Trivia / Radio Flyer

  • Creator Killer: Barely averted with director Richard Donner. Had it not been for the success of Lethal Weapon 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.
  • Jossed: Word of God denies the presence of Alternative Character Interpretation or an Unreliable Narrator.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Adam Baldwin has stated in interviews he will never do a role like The King again.
  • Troubled Production: This was intended to be the directorial debut of screenwriter David Mickey Evans (who later did The Sandlot) 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, 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 quietly released in February 1992 and was a Box Office Bomb.
  • Wag the Director: Possibly. One explanation for The King being The Faceless is that Baldwin refused to have his face associated with child abuse.
  • What Could Have Been: According to this page, the film was greatly altered from the original story after David Mickey Evans, the original writer/director, was forced off the project.