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30th Aug '17 4:18:06 AM Luc
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As a general rule, there are three cases of "positive" Director Wagging: (1) A case of ThrowItIn, where the additions ''work'', (2) The actor in question is acting as an Assistant Director, or the Director is acting as the AD, or (3) The actor filling a void where the director ''should'' be (as sometimes happens when a director is incompetent or fired). Cases 2 and 3 benefit heavily from an actor who knows how to make a film, which is a rarer skill among actors than you might think (acting rewards specialization and subjectivity, directing and producing reward generalism and objectivity).
28th Aug '17 5:44:15 PM GrammarNavi
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* This trope is rumored to be one of the reasons why YoshihiroTogashi is one of the Shueisha manga authors with more privileges (He ''is'' known to, e.g., have abruptly finished Manga/YuYuHakusho over his anger at the AdaptationDecay that took place in the anime). The others are his [[IllBoy poor health]] and ExecutiveMeddling.

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* This trope is rumored to be one of the reasons why YoshihiroTogashi Creator/YoshihiroTogashi is one of the Shueisha manga authors with more privileges (He ''is'' known to, e.g., have abruptly finished Manga/YuYuHakusho over his anger at the AdaptationDecay that took place in the anime). The others are his [[IllBoy poor health]] and ExecutiveMeddling.
27th Aug '17 8:35:39 PM jormis29
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** On ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', he and Arthur Penn quarrelled constantly during filming, as the star questioned almost every one of the director's choices. As a result, the rest of the cast often spent hours waiting for them to settle their differences. One major bone of contention was Penn's insistence that they add a scene in which Bonnie and Clyde pretend to be dead. Beatty insisted the idea was ridiculously pretentious, but Robert Towne tried to write it anyway. The writer soon realized that Beatty was right, but cautioned him to avoid a confrontation on the matter. In his opinion, Penn was only holding onto the idea out of insecurity - he couldn't admit he was wrong. After a few weeks of filming bolstered Penn's confidence, Towne was sure he'd drop the idea, which is exactly what happened.

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** On ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'', he and Arthur Penn quarrelled constantly during filming, as the star questioned almost every one of the director's choices. As a result, the rest of the cast often spent hours waiting for them to settle their differences. One major bone of contention was Penn's insistence that they add a scene in which Bonnie and Clyde pretend to be dead. Beatty insisted the idea was ridiculously pretentious, but Robert Towne Creator/RobertTowne tried to write it anyway. The writer soon realized that Beatty was right, but cautioned him to avoid a confrontation on the matter. In his opinion, Penn was only holding onto the idea out of insecurity - he couldn't admit he was wrong. After a few weeks of filming bolstered Penn's confidence, Towne was sure he'd drop the idea, which is exactly what happened.
5th Aug '17 11:00:52 PM DRCEQ
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* The quote at the top of the page comes from Calculon in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. After Bender is cast to play a part in "All My Circuits", his horrible acting forces the director to rewrite his role so he's in a coma. Calculon does his lines for the scenes, emphasizing how his nephew is now in a '''permanent''' coma. Bender refused to take this, so he gets up, introduces himself and starts dancing around. When the director says they'll have to reshoot the scene, Calculon tells him off.
31st Jul '17 8:33:36 AM JamesAustin
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* Creator/JeanneMoreau did it in [[Creator/FrançoisTruffaut Truffaut]]'s ''The Bride Wore Black'' enough for him to never work with her again.

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* Creator/JeanneMoreau did it in [[Creator/FrançoisTruffaut Truffaut]]'s Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's ''The Bride Wore Black'' enough for him to never work with her again.



