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30th Apr '17 10:05:12 AM nombretomado
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* TomCruise's character in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a spot-on example, except that Les Grossman is a ''producer'' instead of a director. Damien Cockburn also has shades of this ("The chopper is God and I am Jesus Christ His Son") but it isn't clear of whether it's an inherent trait or if it's the result of the pressure of having his feature film debut be a major blockbuster with a bunch of prima donna actors.

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* TomCruise's Creator/TomCruise's character in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a spot-on example, except that Les Grossman is a ''producer'' instead of a director. Damien Cockburn also has shades of this ("The chopper is God and I am Jesus Christ His Son") but it isn't clear of whether it's an inherent trait or if it's the result of the pressure of having his feature film debut be a major blockbuster with a bunch of prima donna actors.
23rd Apr '17 9:23:10 AM nombretomado
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* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/BlackSwan''. In his "visceral and real" production of ''SwanLake'', Thomas is insistent on casting a Swan Queen who can perform both the innocent and sweet White Swan and the cruel, erotic Black Swan with all of her heart - and if that means sexual harassment of the lead ballerina, including pushing her into a breakdown and total insanity, so be it.

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* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/BlackSwan''. In his "visceral and real" production of ''SwanLake'', ''Theatre/SwanLake'', Thomas is insistent on casting a Swan Queen who can perform both the innocent and sweet White Swan and the cruel, erotic Black Swan with all of her heart - and if that means sexual harassment of the lead ballerina, including pushing her into a breakdown and total insanity, so be it.
16th Mar '17 8:02:07 PM KaiYves
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* The Director Lady from the IR-Relevant Astronomy edutainment videos made about the Spitzer Space Telescope is like this. She does not take kindly to having factual errors pointed out in her script, even when it contains EXTENSIVE ArtisticLicenseAstronomy and ArtisticLicensePhysics in what are supposed to be educational materials. The high (or low) point came when she saw an actor getting killed on-set and then haunting her as an opportunity to include a real ghost in her video.

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* The Director Lady from the [[http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/videos/irrelevant/ IR-Relevant Astronomy edutainment videos videos]] made about the Spitzer Space Telescope is like this. She does not take kindly to having factual errors pointed out in her script, even when it contains EXTENSIVE ArtisticLicenseAstronomy and ArtisticLicensePhysics in what are supposed to be educational materials. The high (or low) point came when she saw an actor getting killed on-set and then haunting her as an opportunity to include a real ghost in her video.
12th Mar '17 2:04:47 PM nombretomado
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* In the 1970s educational series Series/TheElectricCompany1971, Rita Moreno played one of these, named Otto (A ShoutOut to Otto Preminger), complete with riding crop, as a recurring character. [[MorganFreeman The man who held cue cards for her]] was terrified of her.

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* In the 1970s educational series Series/TheElectricCompany1971, Rita Moreno played one of these, named Otto (A ShoutOut to Otto Preminger), complete with riding crop, as a recurring character. [[MorganFreeman [[Creator/MorganFreeman The man who held cue cards for her]] was terrified of her.
6th Feb '17 10:00:39 AM weirdfantasy
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* ''Film/StrokerAce'': The man directing Stroker's radio commercial is a subdued variant. He groans about Stroker's performance despite Stroker genuinely following his directions and contemplates putting Lugs in the booth until Lugs suggests he could sing the slogan. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere This causes him to drop his headphones and split.]]
26th Dec '16 3:59:47 PM nombretomado
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The worst nightmare an actor, especially in the world of fiction, can face is a director of this type. He's [[LargeHam hammier]] than [[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]] and has an ''[[SuperOCD extremely]]'' [[SuperOCD exacting interpretation of his own artistic vision]]. He believes himself to be lord of the studio and no one dares to correct him, including those higher up the executive ladder (i.e. ''his'' bosses). Often times he can act better (or at least more dramatically) than all of his actors put together, and he expects each and every one of his staff to be up to his standards. He will [[GloryHound take sole credit for the production and will shamelessly steal other people's brilliant ideas and pass them off as his own]].

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The worst nightmare an actor, especially in the world of fiction, can face is a director of this type. He's [[LargeHam hammier]] than [[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]] Creator/BrianBlessed and has an ''[[SuperOCD extremely]]'' [[SuperOCD exacting interpretation of his own artistic vision]]. He believes himself to be lord of the studio and no one dares to correct him, including those higher up the executive ladder (i.e. ''his'' bosses). Often times he can act better (or at least more dramatically) than all of his actors put together, and he expects each and every one of his staff to be up to his standards. He will [[GloryHound take sole credit for the production and will shamelessly steal other people's brilliant ideas and pass them off as his own]].
19th Dec '16 1:18:56 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/BuBumLaStradaVersoCasa'': Episode 4, Bu-Bum and the animals encounter a zealous director, who is traveling Italy with his crew. He drafts Bu-Bum into his movie without even bothering if the boys is interested or not, changes scenes on a whim whenever he gets a better idea, isnít above applying EnforcedMethodActing (like taking away Bu-Bumís PreciousPhoto since he wants real tears for a scene), and even puts his actors in danger by forcing them to shoot a scene in a partly destroyed building that is about to collapse.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BuBumLaStradaVersoCasa'': ''WesternAnimation/BooBoomTheLongWayHome'': Episode 4, Bu-Bum and the animals encounter a zealous director, who is traveling Italy with his crew. He drafts Bu-Bum Boo-Boom into his movie without even bothering if the boys is interested or not, changes scenes on a whim whenever he gets a better idea, isnít above applying EnforcedMethodActing (like taking away Bu-Bumís Boo-Boomís PreciousPhoto since he wants real tears for a scene), and even puts his actors in danger by forcing them to shoot a scene in a partly destroyed building that is about to collapse.
9th Dec '16 10:53:49 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/BuBumLaStradaVersoCasa'': Episode 4, Bu-Bum and the animals encounter a zealous director, who is traveling Italy with his crew. He drafts Bu-Bum into his movie without even bothering if the boys is interested or not, changes scenes on a whim whenever he gets a better idea, isnít above applying EnforcedMethodActing (like taking away Bu-Bumís PreciousPhoto since he wants real tears for a scene), and even puts his actors in danger by forcing them to shoot a scene in a partly destroyed building that is about to collapse.
21st Nov '16 7:44:49 AM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/LostLight'': The director of the ''Void Moon'' movie is a prima donna who insists on having $2 million in real money to use as a prop--it's a crime drama about the theft of a BriefcaseFullOfMoney--despite the fact that most movies don't use real cash and the full $2 million won't ever get in the shot anyway. This insistence on verisimilitude naturally facilitates an armed robbery on the movie set.
14th Nov '16 2:41:09 PM MitchellProductions
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* Microsoft Sam in WebVideo/LooneyTunesIntroBloopers, who insistently threatens Scotty for [[LoopholeAbuse mishearing his orders and adding incorrect content to the shield.]]
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