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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.
25th Jan '16 1:00:33 PM dmcreif
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* 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 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, ummm, [[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 he was at his worst while filming ''Film/TheAbyss'', 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."

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* 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, ummm, 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 he was at his worst while filming 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."
25th Jan '16 12:58:06 PM dmcreif
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* TomCruise's character in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a spot-on example, except that the character 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 character in ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a spot-on example, except that the character 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.
24th Jan '16 4:55:36 AM res20stupid
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* Takezou Nogame, the author of ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Third Aerial Girls' Squad]]'' in ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}'', ordered a rewrite for the script of the anime adaptation of his manga because he didn't like it... [[SubvertedTrope except]] [[spoiler: this is a lie told by Chazawa, the incompetent liaison between the anime studio and the publisher, to save his own ass since he hasn't been doing his job. When the script's writer gets fed up with Chazawa and forces a meeting with Nogame, he's actually very reasonable, even changing his original DownerEnding as a compromise with the anime studio.]]
25th Dec '15 8:01:25 PM Vandegraff1
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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. Kinkski, 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).

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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. Kinkski, 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).
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