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The Iron Claw - Sean Durkin omitted the death of another Von Erich brother apart from Kerry and David; did you know?

The Iron Claw is all set to release on Lionsgate Play this week. 

The Iron Claw - Sean Durkin omitted the death of another Von Erich brother apart from Kerry and David; did you know?
The Omitted Death From The Iron Claw

Last Updated: 09.00 PM, Jun 11, 2024


Some films just make you relive tragedies in a way that not many can. These are real-life stories, portraying the hardships and lives lived by real people on the big screen. The impact they leave on you is sometimes much more intense than any fictional tale that is equally moving. One such movie in recent times in the West was The Iron Claw. Quintessentially a film that tells the tale of four strong men, beneath that layer is a story about the demons they fought, their shortcomings, and one of them succumbing to the struggle. Kerry Von Erich, played by Jeremy Allen White, meets a very tragic fate, leaving the audience shattered when it was released on the big screen. But did you know another tragedy doomed the Von Erichs but was omitted from the film? 

The Von Erich Brother That Did Not Make It To The Film

The family of wrestlers, the Von Erichs, take center stage in The Iron Claw. The film follows the lives of the four brothers played by Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman. While it covers the tragic deaths of Kerry and David, played by White, it ignores the death of Chris. There is a reason why they did so, and Sean Durkin even revealed it once. Read on to know everything you should about the same.


For the uninitiated, there is a conspiracy theory called the Von Erich Family Curse that explores the deaths of the brothers after their father dreamt of building a legacy. Chris, the brother who also died, was not mentioned in the movie. He took his own life in September 1991. According to Vulture, writer-director Sean Durkin once spoke about omitting Chris’s story from The Iron Claw, calling it the hardest decision he had to make.

"The movie just couldn't withstand another brother's death. It's hard to say this from a human level, but from a narrative and character standpoint, there's a repetition that's just hard to take. Mike, Kerry, and Chris all suffered similar fates: They took a gun or a bottle of pills into a field on their ranch and killed themselves overnight. I don't want to say it was stopping the movie from happening, but if I'm honest, it was. It took me a year to write it and take him out," Sean said.

About The Iron Claw on Lionsgate Play

The official announcement by the streamer read, "Step into the wrestling ring and turn the clock all the way back to the 1980s this June. Primetime Emmy Award winner Jeremy Allen White is renowned for playing nuanced characters on screen and has proved his mettle as an actor. All set to return to your screens with another groundbreaking performance, this time embodying the role of Kerry Von Erich in The Iron Claw, he joins the star-studded cast including Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Stanley Simons, Holt McCallany, and Lily James. A riveting biography directed by Sean Durkin, The Iron Claw will digitally premiere on Lionsgate Play this June 14th."


You can watch The Iron Claw on Lionsgate Play with your OTTplay Premium subscription. Stay tuned to OTTplay for more information on this and everything else from the world of streaming and films.

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