No artist comes slip'n sliding out of the womb ready to create masterpieces. Creating anything is hit and miss -- for every amazing work, that same artist likely has ten pieces of crap that they'd happily see blasted into the Sun. For example ...
7The Guy Who Wrote The Exorcist Also Wrote A Pink Panther Sequel
William Peter Blatty is best known as the writer of The Exorcist -- both the novel and the movie it was adapted into. The Exorcist is still considered one of the scariest films of all time. It's a pop culture legend that modern horror, with its porn-grade found footage and cheap jump scares, can only aspire to.
The face that launched a million shit-filled underoos.
But Also ...
Blatty, despite a critical reception in horror that Stephen King can only envy, was never a horror writer. His specialty was in fact comedy. His career trajectory is like if Louis C.K. wrote A Nightmare On Elm Street. Before The Exorcist, Blatty wrote several screenplays for comedy director Blake Edwards. Utilizing Blatty's comedic prowess, Edwards was eventually given the reins to The Pink Panther, a legendary film that helped define the career of Peter Sellers.
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Though not always in ways his family brags about at parties.
Blatty wasn't involved in the original Pink Panther, but the movie was such a success that Sellers demanded that Blake Edwards be involved in his next film, A Shot In The Dark, and Edwards brought his comedy mentor Blatty along with him. Originally, this was not a Pink Panther movie, but Blatty decided that they should make the script into a sequel to The Pink Panther, and wrote it up as such.
And he's damn proud of his work. To this day, Blatty prefers to be remembered as the writer of The Pink Panther 2 than for what's arguably the best horror movie of all time.
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"*sigh* Another day, another hundred fanmails about my mother sucking cocks in Hell."
6One Of The Most Prolific Sitcom Producers Ever Wrote The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song
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Hate him or ... hate him even more, Chuck Lorre is behind several of the most successful sitcoms of the last decade. If you've ever endured an episode of The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, Dharma & Greg, Grace Under Fire, or Mike & Molly, then you're familiar with his work.
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He's had the coveted "easily-entertained people who died 70 years ago" demographic nailed down for years.
But even if you avoid anything with a laugh track, you still know his work.
But Also ...
Just like Charlie Sheen's character in Two And A Half Men, Chuck Lorre moonlighted as a jingle writer. His most famous creation?
Have fun humming this, and only this, for the next month.
Back in 1987, Lorre auditioned to write the theme song for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He was overlooked at first, because the band the Turtles (of "Happy Together" fame), also wanted the job. When the Turtles failed to produce anything by the deadline, the studio called Lorre and asked if he could come up with something catchy and lasting ... in 48 hours.
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"Leonardo leads, Donatello ... cleans latrines? Breaks his spleen? Gets gangrene? This is hard."
Lorre rented a cheap overnight recording studio and went to work. What he came up with may not be on par with Beethoven's Fifth, but let's face it: You can't remember your own social security number, but you still know exactly when to scream "turtle power!"