History Main / AlanSmithee

19th Jul '16 11:18:33 PM Ezclee4050
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Bayer Samuel Bayer]] directed "Ridiculous Thoughts" by Music/TheCranberries but the band recut it against his wishes, so the video ended up being credited to someone named "Freckles Flynn".
8th Jul '16 9:27:59 PM igordebraga
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* Creator/DavidORussell used the name "Stephen Greene" for his failed film, ''Nailed'', which got released in 2015 under a new title, ''Accidental Love''. Anyone who had seen this movie understood why he disowned it since it's really a messed-up film that should have stayed dead.

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* Creator/DavidORussell used the name "Stephen Greene" for his failed film, ''Nailed'', which got released in [[TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment was kept on ice for 8 years]] (in an incomplete state!) before a 2015 release under a new title, ''Accidental Love''. Anyone who had seen this movie understood why he disowned it since it's really a messed-up film that should have stayed dead.
2nd Jul '16 7:09:34 PM WarioBarker
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Alan Smithee was one of Hollywood's longest-working and most diverse directors from the "start" of his career in 1969 to his "passing" in 1999, undaunted by the highly-variable quality of his work and the fact that he didn't actually exist.

In the movie industry of the past, if a director's movie became the victim of ExecutiveMeddling and bad acting to the point where [[OldShame they were no longer proud of it]], he could request to have his name taken off it, and it would then be credited to "Alan Smithee".

There were, of course, rules about the use of the name--for instance, the studio would have to admit that they'd wrested the film from the director's control. Directors using the alias were also required to keep their reason for disavowing the film a secret.

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Alan Smithee was one of Hollywood's longest-working and most diverse directors [[note]](the Internet Movie Database also lists credits for, among others, writing and acting)[[/note]] from the "start" start of his career in 1969 to his "passing" death in 1999, undaunted by the highly-variable quality of his work and or the fact backlash some of his films got.

It also helped
that he didn't actually exist.

In See, in the movie industry of the past, if a director's movie became the victim of ExecutiveMeddling and bad acting to the point where [[OldShame they were no longer proud of it]], he could request to have his name taken off it, and it would then be credited to "Alan Smithee".

There were, of course, rules about the use of the name--for name - for instance, the studio would have to admit that they'd wrested the film from the director's control. Directors using the alias were also required to keep their reason for disavowing the film a secret.



20th Jun '16 11:20:41 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* [[Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil Ti]] [[Film/TheInnkeepers West]], the director of ''Film/CabinFever 2: Spring Fever'', was ashamed of the final result, particularly the amount of [[ExecutiveMeddling reshoots and editing done by the producers]], and requested to use the name. The director's request was rejected, since he is not a member of the Directors Guild of America. To this day, West still treats it as an OldShame, viewing it more as a product of Creator/{{Lionsgate}} and the producers than himself.

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* [[Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil Ti]] [[Film/TheInnkeepers West]], the director Ti West, who went on to create a number of CultClassic modern horror films like ''Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil'' and ''Film/TheInnkeepers'', wrote and directed ''Film/CabinFever 2: Spring Fever'', Fever''. He was so ashamed of the final result, particularly the amount of [[ExecutiveMeddling reshoots and editing done by the producers]], and that he requested to use the name. The director's request was rejected, name, but since he is was not a member of the Directors Guild of America. America, his request was denied. To this day, West [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/12341-excl-ti-west-and-the-cabin-fever-2-experience/ still treats it it]] as an OldShame, viewing it more as a product of Creator/{{Lionsgate}} and the producers than himself.
5th Jun '16 10:12:34 AM Rubber_Lotus
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** MAD Magazine lampshaded this in its parody of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', by having a caricature of Moore introduce himself in the opening splash as "Alan "Smithee" Moore".
28th Apr '16 7:30:09 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Clarke is no stranger to this. Has reprised his voice of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' villain Cell in the ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' and ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi Budokai Tenkaichi'' series under the pseudonym "Dartanian Nickelback".

