M Night Shyamalan's Split almost had super-dark ending

Bea Mitchell
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From Digital Spy

M Night Shyamalan's Split nearly had a super-dark ending – so dark that even the director known for dark twists changed it.

At the end, Kevin (James McAvoy) is seen looking in a mirror talking about his unlimited power – but this scene was a reshoot after Shyamalan decided to cut his scripted ending.

Luckily, the bleak ending has made it onto the Blu-ray, but if you can't wait, here's what was going to happen...

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Kevin, in his evil personality Dennis, is standing on a roof, looking at a school. When he says "Look at all those unbroken souls", his accomplice personality Patricia responds, "Such a waste".

It's implied that the Beast was going to punish or kill school children for being pure.

"It was just too dark, and it made it kind of feel one note for me about what his intentions were. What are his motivations?

"I just didn't want the Beast's motivations to be reduced to just killing, that kind of thing," Shyamalan explains in an intro on the DVD.

"So that's why I wrote the ending that you see in the movie, with the mirror. So it was more showing the world what we were capable of… the original ending is a kind of dark and gruesome ending," he adds.

Split will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from April 18 in the US and June 5 in the UK.

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