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* Creator/WernerHerzog is a famous real life example. A popular story holds that the equally neurotic actor KlausKinski threatened to walk off the set of ''Film/AguirreTheWrathOfGod'', so Herzog pulled out a gun and forced him to finish the scene at gunpoint. Herzog says that story's apocryphal -- really, he didn't have a gun on him, he just swore that he would murder Kinski and then kill himself if he dropped out of the movie. Kinski, on the other hand, maintained the gun story was true (and had a few other crazy Herzog stories besides; the two were very close friends).
* Creator/StanleyKubrick, who was well known for his repeated takes, had a background in photography. Thus, he focused entirely on the visual aspect of film, and the actors were just props. His reputation ranged from "gifted perfectionist" to this trope to "{{Jerkass}}" depending on who you asked and when you asked.
** For example, during the shooting of ''Film/TheShining'', he verbally abused Shelley Duvall and made her do the same scene over and over in order to get her performance right (some say over 100 takes, [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr0792955 but it's been denied]]). On the same movie, Scatman Crothers was once reduced to tears as Kubrick shot over 50 takes of a single scene (namely, the one [[spoiler:in which Halloran is axed in the chest by Jack Torrance]]); he collapsed to his knees and shouted "What do you WANT?"[[note]] Both cases may count as EnforcedMethodActing; Kubrick was (in)famous for putting actors under heavy real-life tension if he thought they are not able to show appropriate emotions well enough. Needless to say, few actors met this criterium, so Kubrick terrorized them until the required emotion came organically. Although in the Shelley Duvall case, repeated Steadicam (then a new technology) failure may have also contributed to the need for repeated takes.[[/note]]
* Creator/FritzLang. His retakes often included verbal abuse, beatings, and occasionally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpXrIaEmOks being set on fire.]]
** With maybe the exception of the beatings, the same can be said of Creator/OttoPreminger.
** The actor playing Freder in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' had to go down on his knees so often (the filming of the scene took two days!) that he could barely stand afterwards.
** Notoriously, during the making of ''Film/SecretBeyondTheDoor'', Lang made Creator/MichaelRedgrave film an intimate scene with Joan Bennett six times, with each shot ending with Bennett pushing him out of a hammock and Redgrave bumping his head on the ground. It was a [[DudeNotFunny cruel joke]] given that Redgrave was [[{{Gayngst}} highly insecure]] about his [[BiTheWay bisexuality]]. Bennett's daughter recalled that Redgrave "was a mess" during the filming.
* We also have Lang's contemporary Creator/CecilBDeMille, who was well known for insisting things be as authentic as possible. This included routinely placing actors in very real physical danger, and verbally assaulting those who refused. When told that miniatures would not work for the now-legendary "parting of the Red Sea" scene from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and that the only way to achieve the right effect was to dig out an entire parking lot[[note]]Which eventually became ''two'' parking lots ''and'' a section of a street[[/note]] and fill it with water, [=DeMille=] immediately responded with two words: "Start digging." There's a reason why ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' uses him as a reference in slaughter...
* Creator/JamesCameron. Some of his crew took to wearing [[FunTShirt T-shirts]] that read "You Can't Scare Me. I work for James Cameron." Some of his friends refer to his bad temper as his EvilTwin "[[SdrawkcabName Noremac Mij]]". Several actors on ''Film/TheAbyss'' had horror stories; Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio both refused to work with him again after that [[note]]Mastrantonio because Cameron insisted on shooting retakes of a painful CPR scene until the crew "ran out of film stock" (supposedly just as he was becoming satisfied), and Harris because Cameron literally almost ''drowned him''[[/note]], and Harris won't even talk about his experience. During the filming of ''Film/TrueLies'', he apparently refused to allow any of the crew to take bathroom breaks until a shot was [[IncrediblyLamePun in the can]]. During the filming of ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'', a crew member put PCP in the wrap party soup as revenge (this didn't work out so well, as dozens of crew members were hospitalized as a result). That said, plenty of actors and crew work with him time and again, so he can't be that bad ''all'' the time... either that or [[MoneyDearBoy the pay]] (or the career boost that starring in a James Cameron movie will offer) is just too good to pass up, no matter how much of a [=Jerkass=] he may be.
