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Wesley Snipes 'tried to strangle director David Goyer on Blade: Trinity'

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Wesley Snipes reportedly tried to strangle director David Goyer on the set of comic book movie Blade: Trinity.

In an interview conducted with The AV Club, Patton Oswalt - who played Hedges in the movie - lifted the lid on Snipes's erratic on-set behaviour. Oswalt described the Blade sequel as "a troubled production", adding that Snipes "smoked weed all day" and remained in character for the duration of the shoot.

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"I remember 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," Oswalt said.

"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**ker! And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer."

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Oswalt added that Goyer got his own back on Snipes when he convinced a gang of bikers to pretend to be his security. The incident reportedly prompted Snipes to stop talking to the director.

"For the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through post-it notes. And he would sign each post-it note 'From Blade'," Oswalt recalled.



Much of Blade's dialogue was allegedly given to Ryan Reynolds's character Hannibal King to make up for Snipes's lack of co-operation.

"We would all just think of things for him to say and then cut to Wesley's face not doing anything because that's all we could get from him," Oswalt explained.

"It was kind of funny. We were like, 'What are the worst jokes and puns that we can say to this guy?' And then it would just be his face going, 'Mmm. Smiles are contagious'. It's so, so dumb.

"That was an example of a very troubled shoot that we made fun. You have to find a way to make it fun."

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