‘Wild Things’ would have included a sex scene between Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon if one of them hadn’t refused to film it, according to the director

Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon were photographed for the 1998 film ‘Wild Things’.Colombia Images/Getty Images

  • The 1998 movie “Wild Things” almost had a sex scene between Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon.

  • According to director John McNaughton, it never happened because an actor refused to film it.

  • “You win some, you lose some,” McNaughton said of the abandoned scene.

“Wild Things” almost featured a sex scene between Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon, but the moment was scrapped when one of them refused to film it, the director said.

Speaking to Ethan Alters for Yahoo News on the 25th anniversary of the 1998 cult classic, director John McNaughton recalled one of the most surprising moments from the original script that never got shot.

“Wild Things,” which also starred Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, follows a police detective who uncovers a conspiracy in a case involving a high school guidance counselor accused of rape by two female students.

The film has several twists. However, one of the most shocking moments screenwriter Stephen Peters originally included was a sex scene between Dillon and Bacon’s characters after it was revealed the pair were conspiring against the two young women.

“In the original version of the scene, Matt walks into his bathroom to take a shower and there’s Kevin,” McNaughton said. “They were supposed to look each other up and down and then wam – go ahead.”

Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon at the "City of Ghosts" premiered in New York on April 21, 2003.

Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon at the premiere of ‘City of Ghosts’ in New York on April 21, 2003.Jim Spellman/WireImage

But that never happened, because one of the two refused to film the scene as it was originally described in the script. According to Alters, McNaughton declined to say who. Representatives for Dillon and Bacon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“I like surprise and I like things that I don’t see coming,” he said. “But at that point it was like ‘You win some, you lose some; we move on. “”

Dillon told Total Film in 2005 he was “relieved” when the scene was cut, while Bacon told the publication the twist would have been “brilliant”, ultimately blaming the film’s financiers for pulling it out. because he thought they “didn’t do it”. I don’t like the idea of ​​men kissing.”

McNaughton made several other revelations elsewhere in the Yahoo interview, including that Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. was originally set to play the character of Dillon.

According to the director, they ended up casting Dillon over Downey Jr. partly because his substance abuse issues at the time made him a liability for studio production and partly because they couldn’t finalize. an agreement with its representatives.

Looking back, McNaughton said he thought the right actor got the part.

“As my dear mother used to say, ‘Everything happens for a reason,'” he said.

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