Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway for abuse - Hepburn is laughing in her grave tbh

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I like to believe she was method acting during Mommie Dearest, and just didn't notice when shooting wrapped.

Also MD was not funny in the least, so I never understood the "So bad it's good" angle.
 

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I like to believe she was method acting during Mommie Dearest, and just didn't notice when shooting wrapped.

Also MD was not funny in the least, so I never understood the "So bad it's good" angle.
People think it’s funny when you think of it as being over-the-top. When you think of it as “this is actually how it went down”, it’s terrifying.

I remember when the Cinema Snob reviewed it, he said it was horrifying.
 

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People think it’s funny when you think of it as being over-the-top. When you think of it as “this is actually how it went down”, it’s terrifying.

I remember when the Cinema Snob reviewed it, he said it was horrifying.
I went in with the campy, "so bad it's good" mentality, and it was just scary and depressing to me. Great movie, godawful marketing.
 

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Fucking faggots man.
At first I thought they were just being hyperbolic outrage-culture morons, but then I realized that these are theatre fags, so yeah... they were probably legit terrified of her.

She denied Bette's claims.
I've never met a self-centered asshole that didn't categorically deny ever being a self-centered asshole.
 
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She's on the shit list of the following:

Otto Perminger
Hilary Duff
Bette Davis
James Woods
Rutanya Alda
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Diana Scarwid
Ryan Murphy
Possibly Susan Sarandon because of what was depicted in Feud: Bette & Joan

It's weird because there are some nice stories about her. Helen Slater said that during the filming of Supergirl she was very good at teaching her on set, guiding her through the scenes, like she really knows the business. Same with Bill Hader and co. for Documentary Now.
 

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Theatre is difficult for film actors not accustomed to it and she's an old lady at this point. I'm sure she's hard to work with but let's be honest Bette was known to be difficult too and Polanski's a creepy pedo. That said there's something to be said for going out while you're still on top. She's going into Norma Desmond territory and should consider doing one last well-cast film role really well and then calling it quits.
 

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People think it’s funny when you think of it as being over-the-top. When you think of it as “this is actually how it went down”, it’s terrifying.

I remember when the Cinema Snob reviewed it, he said it was horrifying.

And what's sad is it wasn't that rare for mothers and daughters to have that kind of relationship in those days either, my own grandmother and great grandmother had a Mommie Dearest esque relationship (although thankfully I don't think it involved physical abuse)
 

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I find it pretty ironic that Dunaway was cast to play Katharine Hepburn, who was attractive but not someone I would call classically Hollywood Beauty. She had always a very androgynous look with fairly masculine features. And what I can tell, she never was big into plastic surgery and had never this overstretched look going on in her Senior years. Opposite to dear old Faye, who is touted as plastic surgery disaster for decades.

And my theory is, that it is a combination of cunty behavior she was already known for, a mental illness, and the fact that she is now an old Hollywood Hag who has trouble remembering her lines (if early signs of dementia or simply age, who knows...)

There is sometimes the misconception that people will get mellow as they age. That's not always true. More often than not they grow into really gigantic assholes. I compare it with a stone being hollowed out by a waterstream. The cuntiness goes deeper and deeper as the years pass by.
 

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People think it’s funny when you think of it as being over-the-top. When you think of it as “this is actually how it went down”, it’s terrifying.

I remember when the Cinema Snob reviewed it, he said it was horrifying.

Joan Crawford (as portrayed in "Mommy Dearest") had all the hallmarks of being a malignant narcissist. The problem with being a malignant narcissist is that, when the mask slips, the narcissist can go completely apeshit, which is funny for the people watching a portrayal of it in a movie but terrifying for the people who are the target of the narcissist's behavior.

This is the same problem a lot of male actors have when playing Hitler. In every Hitler film, there's a scene where Hitler loses his shit and everyone around him just looks awkward and terrified. But the scene itself seems funny to viewers. Hell, there's an entire Youtube Channel dedicated to satirizing the scene in "Der Untergang" where Bruno Ganz (as Hitler) chews out his associates.