The Final Destination movies started back in 2000 with a unique idea: if you escape death once, it’ll eventually catch up to you. These films featured a main character who had a premonition that a group of people would face deadly accidents. In a series of complicated and intricate accidents, the characters try to outsmart death, just as the main character foresaw.
Everyone was shocked when actor Devon Sawa made a surprise return to the Final Destination universe in the fifth film. However, Sawa recently revealed some ugly truths about his contract with the $657 million franchise.
Devon Sawa was shocked to see he had a cameo in Final Destination 5
One of the first actors to expose us to the captivating world of Final Destination was Devon Sawa. The main character, Alex, who possessed enigmatic psychic skills that allowed him and his pals to evade death’s intentions, was played by him. Sawa left the series following the first movie. But to everyone’s astonishment, he made a fleeting cameo in Final Destination 5 of 2010.
Sawa remained a fan of the franchise even when he wasn’t actively part of it. He watched the 3-D premiere of Final Destination 5 purely out of curiosity. He was shocked to learn he had an uncredited cameo in the movie and received no payment for it. Sawa admitted according to Comicbook.com, “I never got paid a cent for Final Destination 5.” He further added, “They didn’t even tell me I was in it when they invited me to the premiere. In the first contract for part one, there was a section that stated they owned the footage and could use it in the future. I assumed for the press. I was wrong.”
Sawa had no resentment toward the creators of Final Destination 5 despite the surprise cameo and lack of money. He gushed about how much he loved the entire franchise, including the fifth part, and how eager he was for the next Final Destination 6 to come out.
Jeffrey Reddick wanted Devon Sawa to reprise his role
After watching the first Final Destination movie, many pondered whether Devon Sawa’s Alex would make another appearance for more spooky adventures. The sequel, Final Destination 2, seemed to put an end to Alex’s journey, though. Actually, Sawa and Ali Larter, who portrayed Clear, were intended to play important roles in the franchise by Jeffrey Reddick, the series’ creator. However difficult scheduling and other conflicts derailed such ambitions.
Unfortunately, Devon Sawa was unable to reprise his part due to scheduling conflicts, and as a result, Alex’s character experienced an unexpected demise in Final Destination 2. Reddick expressed his displeasure with this artistic choice, believing it to be unfair for such a crucial figure. He disclosed that he was planning an unusual twist in which Alex would have remained the primary character but that events would have caused a different result, leaving the fans with a completely different story.
He was interested in exploring a gripping twist in which Alex would survive and take on a torchbearer role in the Final Destination universe while Clear met her end. The initial ideas, however, had to be modified due to unavoidable circumstances and sudden changes in the storyline.