* CreatorKiller: ''Barely'' averted with director Creator/RichardDonner. Had it not been for the success of ''Film/LethalWeapon 3'' several months later, chances are Donner would never have made another major film again because of the film's incredibly poor box office take. David Mickey Evans, the film's writer and initial director, rebounded the following year with ''Film/TheSandlot'' but unfortunately hasn't done anything as high-profile since then.
* ExecutiveMeddling: According to [[http://davidmickeyevansblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-happened-to-bobby.html this page]], the film was greatly altered from the original story after David Mickey Evans, the original writer/director, was forced off the project.
* {{Jossed}}: WordOfGod denies the presence of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation or an UnreliableNarrator.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Creator/AdamBaldwin has stated in interviews he will never do a role like The King again.
* TroubledProduction: This was intended to be the directorial debut of screenwriter David Mickey Evans (who later did ''Film/TheSandlot'') and he began the production as director. After a week of shooting, he was fired and production was shut down until Richard Donner was brought in to replace him. In the process, Donner attempted to lighten the tone of the script (which led to its AudienceAlienatingPremise), the production budget more than doubled (from $15 million to $35 million) and the release date was constantly shuffled due to reshoots, production delays and bad test screenings (this was intended to be Columbia's big summer film for 1991). Eventually, the film was [[DumpMonths quietly released in February 1992]] and was a BoxOfficeBomb.
* WagTheDirector: Possibly. One explanation for The King being TheFaceless is that Baldwin refused to have his face associated with child abuse.
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