35 Years Later, ‘The Lost Boys’ Star Kiefer Sutherland Recalls ‘Violent and Disgusting’ Deleted Scene and ‘Creating the Mullet’

Thirty-five years ago – long before there was Twilight, True Bloodor same Interview with the Vampire – there was the lost boysJoel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic, starring Coreys Feldman and Haim, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter and, of course, an 18-year-old Kiefer Sutherland as the fearsome biker David.

The film set the template for vampire chic style – due in part to its modern soundtrack and Sutherland’s platinum-punk persona – but there’s one long-lost. Lost Boys scene that more than three decades later still hasn’t seen the light of day, so to speak, because it was “a little too violent and too gross”.

Kiefer Sutherland in 'The Lost Boys'.  (Photo: Warner Bros./Everett Collection)

Kiefer Sutherland in ‘The Lost Boys’. (Photo: Warner Bros./Everett Collection)

“There was a scene that didn’t really make the movie that I was really, really excited about – mostly because it was so violent I couldn’t believe we were doing it,” Sutherland told Yahoo Entertainment. “It’s kind of in the movie – they cut around that – but there was a guy on the beach and he was bald and they made a prosthetic head of his. And the part of the scene that I loved the most was literally, it was like a cake: I ate the whole back of his head and the blood just disappeared. everywhere. I was told to smile like a kid eating cake, and the two images were just so creepy and scary.”

Speaking of his rocker image in the film, Sutherland reveals that he was inspired by one of the great post-punk stars of the 1980s, Billy Idol. “Actually, it’s a funny story. Joel Schumacher wanted me to have long hair, and I had long hair at the time and so he wanted white, a timeless kind of millennial look. So I dyed it white and my hair was normally long, like long everywhere. And I looked like a fighter! I hated it,” the actor/singer-songwriter laughs. “And I just thought, ‘This is awful.’ And Billy Idol had just come out… and he looked cool. I mean, he just looked badass. And then I thought, ‘Well, he has gray hair. That might look really cool. But Joel wanted my hair long. And so I really think I may have been responsible, or at least partially responsible, for creating the mullet. And for that, I will apologize to death.”

Brooke McCarter, Kiefer Sutherland, Billy Wirth and Alex Winter in 'The Lost Boys'.  (Photo: Warner Bros./Everett Collection)

Brooke McCarter, Kiefer Sutherland, Billy Wirth and Alex Winter in ‘The Lost Boys’. (Photo: Warner Bros./Everett Collection)

After Sutherland convinced the on-set hairdresser to cut off the top of his hair on the second day of shooting the film, he had to apologize to Schumacher. “He wasn’t thrilled about it,” Sutherland recalls with a laugh. “But I did five movies with Joel, so we joked about it later. … I think that [David] character looks really cool, but it was a complete accident that this all happened.”

David’s look was a perfect complement to the bold soundtrack — “one of the first,” notes Sutherland proudly — which featured Roger Daltrey covering Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” , Echo & the Bunnymen doing a Ray Manzarek-produced version of The Doors’ “People Are Strange” and two collaborations between INXS and Jimmy Barnes of Cold Chisel.

“Stylistically, it left a real mark at the time and has stood the test of time – and this is a true homage to Joel Schumacher,” says Sutherland. “The soundtrack was also really groundbreaking, and it was trying to teach the film industry that music can help you not only make your movie great, but it can help you sell it and it can work as a partner with you. And that was a really emotional moment. And like you said, everyone got it after that.”

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