** It's possible to cut him a little slack for ''Film/TheAbyss'', but not much, because he was going through a very messy divorce at the time. He's never managed to top that that one, possibly because he's never almost killed any of his other actors, which made Ed Harris so furious that he actually punched Cameron afterwards. Author Creator/OrsonScottCard, who worked with him on the film's novelization, described the experience as "hell on wheels."
** On the set of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Cameron kept a nail gun handy to make an example of cell phones that went off on set. According to the actors of that film, though, he's mellowed over the past decade.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock had such a reputation for this that he was often quoted as having said "Actors are cattle". This led to a later incident on the set of ''Mr. and Ms. Smith'' in which Carole Lombard actually brought heifers onto the set with name tags of the lead actors. Hitchcock responded that he had been misquoted: "I said 'Actors [[NoExceptYes should be treated]] like cattle.'" Some of his frequent collaborators have said that he was never really happy when actually directing a movie, because he had already done the fun part, i.e. completing the film in his head during pre-production. To elaborate:
** While shooting ''Film/TheBirds'', Hitchcock had the birds fed whiskey to make them drunk and aggressive, and for a particular scene had birds repeatedly thrown directly at lead actress Tippi Hedren while he yelled abuse at her in order to get the desired reaction. She was so traumatized by the experience that she had to be hospitalized for a week.
* The infamous voice director Wally Burr, known for directing a number of cartoons in the '70s and '80s. He would frequently have actors redo their lines several times over until they nailed it perfectly, and is cited by some as the reason for the 8-hour recording maximum being cut down to four hours. Veteran voice actor Creator/MichaelBell (whom Burr worked with often) has mentioned that after a session with Burr, the actors' voices would be sore for hours and maybe even a day, and joked that Burr's work with Creator/OrsonWelles on ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' was the cause of his death a month later. However, Burr himself stated that, despite this hard reputation, he "got the job done successfully and received no complaints about the quality of the voice acting".
* One particularly bad example from the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 30's period of animation]] was Disney veteran Burt Gillett. According to John Canemaker's book "Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat", Gillett was a manic-depressive egotist with a perfectionist mentality; he was known to cause trouble at Creator/VanBeurenStudios for attempting to run the place like he did at Disney's, shifting around or firing personnel, installing expensive things like forcing the animators to do pencil tests, which drove up the budgets like crazy. Veteran animator ShamusCulhane claimed that he seemed to suffer from bipolar disorder, and Burt even ''attacked him with a spindle, after Shamus called him out for lying to Amadee Van Beuren'' one day. Creator/OttoMessmer, who recommended Burt directing the short lived WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoons for the studio, later openly regretted choosing him.
* Creator/FrizFreleng, one of the main directors on the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts at Creator/WarnerBros, was apparently this. He often made his animators redo scenes over and over again. One of the animators, Manny Perez (who worked for him for over a decade) later said in an interview that he grew to hate the man. Not surprising, since he's known for his bad temper (and was even the inspiration for Yosemite Sam).
* Prima donna directors wound up being the undoing of the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era. After their early works got showered with heaps of praise, they were given ProtectionFromEditors and started to [[SmallNameBigEgo let their egos get the better of them]]. It culminated in disasters like ''Film/HeavensGate'' and ''One From the Heart'', expensive box office bombs that cost their studios millions and [[CreatorKiller bankrupted United Artists]] (in the case of the former) and [[Creator/FrancisFordCoppola its director]] (for the latter).
* Dennis Hopper was this on ''Film/EasyRider'' despite being his first movie as a director. He refused to cut anything from his ''220 minute long version'', so the producers had to dupe Hopper into travelling so the film could be edited to a decent length in his absence. Bad behavior added to the failure of his following production, ''The Last Movie'', caused him to mostly act in the following years.
* Creator/MichaelBay is infamous for a very aggressive film shoot, demanding a lot more from his cast and crew than most directors and sometimes throwing tantrums when anyone doesn't match up to what he wants. This has earned him some enemies; BruceWillis, Creator/ScarlettJohansson and Kate Beckinsale all said they would never work with him again. On the other hand, Creator/JohnMalkovich said that he was warned to not work with him, but he enjoyed the shoot for ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', commenting that Bay felt like an enthusiastic child. Other cast and crew members have said that Bay is like a General on the front lines, hard to deal with but he gets the job done.
