When actors become famous, they start thinking that they’re entitled to change films’ plots whenever they want to. Sometimes their imaginations influence scenes they’re in, and other times a completely different film ends up developing from it! These changes can be minor and even invisible, but sometimes such innovations lead to the biggest box office disasters.
We has decided to find out which film producers had to change their ideas because of an actor’s whim.
8. The Mummy (2017)
Tom Cruise is a respected actor, which is why he often sets his own rules before signing a contract. After he agreed to take part in The Mummy, Cruise got excessive control over filming and other processes.
According to the contract, Tom had a right to control the major aspects of the project: from the script approval to post-production. The actor had a great impact on marketing and release strategies: he wanted to release the film in summer.
Later people faulted him for the excessive amount of control that he had. According to the original plot, both the main character and the antagonist were to have nearly equal screen time, but Cruise insisted that his character should appear more times then the mummy. All in all, the film turned out to be a box office disaster.
7. Snakes on a Plane (2006)
The reason why Samuel L. Jackson wanted to take part in the movie was because of its title — the actor really liked it. When film producers decided to change it to Pacific Flight 121, Samuel didn’t let them do so, saying that it was the silliest title he’d ever heard.
Jackson also wanted to add more profanity and drug use to the film. It was a problem because the film was supposed to be a PG-13 rated thriller. The studio accepted the actor’s terms and made it more adult-oriented. And Jackson’s most popular line in the film became a viral meme.
6. Jurassic World (2015)
Jurassic World was quite a successful film. But people still wonder: how did the main character manage to escape from a dinosaur in heels? Colin Trevorrow, the film’s director, realized how silly it was but Bryce Dallas Howard refused to take off her shoes.
Trevorrow tried to convince Howard to put more comfortable shoes on but the actress said her character must wear heels. Later, the film director said he didn’t know why Howard didn’t want to change her mind but he respected her and figured she just didn’t want to become less feminine.
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
According to the original idea, the killer named Jules was supposed to have a big afro to contrast with his partner Vincent. But Samuel L. Jackson said that the girl who had to buy the wig had no idea what an afro wig was and came back with a wig that we came to know on screen.
At first, Jackson didn’t like the wig but when he put it on, he realized that it was just perfect and suited his character’s image really well. Quentin Tarantino, the screenwriter and director of the film agreed with Samuel and let him wear the wig.
4. Clash of the Titans (2010)
Bubo the mechanical owl was one of the brightest characters in Clash of the Titans in 1981. That’s why film director Louis Leterrier wanted to include it in his remake in 2010. Unfortunately, Sam Worthington was against it: he hated the owl. Later, Leterrier said that Worthington used to complain about Bubo all the time and even threatened to drop it.
The actor claimed that the director tried to ruin his career making fun of him. To calm the actor’s nerves, Leterrier agreed to cut out all the scenes with the owl and left just a 15-second cameo.
3. Gone Girl (2014)
There is a scene at the airport where the main character tries to evade recognition by wearing a baseball cap. The cap caused an argument between Ben Affleck, playing the main hero, and David Fincher, the film producer. Fincher wanted the character to wear a Yankees cap because he believed that worked best for the movie. But Affleck, a Red Sox fan, didn’t agree with the director.
The actor said that he respected Fincher and would do anything for him but he couldn’t wear a Yankees hat. In the end, Fincher suggested Affleck wear a Mets cap.
2. Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Crispin Glover played a really interesting and bright character that stood out from the crowd in terms of movie characters. Originally, the hero had lines describing his character, but Glover said those phrases were awful, flat, and plain ridiculous.
The film director decided to make the character dumb because Glover just refused to say his lines, and we were left with a silent villain that frightened us with his appearance.
1. Shrek (2001)
Shrek’s accent had undergone a few changes before we saw the final product. It took a few times for Mike Myers who was responsible for Shrek’s voice to get the accent right. When half of the movie had already been voiced, Myers realized that a Scottish accent just felt great.
The idea was that Lord Farquaad would speak with a British accent and Shrek would sound like a commoner to highlight the difference between the characters. Myers claimed that a Scottish accent could reflect his character’s emotions and habits really well.
Executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg had to spend around $4 million (10% of the total film’s budget) to revoice those scenes.
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