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10th Feb '17 9:05:27 AM C105
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* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Kate Mulgrew proved just as tough as Janeway. She knew what she was getting into with the ''Star Trek'' "boys' club." The second season episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E18DeathWish}} Death Wish]]" is apparently where she'd had enough; Q's outrageously (and unceasingly) sexist dialogue wasn't as amusing as Michel Piller had hoped.

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* On ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
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Kate Mulgrew proved just as tough as Janeway. She knew what she was getting into with the ''Star Trek'' "boys' club." The second season episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS2E18DeathWish}} Death Wish]]" is apparently where she'd had enough; Q's outrageously (and unceasingly) sexist dialogue wasn't as amusing as Michel Piller had hoped.hoped.
** According to ''Trek'' legend, Mulgrew's reaction to being handed a [[BuxomIsBetter padded bra]] was to march into the writer's room and slam it on the table. [[http://startrekdom.blogspot.ca/2007/06/trekdom-interviews-robert-picardo.html When asked about the story]], Robert Picardo wasn't able to corroborate it but conceded that "[[SilkHidingSteel it sounds like something Kate would say]]".



** According to ''Trek'' legend, Mulgrew's reaction to being handed a [[BuxomIsBetter padded bra]] was to march into the writer's room and slam it on the table. [[http://startrekdom.blogspot.ca/2007/06/trekdom-interviews-robert-picardo.html When asked about the story]], Robert Picardo wasn't able to corroborate it but conceded that "[[SilkHidingSteel it sounds like something Kate would say]]".
10th Feb '17 8:44:29 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Willis and Music/MichaelKamen took over production on ''Film/TheLastBoyScout and made changes to Creator/ShaneBlack's script and made Creator/TonyScott film many scenes that he didn't like under threat of being fired from production.

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** Willis and Music/MichaelKamen took over production on ''Film/TheLastBoyScout ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'' and made changes to Creator/ShaneBlack's script and made Creator/TonyScott film many scenes that he didn't like under threat of being fired from production.



** At one point, Dean was said to have ruined an outdoor scene by yelling "Cut!" and then unzipping his PANTS and urinating in full view of the crew and visitors on the set.

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** At one point, Dean was said to have ruined an outdoor scene by yelling "Cut!" and then unzipping his PANTS pants and urinating in full view of the crew and visitors on the set.


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* Creator/BrianDePalm claimed that Creator/SeanPenn demanded 30 takes of the shot of Kleinfeld asking Carlito to help him with Tony T's escape. When De Palma wanted to move on to the next shot, Penn screamed at De Palma. He continued to yell at De Palma on the ride back to New York City. He later called De Palma on the phone to continue yelling at him. De Palma said that was the only argument they had on the film.
23rd Jan '17 1:48:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/ClintEastwood changed so many things around when filming ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales'' that he eventually fired the director and replaced him with himself. The Director's Guild of America now has an "Eastwood rule" preventing this sort of thing. Make what you will of the fact that Eastwood has since made a name for himself as a director of some repute.

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* Creator/ClintEastwood Creator/ClintEastwood:
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changed so many things around when filming ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales'' that he eventually fired the director and replaced him with himself. The Director's Guild of America now has an "Eastwood rule" preventing this sort of thing. Make what you will of the fact that Eastwood has since made a name for himself as a director of some repute.
23rd Jan '17 1:47:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''LeftBehind: Tribulation Force'', there's a scene which has Buck Williams (Kirk's character) and Rayford Steele confronting a friend of the latter who didn't want to hear what the Antichrist planned to do. Cameron (who by that point had just teamed up with Ray Comfort's "The Way of the Master" ministry) manages to combine this with a BigLippedAlligatorMoment when he suddenly throws in this random string of questions related to the 10 Commandments lifted almost word for word from a "The Way of the Master" video he appeared in.

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** In ''LeftBehind: ''Film/LeftBehind: Tribulation Force'', there's a scene which has Buck Williams (Kirk's character) and Rayford Steele confronting a friend of the latter who didn't want to hear what the Antichrist planned to do. Cameron (who by that point had just teamed up with Ray Comfort's "The Way of the Master" ministry) manages to combine this with a BigLippedAlligatorMoment when he suddenly throws in this random string of questions related to the 10 Commandments lifted almost word for word from a "The Way of the Master" video he appeared in.



