10 Behind-The-Scenes Movie Stories Better Than The Actual Plot

Sometimes bad movies have great stories behind them. Really bad films therefore have great stories.

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Have you ever watched a movie and thought, "There was so much wrong with that," or, "Those roles were totally miscast?" Maybe you only made it part way through a film before cursing it in an ancient tongue and walking out of the theater?

A lot of good movies have awesome stories behind them. Things like Akira Kurosawa turning down actor Tatsuya Nakadai to play the role of Unosuke in the film Yojimbo, only to later admit he'd never seen Nakadai. After seeing Nakadai in a film Kurosawa said, "Hey... what do you think of putting Nakadai in Yojimbo?" But Yojimbo is a fantastic movie.

No, no, my friends - what we are looking at are movies that will not be looked back upon fondly. These are not your Terminator 2s, your Apocalypse Nows; it's not even your Three Kings with George Clooney getting in a fistfight. This is the list that has an Uwe Boll film in it - so let that make your mind wander to what kind we've got here.

Perhaps if the drama behind the scenes hadn't been so high, the movies could have been better? Some folks may even like a few of these films - but trust me, if they'd filmed the work behind the scenes it would have made an even better movie.

10. The Actors Commission Their Own Script - MiB: International

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The spin-off to the wildly varying franchise of Men in Black was set to be a huge success. Right up until Sony's Executive VP of Production left the studio and was not replaced. This apparently left the production without a mediator to stand between director F. Gary Gray and the infamous Hollywood super-villain Studio Interference. Producer Walter Parkes had a very different vision of the film than Gray - very different from the vision that stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson had as well. His interference changed the script they had signed on for so extensively they hired their own dialogue writers to join the crew.

The original script called for social introspection about topical issues such as immigration reform. And it even had a pop-star alien that would resemble The Beatles and merge into a single entity in the climactic final battle. But Parkes' rewrites changed the film into what Rotten Tomatoes calls "amiable, yet forgettable."

Gray and Parkes argued virulently about everything on set and in post production, even the color correction of the film. Gray tried to leave the production numerous times, but Sony convinced him to stay to see the film through to completion. In the end both Gray and Parkes submitted their own cuts of the film for review and the studio ultimately went with what Parkes had to offer.


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