Ridiculous Actor Demands That Forced Movie Details To Change

When actors reach a certain level of fame,
they gain the ability to shape a movie to their own whims, either as a result of their
experience or simply their sheer star power. Sometimes these changes barely affect the
movie, but other times they completely change the final product—for better or worse. Here are some of the most ridiculous examples
of movies that were significantly altered by actors’ demands. The Mummy When you’ve got as much clout as Tom Cruise,
you can make all sorts of stipulations when you sign on for a movie. Reportedly, Cruise’s demands for the 2017
Mummy movie included near-total creative control. As later outlined in a Variety investigation,
Cruise was accused of micromanaging almost every aspect of the film’s production, changing
everything from the script to the way it was marketed. Perhaps most notably, Cruise allegedly insisted
that his character, Nick Morton, be given more screen time than the mummy. His presence was beefed up accordingly, effectively
turning the horror franchise reboot into another of the star’s blockbuster action vehicles. Snakes on a Plane Just like snakes have all sorts of reasons
for getting on planes, stars have all sorts of reasons for agreeing to take on a role. Samuel L. Jackson, for example, admitted that
he only wanted to star in Snakes on a Plane because of its title. When executives considered changing the title
to Pacific Flight 121, he personally intervened, telling them it was “the stupidest damn thing
I ever heard.” Jackson also advocated for more violence and
profanity, an issue because the studio envisioned Snakes as a campy PG-13 action movie. Eventually, they agreed with his more adult-oriented
take and he agreed to re-shoots to secure an R rating… which just served to make the
edited TV version all the more ridiculous. “I have had it with these monkey-fighting
snakes on this Monday to Friday plane.” The Avengers In the original script for The Avengers, the
scene immediately following the near-defeat of the Chitauri was much less light-hearted. After sending the bomb through the wormhole
and falling back to Earth, Tony Stark simply asked “What’s next?” after being roused by
his comrades. Robert Downey Jr. felt this line fell a little
flat and suggested trying something different. According to Entertainment Weekly, director
Joss Whedon put together three pages of new lines based on Downey’s suggestion. In the newly revamped scene, Iron Man has
a little more banter with his teammates. “Have you ever tried shawarma?” “There’s a shawarma joint three blocks from
here.” “I don’t know what it is but I want to try
it.” Everyone liked the line so much that Whedon
filmed a bonus post-credits scene of the entire cast eating. But since production had already wrapped,
he had to film the scene when the cast came back together for the premiere. According to EW, Chris Evans even had to wear
a fake jaw prosthetic to hide the beard he’d grown. That’s why Captain America isn’t eating with
the rest of the team. And it was all because Robert Downey, Jr.
wanted to spice up his lines. Jurassic World Critics were pretty happy with Jurassic World,
but that didn’t stop audiences from complaining that Bryce Dallas Howard’s character somehow
outruns 22 tons of T-rex in high heels. Director Colin Trevorrow was completely aware
of how ridiculous this was, and reportedly spent much of the film’s production trying
to convince her to literally slip into something more comfortable. Howard refused, insisting that her character
had to wear heels the whole time. “We’ll find them.” “You’ll last two minutes in there! Less in those ridiculous shoes.” Trevorrow would later admit that he wasn’t
sure exactly why Howard was so insistent, but he respected her decision, and the heels
stayed in. Howard herself would later say she never expected
wearing the heels to be such a major talking point, but she was happy to have the effort
she put into running through the jungle acknowledged, noting that no camera trickery was used—she
really did wear the shoes in every scene. Pulp Fiction According to the original script for Pulp
Fiction, everyone’s favorite Bible-quoting hitman with a heart of gold was supposed to
sport a giant Afro that would stand in contrast to the slicked-back hair of his cohort Vincent. However, according to Samuel L. Jackson, the
person sent to buy a wig had no idea what an Afro was, and returned from the store with
one styled into a Jheri curl — something that infinitely amused the star. “Heh heh heh.” Rather than getting a replacement, Jackson
insisted on keeping the wig. The actor later told MTV that as soon as he
put it on he knew that’s the way the character had to look. Clash of the Titans Bubo the clockwork owl is one of the most
memorable parts of the original Clash of the Titans, so naturally, director Louis Leterrier
planned on making it a major part of his 2010 remake. Unfortunately, Sam Worthington hated Bubo. Leterrier later recounted that Worthington
complained about the owl at every opportunity, going as far to accuse the director of trying
to ruin his career by making him star opposite something so ridiculous. Leterrier goaded Worthington by saying he
wasn’t trying to ruin his career, just damage it, which didn’t exactly help matters. Ultimately, to appease his star, Leterrier
took the owl out of the film, relegating it to a brief cameo. Shrek Shrek’s signature Scottish accent went through
a couple of major changes before audiences fell in love with the big green ogre. Saturday Night Live vet Chris Farley was originally
supposed to voice the character, but passed away before he could finish recording his
lines; after his passing, Mike Myers stepped in. It wasn’t until after roughly a third of the
movie had been animated, however, that Myers decided Shrek should be Scottish. Myers’ reasoning was that since the movie’s
villain, Lord Farquaad, spoke with an upper-class English accent, Shrek should sound more blue-collar,
to highlight the difference between them. “It’s hideous!” “Aw, that’s not very nice. It’s just a donkey.” He also felt that the Scottish accent lent
itself better to dramatic, abrupt shifts in tone and would allow him to emote in a more
exaggerated fashion. DreamWorks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg pegged
the cost of reworking the already animated scenes at 4 to 5 million dollars—roughly
10 percent of the movie’s overall budget. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones After watching a rough cut of the Battle for
Geonosis with Star Wars creator George Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson noticed that it was hard
to spot his own character, Mace Windu, amongst the dozens of Jedi on screen. He asked Lucas if it’d be possible for Windu
to wield a purple lightsaber—partly because it’d stand out more, and partly because purple
is Jackson’s favorite color. “So I said to George, ‘You think I can get
a purple lightsaber?’ ‘Lightsabers are green or lightsabers are
red.’ ‘Yeah but I want a purple one.'” Lucas initially turned down the request, but
later decided to let Jackson get his purple lightsaber. Because when Samuel L. Jackson asks for something,
he gets it. “I have the real one at home that says ‘Bad
Motherf—er’ right here.” “Are you serious?” “Yeah!” A Million Ways to Die in the West Family Guy has mocked a lot of people over
the years, but one joke in particular came back to haunt creator Seth MacFarlane. Family Guy made a joke about how Liam Neeson
would never be able to play a cowboy in a western because of his inability to convincingly
mask his distinctive Irish accent. “This glen’s gonna be tough to traverse. And the river’s gotta be 50, 60 meters wide. And God knows how many fathoms.” Years later, when MacFarlane asked Liam Neeson
to star in his comedy western A Million Ways to Die in the West, Neeson said he’d do it,
with one condition. “When Seth called me up to ask that I do this
film, I said I’d do it on one condition, that I can use my own Irish accent.” MacFarlane agreed, and Neeson’s character
became an inexplicably Irish cowboy—all because of a throwaway line in an old episode
of Family Guy suggesting that it’d be pretty stupid for anyone to hire Liam Neeson to star
in a western. “You really do have a death wish, don’t you.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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