* Troy Duffy, writer and director of ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. The documentary ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0shntGkUD0 Overnight]]'' details his [[SmallNameBigEgo inflation of ego]] during the making of the film. He kinda went off the rails. While he has tried to [[http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/10/28/the-filmcast-interview-troy-duffy-director-of-the-boondock-saints-2-all-saints-day/ apologize for his past behavior]], if you watch the doc you'll get a better idea of why [[Film/TheBoondockSaintsIIAllSaintsDay the sequel]] spent ''ten years'' in DevelopmentHell.
* Creator/DavidORussell has quite the reputation for being batshit insane. During the shooting of ''Film/ThreeKings'', he physically abused his cast and crew to the point where he kicked a young extra to the ground while yelling at him (when Creator/GeorgeClooney told him to cut it out and he refused, [[TemptingFate calling Clooney a pussy and daring him to throw a punch,]] Clooney proceeded to kick his ass). After hearing that Jude Law was thinking of leaving ''IHeartHuckabees'' to work on ''Film/ThePrestige'', he proceeded to track down Creator/ChristopherNolan to a party and headlocked him until Law returned. His ''IHeartHuckabees''-related shenanigans didn't end there. A NYT article on the set reported that he "rolls on the ground, dances, does push-ups," strips down to his boxers and is seen groping and "rubbing his body up against the women and men on the set," finally culminating in his infamous on-set breakdown. However, it seems that he mellowed with age; no such incidents were reported during the production of ''Film/TheFighter'', ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' or ''Film/AmericanHustle'' and Clooney said he made up with him.
** Leaked clips like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuihIXf_X_U this one]] show what working with him can be like.
** He is [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2012/11/silver_linings_playbook_reviewed.html supposedly known as]] "David O. Asshole" by crew who've worked with him.
* Animator Creator/RichardWilliams is a legendary perfectionist, completely obsessed with perfectly fluid and smooth hand-drawn animation, nearly all of which is shot on ones (as opposed to the standard 2s or 3s). Despite his reputation as an excellently draftsman and artist and the superb quality of his visuals, he's also repeatedly missed deadlines and overshot his budget on certain projects just because he wants them to be ''that'' perfect. This is arguably the main reason ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' never saw completion despite his working on it for nearly three decades. Investors came and went due to William's unreliability, and he regularly hired and fired people at will, sometimes for something as innocuous as their animation being "too vulgar." When ''Thief'' finally got funding from Warner Brothers, he got worse than ever, demanded elaborate scenes be reanimated from scratch because minor objects were the wrong color and forcing his crew work nearly impossible hours (he refused to give time off for an animator to visit his sick wife in the hospital, and another animator ended up quitting/being fired after Williams likewise refused him time off to spend with his wife and newborn baby). As usual, he missed the deadline and went over budget, resulting in the film being hastily completed without his involvement.
** His head was apparently as big as all outdoors on ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'', his first feature. In addition to his standard of numerous retakes, he demanded two simultaneous animation units on either US coast. This, plus, having to fly him back and fourth each week to supervise, caused the once-modest budget to skyrocket.
* According to rumors, Creator/KunihikoIkuhara from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' fame.
* Creator/ErichVonStroheim was possibly the ur-example of this trope. He was known for being demanding of his actors, and just not caring about budgets (his preferred cut of the film ''Greed'' -- a film that cost an (in 1924) astronomical $500,000 -- clocked in at ''ten hours''). These penchants forced him out of directing by 1929, after massive fights over the Gloria Swanson vehicle ''Queen Kelly'' over the budget and Stroheim's wanting to include "indecent" material into the film, a decision vetoed by both Swanson and producer Joseph P. Kennedy. After that, no studio with an ounce of sanity let him anywhere near that side of a camera ever again. He did, however, find a second career as an actor, including a famed role as the chauffeur in ''Film/SunsetBoulevard''.
