Trivia / The Adventures of Pluto Nash


  • Box Office Bomb: Budget plus marketing costs? A cool $120 mil, which is roughly what a studio back then would sink in to a film whenever they're expecting a blockbuster. But how much did this movie rake in at the box office? Seven-point-one million dollars worldwide. To be precise, they lost $112,896,027 on this film, which amounts to a 94.08% loss. Adjusted for inflation, its net loss is the fifth largest in film history. As far as box office bombs go, this one is nuclear. Kaboom.
  • Creator Killer: After directing successful and Oscar-winning films (Tremors and City Slickers), Pluto Nash blotched Ron Underwood's feature directing career. Underwood has since stuck to directing TV.
  • Development Hell/The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Both its production and release were delayed by large amounts of time.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Eddie Murphy refused to promote the film at its time of release, and admitted that the money was the only reason he took the role.
  • Not Screened for Critics: The film may well have been the genesis of the current trend towards shutting out advance review of particularly heinous filmmaking.
  • Old Shame: To everyone involved, especially Eddie Murphy and Alec Baldwin, who refused credit for his role.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film was completed in 2000, but wasn't released until 2002.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This movie killed the momentum Eddie Murphy had gotten back after The Nutty Professor.
  • Troubled Production:
    • The screenplay was originally written in 1985 and it passed between various producers, directors, and actors over the next fifteen years, with some twelve uncredited rewrites by different writers.
    • Principal photography was hampered by constant bickering between Eddie Murphy, director Ron Underwood, and the producers, with Murphy often overruling Underwood and making on-the-fly rewrites, causing the film to go over-schedule and over-budget.
    • The workprint version of the film ran nearly three hours, and Oscar-winning editor Alan Heim was brought in to try and fix the film. After viewing the available footage, he determined that a large portion of the film needed to be reshot, and whole new scenes added including an opening and closing sequence, and introductory sequences for both Pluto and Dina. Eddie Murphy ultimately financed many of the reshoots while the film languished in post-production, writing and directing many of the new scenes himself.
    • Eventually Village Roadshow, which had been in a multi-picture financing deal with Warner Bros., stepped in to cover the costs of the increasingly costly reshoots and editing, but necessitated that the production move to Canada to earn a local tax credit, as Roadshow was at the time busy with the production of The Matrix Reloaded. All the while, Underwood and original editor Paul Hirsch (of Star Wars fame) was locked out of having any input in the film's final cut.
    • Murphy ended up losing interest in the film, and left to work on other projects. Since production on the film had technically ended months prior, Warner Brothers had no legal precedent to have him finish the film, which at this point had ended up costing around $100,000,000 (not including promotional costs). Heim took over post-production and did his best to turn the some-five hours worth of disparate footage into a coherent film. The result of this is a film where characters are introduced only to suddenly disappear without explanation, with lengthy Exposition Dumps to fill in important plot points.
    • The film was finally released two years after principal photography had officially wrapped, at which point it bombed at the box-office and sent both Underwood and Murphy's careers into a downward spiral. Heim later admitted he only stuck with the film to avoid for the sizable paycheck.
  • Uncredited Role: Alec Baldwin has an unbilled cameo as gangster Mike Marucci.
  • What Could Have Been: Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry were the first and second choices respectively for the role of Dina, but both passed on the part. Berry declined becuase the filming schedule clashed with her wedding.


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