Wesley freaked out and went back to his trailer."
As to Goyer and Snipes's relationship post-Blade, Goyer said it was one of the most "personally and professionally difficult things I've ever been through," and when asked if he has spoken to Snipes since, he responded, "No, no... we've never spoken again."
In an interview with AV Club, Patton Oswalt dropped dime on how much weed Wesley Snipes smoked while on set. Oswalt told the AV Club, "[Snipes] wouldn’t come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on."
Snipes really didn't cared about Blade: Trinity. And why should he? It was the third film in a vampire karate franchise. Even with its goofy premise, however, he should have been able to stay sober while on set.
There was no love lost between Wesley Snipes and David Goyer throughout the filming of Blade: Trinity. It's one thing to not like someone you work with; there is a whole new level to claiming someone is racist. Snipes claimed the first two Blade films had multiracial cast and crew, but by the time the third film rolled around the producers purposefully stacked the crew with white people.
The most heinous claim made by Snipes was a member of the cast or crew (the claim is vague) wore a shirt that he felt was racist and Goyer did nothing to discipline them. Thankfully Patton Oswalt, who played a hacker nerd in the film, was able to provide context to the scenario. He told AV Club:
"One day on the set - they let everyone pick their own clothes - there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word 'Garbage' on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, 'There’s only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says "Garbage?" You racist motherf*cker!'”
When Spin reporter Chris Parry showed up to cover the final days of filming on the set of Blade: Trinity, he got the story of a lifetime. One of the craziest things he learned was not only did Wesley Snipes not refer to his co-stars by name, but he specifically referred to Ryan Reynolds as "that cracker." Speaking under terms of anonymity, an executive on the film claimed Snipes would say things like "tell that cracker to get out of my eye line," and "tell that cracker to get his lines right."
The "anonymous executive" said they would have walked off the film in the first week, but the rest of the crew was working extra hard to make up for all of the bad vibes Snipes was putting out.