Studio Interference That Actually Made A Movie Or Show Better

We constantly read stories about how a movie or show got butchered by some studio executive driven by their ego and wallet rather than artistic quality. Surprisingly, though, some studios are staffed with smart and experienced people who have at least some good ideas. And yet, we almost never hear about them.

Here are some examples of times when studio interference resulted in positive changes to movies and shows:

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Studio Interference That Actually Made A Movie Or Show Better

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CLERKS ALMOST HAD A BIZARRELY DARK ENDING. 150 Unsure of how else to finish his cult classic film, Kevin Smith decided to just kill Dante in a robbery

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SEINFELD WAS GONNA BE ONE BIG SAUSAGE FEST. There is a reason why Elaine is missing from the pilot episode - she wasn't supposed to be in the show at

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THERE WAS ALMOST WAY LESS DRAGON-ACTION IN HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. The movie was originally gonna stick much closer to the awkward tween coming-of-a

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THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE COULD'VE BEEN AN ANIMATED SERIES. It was pitched as that by showrunners Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, and Lisa

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QUENTIN TARANTINO WANTED KILL BILL TO BE ONE FOUR-HOUR MOVIE. Thankfully, Miramax execs managed to convince him that it would be insane to put a four-

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HALF OF GOOD WILL HUNTING'S ORIGINAL SCRIPT WAS DEDICATED TO WILL GOING UP AGAINST THE NSA. After pitching the film at Castle Rock Entertainment, Rob

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MIKE JUDGE THOUGHT SILICON VALLEY WAS A RIDICULOUS NAME. CRRACLS LLE Before it hit the air, the show's creator was strongly against the name, saying:

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PIXAR MADE WOODY AND BUZZ INTO UNLIKABLE JERKS. Early screenings of Toy Story horrified Disney execs to the point that the movie was almost shut down.

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FUCHES WAS ORIGINALLY A TOTALLY DIFFERENT CHARACTER. ETlLIC Cruisin w Bill Hader says that in the original Barry pilot, Fuches was an enforcer- type t

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TAXI DRIVER ALMOST ENDED WITH A RACIALLY CHARGED MASSACRE. The film's writer Paul Schrader revealed that in his original script, Harvey Keitel's pimp

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RIDLEY SCOTT WANTED TO KILL RIPLEY AT THE END OF ALIEN. Scott says that at the end of the movie, the Xenomorph was gonna kill Ripley, and then reveal

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SAM RAIMI DIDN'T WANT STAN LEE TO CAMEO IN SPIDER-MAN. Raimi says it was the film's producer and former Marvel Studio head Avi Arad who made him put L

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IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA CREATORS REALLY DIDN'T WANT DANNY DEVITO. e Rob McElhenney says that after John Landgraf, the president of FX, told

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