Building a Bad Actor shows us Jim Carrey creating his versions of the characters taken from the Snicket books. The books are not too specific about how the characters look so Carrey had a certain amount of artistic freedom in creating the characters how he sees them Making the Baudelaire children miserable covers the selection of the two actors for the parts of Violet and Klaus Baudelaire. It shows also a small screen test come movie trailer of Emily Browning and Liam Aiken which the Director used to see how the two 'connected' together and took this to show the studio when getting backing to make the movie Interactive Olaf uses a four way split screen to show Carrey's different characters which you can swap between with your remote to activate audio on that specific character. Alarming audio commentaries
Here you have the option of just the Director, Brad Silberling or Brad Silberling and the real Lemony Snicket. It goes without saying that the latter is the most fascinating and amusing offering some real funny anecdotes between the two.
a fairly good selection of both deleted scenes and outtakes although the quality of these are not the best. One standout moment for me was the outtake titled 'Working with Sunny' which shows Violet, Klaus, Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) and baby Sunny (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman) sitting around the dinner table chatting when suddenly Sunny's head drops to one side and she falls fast asleep. Really sweet and really funny! The full list of deleted/outtake scenes is:
(Dismal deletions)- Violets rock retriever |The count kills Shakespear |Alone in the world |Casting the marvellous carriage |Extended Puttanesca |Monty's montage
(Obnoxious outtakes ) - Working with Sunny |Olaf's workshop |Odious Count Olaf |The critic and the cop
A beautifully filmed movie and great performances from the lead actors help support the film's rather so-so story. It's not a bad storyline; it just could have done with a little more direction and purpose. The door has been left open for future sequels and the Lemony Snicket franchise shows great promise. Now if only Tim Burton showed an interest!
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