** He refused to memorize lines for anyone, insisting that they be held off-camera on cue cards[[note]]There are photos of Creator/RobertDuvall on set with cue cards tucked into his waistband for Brando to read and when shooting the emotional good-bye scene at the beginning of ''Superman'', Brando was reading his lines off of baby Kal-El's diaper![[/note]] or, when technology allowed, to be fed via radio into an earpiece. For ''Film/LastTangoInParis'', he asked Creator/BenardoBertolucci if he could write his lines on co-star Maria Schneider's ass. Bertolucci refused to let him do it. In fairness, Brando was said to be severely dyslexic and had a hard enough time ''reading'' his lines, much less memorizing them, though accounts differ as to whether or not he used it as a convenient excuse to cover up for his drink and drug use.

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** He refused to memorize lines for anyone, insisting that they be held off-camera on cue cards[[note]]There are photos of Creator/RobertDuvall on set with cue cards tucked into his waistband for Brando to read and when shooting the emotional good-bye scene at the beginning of ''Superman'', Brando was reading his lines off of baby Kal-El's diaper![[/note]] or, when technology allowed, to be fed via radio into an earpiece. For ''Film/LastTangoInParis'', he asked Creator/BenardoBertolucci Creator/BernardoBertolucci if he could write his lines on co-star Maria Schneider's ass. Bertolucci refused to let him do it. In fairness, Brando was said to be severely dyslexic and had a hard enough time ''reading'' his lines, much less memorizing them, though accounts differ as to whether or not he used it as a convenient excuse to cover up for his drink and drug use.
31st Jul '17 4:07:07 AM ookami
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* Creator/JeanneMoreau did it in [[Creator/FrançoisTruffaut Truffaut]]'s ''The Bride Wore Black'' enough for him to never work with her again.
28th Jul '17 1:36:09 PM GrammarNavi
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* Happens on ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'' quite a bit, particularly whenever Geoffrey ends up with some hugely famous and award-winning stage actor on hand to play a leading role (e.g. Henry Breedlove, an {{Expy}} of KennethBranagh, defying all of his direction as the title character in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'').

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* Happens on ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'' quite a bit, particularly whenever Geoffrey ends up with some hugely famous and award-winning stage actor on hand to play a leading role (e.g. Henry Breedlove, an {{Expy}} of KennethBranagh, Creator/KennethBranagh, defying all of his direction as the title character in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'').
27th Jul '17 7:46:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/BruceWillis apparently did a lot of this during ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (at least), greatly frustrating the director and some of the other actors. On the other hand, according to Creator/KevinSmith (who told the story in one of his "Evening" shows) it's probably for the better: [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio]] apparently wanted a lot more low-brow humor, goofiness, and other un-Die-Hard things, and weren't afraid to make the story suffer for it, which Willis refused to allow. When they tried to tell him he couldn't make the changes he wanted, he abruptly finished the argument by asking, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "So who's your second choice to play John [=McClane=]?"]]

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apparently did a lot of this during ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (at least), greatly frustrating the director and some of the other actors. On the other hand, according to Creator/KevinSmith (who told the story in one of his "Evening" shows) it's probably for the better: [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio]] apparently wanted a lot more low-brow humor, goofiness, and other un-Die-Hard things, and weren't afraid to make the story suffer for it, which Willis refused to allow. When they tried to tell him he couldn't make the changes he wanted, he abruptly finished the argument by asking, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "So who's your second choice to play John [=McClane=]?"]]
27th Jul '17 7:33:29 AM Morgenthaler
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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 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.

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* One of several problems associated with ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' can be chalked up to Christopher Lambert Creator/ChristopherLambert refusing to participate in the film unless 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.
16th Jul '17 2:46:28 PM ClintEastwood
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* Creator/AlanRickman only agreed to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' on the condition that he could play the character however he wanted. [[HamAndCheese He played him as a]] LaughablyEvil LargeHam in th otherwise straight-faced ''Film/RobinHoodPrineOfThieves''. He's often considered the best thing in the film.

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* Creator/AlanRickman only agreed to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' on the condition that he could play the character however he wanted. [[HamAndCheese He played him as a]] LaughablyEvil LargeHam in th otherwise straight-faced ''Film/RobinHoodPrineOfThieves''.''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. He's often considered the best thing in the film.
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