* Michael Curtiz also was known for this, to the point of Errol Flynn once getting so angry on set that he climbed up the gantry that Curtiz was abusing the actors from and dangled him over the side! On an early film, a filming of the Biblical story of Noah's Ark, Curtiz neglected to tell the extras that the flood would not be shot with models... instead he arranged for many many gallons of water to deluge the set. Three extras drowned, and several others were injured. Hal Mohr, the cinematographer on the film (who suggested using models to prevent this exact situation from happening) later said: "The murderous bastard never should have permitted a thing like that to happen." This, apparently, was one in a string of incidents that prompted the formation of the Screen Actors' Guild.
* Claudio Fragrasso, the man whom we can thank for directing ''{{Film/Troll 2}}''. When he started filming in America, he insisted on bringing along his Italian production crew, of which only the costume designer knew how to speak fluent English. Despite this, Claudio insisted on writing the script for the movie with his [[BlindIdiotTranslation limited grasp of the English language]]. He also gave his verbal directions in this same pidgin-English. The actors, who were already of limited acting experience having been largely gathered from local towns in a casting call (including one ''mental patient'' on a day trip) were understandably confused. Any attempt to correct this caused the director to angrily tell them to deliver their lines verbatim, claiming that he "knew what Americans said better than they did". This perfect storm of incompetence is the primary source for all of that now infamously hammy dialogue. To this day, Claudio insists that the movie was a cinematic masterpiece and has called the actors "liars" and "dogs" for what they have said about it. During one Q&A session in America, a fan asked "Why aren't there any Trolls in the movie?" Claudio responded by screaming "You understand nothing!"
* William Friedkin has a reputation for this, mainly due to two incidents stemming from ''Film/TheExorcist''. In one, he told Ellen Burstyn the pull on the wires that would yank her off the bed was much lighter than it actually was; she claimed to have received permanent back injury as a result of the scene where Reagan slaps her mother about. Then there was the fact that Rev. William O'Malley (an actual Jesuit priest, playing Father Dyer) wasn't quite nailing the emotional tone of the Last Rites at the end of the movie... so Friedkin, without warning, ''slapped him in the face'' and called for another take, using O'Malley's genuine distress to get the right tone. And composer Lalo Schifrin had tapes of his soundtrack ''thrown out of a window'' by Friedkin, who later used mostly existing music. Like James Cameron, Friedkin is said to have mellowed out in later years, and has also made good with many of the cast and crew of ''The Exorcist''.
* The orchestral conductor Serge Koussevitzky. In the words of a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra:
-->"Koussevitzky was about the best-hated conductor we ever had to play under, and there were times when I would have gladly forfeited my career for the pleasure of spitting in his face. But there was something about him which stopped you -- something which made you realise in time that you were proud to belong to such an orchestra as this, although, and even because, it entailed having to play under him."
* Creator/CharlieChaplin was a notorious perfectionist as a director, although, since he starred in his own films, it could fairly be said that he didn't push anyone harder than he pushed himself (for example, one scene in ''Film/TheCircus'', in which Chaplin's character walks a tightrope, took ''600 takes'' before Chaplin was satisfied).
* According to Creator/RogerEbert, the French director Creator/RobertBresson despised actors for attempting to insert their own interpretation of their characters into their performances, which might conflict his interpretation. His solution was to make them do as many takes of a given scene as was required to break their spirits and drain them of the will to do anything except precisely what he told them to do. Then he started hiring non-professional actors, who weren't as motivated as professional actors to impose their own interpretations on the script. Having said that, some actors loved working with him; Anne Wiazemsky, who played the horribly abused main girl in ''Au hazard Balthazar'', went on to work with Creator/JeanLucGodard, among others.
* Similarly, Creator/DavidFincher isn't too fond of improvisations, and the errant actor who tries to overact will be punished. "I hate earnestness in performance. Usually by Take 17 the earnestness is gone." Many actors who have worked with him, however, are okay with his unorthodox style of directing. One of the few exceptions is Jake Gyllenhaal from ''Zodiac'', who expressed admiration for Fincher's precision and patience while also conveying frustration at the lack of collaboration that one feels when submitting to him.
