There are a lot of changes that happen between the finalizing of the screenplay and the movie hitting the screens. While it is generally considered that the director calls the shots, actors too get to add their inputs. At least if you have star power.
These stars made demands that changed things for a film – some brilliant inputs while others unnecessary.
#1. In Pelican Brief Denzel Washington changed his equation with Julia Roberts from John Grisham’s novel
Remember this crime thriller based on Grisham’s novel? This thriller had one major change from the novel. After watching the movie, many viewers wondered why there was not a romantic equation between Julia and Denzel’s character as in the book.
Washington later clarified the change in the script was his decision. He did not want to offend his fans who were predominantly African-American women.
#2. Tom Cruise changed The Mummy completely from what it was scripted
When the Mummy reboot was on horizon everyone expected it to be a hit like the previous ones, especially since it headlined a star like Tom Cruise. But the cast was also the downfall of the film.
Cruise also produced the film. Apparently, he micro-managed every part of the filmmaking. Turning a historical-supernatural fiction into a something that looked like an action movie.
#3. Angelina Jolie is the reason why there is no Wanted sequel happening
Wanted had shown a lot of promise. The film starring Jolie and James McAvoy was badass and has a decent plot about backstabbing professional assassins. The movie received positive reviews and was even picked up for a sequel. The development was stalled on the insistence of Angelina Jolie, she thought her character might be botched up in the sequels.
#4. Benicio del Toro’s decision to change up the accent in The Usual Suspects
This cult movie already has a pretty well-known cast. Benicio del Toro still was an unknown face in the film. When the script came to him, he chose to take a risk that would pay off and make his career.
In an episode for ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’ he explained his choice.
“I read the script and I realized that the purpose of the character was that he was the first one to die. So then, every line that he said didn’t really affect the plot. So I sat down with [director] Bryan Singer and I said, ‘It really doesn’t matter what this guy says. And if you allow me to, I think that we should allow me to do something with it.’ And he said, ‘go ahead.'”
#5. Samuel L. Jackson was adamant about calling the film ‘Snakes On A Plane’
Many people think the movie title is silly, it is all thanks to Jackson. Many Hollywood studios backed out from picking up the film. Finally, when New Line Cinema picked up the film, they had opinions. They wanted to name it Pacific Air 121.
Jackson was not happy with it and threatened to walk out if the film wasn’t named ‘Snakes On A Plane’, guess who won?
#6. Mike Myers is the reason why Shrek has a different accent than the cast
Another accent change on this one. The role called for the similar British accent like the rest of the cast. However, Mike Myers made the decision to play his character as Scottish. His reasoning – Shrek is an ogre considered lower than the other humans. The Scottish accent also allowed for exaggerated expressions of the character.
Unfortunately, this decision was made well after half the film was over and his voice had to recorded yet again costing big bucks for the producers. The movie, however, went on to become a big success spawning more sequels.
#7. Crispin Glover’s character in Charlie’s Angels was made extra creepy by him
Crispin Glover has continuously chosen eccentric characters throughout his career. From Back To The Future, he jumped into Oliver Stone’s The Door as Andy Warhol.
It is safe to say, he considers himself as a serious actor. He usually played a character actor in films, with Charlie’s Angels, it all changed.
His portrayal as the villain Thin Man stayed in people’s minds. The reason his performance came out creepy was that he was silent. Apparently, that wasn’t always the case. Turns out his character had dialogues but the actor found them so ridiculous that he preferred to say nothing at all.
#8. There is an Irish cowboy in A Million Ways To Die In The West because Seth McFarlane took the joke too far
The Family Guy takes a dig on a lot of pop culture stuff. It was bound to happen that someone got really offended. One episode of the show had mocked Liam Neeson for his thick Irish accent and made a remark of hiring the veteran actor for a role of a cowboy with the Celtic accent. Well, it did come true.
When Seth approached him for the role, Neeson had one condition only – to play a cowboy with an Irish accent.
#9. Avengers final scene was memorable due to Robert Downey Jr’s Improv
Remember the fun post-credit scene from the first Avenger. Where the team ends up going for Shwarma? It wasn’t in the script originally. On Robert’s suggestion, the script was altered and hence we end up watching the heroes grabbing a bit of shwarma. The scene was shot in post-production and is one of the best end-credits.
#10. Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo ages ago, with The Force Awakens it finally came to fruition
Harrison Ford wanted to end the project for a while. He has even gone on publicly in interviews to show his disinterest in playing the character. Finally, with The Force Awakens, his wish came true, it was a shocker for the fans to see their beloved Han Solo die on-screen.