'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never': Five scenes we'd like to see in potential director's cut

Never-Say-NeverImage Credit: Paramount PicturesParamount is currently deciding whether to release a director’s cut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in theaters or save it for the DVD. Regardless of when fans get additional scenes chosen by helmer Jon M. Chu, here are suggestions for moments we’d genuinely love to see:

• Bieber being chased by fans, how he escapes them, and him talking about how that mob mentality makes him feel. The film does already include what I assume is a fan shot video of him being swallowed up by a crowd, but you never get the sense of how that affects him. Perhaps his team doesn’t want fans to think that kind of extreme expression of love is a downside to his success, but we all know it is. The film does a great job of showing that Bieber is a genuine talent — the video of him playing the drums when he was very young made me sit up in my seat — and of making you see how much this fearless 16-year-old actually worked for his success. (One of my favorite scenes is of him walking up to a young female violinist playing the same spot outside a theatre where he used to sing with his guitar.) But in general, I’d have liked to have seen a bit more of the stress of being Bieber. Days before his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, which is what the film revolves around, he had to cancel a concert to give his inflamed, infected throat and vocal cords a chance to heal. He got some tough love from his ball-busting vocal coach, who told him he has to be a professional and take care of his voice on days off — cut to a montage of him shouting while hanging out with friends — and no, he can’t eat Chicken McNuggets because the doctor said fried foods are bad for his throat. Yes, he’s 16, and those are sacrifices, but when compared to all he gets in return, not huge ones. There’s got to be more drama than that. Maybe his team, which really does appear to be a family, shields him from everything. But then I want to see more of what they go through.

• What Bieber and his father said to one another after his dad saw him in concert for the first time — in a sold-out arena — and cried. We learn all about the bond between Bieber and his mother (pictured), who raised him alone, but I was left wanting to know more about his relationship with his dad, which was the least developed in the film. Maybe that’s how it is in real life now — they’re close, but Justin’s closer to his road family by default.

• How Bieber feels about sitting in a giant heart and being dangled out over the crowd to sing “Never Let You Go.” We got to see that he is, in fact, aware of the occasional ridiculousness one encounters when catering to a young female fanbase with that genius slo-mo “At Last” photo shoot montage. (He played up the power of his idol hair and face for the camera before horsing around like a normal guy.) But I could go for more.

• More shots of the parents at his concerts: Do they end up standing and dancing, or do they just sit and wait for it to be over? Post-concert interviews with some would have been interesting.

• Any additional shirtless moments. This isn’t for us. It’s for the young ladies who don’t realize how fortunate they are to get all the existing shots of him changing backstage and running around with a water bazooka. I don’t recall seeing this much skin in the New Kids on the Block concert VHS I got for Christmas when I was their age.

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  • carly

    Is someone 12 years old writing all these articles on Bieber for EW? I would have to assume so.

  • Assiram

    I thin Justin really caress about his family

  • Madalyn. Harris

    I. Love. You. So. Much

  • Fatima J. Satchell

    I hated Justin Bieber before I saw the movie and realized that there’s nothing to hate about him. It’s just that people get jealous and start hating on him. I went because my uncle was taking my cousin and he didn’t want to be the only Justin Bieber hater. He ended up liking it too(and he didn’t fall asleep once which may have been because of all the screaming girls). I’m definitely gonna buy the DVD. I’d love to see more on JB!!

    • gates

      I felt the exact same way. My friends and I went as accompaniment for our little siblings, expecting to sit back and laugh throughout the whole thing. We each walked away from that movie completely and utterly in love with him. There is NOTHING to dislike about the kid, and, frankly, I’m not afraid to admit that I have Bieber Fever

  • samatha

    I LoVe YoU

  • samatha

    I LoVe YoU So MuCh BaBy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr. Holloway

    “Any additional shirtless moments. This isn’t for us…”

    Sure, it’s not. Admit it…life hasn’t been the same for you since Taylor Lautner turned 18.

    • California

      lol love it!

    • Karate Pants


  • Jesse

    I’d like to see the scene where he got mad at a 5 year old girl in Mexico for asking for an autograph on his day off.

    Or the scene where he assaulted police officers with water balloons then hid in his trailer so his bodyguards and managers could convince the police not arrest him.

    Keep it real, yo’.

  • Justina

    How about a video of his fans WAITING for hours at his NYC book signing and over hearing him yelling at the photographers for saying his name. He RUDELY shouted “DON’T SAY MY NAME.” Someone needs to show this boy what manners are

  • Eloise

    I was at the NYC book signing from start to finish. JB was kind
    to everyone unless they were rude to him. He was never rude to a fan! If people waited outside for hours it’s because they wanted to. Every fan got in and got to meet Justin. And…by the way…he would NEVER get angry at a 5 year old. He LOVES kids. There must be more to that story.

  • The Other Guy

    Ha, talent. EW sure knows how to write them some funny articles.

  • gio

    I’d like to see how JB copes with the intense jealously he generates in many young males. Every article or clip of Bieber generates love from his fans, but always about 10% of comments are very mean & cruel. Since young people are so addicted to their computers the “haters” have taken to You Tube to make organized attacks on Bieber’s YouTube clips.

    Why? His lyrics are so neutral, his image is a very gentle kid who just wants to make everyone feel good.

    I wonder if he’s aware of the jealousy or is fearful of some of the savage comments against him on the internet. It’s sad that some kids are so frustrated & angry they dump their rage on a kid from Nowhere, Canada who sings & dances & hurts nobody.

    I’m old, so I can remember that the Beatles had a similar effect on young males until it became obvious to everyone that the music was too great to be denied, whether you liked their haircuts or not.

    I sincerely hope Bieber’s next batch of songs evolve from teenybop, and he blows the doubters away with some great music. His movie shows he has immense talent. It would be wonderful if he can find a way to channel his skills to other than romantic fantasies of young girls & wins over the “haters”.

  • rush

    JB really has a wonderful talent.bet no people can ever hate him……

  • rush

    love u……….u r the best

  • dey islam

    justin bieber is the best always

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