I think we talked about this before, but the debate over the Bale video has got me thinking about/interested in hearing your stories, as directors, etc., when it comes to working with difficult talent. I've already discussed how I wish I was a much stronger director on Redemption Falls, especially with some of the talent, but I found it a problem in how to assert your so-called alpha dog status when nobody's getting paid.
1. Girl seemed ok when I cast her as the LEAD in my Stephen King dollar baby. We shot the first week of the 2-week schedule with no problem. 5 days left to go. Then she got into a primadonna battle of wills with one of her co-stars. Then she got kind of bitchy on an overnight shoot where she was running around in nothing but a nightie in a park. I let it slide because she was running around in a park in a nightie! Next was a partial nude scene she agreed to before we cast her that she backed out of and we had to find a way to shoot it withouth showing anything.
Then on the last day of shooting, her boyfriend came with her. He shoots really shitty looking television commercials here and started talking shit about our camera work. Apparantly, hand held is "shitty looking and ameturish." She started playing off his attitude. This was the last day of shooting.
Then I needed her to come in to do her voice over for two scenes that were montages. The lines were directly from the Stephen King story and she called it "shitty writing" on my part (without knowing it was directly from the story). Then she refused to say the lines the way I told her to, because that was not the way she would talk in real life. She had no idea what the montage looked like or what feeling I was going for, she just knew it was not how she would talk, personally. The movie was compelted, except for this voice over and she had be handcuffed. I did the best I could with it (edited some of her dialogue together with other to make it close to what I wanted) but I still feel she fucked up my movie.
2. The next guy did everything I asked of him and did it well. However, it is hard here to find reliable people to do music scores and I am actually still looking for someone to score it, but because it was not finished and in his hands one month after filming wrapped, he lit into me about being a shitty filmmaker who doesn't finish his projects and wastes actors time.
This was because I wanted him for my next film (which required no music, and therefore is already done and sent to festivals). He told me he could not make it for the entire month of July. The lead actor I specifically wrote the movie for was leaving for LA in August, so I recast the supporting role with someone else.
He said if I was really his friend, I would have held out for him to get back. I told him this was business and that is when he ripped me about WWZJD not being finished yet. The guy has turned into a major prick and I'm afraid he is talking shit to other filmmakers, making his casting a HUGE mistake to begin with. I should have known because when I was casting him, he was talking shit about the filmmakers of a feature film he worked in before this.
Mistakes, both of them, but the signs didn't come until it was too late