10 Movies Actually Improved By Studio Interference

Because sometimes directors just need saving from themselves...

New Line Cinema

The meddling studio executive is one of Hollywood's biggest and most delightfully propagated tropes. The vision of a grey faceless suit telling an innovative filmmaker to compromise on their project is an image seared into the minds of many film fans whose favourite directors have been forced to unwillingly relent control to money men.

Cinematic history is littered with examples of studio executives forcing unneeded mass edits, making insane casting choices and even changing the entire plot of a films to create an absolute tonal mess (Suicide Squad anyone?). Even some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time are seemingly not immune to Hollywood's unyielding hand.

However, despite their overwhelmingly negative reputation, there are some examples of executives coming to the rescue of doomed productions and gently persuading filmmakers to reconsider their overly maverick style.

Whether it be preventing ridiculously long cuts, bizarre tonal decisions, or ill-judged endings, there is certainly a case to be made for a little bit of well-intentioned meddling every now and again.

So, if you've ever wondered why Ben Stiller berates the audience during the end credits of DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, or why we never got to watch an incomprehensible 4-hour-long cut of Easy Rider, now is your chance to find out.

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