Released in 1993 by Touchstone Pictures, this college football flick followed the fictional ESU Timberwolves as they dealt with the usual interpersonal issues on their way to victory in the Eastern Athletic Conference. It had a pretty stacked cast, with Halle Berry, Omar Epps, James Caan and Kristy Swanson, and it could have been a bigger hit, if it wasn’t for one scene.
In the film, one of the players wants to prove that he’s cool under pressure, so he lays down in the middle of the road, reading a magazine, with cars speeding by. Eventually, his teammates join him in a show of solidarity, courage and stupidity. This scene made up most of the preliminary trailers, and as soon as it hit the airwaves, critics were vocal about the dangerous shit that this scene could inspire. Now, you’re thinking “who’d even think that’s an okay thing to try?” People did, and people died.
Not even a month later, in October 1994, two teenagers attempted to recreate the scene by laying down on top of the yellow lines on a busy highway in Polk, Pennsylvania. While the dudes in the film at least have letter jackets on, these kids wore dark clothes in the dead of night. They were taken out by a pickup truck. That same evening in Long Island, NY, another teen tried the stunt, with the same results.
When the media picked up on the connection between the film and the deaths, Touchstone (which is owned by Disney), issued a statement, distancing themselves from the deaths, saying that the scene in the film was meant to be seen as irresponsible and that they, in no way, encourage this behaviour. This scene was removed from all future prints of the film, but it lives on forever on the internet. You can check out the entire, moronic scene HERE!
You’ve got to be a complete idiot to think this is a good idea.