* Creator/JerryLewis. This may have been a contributing factor to his split with DeanMartin. He was a perfectionist and notoriously difficult to work with. In many of his films, he had complete control over the writing, directing, and acting and served as the producer.
* Part of why ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' was such a MovieMakingMess was the fact that Hal Warren [[http://www.jophan.org/mimosa/m18/brandt.htm was full of himself despite a lack of knowledge on filmmaking]].
* Paul Jackson, director of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and executive producer of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Notorious for his short temper -- to the point where cast and crew were always especially wary around him even in later years when he wasn't screaming at people so often, purely because of his reputation.
* According to ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', Tommy Wiseau, director, writer, producer, ''and'' star of the infamous SoBadItsGood movie ''Film/TheRoom''.
* The Russian writer Alexander Shakhovskoy (1777-1846) was really demanding about his plays being put on stage. They say that once, during the preparations to a play where the action occurred at evening, he ran everywhere, complained that everyone does it wrong... in the end, he turned toward the lamp on the table and said "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mom, you're not shining where you should]]".
* Another infamous animator example is Creator/JohnKricfalusi, creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Similar to Richard Williams, few deny the quality of his work (even if it isn't their cup of tea), but his refusal to cooperate with executives over animation quality and content has made him extremely frustrating to work with, as he basically expected ProtectionFromEditors up-front. He demanded that animators draw to his ''exact'' specifications, namely never [[OffModel drawing the character the same way more than once]], and personally tore up several artists' works in front of them to make a point. The rumors that he tried to hit on several female employees certainly didn't help, and he was eventually fired from his own hit show. His reputation has yet to recover, forcing him to stick with small indie projects and commercials to avoid more drama.
** However, if his friends and colleagues are to be believed, his bad behavior was only especially bad with ''Ren And Stimpy'', making it less a case of "Prima Donna Director" and more "Guy Who Gets Drunk With Power Way Too Easily."
* Josh Trank once he became involved with ''Film/FantasticFour2015''. Frequently drunk, high, and/or abusive onset (including making Kate Mara cry and almost getting into a fistfight with Miles Teller), to the point that others reportedly had to step in and ghost-direct. Once production wrapped he frequently lashed out at fans on the Internet, at one point taking to 4chan to defend the film.
* People (rightfully) blame the failure of ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' on Fox's ExecutiveMeddling late in production, but this was a reaction to the [[DevelopmentHistory/{{Alien 3}} earlier time]] when Vincent Ward was attached as director and there was no meddling at all. This went as well as anyone could expect when you hire an up and coming auteur film director with only four movies under his belt, the last of which was a black and white film about a 14th century English village time travelling to 1980s New Zealand, that flat out tells you that he hates the franchise and is only interested in Medieval mysticism when you offer him the job, and you give him free reign to direct the third installment in a futurist horror/action series. Ward promptly threw the script in the trash and commissioned a new one more to his liking, set in a [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext wooden, Medieval-looking space monastery inhabited by luddite monks]], where three of four survivors in the previous film are [[ShootTheShaggyDog unceremoniously killed off in the prologue]] (since Ward wasn't interested in revisiting them, nor letting others do in the future, apparently) and main character Ripley is reduced to a secondary, passive role largely spent in a cell, before having a xenomorph "exorcized" out of her by a [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Monk]] who then dies in a HeroicSacrifice. Fox only realized that Ward might not be the right man for the task and fired him after they learned that he wanted to end the film with [[Literature/SnowWhite seven dwarves placing an unconscious Ripley on a escape pod]]. By this point he had wasted 1/5 of the budget in artisan-crafted set pieces that best fit his vision, and production had gone into severe delays.
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25th Jul '16 8:02:02 PM NWolfman
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* Another infamous animator example is Creator/JohnKricfalusi, creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Similar to Richard Williams, few deny the quality of his work (even if it isn't their cup of tea), but his refusal to cooperate with executives over animation quality and content has made him extremely frustrating to work with, as he basically expected ProtectionFromEditors up-front. He demanded that animators draw to his ''exact'' specifications, namely never [[OffModel drawing the character the same way more than once]], and personally tore up several artists' works in front of them to make a point. This perfect storm led to his being fired from his own hit show, and his reputation has yet to recover. He's since stuck with small indie projects and commercials to avoid more drama.

