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23rd Apr '18 10:12:46 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'': Creator/JonBernthal was very aware throughout filming that Frank Castle should not come off as a completely admirable hero, and in a few scenes convinced the writers to more clearly play up his darker nature.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Creator/CharlieCox and Creator/DeborahAnnWoll have both spoken about working with season 3's showrunner Erik Oleson with regards to Matt's and Karen's story arcs. In Cox's case, it was about working to seamlessly integrate Matt's character growth from the first two seasons of the show plus ''Series/TheDefenders2017''. Meanwhile, Woll encouraged Oleson to make Karen's past something difficult for her to endure and avoid the misogynistic and sexualized violence that Karen was subjected to in the comics. In one interview, she said, "if we ever do delve into Karenís past, please donít make it that she shot someone while saving a busload of children. You know? I wanted to encourage him to make this difficult, make it something hard for her to get over, and so we can hopefully pull off something pretty interesting. I like the idea of compromising the character in some way, but I just don't know that it has to be sexual, or that it has to be in a way that causes her to lose her strength."
4th Apr '18 10:51:33 PM igordebraga
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* Creator/RalphBakshi, known for his animated films aimed at adult audiences, got this with Creator/KimBasinger during the production of ''Film/CoolWorld''. She convinced producer Frank Mancuso Jr. to change the script to make it more kid-friendly. Mancuso was already having the script rewritten to remove all of the horror elements because he was bored with the genre, so this went from being an R-rated horror film to an R-rated comedy to a PG-13 comedy.

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* Creator/RalphBakshi, known for his animated films aimed at adult audiences, got this with Creator/KimBasinger during the production of ''Film/CoolWorld''. She convinced producer Frank Mancuso Jr. to change the script to make it more kid-friendly.kid-friendly, hoping to show it to cancer-stricken children. Unfortunately, the movie was written as a hard R-rated thriller in which a half-toon, HalfHumanHybrid went on a psychotic killing spree. Mancuso was already having the script rewritten to remove all of the horror elements because he was bored with the genre, so this went from being an R-rated horror film to an R-rated comedy to a PG-13 comedy.



* For ''Film/CoolWorld'', Creator/KimBasinger demanded that the script be altered so that [[SoMyKidsCanWatch cancer-stricken children she'd visited recently could watch it]]. Unfortunately, the movie was written as a hard R-rated thriller in which a half-toon, HalfHumanHybrid went on a psychotic killing spree.
4th Apr '18 10:36:39 PM igordebraga
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* During the filming of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video, director SamuelBayer[[note]]Supposedly hired by Nirvana because his test reel was so terrible they thought the video would turn out more "punk"[[/note]] was basically acting like a [[JerkAss dictatorial jerk]] towards the extras (as well as demanding numerous takes, which Kurt was never fond of doing in general) and managed to piss off Music/KurtCobain in particular. Kurt edited the final cut of the music video, taking out several elements, and giving himself an up close facial shot at the end. The video's memorably chaotic crowd scenes are a direct result of the extras, sick of sitting through an entire day's worth of takes, moshing more aggressively than they otherwise would have.

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* During the filming of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video, director SamuelBayer[[note]]Supposedly hired by Nirvana because his test reel was so terrible they thought the video would turn out more "punk"[[/note]] was basically acting like a [[JerkAss [[PrimaDonnaDirector dictatorial jerk]] towards the extras (as well as demanding numerous takes, which Kurt was never fond of doing in general) and managed to piss off Music/KurtCobain in particular. Kurt edited the final cut of the music video, taking out several elements, and giving himself an up close facial shot at the end. The video's memorably chaotic crowd scenes are [[EnforcedMethodActing a direct result of the extras, sick of sitting through an entire day's worth of takes, moshing more aggressively than they otherwise would have.]]
4th Apr '18 10:34:40 PM igordebraga
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** Hackman was very difficult and hostile to Creator/WesAnderson while making ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'', at one point calling him a c*** and telling him to "pull up your pants and act like a man". Creator/AnjelicaHuston revealed that she, Creator/BillMurray and other castmembers protected the director from Hackman.

