The Duffer Brothers cut Charlie Heaton out of a 'Stranger Things' season 2 scene because he couldn't stop laughing at Joe Keery
Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Stranger Things" season four.
In a GQ video, Finn Wolfhard recounted a time when costar Charlie Heaton ruined takes by laughing.
Wolfhard said Heaton was laughing at Joe Keery's line delivery.
In a new GQ video, "Stranger Things" star Finn Wolfhard recalled a time on the Netflix show when Charlie Heaton (who plays Jonathan Byers) got booted off the set when he kept laughing at Joe Keery's performance as Steve Harrington in season two.
Wolfhard said it was in episode eight when the entire main cast of characters are gathered in the Byers house, talking about the Mind Flayer. Dustin is trying to explain that the Mind Flayer wants to "conquer" humans and believes it's the "master race" (which should now raise some eyebrows among fans with season four's revelation that the Mind Flayer was controlled by Henry Creel/Vecna).
"Like the Germans," Steve says, before Dustin corrects him and says "the Nazis."
This is the line that kept breaking Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers.
"He was playing it so straight and it had to be one take, and every time he would say that Charlie would crack up," Wolfhard said.
He continued on to say that cocreators the Duffer Brothers and actor David Harbour got so tired of it that they just said "you know what, Charlie's just not in the scene."
"We're like, 'what?' and they're like 'yeah Charlie you gotta go outside, you're laughing too hard,'" Wolfhard recalled.
He said the funny incident was resolved by editing around Heaton. The Duffers joked that they'd say Jonathan was just away or in the bathroom. In the cut of the episode that is streaming on Netflix, Heaton is still present in some cutaway shots. But he doesn't have any more speaking lines in the scene after that line from Steve about the Germans.
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