Filmmaker Sean Durkin’s “The Iron Claw” is drawing rave reviews from various corners for its adaptation of the true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers.
The group made history in the early 1980s in the professional wrestling arena, steering their way through various tragedies and triumphs as they sought larger-than-life immortality.
Audiences have noticed however the absence of one specific family member – Chris Von Erich, the smallest and youngest of the clan who pursued wrestling despite having asthma and a brittle bone condition. He also battled depression and ultimately committed suicide in 1993.
Speaking to The Los Angeles Times, Durkin says Cheis was originally in the film right up until production began. However the director felt that the film was already too sad as is:
“There was a repetition to it, and it was one more tragedy that the film couldn’t really withstand. I honestly don’t know if it would have gotten made.”
The result was elements of Chris’ story were folded into Mike.
Durkin adds that Chris “was in the script for five years” and making that cut was “an impossible choice” which he fought against but ended up having to do.
The film is in cinemas now and stars Zac Efron as Kevin Von Erich, Jeremy Allen White as Kerry Von Erich, Harris Dickinson as David Von Erich, Maxwell Jacob Friedman as Lance Von Erich, Holt McCallany as Fritz Von Erich, Maura Tierny as Doris Von Erich, Lily James as Pam Adkisson, Stanley Simons as Mike Von Erich, Aaron Dean Eisenberg as Ric Flair.