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** Hackman was very difficult and hostile to Creator/WesAnderson while making ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'', at one point calling him a c*** [[CountryMatters c***]] and telling him to "pull up your pants and act like a man". Creator/AnjelicaHuston revealed that she, Creator/BillMurray and other castmembers protected the director from Hackman.
4th Apr '18 8:34:48 PM igordebraga
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* According to Creator/JossWhedon, Creator/KevinCostner "fired" the director of ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' halfway through. Costner demanded the movie to be shot in the ocean rather than in a water tank on land... which led to the construction of an expensive water tank set ''in the ocean''. Since there were no bathrooms on the set people had to be ferried regularly to land so they could poop. Throw in the fact that between takes Costner was living in a mansion with swimming pool and a cook for his personal use with all expenses covered by the producers and you'll understand that the rest of the crew was a bit upset. And last but not least, Costner demanded the VFX crew to hide his receding hairline ''digitally'' (not a cheap feat in 1995). The result? The most expensive film ever produced until the release of ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.

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* According to Creator/JossWhedon, Creator/KevinCostner "fired" the director of ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' (his then-friend Kevin Reynolds, who helmed ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'') halfway through. Costner demanded the movie to be shot in the ocean rather than in a water tank on land... which led to the construction of an expensive water tank set ''in the ocean''. Since there were no bathrooms on the set people had to be ferried regularly to land so they could poop. Throw in the fact that between takes Costner was living in a mansion with swimming pool and a cook for his personal use with all expenses covered by the producers and you'll understand that the rest of the crew was a bit upset. And last but not least, Costner demanded the VFX crew to hide his receding hairline ''digitally'' (not a cheap feat in 1995). The result? The most expensive film ever produced until the release of ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''.



* The release of the ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' Director's Cut on Blu-Ray has re-ignited claims that Creator/KurtRussell was the actual Director. Kevin Jarre, the initial Director, was fired because he refused to cut the screenplay. Following that, George P. Cosmatos was brought in to finish the film. However, following Cosmatos' death in 2005, Russell claimed that Cosmatos was simply following Russell's orders. He'd been recommended by Creator/SylvesterStallone after doing the same for him on ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII''. This was all essentially a dodge around the [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood DGA]] and the Eastwood Rule, which prevents actors from taking over for a fired director.

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* The release of the ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' Director's Cut on Blu-Ray has re-ignited claims that Creator/KurtRussell was the actual Director. Kevin Jarre, the initial Director, director, was fired because he refused to cut the screenplay. Following that, George P. Cosmatos was brought in to finish the film. However, following Cosmatos' death in 2005, Russell claimed that Cosmatos was simply following Russell's orders. He'd been recommended by Creator/SylvesterStallone after doing the same for him on ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII''. This was all essentially a dodge around the [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood DGA]] and the Eastwood Rule, which prevents actors from taking over for a fired director.



** Willis 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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** Willis 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 had a role in the movie, and 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=]?"]]McClane?"]]
22nd Mar '18 10:11:11 PM VanessaTaleweaver
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* A positive example from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - on the first season episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E13AngelOne}} Angel One]]", Creator/PatrickStewart sought to have the script changed to remove the sexist elements. He was overruled, resulting in a thoroughly despised episode.

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A positive example from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - on the first season episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E13AngelOne}} Angel One]]", Creator/PatrickStewart sought to have the script changed to remove the sexist elements. He was overruled, resulting in a thoroughly despised episode.


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** According to the legendary blog of Creator/WilWheaton, Creator/BrentSpiner had to throw what amounted to a polite temper tantrum early on in filming. During the filming of the first batch of episodes, whether Data could use contractions in his dialogue changed from writer to writer or director to director. It got to the point where Spiner refused to continue with a scene until the showrunners made up their minds one way or another, permanently. Wheaton added in his blog entry "Given how important it was to the character, I really can't blame him."
22nd Mar '18 9:32:43 PM VanessaTaleweaver
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** It probably didn't help that Lambert was forced by his contract to make the sequel; he felt the first movie was a self-contained story that sequels would only spoil. He did guest-star in the pilot of the Series/Highlander though.

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** It probably didn't help that Lambert was forced by his contract to make the sequel; he felt the first movie was a self-contained story that sequels would only spoil. He did guest-star in the pilot of the Series/Highlander ''Series/HighlanderTheSeries'' though.



** Sutherland was also responsible for him and Creator/KristySwanson playing the Slayer and her Watcher during the medieval flashback scene. In the novelization, there are several flashbacks to previous Slayers, (who are also more ethnically diverse), and a mention of what would grow into the Watcher's Society in the show.

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** Sutherland was also responsible for him and Creator/KristySwanson playing the Slayer and her Watcher during the medieval flashback scene.scene, which implies that the Slayer and Watcher are constantly reincarnated. In the novelization, there are several flashbacks to previous Slayers, (who are also more ethnically diverse), and a mention of what would grow into the Watcher's Society in the show.
22nd Mar '18 9:25:43 PM VanessaTaleweaver
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** It probably didn't help that Lambert was forced by his contract to make the sequel; he felt the first movie was a self-contained story that sequels would only spoil. He did guest-star in the pilot of the Series/Highlander though.


