Elliot Page Says Filming Deadline Was a Disaster Due to Racism, Queerphobia, and Dangerous Stunts on Set
Deathline (48%) is a science fiction horror film released in 2017, which serves as a remake of the film of the same name released in 1990. It was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and has a cast made up of Elliot Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons, among others.
The plot revolves around a group of highly intelligent and ambitious medical students who experiment with clinical death, pushing their hearts to the limit and then reviving with the help of defibrillators.
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In a chapter of his recently published memoir Pageboy, Elliot Page says that filming the reboot of Deadline, released in 2027, was “a real disaster from the beginning” due to the dangerous stunts that they were being asked to perform without proper protective equipment, as well as the alarming cases of racism and queerphobia on set. Here’s what Page had to say about a stunt he had to film (via Variety):
“We were getting ready for a stunt car when Kiersey and I realized everyone had a thick seatbelt built into them, except us. No restrictions, a basic security measure of the carefully orchestrated, expensive and elaborate stunt that hadn’t been thought of… We watched the various members of the stunt team buckle up each other, perplexed, wondering why we weren’t secured for the scene ‘Why does everyone else have a seatbelt, but we don’t?’, we asked.”
Also, in another part of the making tape, Page alleges that “someone approached Kiersey on set” and said, “You only get this part because you’re black, you know?” The 36-year-old actor writes that the producers wanted his character to dress “more like a girl” and “less weird” by wearing heels and skirts.
From what Elliot Page says, the set of Deadline was full of mistreatment, but now it all comes to light thanks to his memoir. Continue reading the story…
The Plot of Deadline
The stars of Deadline, Courtney (Page), Ray (Luna), Marlo (Dobrev), Jamie (Norton), and Sophia (Clemons), experiment with clinical death relentlessly, each of them obsessed with experiencing what lies beyond death and discovering if there is any form of life after death. However, as they continue their dangerous experiments, they begin to experience supernatural events and are haunted by their traumatic pasts. Each of them has secrets and hidden regrets that haunt them.
As the supernatural experiences intensify, they must face the consequences of their past actions and overcome their fears. As the characters face the ghosts of their past, the line between life and death blurs and a series of terrifying events unleash. The film explores themes of guilt, remorse, and redemption, as the characters struggle to face the consequences of their actions and find redemption.
Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, the performance of the cast and the visual effects were highlighted. Despite being a remake, Deathline offers an updated version of the original story, with twists and additional elements. However, the film failed to have a great impact at the box office and did not achieve the expected success.
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