Mickey Rourke in The Thin Red Line (1998)
Given that director Terrence Malick shot over a million feet of film for his World War II tone poem The Thin Red Line, it is no surprise that a substantial portion of what he shot did not end up in the theatrical release. That means that several actors’ best efforts wound up scrapped, including Mickey Rourke playing an emotional sniper who comes across our protagonist, a soldier named Witt (Jim Caviezel). Rourke has called his performance for Malick some of the best work he has ever done. His deleted scene can be found on the Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray.