In a recent interview, filmmaker Zack Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder, who is also a film producer, said that removing comedian Chris D’Elia from Army of the Dead and replacing him with Tig Notaro cost millions of dollars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the husband-and-wife filmmaking pair said it was a “fairly straightforward” decision to remove the scandal-plagued Chris D’Elia from their zombie heist film and reshoots with Tig Notaro in an interview with Vanity Fair published on Friday (local time). Nonetheless, it was an expensive decision. “It was definitely a costly one,” producer Deborah Snyder said. “A few million,” according to director Zack Snyder. Deborah Snyder continued, “I believe Netflix made the right decision. They back up their words with deeds.”
Netflix made the right decision
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris D’Elia was accused of explicitly sexually assaulting underage girls the previous summer. The actor said in a video on his YouTube page in February that he “does have a problem,” but that he did nothing illegal. In the wake of the fiasco, Chris D’Elia’s talent agency, CAA, dropped him.
Tig Notaro plays helicopter pilot Marianne Peters in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She admitted in April that she was taken aback by the response to the first teaser, which resulted in her being labelled “Sexy AF.”
The comedian-actor was a guest on The Tonight Show at the time “Jimmy, so much has changed. It’s been crazy around here since I became famous for being’sexy as hell.’ To be honest, I had no idea what ‘AF’ meant. ‘You’re trending for being badass and sexy AF,’ my friends texted me, with screenshots of Twitter. ‘What is that?’ I wondered.”
Tig Notaro, Ana de la Reguera, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Huma S Qureshi, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighofer, Samantha Win, and Rich Cetrone star alongside Dave Bautista in the Netflix film.