"[Kubrick] actually took out a scene … where Jack finds the scrapbook in the boiler room. And I thought that was very important because you had to know the moment in which he came under the control of the hotel. It’s like the moment in a fairy story when the hero takes the poison apple. The main character makes a mistake that brings them into the grip of evil. That was when Jack made his mistake. Before that, it could have gone either way. It’s his vanity and his hope to be a great writer that leads him to take this scrapbook as a gold mine of subjects. That was written and shot. I was sorry to see that Kubrick cut that out."- Diane Johnson 2002 interview
I hope this stuff makes its way to surface one day, with 2001 it eventually did. Put this deleted scene and the original ending on DVD so I can finally buy it! I've been holding out on getting a copy, waiting for the edition to come out that's just perfect. Get some new commentaries on there, like Vivian Kubrick or someone willing to do a scene by scene analysis, perhaps..
has anyone seen Room 237 yet? God, I can't wait.