Remember that scene in There Will Be Blood where HW gives Daniel a haircut? Of course not - they snipped it out. Now you can watch it here.
The deleted scene from There Will Be Blood we've been promising. Or rather, deleted scenes - this is a three-in-one bumper pack illuminating the relationship between Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) and his son HW (Dillon Freasier). First we see a pre-accident HW affectionately trimming his adoptive father's hair beneath a tree. Then there's more footage of the infant HW and Daniel on a train. We wind up with footage of the older HW and Daniel on a stationary train, which looks like another take on Daniel's abandoning the child to send him to school in San Francisco.
And, in between, there's a trippy microscene of hunched, sweat-soaked Plainview, silhouetted against a black sky and a flaming geyser, while Jonny Greenwood's score squeezes and beeps in the background. It is - I think - spine-tingling stuff.
But how does this new footage inform the final film? How does Plainview laughing in actual bashfulness - rather than nihilistic glee ("I can't keep doing this, with these ... people") - change his character?
Can there be any doubt of the depth of his affection for HW after that lovely scene in the sunshine? Or how torn he felt duping him at the station? So why did Paul Thomas Anderson then choose to leave these moments on the cutting room floor?
here are some clips i've found from youtube: