One of the first things you may notice about "The Master" is that many, many of the scenes present in the film's marketing did not make it into the finished film. An LA Times article cites Joaquin Phoenix as saying that PTA doesn't worry about continuity, he's open to improvisation and often scenes that might take up one-eighth of a page can shoot for a day and a half. The actor told Time, "Paul will write many, many scenes that won’t make it into the movie." In some cases entire scenes have been left unused, while in other cases the scene in the trailer is an alternate (and sometimes substantially different) take of the one in the film (ie: the "Just tell me something that's true!" is not present during the finished jail sequence). To make note these changes, we've compiled a list of the deleted scenes as well as extended and alternate takes from the various marketing materials that don't appear in the final cut.
DELETED SCENES FROM THE SCRIPT
ALTERNATE TAKES & EXTENDED SCENES
Scenes From The Beach
Debriefing Scene Added Bits
Alternate camera angles and even filthier (and completely hilarious) dialogue for the inkblot test scene. Seen in its entirety in teaser #6.
Freddie sits down with Peggy and she explains Time Holes in an extended version of this scene from teaser #3.
Processing - Alternate Dialogue
After Freddie is asked if he is unpredictable and farts during processing, The Master chides him by saying, ""What a horrible young man you are. You're a dirty animal who eats its own feces when it's hungry," instead of the much more playful version in the film where he says it's good to laugh. Seen in teaser #7.
Mildred Drummond's House - Extra Bits
A few extra shots from Mildred Drummond's house in NYC from the "Back Beyond" compilation.
Alternate Jail Scene
Post-Jail Horseplay- Alternate Take
The Master welcomes Freddie home from jail by throwing him over his shoulder in this alternate take from "Back Beyond."
Window To The Wall - Extra Bit
The Master and Freddie dance happily during Freddie's window-to-the-wall processing (seen in teaser #8).
Peggy Close-Up - Additional Dialogue
During Peggy's mental exercise with Freddie where she instructs him to turn her eyes black, she also offers the following excised instructions in teaser #7. "I want you to place something in the future for yourself that you would like to have. It's there, waiting for you."
Window To The Wall - Extended
Ranch Photo Shoot - Alternate
Motorcycle Sequence - Extra Bits
After Freddie rides off on his motorcycle, it The Master, Elizabeth and Clark wait for his return in this production still and the camera continues to track Freddie in teaser #8.
Casper Reverse Shot
Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoon which Freddie can be heard watching at the movie theatre (from "Back Beyond").
Brief shot of two soldiers lighting a cigarette during WWII (from "Back Beyond").
Presumably Freddie and another sailor jump off a Navy ship. Seen in the trailer and extra shots from "Back Beyond."
Freddie On Shore Leave
Freddie still in his Navy uniform attends a party (from "Back Beyond").
Freddie Makes Out In The Car
Freddie Makes Hooch
Freddie mixes up some of his potion in a Navy latrine (from "Back Beyond").
"Was There A Fight?" - Alternate Interview Scene
An army doctor questions Freddie. Seen in its entirety in teaser #1.
Gone To China
Freddie leaves a note that he's heading to China. Seen in its entirety in teaser #5.
Freddie Sees The Master
These shots appear to show Freddie's POV "skulking and sneaking" to observe The Master and his family when first onboard the ship. Seen in the trailer.
Dodd Family Dinner Scene
The Master Questions Freddie
Shortly after arriving on his ship, The Master casually interrogates Freddie (from "Back Beyond").
Clark & Freddie At A Bar
Clark tells Freddie about how dangerous The Master's book has been to those that come in contact with it (from "Back Beyond").
Clark Carries Freddie
Clark carries a limp Freddie in teaser #7. This scene looks like it takes place just after the duo attack John More.
The Master's Speech
Freddie In Court
In this deleted scene, Freddie freaks out in the courtroom after being arrested, seen in teaser #8.
Helen Sullivan Processes Freddie
Helen attempts to process Freddie (from "Back Beyond") in Philadelphia.
Freddie & The Master In The Car
I've actually got no idea where this scene might occur in the film (they're clothes are so unfamiliar to me) but perhaps this takes place during the Philadelphia stay at Helen Sullivan's.
Arizona Convention Extra Bit
Freddie Retraces The Past
Freddie & Doris
Freddie visits Doris presumably in a flashback seen during teaser #3.
Freddie & Doris 2
Freddie visits Doris presumably in a flashback also during teaser #3.
Freddie In The Master's Office
Freddie In The Woods
Freddie crosses the river to the approaching cars on the road. He appears to be wearing the same outfit he has while in Arizona watching The Master's briefcase so this likely takes place near that sequence. Seen in teaser #2.
Freddie Heads To England
Outer Space Dream Sequence.
"He had a scene that took place in outer space and he had a couple dream sequences that the followers of The Master were visualizing. But he ended up realizing he didn’t need them so we never shot them. That was one of the guys that was going into past lives. He was an astronaut and he got disconnected from his spaceship and flew out into space. We were trying to figure out how to do it because it had to be from a 50s sensibility. It was before we really had people in space so you couldn’t really use that as a reference even if he was making it up in his subconscious, it had to relate to stuff he knew from the period. It was a fun shot to plan but he ultimately didn’t need it." - Production Designer Jack Fisk
Ireland Dream Sequence.
"There was a scene in Ireland that we didn’t do, another one of the flashback scenes. It was a woman being killed by soldiers in a [barnyard in Ireland]. But that was back in the 1740’s." - Production Designer David Crank