The International Trailer Uses a Scene From Ghost Rider!
I always love when Hollywood thinks they can trick us and hides something in a trailer and expects us to never notice. Here's another classic case of borrowing footage in order to make a trailer look more explosive for American audiences. SlashFilm has pointed out that the trailer for The International, that we just posted a few days ago, features an actual scene from Ghost Rider edited to look like it fits. We've got photographic evidence below - you can even see the line where the motorcycle is supposed to be! And I even noticed a scene later on in the trailer that looks like it was taken from Black Hawk Down (but I couldn't confirm). Obviously they're trying to beef this up with more glamorous explosions. What the heck Sony?!
There's actually nothing illegal about this. Sony owns all three of those movies and can use footage from each wherever and whenever they want. Here's the thing - Tom Tykwer, who directed The International, is a European filmmaker. He's got a lot of style in his films and I bet this really doesn't have as much explosive action as the studio wants. So to beef up the marketing and capture the attention of the Michael Bay-hungry audiences of America, they threw in an exploding car and some extra helicopters. Yep, that's how our society works. From the trailer for The International, the exploding car can be found at 0:22, while the helicopters (that I think are from Black Hawk Down) are at 0:51.
Unfortunately this isn't an uncommon practice. Last year some people spotted a scene in Transformers that was "recycled" from Michael Bay's previous films. And as I mentioned earlier, Sony is doing this because they need to market their films to American audiences. I doubt we'll see this scene in the actual movie, but it's there right now to try and gain the attention of moviegoers. Thanks again to the reader at SlashFilm who sent this in, or else I would've never noticed. Now I'm really quite concerned for The International. It got moved from this summer to March and the trailer looks fairly mediocre. Plus I wonder how much money Sony wasted hiring a company to digitally remove all evidence of Ghost Rider from that scene?