Celebrity Cameos in Zombieland Started with Patrick Swayze
09.21.09 by Ryan
The creative team behind Zombieland has tried to keep the zombie comedy's celebrity cameos secret, but screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick recently mentioned a list of celebrities that won't appear, including names as diverse as Bill Clinton and Jean Claude Van Damme. Reese told ShockTilYouDrop that the idea behind having a celebrity cameo began with Patrick Swayze, who passed away last week after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
That was many years ago, before he got sick. It was [going to be] a Patrick Swayze zombie. They got attacked by him zombified and we had these wonderful moments where they found a potter's wheel and there's Columbus [Jesse Eisenberg] on the wheel and these other hands come up behind him and it's Patrick Swayze the zombie. Ultimately, they fight and Patrick bull rushes Tallahassee [Woody Harrelson] who grabs him and lifts him into the air, a la Jennifer Grey, and smashes him into a pillar.
Reese claims that Zombieland did obtain a terrific cameo from someone, but it's unfortunate that the Swayze scene was not to be.