Trivia / Tank Girl

  • Actor-Inspired Element: DeeTee plays a saxophone because Reg E Cathey brought his own saxophone to the audition.
  • Box Office Bomb: Appropriate for its name, Tank Girl tanked. Budget, $25 million. Box office, $4,064,495.
  • Creator Backlash: Hewlett and Martin hated the experience in making this film so much that Tank Girl was put on hiatus for ten years.
  • Creator Killer: The producers of this film, who managed to land themselves on copyright holders Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin's "really deep shit list" with their handling of production, all suffered a nasty dropdown in their careers when the film imploded, as did director Rachel Talalay (this was part of a line of flops for her). However, Talalay did move on to directing several TV shows.
  • Deleted Role: Sub Girl originally played an integral part in the movie but the studio cut her role down to a cameo.
  • 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: A scene featuring Tank Girl and Booga reclining after sex was ordered to be cut, because of the prosthetic penis Booga was wearing.
  • Franchise Killer: Hewlett and Martin protested this movie by stopping production on their comic when it tanked; they didn't pick it up again for another decade.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Ice-T was apparently paid $800,000 for his role.
  • Old Shame: For Naomi Watts.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Lori Petty.
  • Throw It In: Lori Petty states she improvised a fair bit of the dialogue.
  • Troubled Production: MGM were insisting on numerous changes and holding even more test screenings. When the director refused, the studio took the movie away from her and had it directed and re-edited by the people involved in marketing.
  • 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.


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