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** Clarke is no stranger to this. Has reprised his voice of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' villain Cell in the ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai Budokai]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi Budokai Tenkaichi'' Tenkaichi]]'' series of games under the pseudonym "Dartanian Nickelback".
28th Apr '16 7:29:37 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Clarke is no stranger to this. Has reprised his voice of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' villain Cell in the ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' and ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi Budokai Tenkaichi'' series under the pseudonym "Dartanian Nickelback".
22nd Apr '16 10:02:35 PM Zeke
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* D. G. Chichester still had five issues left in his ''{{Daredevil}}'' contract when he found out he was going to be fired. He wrote those issues, #338-342, under the byline Alan Smithee in protest. (A few years later, he returned under his own name to write #380, the last issue before the Marvel Knights relaunch.)
22nd Apr '16 6:05:47 PM jameygamer
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* As noted in the trope description above, the practice of using "Alan Smithee" ended with ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn''. The film itself was a LampshadeHanging on the very concept of using "Alan Smithee" as a pseudonym: the titular in-movie director who wants his name out of the film really ''is'' named Alan Smithee. Veteran director Arthur Hiller (of ''Film/LoveStory'' and many, many other films) was unhappy with the film's script and end result, and requested that his name be removed from the final product (and, sure enough, [[CueIrony he got credited as Alan Smithee]]. No, ''really''). This is what led to the Director's Guild discontinuing the practice. Hiller, on the other hand, [[CreatorKiller wouldn't direct another project for more than a decade]] due to ''Burn Hollywood Burn'''s universal savaging and extremely low box office gross. It was also Strike Number Three for writer Joe Eszterhas after ''Showgirls'' and ''Jade'' in 1995; this film sent him from being the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood to the C-list of writers. Finally, it was one of several busts that convinced [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company,]] who released this through their Hollywood Pictures label, to shut that brand down for a while. As far as legacy goes, this is one of the films on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list, getting a zero star rating from him]], and has six GoldenRaspberryAwards, one of which is for Worst Picture of 1998.

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* As noted in the trope description above, the practice of using "Alan Smithee" ended with ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn''. The film itself was a LampshadeHanging on the very concept of using "Alan Smithee" as a pseudonym: the titular in-movie director who wants his name out of the film really ''is'' named Alan Smithee. Veteran director Arthur Hiller (of ''Film/LoveStory'' and many, many other films) was unhappy with the film's script and end result, and requested that his name be removed from the final product (and, sure enough, [[CueIrony he got credited as Alan Smithee]]. No, ''really''). This is what led to the Director's Guild discontinuing the practice. Hiller, on the other hand, [[CreatorKiller wouldn't direct another project for more than a decade]] due to ''Burn Hollywood Burn'''s universal savaging and extremely low box office gross. It was also Strike Number Three for writer Joe Eszterhas after ''Showgirls'' and ''Jade'' in 1995; this film sent him from being the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood to the C-list of writers. Finally, it was one of several busts that convinced [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company,]] who released this through their Hollywood Pictures label, to shut that brand down for a while. As far as legacy goes, this is one of the films on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list, getting a zero star rating from him]], and has six GoldenRaspberryAwards, [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Golden Raspberry Awards]], one of which is for Worst Picture of 1998.
22nd Apr '16 6:05:03 PM jameygamer
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* As noted in the trope description above, the practice of using "Alan Smithee" ended with ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn''. The film itself was a LampshadeHanging on the very concept of using "Alan Smithee" as a pseudonym: the titular in-movie director who wants his name out of the film really ''is'' named Alan Smithee. Veteran director Arthur Hiller (of ''Film/LoveStory'' and many, many other films) was unhappy with the film's script and end result, and requested that his name be removed from the final product (and, sure enough, [[CueIrony he got credited as Alan Smithee]]. No, ''really''). This is what led to the Director's Guild discontinuing the practice. Hiller, on the other hand, [[CreatorKiller wouldn't direct another project for more than a decade]] due to ''Burn Hollywood Burn'''s universal savaging and extremely low box office gross. It was also Strike Number Three for writer Joe Eszterhas after ''Showgirls'' and ''Jade'' in 1995; this film sent him from being the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood to the C-list of writers. Finally, it was one of several busts that convinced [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company,]] who released this through their Hollywood Pictures label, to shut that brand down for a while.

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* As noted in the trope description above, the practice of using "Alan Smithee" ended with ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn''. The film itself was a LampshadeHanging on the very concept of using "Alan Smithee" as a pseudonym: the titular in-movie director who wants his name out of the film really ''is'' named Alan Smithee. Veteran director Arthur Hiller (of ''Film/LoveStory'' and many, many other films) was unhappy with the film's script and end result, and requested that his name be removed from the final product (and, sure enough, [[CueIrony he got credited as Alan Smithee]]. No, ''really''). This is what led to the Director's Guild discontinuing the practice. Hiller, on the other hand, [[CreatorKiller wouldn't direct another project for more than a decade]] due to ''Burn Hollywood Burn'''s universal savaging and extremely low box office gross. It was also Strike Number Three for writer Joe Eszterhas after ''Showgirls'' and ''Jade'' in 1995; this film sent him from being the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood to the C-list of writers. Finally, it was one of several busts that convinced [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company,]] who released this through their Hollywood Pictures label, to shut that brand down for a while. As far as legacy goes, this is one of the films on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList most hated film list, getting a zero star rating from him]], and has six GoldenRaspberryAwards, one of which is for Worst Picture of 1998.
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