Sean Hutchinson and Mental_Floss present 15 Things About Payback That You Probably Didn’t Know.
Here are my three favorite things…
5. HELGELAND WAS INSPIRED BY GRITTY CRIME DRAMAS FROM THE 1970S.
He used films like The Getaway, Dirty Harry, and Charley Varrick for visual references. In fact, the restaurant that Stegman takes Val to is named Varrick’s as a nod to Charley Varrick.
11. HELGELAND WAS FIRED AS DIRECTOR BEFORE THE FILM WRAPPED PRODUCTION.
He and the studio disagreed over the original ending of Payback, and when a consensus couldn’t be achieved, Helgeland was fired. A new director was brought in to reshoot—these new scenes make up about 30 percent of the theatrical cut.
15. IN 2007, HELGELAND WAS ABLE TO RE-CUT THE FILM INTO HIS ORIGINAL VISION.
It was released as Payback: Straight Up—The Director’s Cut.