Friday, November 22, 2019

Four For Friday - He Stepped In

Back in the day there was a movie. Based on a long-running TV show, and not the only film based on this TV show although  there weren't many after. The director was a B list director who worked in a different capacity for an A list director beforehand.  The star of the movie is a now an A-/B+ actress better known for the permanent A lister she is married too then her acting. At that point, she was a barely known up and comer.

At one point in the filming of the movie, one of the producers, who included a permanent A+ director and a couple of permanent A/A- directors, and then A+ list producer, demanded the actress to do a nude scene that was not previously scripted and was not a part of the film just so they could have an excuse to see her naked. The actress refused and the director declined to film the scene, taking the actress's side, but the producers  threatened the both of them, and pressured them to include the nude scene, even though it made no sense to the film.

The lead actor of the film was actor who would eventually become a B-/C+ lister, at best,  but was at the time a solid A- lister and rising. He would destroy his career with his next film, a leading role in a movie made before its time, but would eke out at least one more major role with a permanent A+ director before fading into direct to video obscurity.   At the time, however, he had power and when he found out what was happening to the actress, he stepped in. He refused to film any more scenes until the producers left her alone. He even suggested a compromise scene that would suggest what the producers "wanted" without even including nudity.  Because he was too important to the film, they couldn't say no, and the actress was spared doing the nude scene.

48 comments:

Tricia13 said...

Jada Pinkett/Will for couple?

Tricia13 said...

Or Kelly Preston/Travolta

sandybrook said...

Christine Taylor/The Brady Bunch movie

Thia said...

What Jada movie was from a TV show? I'm totally blanking on this.

Unknown said...

That was my thought @sandybrook, but I can't make the producers work.

Chillax said...

Christine Taylor and the craft? There was a gym/pool/ shower seen wher

IndieRaga said...

Brady Bunch sounds plausible, but what about the rest?
And which Brady Movie ?

gauloise said...

I thought that too Sandy, but Christine is also divorced, and Gary Cole didnt have a career ending movie

sandybrook said...

Bette Thomas directed but she was an actress before which this might be referring to.

Someone Said said...

Having trouble fitting director Betty Thomas as someone who would allow this.

Do Tell said...

The director was one of those who refused to go along with it.

sandybrook said...

Bette originally didn’t but apparently was forced according to this blind. So let’s say they threatened to fire her if she didn’t.

Super Comic Fun Time! said...

Sarah Michelle Geller/Freddie Prinze Jr./Scooby-Doo?

squirrelmistress said...

farrah fawcett and lee majors

Lisa said...

Antonio Bandaras, Catherine Zeta Jones

Mask of Zorro

TV show in the 50s.

Scene in stable where Zorro makes her blouse come down but her hair covers her body.

Not sure if the descriptions of the actors fit but this is what I got

Super Comic Fun Time! said...

Oh, I guess not. Sarah and Freddie are married.

gauloise said...

One of the Monty Python films?

sandybrook said...

If the Stillers are divorced this probably isn’t her, but we are dealing with Enty who is always full of mis-information after all.

squirrelmistress said...

wasn't she in some movie with mae west or a character a lot like her?

MontanaMarriott said...

Tales from the Crypt movie: Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Zane for the straight to video actor who was hot at the time and director Ernest Dickerson was cinematographer for Spike Lee before being a director for this flick?

Unknown said...

@Lisa, Spielberg was a producer for that Zorro movie.

Alf Landon said...

Scooby-DO
Isla Fisher now married to Baron_Cohen
Freddie Prinze, Jr

nancer said...

so i guess the 'back in the day' means something to me. i'm thinking this is longer ago than most of these guesses.

Lisa said...

@Unknown- yup.

MDAnderson said...

Billy Zane fits Montana. He would go on to Titanic with Cameron

Alf Landon said...

Happily N'Ever After -movie before it's time

MontanaMarriott said...

Exec Producers, Richard Donner, Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis. All permanent A list producers.

MontanaMarriott said...

THe movie he lead that was his downfall was The Phantom

gauloise said...

Billy Zane was the next big thing at one time +1

IndieRaga said...

Yes, director Raja Gosnell was earlier editor for Chris Columbus.

Muckduck said...

this was my guess as well

Alf Landon said...

Billy Zane has had one hell of a "destroyed career"

timebob said...

Who is not Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Lopez for $100, Alex.

Brayson87 said...

It's like you have to be a real piece of sh!t to be a producer.

LC said...

There was a scene with her and Greg Brady in the 2nd installment where they both take off their clothes but they are covered by a bed sheet but you can see their silhouettes.

Veritas said...

This shouldn’t even be a blind. If you have one actor in Hollywood who isn’t a scumbag, celebrate him. Unfortunately, a lot of these guesses are scumbags themselves

AListDiva said...

Not sure about the exact movies/director, but would Eric Roberts fit for the banished to direct to home video actor? He rarely does mainstream anymore, and has done a tonnnnnn of those movies!

Flashy Vic said...

Seriously though, what type of sicko wants to see Jada nekkid?

Rafael said...

https://bloody-disgusting.com/editorials/3506105/billy-zane-helped-get-rape-scene-demon-knight-changed/

And yes the Phantom is definitely ahead of its time

Em and 'im said...

Yes, Billy Zane for the actor. Like most adults, I couldn’t care less who is the first to comment on these posts. It’s not a competition.

La Morena said...

Whom ever this is he’s a hero and gentleman.

Casting Girl said...

Rita Wilson/Tom Hanks?

Brayson87 said...

+1 Rafael, Love Billy Zane and that movie.

intercerebellar said...

If this is Tales from the Crypt, then:
Ernest Dickerson - director (also cinematographer to Spike Lee)
Billy Zane - actor
Jada Pinkett - actress (married to Will Smith)
A+ director among producers - Robert Zemeckis (though it doesn't say he was the one doing this, and I have always heard Zemeckis was a good guy) - production company was Dark Castle which was headed by notorious sleazebag Joel Silver who is probably the culprit here.

Unknown said...

Remember Billy Zane in Dead Calm with Nicole Kidman? He was so hot and creepy at the same time. Fantastic actor who didn't play by Hollywood's agenda? No wonder he's slipped into obscurity.

Alana said...

I loved the movie Dead Calm.

Applepie said...

Star wars movie with Chris pine.

Applepie said...

Star trek I mean...

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