However, way back when Doctor Dolittle was being filmed, Fiennes was a young man in the neighborhood who was just beginning his service in the SAS. Fiennes elected to take action by gathering up a bunch of explosives from one of his training exercises and blowing the film set's dam right the fuck up. Keep in mind, this is all because of a two-and-a-half-hour musical about a whimsical country doctor who can speak to animals.
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Which evidently takes place on nuclear waste dump.
Fiennes' act of civil disobedience set the production of Doctor Dolittle back an entire year, but he managed to avoid prison and got off with a 500-pound fine (although in fairness, that's almost 9,000 pounds in today-money).
The Godfather Was Almost Canceled Due To Threats From The Mafia
Here's a piece of trivia even your most avid movie buff friends will get wrong: How many times is the word "mafia" uttered in The Godfather?
Wait patiently as they mumble something about oranges and death.
The answer is zero. Sure, they talk about the "mob" and the "family," but never once does a character say "mafia" in the single most important mafia film ever made. Why? Mostly because the people who worked on the film were sent death threats from the actual Mafia.
Back in the '70s, the Mafia tried to exploit all kinds of loopholes in order to prove that they were upstanding, law-abiding, freedom-loving American citizens. The crime boss Joseph Colombo went so far as to establish the Italian-American Civil Rights League, which argued that law enforcement's persecution of the Mafia was racist, even as he was personally breaking people's kneecaps as a goddamn Mafia leader. According to him, that wasn't crime -- that was Italian culture. Why was the FBI so prejudiced against Italians?
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Colombo would eventually be shot in a mob hit during one of the League's rallies.
As Colombo stated, "There is not a Mafia. Am I the head of a family? Yes. My wife, and my four sons and a daughter. That's my family." Colombo's totally-normal-and-not-criminal associates exploited every method, legal and otherwise, to prevent The Godfather from being made. When suing the production didn't work, they began to intimidate the crew directly, calling in bomb threats, stalking the producers, and eventually threatening the lives of the families of those associated with the film. Even Frank Sinatra got in on the action, because the character of Johnny Fontane was clearly based on him, and as you may recall, Johnny Fontane's primary role in the film is to get slapped by a rage-bellowing Marlon Brando.
Eventually, the filmmakers were able to placate the "Italian-American Civil Rights League" by promising that the word "mafia" would never be used once, in the film. In addition, Albert Ruddy, the producer, met personally with Colombo and showed him the script and pointing out how the movie also included racist caricatures of Irish and Jewish Americans, demonstrating that it wasn't some targeted hit piece against Italians. That isn't a joke.
Three wrongs make a Best Picture winner!
Columbo agreed after reading exactly two words of the script, and the movie was finally given the official Mafia go-ahead, with nobody waking up to find an animal's head on their pillow.
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