The 2016 western remake also starred Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard.
Six years after The Magnificent Seven premiered, lead actor Ethan Hawke is still pushing for the release of the five-hour cut.
However, the #ReleasetheFuquaCut campaign can only get so far, as Hawke revealed he’s been begging director Antoine Fuqua for over half a decade.
“In a way, I watch all his films [as] a collective cry against authority,” Hawke told The Hollywood Reporter of his collaboration with Fuqua. “[It’s] 107 [degrees] in Louisiana and there were more studio executives than our 100-strong cast. He just put his head down and shot his movie. I am still asking him to release the five hour cut of this film.
The 2016 film was a remake of the John Sturges classic, inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Fuqua’s updated western starred Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard and Haley Bennett.
Fuqua set out to remake the popular epic after watching the original McQueen film with his grandmother as a child. Notoriously, Fuqua had to “compromise” to trim the film to earn a PG-13 rating. So, could an expanded version of The Magnificent Seven find its way onto a streamer similar to Quentin Tarantino’s expanded The Hateful Eight?
Longtime Fuqua collaborator Hawke previously directed Fuqua’s Training Day and Brooklyn’s Finest. Fuqua told IndieWire that Hawke “cornered him” to get any role on The Magnificent Seven.
“I met Ethan because he was hosting an ‘Equalizer’ screening here in New York,” Fuqua explained. “And he literally grabbed me and pushed me against the wall and said, ‘I’m in this movie. It’s called “The Magnificent Seven”. I know Denzel [Washington] makes one, so there are six left. And if I’m not there, our friendship is over.’”
Fuqua continued, “I don’t understand why we’re giving up genres, and the western is a great genre. It’s part of the rich history of cinema and who we are as we have evolved as individuals and as a community. Any time you watch a Western movie, it reflects well where things are in the world at that time. It’s probably one of the purest forms of cinema that really tells you where the world is.”
Hawke continued his Western kick with The Kid, In the Valley of Violence and the series The Good Lord Bird. Now Hawke is appearing in Pedro Almodóvar’s Strange Way of Life, a short film that serves as Almodóvar’s “answer to ‘Brokeback Mountain’,” which stars Pedro Pascal as Hawke’s love interest.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/08/ethan-hawke-antoine-fuqua-magnificent-seven-5-hour-cut-1234750739/ Ethan Hawke Asks Antoine Fuqua to Release Magnificent Seven 5-Hour Cut