Nostalgia Critic "Face/Off" (lost Rachel farewell scene of online video review; 2014)
Doug Walker is a famous internet film critic who makes humorous video reviews of many movies and shows in his online series, The Nostalgia Critic.
In 2014, Doug was shooting an episode for the Nicholas Cage movie Face/Off, which was supposed to feature a farewell scene for Rachel, one of the characters whose actress (Rachel Tietz) left due to opportunities opening up in California.
However, the digitized footage of the shot scene was deleted by accident.
In the episode, it was later replaced by a parody of what had actually happened: the Critic accidentally includes the scene in the folder that contains all the scenes for the holiday special, and ends up deleting the folder, as well as emptying the recycle bin.
Doug later announced on Facebook that he had pros look over his computer, but the files were not recoverable. He said that he will have it reshot. In the meantime, behind-the-scenes footage filmed by cast member Malcolm Ray gave fans some idea of what the scene would have looked like.
Doug ended up re-shooting the scenes, with his father Barney Walker reprising Tietz's role - the huge difference being acknowledged. In spite of the scene being re-shot, it's likely that the original version of the scene meant to tie into the review will be lost forever due to Doug's accidental permanent deletion of the original file.
- Tietz's video about leaving The Nostalgia Critic. Retrieved 18 Feb '20
- Doug Walker's Facebook post stating that he had tried recovering the deleted footage. Retrieved 18 Feb '20