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David Fincher’s Seven helped to establish Brad Pitt as a major star, but it was almost a totally different movie. Some test audiences will remember seeing the film in its original cut, which was made by the original director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, and still used the original title, Seven Years in Tibet. This version focused heavily on Pitt’s relationship with the Dalai Lama, and left all of the scenes with Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kevin Spacey on the editing room floor. It was so monumentally unpopular that Annuad was immediately dropped and replaced by Fincher, who darkened the tone, shortened the title, and restored the lost footage, leaving in the Dalai Lama only as a barely-mentioned subplot. He also placed the focus of the film on what he knew to be one of the most popular subjects around: Serial murder.