* Creator/RobertPattinson did this in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', having said he purposefully attempted to portray Edward as a creepy, obsessed nutjob and because that was how he saw the character in reading the book. Pattinson has been frank about his bafflement with the franchise, explicitly stating in interviews that he finds the books disturbingly personal private fantasies and Edward a repressed, self-hating ball of issues who really shouldn't be a romantic hero. He mostly auditioned for the movie so he could have a chance to hit on Creator/KristenStewart, which is actually pretty appropriate for the character he played.

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* Creator/RobertPattinson did this in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', ''Film/{{Twilight}}'', having said he purposefully attempted to portray Edward as a creepy, obsessed nutjob and because that was how he saw the character in reading the book. Pattinson has been frank about his bafflement with the franchise, explicitly stating in interviews that he finds the books disturbingly personal private fantasies and Edward a repressed, self-hating ball of issues who really shouldn't be a romantic hero. He mostly auditioned for the movie so he could have a chance to hit on Creator/KristenStewart, which is actually pretty appropriate for the character he played.
8th Dec '16 8:33:09 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* A pretty dark example of director wagging took place on the set of ''Film/BladeTrinity'' if writer [[http://efilmcritic.com/feature.php?feature=1451 Chris Parry]] is to be believed. Wesley Snipes didn't like the Director (David Goyer, who wrote the first two movies in the ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' and co-wrote ''Film/BatmanBegins''), and decided to do the least amount of work imaginable in response. He was only on set when a shot required him to face the camera directly (his stunt double had to fill in the rest of the time) and seemed to go out of his way to be a dick to everyone involved when he could be bothered to show up. This is part of what led to Creator/RyanReynolds' ThrowItIn "He doesn't like me, does he?" and the expansion of Reynolds's part to fill screentime, a lot of it improv. Creator/PattonOswalt elaborated even further on this in an interview with the A.V. Club, revealing that not only did Snipes accuse Goyer of being a racist multiple times with little to no provocation, but eventually stopped speaking to him entirely, communicating only in Post-It notes. (And because he was such an intense Method actor, he signed each one "Blade".)

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* A pretty dark example of director wagging took place on the set of ''Film/BladeTrinity'' if writer [[http://efilmcritic.com/feature.php?feature=1451 Chris Parry]] is to be believed. Wesley Snipes Creator/WesleySnipes didn't like the Director (David Goyer, who wrote the first two movies in the ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' and co-wrote ''Film/BatmanBegins''), and decided to do the least amount of work imaginable in response. He was only on set when a shot required him to face the camera directly (his stunt double had to fill in the rest of the time) and seemed to go out of his way to be a dick to everyone involved when he could be bothered to show up. This is part of what led to Creator/RyanReynolds' ThrowItIn "He doesn't like me, does he?" and the expansion of Reynolds's part to fill screentime, a lot of it improv. Creator/PattonOswalt elaborated even further on this in an interview with the A.V. Club, revealing that not only did Snipes accuse Goyer of being a racist multiple times with little to no provocation, but eventually stopped speaking to him entirely, communicating only in Post-It notes. (And because he was such an intense Method actor, he signed each one "Blade".)



* One of several problems associated with ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' can be chalked up to Christopher Lambert refusing to participate in the film unless SeanConnery's character (who died in the first film) was resurrected, as the two actors had become very good friends whilst making the original.

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* One of several problems associated with ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' can be chalked up to Christopher Lambert refusing to participate in the film unless SeanConnery's Creator/SeanConnery's character (who died in the first film) was resurrected, as the two actors had become very good friends whilst making the original.
7th Dec '16 1:37:44 PM LtFedora
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* The disability fake out / somersault scene in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' was Creator/GeneWilder's idea, and he only agreed to take the title role on the condition that it was used. Director Mel Stuart had been so eager to give Gene the part that he didn't make him audition in the first place.

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* The disability fake out / somersault scene in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' was Creator/GeneWilder's idea, and he only agreed to take the title role on the condition that it was used. Director Mel Stuart had been so eager to give Gene the part that he didn't make him audition in the first place. He also had total control of his costume, from the dimensions to the colors to the number of pockets.
5th Dec '16 9:53:31 AM jamespolk
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* OrsonWelles did this a ''lot''. No matter how [[OneSceneWonder small]] or [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra insignificant]] his role was (and what his [[MoneyDearBoy motives]] were for taking the part), he frequently rewrote his lines. This is perhaps most infamous in the raw footage of him trying to record a radio commercial for frozen peas. He proclaims that the writing is too awful to even read aloud.

