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Time:10:59 pm
Current Mood:disappointeddisappointed

Like many others, I'm really disappointed to hear that Elijah will no longer be taking part in 'The Experiment'. Understandably, there is much speculation flying around and I must admit at first I was quite mystified. Only a 4-week shoot, just days away from starting - what could the scheduling conflict possibly be? I've even seen a few "He'd better have a good excuse" comments here and there including, I kid you not, someone who actually said "Someone better be really ill"! How charming. Anyway, at first I decided the most likely explanation had to be something to do with 'The Passenger' - Elijah is so passionate about this project (and because he is, I'm trying to be) that I feel he'd give this priority over anything else - but it did seem to be a huge co-incidence that, after waiting all these years for it to get off the ground, it would suddenly come up just now. However, I have now read the following quote by sssneaking on another LJ,and although she stresses that she is only speculating, I really feel this is the most likely and most believable explanation:

"I suspect what has happened is that he had some already set up commitments (maybe 9 related). The Experiment had an original set of shooting dates that were fine and The Experiment production company knew when he would and would not be available (getting actors for movies involves loads of juggling the windows that various actors can make the shoot).

However, the film could have slipped schedule a bit. First mentions were shooting in the start of July, now it's the middle for instance and that's only what we know about (it could originally have been down to shoot earlier). Or the order they were shooting locations has changed now they are firming up the details and the ones he is needed for are now later. So maybe he doesn't have a window to do the film any more. The production company would have been aware of this happening as they had to move their dates and that he'd have to quit the project if it didn't get started on time.

That type of thing happens all the time with movies, especially indie movies (where they have to do the shoot when everything comes together and can't wait for the ideal set of actors that they originally wanted to be available to do it).

Anyway: I don't think something has come up for Elijah, I think the new film drifted into a clash with an existing schedule that he can't get out of.
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Nothing dramatic, just the everyday realities of the movie-making world, but it makes a lot of sense. In a way, this is even more disappointing because it would mean that it's nothing to do with an exciting new project:( Elijah honey - I love that you're involved with '9' and producing 'Black Wings' and other things - but we need to see your face up there on the big screen again - please!!

It's almost over here - but Happy Froday anyway!!
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lijahlover
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Time:2009-07-03 10:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Froday hun :)

I'm sorry to read about no Elijah in that movie :(
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bellewood
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Time:2009-07-04 07:01 pm (UTC)
"Jesus Christ. He's a person, with a life of his own, and he doesn't owe anybody an explanation for what he does. If his fans are that pissed off, they should just withdraw their support and go fanperson someone else."

I totally agree!!
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msilverstar
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Time:2009-07-03 11:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe it seems more intense when you're a fan of one person, but as far as I can tell, all actors have stops and starts. Things get complicated. Maybe he had too much else to do, maybe his part was smaller than he'd thought, maybe he hated the script, or maybe he's so madly in love he can't stand being away from her, who knows?
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telstar_gold
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Time:2009-07-03 11:45 pm (UTC)
I was disappointed to read the news about The Experiment, but I'm sure that sort of thing happens all the time in the movie business. The explanation you've quoted seems very likely.

The harsh criticism he's been receiving does raise the question of how much does a celebrity like Elijah actually "owe" to fans in terms of media appearances, and how far is he entitled to simply follow his own path without any reference to what his fans would like? In this case it was probably a situation beyond his control; but in view of the negative reaction it has aroused, I wonder if his PR people should have been a bit more explicit about what caused it? That would maybe silence some of the speculation and critical comments.

Myself, I think it's entirely up to him what he does with his life and career, and his true fans are the ones who stick with him despite disappointments like this.
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ladysnaps
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Time:2009-07-04 04:16 am (UTC)
you know, of all the thoughts as to why, this seems very probable. i guess it's possible it's been pushed back some more and that would conflict with another commitment or even press for 9. however, i have seen some actors promote one film while physically working on another. aaah, this is just so confusing. i wonder if elijah is as disappointed that he can't be in it as much as we are? time will tell what's going on.
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janejanejane
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Time:2009-07-04 04:57 pm (UTC)
Like you, I was very disappointed to hear about Elijah pulling out of The Experiment and if this is the reason, the fact that filming dates have slipped, it's even more disappointing in a way. If it was for another new project that wouldn't be so bad, but if it's a clash with 9-related commitments... ho-hum...

We want to see Elijah acting on screen again and not just hear his voice, lovely though that is!

Sorry to hear about your parents, dear friend. I hope they recover soon. See you when you get back.

*hugs*
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bellewood
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Time:2009-07-04 06:59 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be at all surprised that what happened is something along those lines. Whatever it is, i'm sure it's a perfectly valid reason. I don't think he'd pull out on just a whim, especially at such a late date. He's much too much of a professional for that. I've seen some of the negative comments, and to be honest they make me sick. He doesn't and never will, owe us anything, disappointing though it is. I'm gutted that it's fallen through, i was so excited at the thought of seeing on screen again, but it makes no difference to the way i feel about him. True fans stick with him, no matter what.

I'll miss you my friend.. hope you're not away too long!
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