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Published On: Thu, Aug 17th, 2017

6 Insane Behind The Scenes Reasons For Famous Movie Deaths

There sure have been a lot of emotional movie deaths over the years, like Bambi's mom being shot by a hunter, Titanic's frozen Jack-sicle, and Lando Calrissian getting killed in The Force Awakens after cushioning the blow of a falling Han Solo, because Han's going to live forever, goddammit.

No one likes crying over their popcorn, but we accept these deaths as the author's vision. Sometimes, though, death scenes have less to do with artistic intention and more to do with some bullshit behind the scenes, such as ...

#6. Batman V Superman Brutally Murders Superman's Best Friend, Forgets To Tell The Audience

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is crammed with DC Comics characters, some conveniently color-coded in a handy flash drive. But, in addition to the titular heroes, Wonder Woman, Doomsday, and the anthropomorphic pile of cocaine in a wig that was Lex Luthor, another iconic comic book character makes an appearance ... only to be killed off in the same scene.

No, we're not talking about Daredevil's cameo (he's Marvel).

In the early moments of the film, Lois Lane interviews an African warlord in "Nairomi" -- which is either a fictional location or they actually meant Nairobi but by that point had already blown their spell-checking budget on CGI monsters and a buttload of dream sequences. It's quickly revealed that Lois' photographer is secretly a CIA agent who must really suck at his job, because he gets shot in the face after only a few lines of dialogue.

Because most blockbusters these days seem to be followed by press appearances in which the filmmakers try to explain all the nonsensical bullshit in their movies, Zack Snyder gave an interview where he revealed that the fake photographer is, in fact, Jimmy Olsen. Yup, Superman's pal Jimmy is in the movie -- but never meets Superman, almost gets Lois killed, and is promptly murdered. This is a character who had his own goddamn comic series for 20 years, as improbable as it may sound.

DC uses the word "pal" in the sarcastic sense.

Apparently, the scene was meant to shock audiences, which it probably would have done if anyone had bothered to introduce the guy as Jimmy. According to Snyder, he even considered casting Jesse Eisenberg as Olsen, because "if he got shot, you'd just be like, 'What!?'" Don't worry, Mr. Snyder. We go, "What!?" at your movies all the time anyway.

While it was presumably cut for time (so they could include more piss-drinking scenes), the line "Lois Lane, I'm Jimmy Olsen" is in the director's cut DVD, which presumably also adds a scene where the dozens of characters who die in the U.S. Capitol explosion look at the camera and scream dolefully, "I'm Green Arrow!" "I'm Streaky, The Super Cat!" "Matter-Eating Lad over here!" and so on.

#5. Elaine Killed George's Fiancee In Seinfeld With A Throwaway Comment

Not a lot of sitcom characters die horribly, presumably because it's hard to balance insipid canned-laughter-filled humor with actual soul-wrenching tragedy. Imagine if Archie Bunker keeled over from a heart attack, or Norm from Cheers got alcohol poisoning, or one of the Tanner clan finally lost their shit and threw Uncle Joey down the goddamn stairs.

One '90s sitcom that did have the nerve to off one of its characters, though, was Seinfeld. In the seventh season finale, George's fiancee, Susan, dies from licking toxic wedding invitation envelopes -- a pretty fucked-up move for a show revolving around mundane observations.

"And you know what else I hate? My fiancee being murdered by stationery." *audience laughs, nodding their heads*

Surprisingly, this pivotal moment in the show's history wasn't always planned, nor was it the result of a bribe from the powerful evite lobby. It seems the actor who plays George, Jason Alexander, didn't jell with the actress playing Susan -- they got along pretty well behind the scenes, but, according to Alexander, they just didn't have the same comedic sensibility. While the rest of the cast initially balked at Alexander's complaints, once they actually had to share scenes with the actress, they agreed that she was "fucking impossible" to work with.

Eventually Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who plays Elaine on the show, but you probably know her better as the star of Troll) blurted out: "Don't you just wanna kill her?"

"Maybe a dingo could eat her."

And, luckily, because series creator Larry David was a TV writer and not the world's most neurotic ax-murderer, he took that inadvertent note and, yadda yadda yadda, everything worked out fine.

#4. The Boss In Men In Black Died Because The Actor Broke Into A Bank Drunk

You know things must be pretty lively on set when Tommy Lee Jones is only the second-most curmudgeonly cranky-pants working there -- but the Men In Black series features not only Jones but also Rip Torn, who plays the leader of the MIB, Zed. He also once beat the shit out of literary great Norman Mailer, but sadly there's no Will Smith rap about that.

While Zed appears in Men In Black and Men In Black II, he is replaced in the third movie by Agent O, played by the distinctly un-Rip Torn-like Emma Thompson. So what happened to Zed? He fucking dies, and the movie opens with his funeral.

Note that Steve Buscemi showed up to pay his respects.

The odd thing is, Torn is still alive, so why kill off his character when it happens off-screen and adds almost nothing to the story? The short answer is alcohol. The longer answer is alcohol, a gun, and a bank. It seems Torn was arrested for breaking into the Lakeville, Connecticut, branch of Litchfield Bancorp with a loaded gun, while he was three times over the legal driving limit. Of course, getting that hammered usually leaves you unequipped to make it through "Sweet Child O' Mine" at karaoke, let alone sneak into a guarded building. So, yup, illustrating why Bonnie and Clyde never shotgunned cans of PBR before a robbery, Torn was arrested inside the bank as the alarm sounded.

Of course, Torn (who pleaded guilty) probably wasn't intending to rob the bank -- his defense claimed that he was so drunk he thought this particular Bancorp was his home, and some reports claim that Torn demanded to know why the police who woke him were in his living room. Considering Torn was serving a suspended jail sentence when the film went into shooting, director Barry Sonnenfeld's diplomatic explanation that they wrote him out to make the movie feel "fresh" is probably bullshit (30 Rock also "coincidentally" killed off his character at the same time). The most undignified part? Torn did end up reprising the character ... in an airline safety video.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_24142_6-behind-the-scenes-reasons-famous-characters-got-killed-off.html

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6 Insane Behind The Scenes Reasons For Famous Movie Deaths