The Mamma Mia deleted scene that Amanda Seyfried believes points toward Sophie's dad

There’s a Mamma Mia deleted scene that left Amanda ‘secretly hoping’ *this* character was Sophie’s biological dad in the movie

Mamma Mia deleted scene explained. Seen here are Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard
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There’s a Mamma Mia deleted scene from the 2008 movie that had such an impact on Amanda Seyfried that led her to want this character to be Sophie’s biological father. 

Feel-good and packed full of catchy ABBA hits Mamma Mia might not be a mystery like The Strays on Netflix but it certainly has its fair share of intrigue when it comes to who Sophie’s real dad is. Throughout the whole of the first movie which is based on the eponymous stage musical Sophie is desperate to work out which of her mom Donna’s former flames could be her father. 

With nothing to go on other than their names - Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) she invites all of them to her upcoming wedding in the hope that something will give it away. Nothing really did and they all end up deciding to not find out and to support her as fathers.

Bill, Sam and Harry in Mamma Mia

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Everyone likely has their own opinion on which one is biologically Sophie’s dad, though and her actor Amanda Seyfried has now revealed her pick. According to her, her choice makes the most sense to her thanks to an enlightening Mamma Mia deleted scene that many of us won’t have watched. 

Discussing the options with Vanity Fair, Amanda said that in her opinion she’d love Sophie’s real dad to be Bill. For her this would be a lovely “full-circle” moment after the 'Voulez Vous' scene at Sophie’s Bachelorette when they all finally realize that they could be her biological father. She and Stellan had a special scene where they sing 1977 ABBA song, The Name of the Game, which was cut from the final movie but does feature as a deleted scene on some DVDS. 

Bill, Harry and Sam in Mamma Mia

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"It's one of the purest moments in the movie because there's a lot of pride in Stellan, but also a lot of shock and fear," she said. “Just full acceptance in a small amount of time. It's a full circle moment. It's beautiful. Comedically he's also very skilled, and because of this moment I always secretly hoped it was Stellan that was really her father. I'm sorry, Bill."

In storytelling terms Amanda believes Bill would make sense as Sophie’s dad because for him the journey to accept possible paternity is a little more complex leading up to this Mamma Mia deleted scene. 

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She explained, “He was the person who seemed the least likely to want to have kids," she said. "From realization to acceptance, there is a scene that was cut of a song called 'Name of the Game,' and we sing it together, and I'm begging him, 'What's the name of the game?' We had a lot of fun. We got really tight."

Although this Mamma Mia deleted scene might have helped form Amanda’s opinion that she’d love Bill to be Sophie’s biological dad, we still have no answer. Ultimately the Mamma Mia movie makes it clear that with all the love they have for each other it doesn’t really matter who it is. 

Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia

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The answer wasn’t something given in Mamma Mia’s highly-anticipated sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! either, though it did delve back into a young Donna’s story and her meetings with Sam, Harry and Bill. So whilst learning about the Mamma Mia deleted scene could influence or change fans' opinions, we're still ultimately left to make up our own minds on who Sophie's biological dad is. 

Emma Shacklock

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