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* OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles did this a ''lot''. No matter how [[OneSceneWonder small]] or [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra insignificant]] his role was (and what his [[MoneyDearBoy motives]] were for taking the part), he frequently rewrote his lines. This is perhaps most infamous in the raw footage of him trying to record a radio commercial for frozen peas. He proclaims that the writing is too awful to even read aloud.



* Creator/SteveMcQueen only accepted to be in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' on the condition that motorcycle stunts were added in just for him. The studio complied for the most part, but did not allow him to perform the iconic jump over the fences. A stunt double rode the bike during that shot for insurance reasons and because the studio did not want their big star to land in the hospital.
** On ''Film/TheGetaway'', [=McQueen=] had Music/JerryGoldsmith's score replaced with Music/QuincyJones. Under his contract with First Artists, McQueen had final cut on the film and when Creator/SamPeckinpah found out, he was upset. Richard Bright said that McQueen chose takes that "made him look good" and Peckinpah felt that the actor played it safe: "He chose all these Playboy shots of himself. He's playing it safe with these pretty-boy shots."

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* Creator/SteveMcQueen Creator/SteveMcQueenActor only accepted to be in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' on the condition that motorcycle stunts were added in just for him. The studio complied for the most part, but did not allow him to perform the iconic jump over the fences. A stunt double rode the bike during that shot for insurance reasons and because the studio did not want their big star to land in the hospital.
** On ''Film/TheGetaway'', [=McQueen=] had Music/JerryGoldsmith's score replaced with Music/QuincyJones. Under his contract with First Artists, McQueen [=McQueen=] had final cut on the film and when Creator/SamPeckinpah found out, he was upset. Richard Bright said that McQueen [=McQueen=] chose takes that "made him look good" and Peckinpah felt that the actor played it safe: "He chose all these Playboy shots of himself. He's playing it safe with these pretty-boy shots."
4th Dec '16 9:40:35 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** He refused to memorize lines for anyone, insisting that they be held off-camera on cue cards or, when technology allowed, to be fed via radio into an earpiece. For ''Film/LastTangoInParis'', he asked Benardo Bertolucci if he could write his lines on co-star Maria Schneider's ass. Bertolucci refused to let him do it.

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** He refused to memorize lines for anyone, insisting that they be held off-camera on cue cards or, when technology allowed, to be fed via radio into an earpiece. For ''Film/LastTangoInParis'', he asked Benardo Bertolucci Creator/BenardoBertolucci if he could write his lines on co-star Maria Schneider's ass. Bertolucci refused to let him do it.
1st Dec '16 12:11:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Creator/JohnnyDepp infamously decided to act like he was drunk the entire movie instead of trying to act like a more traditional pirate {{badass}} like the directors wanted. He became the BreakoutCharacter of [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean the franchise]].

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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', Creator/JohnnyDepp infamously decided to act like he was drunk the entire movie instead of trying to act like a more traditional pirate {{badass}} badass like the directors wanted. He became the BreakoutCharacter of [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean the franchise]].
16th Nov '16 9:54:50 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RobertMitchum admitted that he took a subtle approach to this trope:
--> Control is marvelous. You get a white chair with your name on it in lieu of salary. I don't want control like that. There is a very simple way to get control any time: Just forget your lines. When the cost of the scene is up to $40,000, they come over and say, "What's the problem?" "Oh, I have this ''idee fixe'' that it could be better." Believe me, they listen. I think it's a much simpler system than having control.

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* RobertMitchum Creator/RobertMitchum admitted that he took a subtle approach to this trope:
--> Control is marvelous.marvellous. You get a white chair with your name on it in lieu of salary. I don't want control like that. There is a very simple way to get control any time: Just forget your lines. When the cost of the scene is up to $40,000, they come over and say, "What's the problem?" "Oh, I have this ''idee fixe'' that it could be better." Believe me, they listen. I think it's a much simpler system than having control.


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** Creator/VivienLeigh wasn't happy with Fleming's brusque style after the careful nurturing she had enjoyed with Cukor. When she asked him for direction in one scene, he told her "Ham it up". On another occasion when she asked for his constructive advice, he told her to "take the script and stick it up her royal British ass". After Cukor's departure, Leigh had to fight hard to keep the movie's Scarlett true to her view. Fleming's interpretation of her was that she was an out-and-out bitch as in the novel and that he had no desire to create any sympathy or insight for her.
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