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‘Divergent’ Director Reveals Reason Eye-Stab Scene Was Cut From Film

Wed, August 6, 2014 8:54pm EDT by 2 Comments

One of the most intense moments of the ‘Divergent’ book occurs when a Dauntless initiate is stabbed in the eye, but the pivotal scene didn’t make it into the film! The movie’s director has now revealed the shocking reason why the eye-stab scene was cut.

In Divergent, Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) wakes up in the night to grueling screams from Edward (played by Ben Lamb) — he was brutally stabbed! Watch the deleted scene below and find out why it was really cut from the movie (it’s NOT because of violence)!

‘Divergent’ Eye Stab Scene: Director Reveals Real Reason Why Scene Was Cut

You’d assume the gruesome moment for cut because it was too violent, right? Divergent director Neil Burger says that’s not the case! 

“That was mostly cut out because it was interrupting the flow of the story,” Peter explains about the eye-stab scene, according to Cinema Blend

“Sometimes you look at the movie as a whole and you’re like what’s slowing us down? Why is this feeling long? And even though it’s a good scene, that’s really the art of trying to figure out where the movie is working and sometimes what’s slowing it down is one of your favorite scenes, and you’ve got to cut it out.” 

The scene will reportedly be included on the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Divergent, but you can watch it yourself above and then tell us what you think!

‘Divergent’ Star Ansel Elgort Spills About Chemistry With Shailene Woodley

Speaking of Divergent, Shailene’s super-cute movie brother Ansel Elgort, 20, opened up to EXCLUSIVELY at the Young Hollywood Awards about his chemistry with Shailene.

“[Shailene and I are] pretty tight. I like working with her a lot. She’s really good. She’s a really, really good actress. She’s a really nice girl — really genuine,” Ansel spilled to us. “We’re close. We’re good friends, so it’s nice to have those kind of people in your life.” He’s so sweet!

What do YOU think about the eye-stab scene getting cut from Divergent, HollywoodLifers? Are you happy it was cut, or should the scene have stayed in the flick? Let us know!

— Megan Ross

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