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** Sutherland was also responsible for him and Creator/KristySwanson playing the Slayer and her Watcher during the medieval flashback scene. In the novelization, there are several flashbacks to previous Slayers, (who are also more ethnically diverse), and a mention of what would grow into the Watcher's Society in the show.
26th Feb '18 4:59:11 PM AmuckCricetine
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* In an example of an actor's demands affecting multiple films, Creator/ClarkGable had George Cukor fired from ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' and replaced with Victor Fleming, who had to be dragged off ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' with a quarter of its scenes left to be shot. The rest of those were handled by King Vidor instead.

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* In an example of an actor's demands affecting multiple films, Creator/ClarkGable had George Cukor Creator/GeorgeCukor fired from ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' and replaced with Victor Fleming, who had to be dragged off ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' with a quarter of its scenes left to be shot. The rest of those were handled by King Vidor instead.
14th Feb '18 4:33:45 AM RedScharlach
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** Stewart also wasn't too thrilled with his stodgy, preachy, apparently sexless Captain in Seasons 1-2, and intimated that he might leave the show if something wasn't done about it. (Actually, the phrase he used according to Ron D. Moore was "there isn't nearly enough shooting and screwing on this show.") The vacation episode, "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E19CaptainsHoliday}} Captain's Holiday]]", was tailored-made to please Patrick.

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** Stewart also wasn't too thrilled with his stodgy, preachy, apparently sexless Captain in Seasons 1-2, and intimated that he might leave the show if something wasn't done about it. (Actually, the phrase he used according to Ron D. Moore was "there isn't nearly enough shooting and screwing on this show.") The vacation episode, "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E19CaptainsHoliday}} Captain's Holiday]]", was tailored-made tailor-made to please Patrick.



* One episode of ''Series/DadsArmy'' called for Captain Mainwaring to have a grenade dropped down his trousers, prompting him to hastily remove. However, Arthur Lowe refused to do it, citing a clause in his contract that he not be filmed without his trousers on, so it went to Corporal Jones.

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* One episode of ''Series/DadsArmy'' called for Captain Mainwaring to have a grenade dropped down his trousers, prompting him to hastily remove.remove them. However, Arthur Lowe refused to do it, citing a clause in his contract that he not be filmed without his trousers on, so it went to Corporal Jones.



* During the filming of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video, director SamuelBayer[[note]]Supposedly hired by Nirvana because his test reel was so terrible they thought the video would turn out more "punk"[[/note]] was basically acting like a [[JerkAss dictatorial jerk]] towards the extras (as well as demanding numerous takes, which Kurt was never fond of doing in general) and managed to piss off Music/KurtCobain in particular. Kurt edited the final cut of the music video, taking out several elements of the video, and giving himself an up close facial shot at the end. The video's memorably chaotic crowd scenes are a direct result of the extras, sick of sitting through an entire day's worth of takes, moshing more aggressively than they otherwise would have.

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* During the filming of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music video, director SamuelBayer[[note]]Supposedly hired by Nirvana because his test reel was so terrible they thought the video would turn out more "punk"[[/note]] was basically acting like a [[JerkAss dictatorial jerk]] towards the extras (as well as demanding numerous takes, which Kurt was never fond of doing in general) and managed to piss off Music/KurtCobain in particular. Kurt edited the final cut of the music video, taking out several elements of the video, elements, and giving himself an up close facial shot at the end. The video's memorably chaotic crowd scenes are a direct result of the extras, sick of sitting through an entire day's worth of takes, moshing more aggressively than they otherwise would have.



** Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier appeared as himself in the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E24BrotherCanYouSpareTwoDimes Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?]]". Originally, Frazier was to be knocked out by Barney Gumble. However, Frazier's son objected to this, citing that Frazier was a world champion who wouldn't be knocked out in such a manner. Instead, Frazier beat up Gumble, and stuffed him in to a garbage can.

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** Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier appeared as himself in the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E24BrotherCanYouSpareTwoDimes Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?]]". Originally, Frazier was to be knocked out by Barney Gumble. However, Frazier's son objected to this, citing that Frazier was a world champion who wouldn't be knocked out in such a manner. Instead, Frazier beat up Gumble, and stuffed him in to into a garbage can.
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