SHEPPERTON – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey is one of the classics of all time, but now an earlier ‘rough cut’ of the film has been discovered in a discarded bin at Shepperton Studios.
The footage comes from the iconic ‘Monkey with bone’ scene and features the previously unheard dialogue originally provided by veteran English stage actor Sir Edwin Fluffer, who recalls:
The script was very rudimentary to begin with – a grunt here and there – but Stanley soon had me doing take after take reciting Wilfred Owen and ad libbing. Imagine my disappointment and embarrassment when I saw the film at the cinema with all my friends to see my performance utterly botched in post. But that was Stanley!