“The director, what a clown”: It was one of the highest-grossing films of 2004 but its protagonists do not have good memories and they did not hide it – Movie news

“The director, what a clown”: It was one of the highest-grossing films of 2004 but its protagonists do not have good memories and they did not hide it – Movie news
“The director, what a clown”: It was one of the highest-grossing films of 2004 but its protagonists do not have good memories and they did not hide it – Movie news

It was one of the titles that marked the year of its release, but one of its protagonists even admitted that he could only watch 15 minutes of the film.

Sometimes, the box office success of a film is not synonymous with a good experience during filming. And if not, ask Peter O’Toole, Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger. The three shared a cast in Troya film that had Wolfgang Petersen as director and David Benioff -future ‘showrunner’ of Game of Thrones– as a screenwriter and who sought to replicate the success of Gladiator.

The film, which recruited the most popular faces of the moment such as Pitt, Orlando and Eric Bana, was one of the highest-grossing films of 2004. Passion of Christ, Spider-Man 2 and Shrek 2 were the rest of the titles that marked that year. In total, the film, based on the famous poem by The Iliad which begins with the Paris’s kidnapping of Helenraised more than 497 million dollars worldwide with a budget of 175 million dollars. Even the critics gave it a thumbs up. But behind closed doors, things were different for his actors. And they did not hide that they do not have good memories.

O’Toole, for example, insulted the film’s director during the Savannah Film Festival using the term “kraut”, used to offensively define someone German:

Yuck. Go disaster. The director, that kraut, what a clown

The interpreter known for Lawrence of Arabia and that gave life to king priam in Troy, admitted that he only saw a quarter of an hour of the film. “When it was all over, I watched 15 minutes of the movie finish and left. At least I have a good scene,” she added.

Who didn’t have a good time either was Kruger, who got into the skin of Helena. The actress acknowledged in 2022 that she felt like a “piece of meat” during the casting process. Kruger said that one of the bosses at Warner Bros. turned her audition for the film into a very bad experience:

I remember auditioning for ‘Troy’ and having to go to the head of the studio with the suit. I felt like a piece of meat, looking myself up and down and asking myself, ‘Why do you think you should interpret this?

In addition to that, the actress does not have good memories of working with O’Toole, who died in 2013. “He wasn’t the nicest person. He was drunk.”Kruger started in 2016 in buzzfeed.

“He had a two-day role, I played Helen of Troy and he was Peter O’Toole and he just wanted to make sure everyone knew he was Peter O’Toole,” she added. “And he could barely climb the stairs. We were on a set that was, you know, you have to climb like, I don’t know, 100 stairs. Everyone thought I was going to die right there because it was like 48 degrees and I had to climb 100 stairs. He was very old and very drunk“.

Finally, Pitt, the great protagonist of the film giving life to AchillesHe also did not hide that he did not like it Troy and that he had to do it out of obligation. “I came off another movie and had to do something for the studio. So they put me in Troy“, he stated in 2019 in New York Times.

“It wasn’t painful, but I realized that the way the movie was told wasn’t the way I wanted it to be. I made my own mistakes in that. What am I trying to say about Troy? I couldn’t get out of the middle of the shot. It was driving me crazy. David Fincher spoiled me. This is not a slight against Wolfgang Petersen. Das Boot It’s one of the best movies of all time, but sometime Troy it became commercial. Every shot was like, ‘Here’s the hero!’ “There was no mystery,” he continued.

The experience even made Pitt rethink his career because, for him, Troy It was a disappointment: “At that time I made the decision that I was going to invest in quality stories. It was a change that led to the next decade of films”.

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