Trivia: Tank Girl

  • Box Office Bomb: Appropriate for its name, Tank Girl tanked. Budget, $25 million. Box office, $4,064,495.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Original creators Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin hated the movie. Hewlett derided the writers, claiming the script was so lousy he and Martin had to attempt rewrites to return to the comic's style and insert Grange Hill and The Benny Hill Show jokes since "they obviously weren't getting it". Martin mockingly described the result as "fat businessmen sitting in offices arguing what's cool" destroying "the heart" of the movie. They were further angered by the fact that the producers were so incompetent they forgot to film "about ten major scenes" and had to bring the duo in to animate them instead, with Hewlett describing the result as "a horrible experience" and Martin joking that "I don't think me or Jamie have ever forgiven them, really."
  • Ink Stain Adaptation: Because of the above, Martin didn't write the character for another ten years.
  • Executive Meddling: Quite a bit.
  • Old Shame: For Naomi Watts.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Lori Petty.
  • Throw It In: Lori Petty states she improvised a fair bit of the dialogue.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Posh Spice, Baby Spice and Gwen Stefani each tried out for the role of Tank Girl.
    • Emily Lloyd was originally going to play Tank Girl, but got fired from the part because she refused to shave her head.
    • British model and DJ Sara Cox angled for the role so hard that she did a magazine photoshoot cosplaying Tank.
    • At one time or another, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron both expressed interest in directing.