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Sacrifice Adaptation's Accuracy For Actor's Safety (Trivia)

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When choices in developing an adaptation involve straying from certain aspects due to being too much risk to the performers.

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Proposed By:
Zerukin on Oct 11th 2018 at 11:42:27 AM
Last Edited By:
Zerukin on Oct 15th 2018 at 9:22:51 AM
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In most cases, when you are working on an adaptation, it is important to be as faithful to the source material as possible. However, if the adaptation is live action with a limited budget or a stage play, it's often suggested to take the performers into consideration. This of course means having to stray from the source a bit to ensure they can perform without any hazard to their health and/or safety. Especially so if said portion has a high risk of death.

The reasons said source is cut is due to being too expensive to safely pull off, had serious health concerns, or were just too dangerous in general. It's possible that said moment may have been attempted to be added in, but after many attempts to pull it off, it was scrapped after confirming how dangerous it truly is. Stunt actors can be used to defy this.

Depending on how development starts out, may also be a case of What Could Have Been. Compare Coconut Superpowers. Because of nature of this trope, this only applies to Live action and stageplay adaptations unless it occurs in-universe. Serendipity Writes the Plot is the supertrope.


Examples

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    Film 
  • Holes: During development, There was intentions to have Shia LaBeouf put on weight for the beginning of the film and then lose it all for the end to reflect on how Stanley was in the book, but the director opted against it since such an action would be too dangerous for Labeouf's health.

    Television Series 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Cersei Lannister's "Walk of Shame" was shot in such a way as to reduce the amount of time that actress Lena Hedley actually had to be fully naked, as the local environment was not exactly conducive to a nude stroll.
    • Sandor Clegane is said to have extensive burns that heavily disfigure his face. However, the prosthesis that actor Rory McCann was expected to wear obscured his vision, and his was a character that was supposed to get into several sword fights, where his vision would be needed, so the burn prosthesis was dialed back.
  • For Lethal Weapon (2016), Damon Wayans' stunts had to be scaled back due to his age and diabetes-related ailments. Shortly after the premiere of the third season, he announced that he was leaving the show altogether for the sake of his health.

    Theater 

Feedback: 19 replies

Oct 11th 2018 at 12:34:39 PM

Spiderman Turn Off The Dark sadly averted this trope, with many on-set accidents caused by dangerous stunts being repeated over the course of its tragic run, rather than re-staged or removed from the production. (Link here: https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/spider-man-turn-off-dark-top-woes/story?id=13837622 ; item 3 is particularly apropos.)

Oct 11th 2018 at 2:15:43 PM

Compare Coconut Superpower.

The title should specify that it's for the actor's safety and that it's an adaptation.

Oct 11th 2018 at 6:50:45 PM

Live Action TV

  • In Game Of Thrones, Cersei Lannister's "Walk of Shame" was shot in such a way as to reduce the amount of time that actress Lena Hedley actually had to be fully naked, as the local environment was not exactly conducive to a nude stroll.

Theatre

  • Horrendously subverted during the notorious Profiles production of Killer Joe, where star Darrell W. Cox managed to wrest control over the production away from the director and choreographers and carried out actual violence against his co-stars.

Oct 12th 2018 at 4:51:25 AM

Iron Man 2: Tony Stark was supposed to have become an alcoholic between movies, but the idea was scrapped by RDJ, a recovering alcoholic and addict, because of how close it struck to home.

There's more info on the film's trivia page, iirc.

Oct 12th 2018 at 5:39:40 AM

^ That sounds more like Serendipity Writes The Plot, the supertrope to this. It's not like RDJ was actually asked to drink onscreen, or was he? Either he refused because of said possibility or just because it doesn't fit him being a recovering alcoholic.

With all that said, though, I thought stunt actors are often employed to avoid this problem? Suprisingly there's no mention of it in the description.

Oct 12th 2018 at 6:17:59 AM

I think this is a needless split from Pragmatic Adaptation.

Oct 12th 2018 at 6:23:30 AM

^ I found the reference; it was in Creator.Robert Downey Jr (curse wiki walks), and apparently it concerns both Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.

  • Wag The Director: The MCU was supposed to further explore Tony Stark's alcoholism (as seen in Iron Man 2) but he nixed the idea, saying that it would have caused him to revisit a mindset that he'd worked hard to overcome. Tony's story arc was reworked to have him deal with PTSD and a neverending need to be Iron Man at the expense of everything else. Given the fact that thisís exactly what happened on the film Less Than Zero and that role caused Downey to go from habitual user to full addict itís probably for the best that Downey nixed that idea.

I think it fits, since the plot got nixed by RDJ himself out of fear of a relapse.

Oct 12th 2018 at 7:15:10 AM

^ Okay, it's confirmed then.

Oct 12th 2018 at 1:31:39 PM

Literature

  • Also for A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Sandor Clegane is said to have extensive burns that heavily disfigure his face. However, the prosthesis that actor Rory McCann was expected to wear obscured his vision, and his was a character that was supposed to get into several sword fights, where his vision would be needed, so the burn prosthesis was dialed back.

Oct 12th 2018 at 3:32:08 PM

Why is the Holes example listed under literature, when the example itself talks specifically about the movie and the actors within it?

Same with Game Of Thrones. Those series exist as separate work pages from the book series they're based on. Just use those.

Unless it's an In Universe example, there really shouldn't be anything pertaining to literature as a genre.

Oct 12th 2018 at 3:38:48 PM

^ I figured it would be better to list by source material, since if listed by what the adaptation is, all the examples would be live action films, live action tv shows, and Stage theater. Feels like it would be better organized the way i have it.

Oct 12th 2018 at 5:17:50 PM

The Killer Joe example should be under "Theatre", not "Film", as it was a play before it was adapted into a movie.

Oct 12th 2018 at 7:01:15 PM

^^ That's actually not the correct way to add examples though. If an example specifically pertains to an adaptation of the source material, then the work page of the adaptation must be properly credited as the focus of the example.

You don't go to various comic pages to list plot elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Oct 12th 2018 at 7:06:08 PM

Alright. I'll fix when i get the chance. Can't right now.

Oct 12th 2018 at 7:13:08 PM

Since this is trivia, it's Not A Trope, which means it can't be Played With. Averted and subverted examples, like the Spider-Man and Killer Joe examples wouldn't be allowed.

Oct 12th 2018 at 9:22:11 PM

There we go. All fixed.

Oct 12th 2018 at 10:56:33 PM

Please mention in the description that stunt actors can be used to defy this.

Oct 12th 2018 at 10:56:55 PM

Please mention in the description that stunt actors can be used to defy this.

That, and Serendipity Writes The Plot is the supertrope.

Oct 15th 2018 at 12:04:33 AM

Live Action TV

  • For Lethal Weapon 2016, Damon Wayans' stunts had to be scaled back due to his age and diabetes-related ailments. Shortly after the premiere of the third season, he announced that he was leaving the show altogether for the sake of his health.

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