Date: 15th November 2000
Warner Bros. allowed Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell to screen their own cuts of 3000 Miles to Graceland to test audiences, the online entertainment magazine Inside reported today (Wednesday). (The magazine commented that the tests marked "a new level in studio abdication.")
It quoted one unnamed source involved with the project as saying "Both actors went into the editing room and made their own cuts. ... It sounds a hell of a lot nastier than it actually was." Costner's version was reportedly more action-oriented; Russell's, more "character-oriented."
Inside reported that Costner's version "won in a unanimous decision." It also noted that director Demian Lichtenstein, who is making his debut in Graceland, "was only too pleased" to allow his two stars to have a go at editing the film.
Source: Studio Briefing