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* Another infamous animator example is Creator/JohnKricfalusi, creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Similar to Richard Williams, few deny the quality of his work (even if it isn't their cup of tea), but his refusal to cooperate with executives over animation quality and content has made him extremely frustrating to work with, as he basically expected ProtectionFromEditors up-front. He demanded that animators draw to his ''exact'' specifications, namely never [[OffModel drawing the character the same way more than once]], and personally tore up several artists' works in front of them to make a point. This perfect storm led The rumors that he tried to his being hit on several female employees certainly didn't help, and he was eventually fired from his own hit show, and his show. His reputation has yet to recover. He's since stuck recover, forcing him to stick with small indie projects and commercials to avoid more drama.
16th Jun '16 9:27:41 PM aishwarya
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** Notoriously, during the making of ''Film/SecretBeyondTheDoor'', he made Creator/MichaelRedgrave, who was [[{{Gayngst}} highly insecure]] about his [[BiTheWay bisexuality]], film an intimate scene with Joan Bennett six times, with each shot ending with Bennett pushing him out of a hammock and Redgrave bumping his head on the ground. Bennett's daughter recalled that Redgrave "was a mess" during the filming.

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** Notoriously, during the making of ''Film/SecretBeyondTheDoor'', he Lang made Creator/MichaelRedgrave, who was [[{{Gayngst}} highly insecure]] about his [[BiTheWay bisexuality]], Creator/MichaelRedgrave film an intimate scene with Joan Bennett six times, with each shot ending with Bennett pushing him out of a hammock and Redgrave bumping his head on the ground.ground. It was a [[DudeNotFunny cruel joke]] given that Redgrave was [[{{Gayngst}} highly insecure]] about his [[BiTheWay bisexuality]]. Bennett's daughter recalled that Redgrave "was a mess" during the filming.
16th Jun '16 9:23:07 PM aishwarya
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** Notoriously, during the making of ''Film/SecretBeyondTheDoor'', he made Creator/MichaelRedgrave, who was [[{{Gayngst}} highly insecure]] about his [[BiTheWay bisexuality]], film an intimate scene with Joan Bennett six times, with each shot ending with Bennett pushing him out of a hammock and Redgrave bumping his head on the ground. Bennett's daughter recalled that Redgrave "was a mess" during the filming.
17th May '16 5:38:02 AM Silverblade2
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* ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' has [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19099_12-classic-movie-moments-made-possible-by-abuse-murder.html a list of things like this.]]
7th May '16 3:30:19 PM lledsmar
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* [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Andrew Stanton]] may or may not have fallen into this on the set of ''Film/JohnCarter.'' By his own admission, as a first time director of a live action film, that he was given too much of a AuteurLicense and too large of a budget. With that said, Stanton's most vocal critics were ''other'' Disney execs also looking to pass the blame. The marketing itself was notoriously focus tested to death, leading to a confusing marketing campaign.
25th Apr '16 5:35:28 PM lledsmar
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* The director in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', who would was dramatic enough that he could have starred in his own series. He even dared to do a TakeThat in the production ''immediately'' after a [[ExecutiveMeddling Network rep complained]], and ''in her face'', no less.

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* The director in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', who would was dramatic enough that he could have starred in his own series. He even dared to do a TakeThat in the production ''immediately'' after a [[ExecutiveMeddling Network rep complained]], and ''in her face'', no less.
21st Apr '16 9:53:34 AM Odacon_Spy
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* Marty Wolff in ''Film/BigFatLiar''.

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* Marty Wolff in ''Film/BigFatLiar''.''Film/BigFatLiar'' is a case of Prima Donna Producer. The actual director of the [[ShowWithinAShow Movie within a Movie]], Dusty Wong, is actually fairly reasonable and is one of Wolff's many chew toys.
