The Moment It All Went Wrong:
DeSouza managed to convince the studio to pare the enormous cast of characters from the video game down to seven. Capcom, the makers of the Street Fighter games, initially agreed, but slowly began putting pressure on the director to include more of their characters, until the cast list ballooned from seven to 15. Casting all these new parts was so rushed that DeSouza cast Kylie Minogue as one of two female leads because he saw her in a magazine, on an airplane, as he was flying to Bangkok to shoot the film. This suggests that DeSouza had boarded his flight with the intention of hiring the first woman who spoke to him until he saw that particular magazine.
Playing the villainous M. Bison was legendary actor Raul Julia, which was a huge get that helped legitimize the film. The only problem was that Julia was dying of cancer and showed up to set looking visibly depleted, as if he had just returned from a visit to the future wherein he watched the finished version of Street Fighter. De Souza had to completely flip the filming schedule to allow Julia to regain weight from a recent surgery, which meant that they had zero time for any kind of rehearsal, resulting in fight sequences that look about as exciting as two brothers playing Street Fighter in their backyard.
"For you, the day Bison graced your theater was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was a paycheck."
Meanwhile, the star of the movie, Jean-Claude Van Damme, was recently divorced, and had elected to cope with this stress by staying as coked out of his mind as humanly possible. Van Damme constantly ruined takes because his brain was floating on a cloud of white powder somewhere near Jupiter, and when he wasn't doing that, he wouldn't show up on set at all, forcing DeSouza to pull together whatever actors weren't passed out on a beach somewhere to "make up some shit on the spot," improvising a bunch of fight scenes to cover lost time. Of course, off-the-cuff improvisation doesn't work quite as well in a martial arts film with minimal dialogue, so these thinly-choreographed battle sequences were somewhat less than thrilling.
Still other members of the cast were disappearing into Thai massage parlors, where they discovered they could purchase a "finishing move" for about ten dollars. According to one actor, "We were like cavemen. We were like Vikings. We went there and conquered." This is another way of saying that Street Fighter: The Movie was the video diary of a cocaine-and-hand-job vacation to Thailand that was inexplicably sold to disappointed children.
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