Filmmaker Peter Jackson
has never been shy about putting gore and violence into his movies. Before becoming one of the best-known directors working today, the New Zealander was famous, or infamous, for a string of wacky, and very gory, horror comedies. They called the genre "splatstick
But after he received an Oscar nod for 'Heavenly Creatures,'
the film that introduced Kate Winslet
to the world (thank you, Peter), Jackson backed off of the gore and embraced the big-time. His 'Lord of the Rings'
trilogy grossed nearly $3 billion
dollars internationally and won dozens of Oscars, including Best Picture. But at its heart, 'Lord of the Rings' was a redemptive tale, the hero's journey. The films had their share of violence and suffering (poor Frodo), but violence and suffering wasn't the point.
But at a recent screening of his new film, 'The Lovely Bones'
(based on Alice Sebold's
best-selling novel), Jackson was taken aback when a character's death scene received a lackluster reception. "They were simply not satisfied," Jackson said. "They wanted far more violence." Suddenly, the violence and the suffering were
the point, and Jackson was quick to oblige. The filmmaker went back into the editing room "to basically add more violence and suffering ... to give people the satisfaction they needed."