Mooted as the Star Wars on the 80s by the outlandish producing team of Golan and Globus at Cannon Films, 1987's Masters of the Universe may well have worked under different circumstances. With Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren in the lead, and flanked by Frost/Nixon's Frank Langella, future Friends star Courtney Cox, Meg Foster and 80s stalwart James Tolkan, the first attempt to bring He-Man to the big screen certainly had some promising ingredients. Sadly, the finished product annoyed more than it pleased. Masters of the Universe is today considered a flop by most in film circles, grossing just $17 million in a year that saw Three Man and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Dirty Dancing strike it rich. But what many dont know is how much a struggle Masters was to make for its director Gary Goddard (who never directed a feature again), and what mad stories were brewing on the huge sets back in the later parts of 1986. Despite its obvious problems, Masters still retains a certain charm nearly three decades later. So with that in mind, here for your reading pleasure are 10 just such stories from Castle Grayskull.
Lover of Batman, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Nolan and Will Ferrell. Sucker for comic-book movies, indies, Jennifer Lawrence, tea and Tottenham.
Favourite films: Terminator 2, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Masters of the Universe, Dumb and Dumber, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Sideways, American Psycho, Garden State, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Lost In Translation.