Almost every successful person working in Hollywood sticks to his or her thing that they like. You would never see, say, David Fincher doing slapstick gross-out comedy, or Michael Bay directing a Jane Austen-type movie (unless, maybe, if the Little Women were also fighter pilots).
But sometimes these folks, with their well-defined comfort zones, lend a hand to movies so bizarrely out-of-character for them it's like they only did it to say, "There, I can do other stuff too. Happy?"
8It's Pat Was Co-Written by Quentin Tarantino
Based on a Saturday Night Live sketch where the audience couldn't tell whether the obnoxious character Pat was a man or a woman, the comedy movie It's Pat tells the story of ... the exact same joke. For 77 minutes. Oh, and It's Pat is now considered one of the worst movies of all time, universally panned by critics and moviegoers alike. By which we mean like 70 people tops, seeing as it was only ever shown in three cities.
"What hath SNL wrought?"
But it was made by ...
Quentin Tarantino. No, really. He co-wrote it.
The guy who made Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill has an ego so massive that according to science, it should have long ago collapsed on itself like a neutron star. But one thing's for sure: All of Tarantino's movies are violent and bloody, and if Uma Thurman is in any of them, something horrible is going to happen to her.
Remember when I had you overdose on heroin, then get stabbed
in the heart, shotgunned, coma-raped and buried alive? Memories ...
For mysterious reasons that will forever remain lost to history, Tarantino never demanded official credit for co-writing It's Pat, which he did in the first place because he was friends with the character's creator, Julia Sweeney. This pretty much makes Tarantino the greatest friend in the history of ever. The extent of our friendship involves maybe lending our friends $20 if they put their firstborn as collateral. Tarantino, on the other hand, is the type of friend who helps you write a movie where a sexually ambiguous Julia Sweeney romances an even sexually ambiguer Dave Foley.
7Three Men and a Baby was Directed by Leonard Nimoy
A comedy about three bachelors -- portrayed by Magnum, Mahoney and Malone -- suddenly having to take care of Malone's illegitimate child and, of course, deciding to keep it by the end of the movie. They also come across heroin dealers at one point, because this was your typical "1980s shenanigans" type of film.
We hear smack is great on teething.
But it was made by ...
Leonard Nimoy, aka Spock. With all due respect to the man whose acting career has spanned 60 years, Nimoy is and always will be Star Trek's Spock, the pointy-eared space Buddhist and object of frankly a disturbing amount of homoerotic fanfiction. Three Men and a Baby was directed by none other than Nimoy right after he came off shooting his Star Trek IV, which we can't imagine being a smooth transition.
Originally titled Anthropological Studies of Earth's Single Males Faced With Forced Fatherhood.
Before you start worrying that we no longer can tell reality from fiction, it's not like we think Nimoy really is the calculating, emotionless Spock. We know it, because the man admitted himself that the role has greatly influenced his character and personality over the years. But now, in light of that, we don't know what to think about the fact that Three Men and a Baby was the highest-grossing production of '87 and the most successful remake of a French film in movie history.