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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.
7th Feb '16 3:32:56 PM nombretomado
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* One particularly bad example from the [[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.

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* One particularly bad example from the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[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.
6th Feb '16 3:25:58 PM Freshmeat
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* 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 his intended MagnumOpus, ''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.

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* 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 his intended MagnumOpus, ''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.
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