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Stephen King Novel Moments That We'll Never See On Screen

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It didn’t take long for King to become a household name as a prolific horror author, with “Carrie” serving as his breakout novel. The hair-raising story about high school revenge and religious trauma took the world by storm, selling over a million copies a year after its release. In classic Hollywood fashion, the infamous book was quickly adapted for the silver screen, and Brian De Palma’s revered “Carrie” arrived in theaters to years later. Compared to other King adaptations, the film might be a little tame — but that wasn’t the only significant creative decision De Palma made in adapting the story. 

In both incarnations, when a bucket of pig’s blood is dumped on the head of Carrie (Sissy Spacek) at the prom, the scene becomes a bloody, violent sequence where she graphically rains vengeance down upon her classmates. Before the end of the novel, countless people are dead, including Carrie’s mother. 

In the novel, the scene is colored by a key, intimate conversation Carrie has with Sue Snell, a kind classmate who is pregnant with the child of Tommy (William Katt). In one of the most memorable moments of the novel, it is revealed that Sue suffered a miscarriage from the stress of the carnage. De Palma’s adaptation chose to water down the pregnancy storyline.

In the movie and novel, Carrie tells Sue that she’s pregnant. She grabs her stomach and says she’s having a girl — but the movie cuts out the fact that she miscarried at the end, glossing over a brutal tragedy.

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Idris Elba's 8 Best Performances, Ranked

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Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE or better known as Idris Elba is a well-known British actor who rose to prominence through shows like The Wire and Luther. Since his small beginnings, Elba initially elevated his celebrity status by gaining a steady role in the MCU as Heimdall, the all-seeing, all-knowing Asgardian, throughout the Infinity Saga. Of course, there are plenty of roles that have gained him attention before his appearance in the MCU.

While Elba is certainly known for his good looks, having been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2018, he is far more than a pretty face. Indeed, Elba has managed to carve a name for himself as a serious actor, even being appointed an OBE in 2016 for his services to drama. These are Idris Elba’s best performances, ranked.

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Perhaps one of Elba’s lesser-known roles is that of Chief Bogo in the Academy Award-winning Disney film Zootopia. The film tells the story of Judy Hopps, a rabbit from the country who moves to Zootopia to live her dream of becoming a member of the police force. When Judy arrives, however, the city is not as welcoming to her as she once expected. Chief Bogo runs the Zootopia police department and is a Cape buffalo. Bogo gives Judy a hard time when she arrives and continues to doubt her police work until she proves herself worthy. While Chief Bogo is rough around the edges, he’s a pretty likable character.

Thanks to Elba’s very distinctive voice, he has been gaining more and more voice acting opportunities over the years. His performance as Sheer Kahn in the live-action version of The Jungle Book brought the predatory beast to life while still being reminiscent of the original Sheer Kahn in the animated version. While Mowgli works his way through the jungle to find some of his own kind with the help of Bagheera the puma, the human is also being hunted down by one of the fiercest beasts in the jungle, Sheer Kahn, a tiger with a personal interest in feasting on Mowgli.

The ever-popular Fast and Furious film franchise spawned a spin-off in 2019, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw or simply Hobbs and Shaw. The film follows Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw as they team up to take down a cybernetically enhanced terrorist threatening the world with violence. The film features stars like Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, and Idris Elba. Elba plays the role of Brixton Lore, a former MI6 agent turned terrorist working for Eteon. Brixton once served alongside Deckard Shaw before joining Eteon. The two even fought a terrible battle in which Deckard shot Brixton in the head, but Eteon saved his life and equipped him with cybernetic enhancements.

Another unique treasure gifted to us by Guillermo del Toro is Pacific Rim, a film that tells the story of the Kaiju, monsters from the sea who wage war on the human race. To battle these beasts, mankind has developed giant robots referred to as Jaegers which are piloted by two humans conjoined by a mental link. Despite their efforts, humanity is on the brink of extinction with the fate of humanity lying in the hands of an untested trainee and an ex-pilot. Elba plays the role of Stacker Pentecost, the commanding officer in the Pan Pacific Defense Corps and a former Jaeger pilot who is dying of radiation poisoning. When del Toro spoke about the casting of Elba, del Toro knew he would be perfect for the role after watching his performance in Luther.

Related: All Guillermo Del Toro Movies, Ranked

Luther is a TV series that follows DCI John Luther who must make cases against criminals while murderer Alice Morgan continues to evade him. Elba plays the title character in this crime thriller. Luther ran for a total of five seasons and was subject to generally positive reviews, particularly for the performance from Elba, earning him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-series, or Dramatic Special among a number of other awards. Elba’s performance in Luther gained him a great deal of attention globally and even earned him his role in Pacific Rim.

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiographical book Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a biographical film telling the story of the former South African President Nelson Mandela from his childhood struggle to the difficulties he faced in trying to rebuild a segregated society. Elba played the role of Nelson Mandela in this film, earning him more respect as a serious actor for his portrayal of the respected revolutionary. His performance earned him an ABFF Hollywood Award nomination for Artist of the Year and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Beasts of No Nation tells the story of young Agu, an orphan who is trained by a warlord simply referred to as the Commandant to become a guerrilla soldier. All of this takes place during the civil war in Africa and sheds light on the suffering of civilians during this war, specifically focusing on the experiences faced by boys who are taken and trained to become child soldiers. Based on the novel by the same name, Beasts of No Nation features Elba as the brutal Commandant. The film was nominated for a number of awards, including five nominations from the Film Independent Spirit Awards, taking home the awards for Best Male Lead for Abraham Attah and Best Supporting Male for Elba. The film has been subject to universal praise and even earned Attah the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Beats of No Nation is currently one of many war films on Netflix you can stream right now.

Elba’s best role is Stringer Bell, right hand to Avon Barksdale in the HBO drama The Wire, arguably one of the best TV shows ever made. While only present in the first three seasons, Stringer Bell makes a great impression on the audience. Thanks to his high level of intelligence both in and out of the streets, Bell winds up taking over the Barksdale Organization when Avon gets locked up. Stringer Bell’s popularity led him to gain a more prominent role throughout his time on the series. Thanks to the crafty writing from the creators of the show, Stringer becomes a most hated character who is happily murdered by Omar and Brother Mouzone for the atrocities he has calculated. Elba gained international recognition for his performance on the show, gaining him many of the roles on this list.

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Fans Largely Agree On The Exact Moment Heroes Began To Stray

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On a Reddit discussion thread asking which scene made viewers stop watching a show entirely, lots of “Heroes” fans cited Season 2 as the beginning of the end of the show. Interestingly enough, a lot of the blame is placed on the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike and mistakes by the writers because of it. “Season 2 started off slow, but before they could get any momentum, the strike happened and they just tacked on an abrupt ending rather than just leave it in the air,” said u/PaintItPurple. Even showrunner Tim Kring admits that mistakes were made, and he went so far as to apologize to fans (via Entertainment Weekly).

Other users replied to the comment, with many agreeing that the show really started to go downhill as early as Season 2. In fact, u/Sasserman said that if one were to simply pretend that “Heroes” actually wrapped up after Season 1, it would have probably been all the better for it. Others agreed, with some saying that it would have been better for the show to end with Season 1 since none of the following seasons of the show were able to recapture that same magic ever again.

And based on the reviews for the show by both critics and audiences, this definitely seems to be the case. Compared to Season 1’s 82% and 94%, respectively, Season 2 sits at 50% for critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score dropped to 66%. By Season 4, the show was at 29% on the Tomatometer and had an audience score of 53%. 

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