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 has gone on to much greater success directing TV.
  • Deleted Role: Sub Girl originally played an integral part in the movie but the studio cut her role down to a cameo.
  • Deleted Scene: According to Rachel Talalay, almost an hour of footage was deleted:
    • An opening showing the comet crashing into Earth. Rebecca would be shown as a child, hiding in a trailer to survive, while her parents were killed.
    • The original opening also featured men from Water & Power shooting an old woman who finds bottled water buried in the desert.
    • Several more scenes creating a Running Gag of Sgt Small getting soaked by the waterfall curtain in the office.
    • Sam and Jet Girl being shown singing in the "Let's Do It" sequence.
    • More gags in the chase scene towards the end.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    • Another scene between Rebecca and her boyfriend was cut because her collection of dildos was shown.
  • 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 second billing and a role that doesn't even appear for the first hour of the movie.
  • Old Shame: For Naomi Watts and Hewlett and Martin.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Lori Petty had built up some good momentum with well-received performances in A League of Their Own and Free Willy. After this tanked, she quickly disappeared from the mainstream.
  • 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. This plus the failure to film several scenes enraged the creators of the comic, Hewlett and Martin, who canceled it for a decade after the end result of the production tanked.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Posh Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger 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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