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Don't Look Up Originally Had Different Credits Scene That Changed Meryl Streep's Story

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Don't Look Up Originally Had Different Credits Scene That Changed Meryl Streep's Story


Since its release on Christmas Eve, Don't Look Up has taken the world by storm. Here's the trailer if you haven't seen it yet:


Featuring a star-studded cast which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep, the film focuses on two astronomers (Leo and J-Law) who are attempting to warn humankind of an approaching comet by embarking on a bizarre media tour.


Fans of the comedy science fiction movie have commended it and praised both the directing and acting as well as touching on the post-credit scenes (yes, there are more than one).

However, director Adam McKay (who also worked on Step Brothers, Anchorman and The Big Short) has revealed how things were nearly very different when it comes to those scenes in particular.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

In the first of the two scenes, President Orlean (played by Meryl Streep) can be seen on a new planet alongside other rich people. But not before long she's eaten by an alien creature... nice.


Now it has been revealed that this nearly didn't feature at the end of the film as the team were going for a different post-credits scene.

He explained: "The original ending was, ‘Oh, let’s start building our houses. And then someone says, ‘Oh, the pod carrying all the workers blew up'.

"And then it was Mark Rylance going, ‘I’ll give anyone who builds me a house a billion dollars'. And then the guy next to him was like, ‘I’ll give $2bn'. And then you realise they’re all billionaires.

“They’re going, ‘I’ll give $5bn! $10bn!’ And we just pulled out on that.”

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

After changing the scene, it was revealed that the president in particular would be naked which is something you'd expect 72-year-old Streep would have a problem with - if anyone.

However, it was Leonardo DiCaprio that took issue with the moment, despite a body double being used to portray her.

McKay went on to add: "She [Meryl Streep] is fearless. And yes, that is a body double. But you know who had a problem with it? Leo [DiCaprio]. Leo just views Meryl as film royalty… although maybe royalty is not a compliment… but as such a special figure in the history of film.”


You can watch Don't Look Up on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence

Rebecca Shepherd
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