10 Directors Who Were PISSED OFF At Film Premieres

9. Russell Mulcahy Walked Out After 15 Minutes - Highlander II: The Quickening

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With a cool 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, Highlander II: The Quickening is largely accepted to be one of the worst blockbuster movies of all time, a wretched and scarcely coherent sequel despite the vast majority of the personnel from its predecessor returning for the follow-up.

This included director Russell Mulcahy, who claimed that the final product suffered immensely due to the intrusions of the film's bonding company, who took control of the project and removed Mulcahy's creative input almost entirely.

Mulcahy loathed the end result enough that he tried to have his name taken off of it, but because he wasn't a member of the Directors Guild of America, he couldn't force the bonding company to comply.

Though he did in fact attend the film's world premiere, he reportedly walked out after just 15 minutes. That's about as passionate a protest as an artist can make, beyond literally walking off the set and never coming back.

Four years later Mulcahy was finally allowed back into the editing room to create his Renegade Version of Highlander II - an improvement for sure, even if the film's still not very good at all.


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