2nd Mar '16 1:32:22 PM erforce
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* People (rightfully) blame the failure of ''{{Alien}} 3'' on Fox's ExecutiveMeddling late in production, but this was a reaction to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DevelopmentHistory/Alien3 earlier time]] when Vincent Ward was attached as director and there was no meddling at all. This went as well as anyone could expect when you hire an up and coming auteur film director with only four movies under his belt, the last of which was a black and white film about a 14th century English village time travelling to 1980s New Zealand, that flat out tells you that he hates the franchise and is only interested in Medieval mysticism when you offer him the job, and you give him free reign to direct the third installment in a futurist horror/action series. Ward promptly threw the script in the trash and commissioned a new one more to his liking, set in a [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext wooden, Medieval-looking space monastery inhabited by luddite monks]], where three of four survivors in the previous film are [[ShootTheShaggyDog unceremoniously killed off in the prologue]] (since Ward wasn't interested in revisiting them, nor letting others do in the future, apparently) and main character Ripley is reduced to a secondary, passive role largely spent in a cell, before having a xenomorph "exorcized" out of her by a [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Monk]] who then dies in a HeroicSacrifice. Fox only realized that Ward might not be the right man for the task and fired him after they learned that he wanted to end the film with [[Literature/SnowWhite seven dwarves placing an unconscious Ripley on a escape pod]]. By this point he had wasted 1/5 of the budget in artisan-crafted set pieces that best fit his vision, and production had gone into severe delays.

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* People (rightfully) blame the failure of ''{{Alien}} 3'' ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' on Fox's ExecutiveMeddling late in production, but this was a reaction to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DevelopmentHistory/Alien3 [[DevelopmentHistory/{{Alien 3}} earlier time]] when Vincent Ward was attached as director and there was no meddling at all. This went as well as anyone could expect when you hire an up and coming auteur film director with only four movies under his belt, the last of which was a black and white film about a 14th century English village time travelling to 1980s New Zealand, that flat out tells you that he hates the franchise and is only interested in Medieval mysticism when you offer him the job, and you give him free reign to direct the third installment in a futurist horror/action series. Ward promptly threw the script in the trash and commissioned a new one more to his liking, set in a [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext wooden, Medieval-looking space monastery inhabited by luddite monks]], where three of four survivors in the previous film are [[ShootTheShaggyDog unceremoniously killed off in the prologue]] (since Ward wasn't interested in revisiting them, nor letting others do in the future, apparently) and main character Ripley is reduced to a secondary, passive role largely spent in a cell, before having a xenomorph "exorcized" out of her by a [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Monk]] who then dies in a HeroicSacrifice. Fox only realized that Ward might not be the right man for the task and fired him after they learned that he wanted to end the film with [[Literature/SnowWhite seven dwarves placing an unconscious Ripley on a escape pod]]. By this point he had wasted 1/5 of the budget in artisan-crafted set pieces that best fit his vision, and production had gone into severe delays.
9th Feb '16 3:06:41 PM Naram-Sin
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* People (rightfully) blame the failure of ''{{Alien}} 3'' on Fox's ExecutiveMeddling late in production, but this was a reaction to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DevelopmentHistory/Alien3 earlier time]] when Vincent Ward was attached as director and there was no meddling at all. This went as well as anyone could expect when you hire an up and coming auteur film director with only four movies under his belt, the last of which was a black and white film about a 14th century English village time travelling to 1980s New Zealand, that flat out tells you that he hates the franchise and is only interested in Medieval mysticism when you offer him the job, and you give him free reign to direct the third installment in a futurist horror/action series. Ward promptly threw the script in the trash and commissioned a new one more to his liking, set in a [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext wooden, Medieval-looking space monastery inhabited by luddite monks]], where three of four survivors in the previous film are [[ShootTheShaggyDog unceremoniously killed off in the prologue]] (since Ward wasn't interested in revisiting them, nor letting others do in the future, apparently) and main character Ripley is reduced to a secondary, passive role largely spent in a cell, before having a xenomorph "exorcized" out of her by a [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Monk]] who then dies in a HeroicSacrifice. Fox only realized that Ward might not be the right man for the task and fired him after they learned that he wanted to end the film with [[Literature/SnowWhite seven dwarves placing an unconscious Ripley on a escape pod]]. By this point he had wasted 1/5 of the budget in artisan-crafted set pieces that best fit his vision, and production had gone into severe delays.
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