The Island of Dr. Moreau and pretty much everyone involved
To refer to the making of this film as a ‘shitshow’ would be an understatement. The pure chaos on set was so absurd, a documentary was actually made on it.
Initially, director Richard Stanley was brought on to lead the project alongside stars Bruce Willis and James Woods. When Willis began to undermine director Stanley, Willis dropped out and was replaced by Val Kilmer. Kilmer began to make demands on the schedule that could not be met, and was then given the role James Woods was set to play, which in turn dropped Woods from the project. Actor Rob Morrow was then brought in to fill Kilmer’s original role, but Kilmer’s horrible attitude on set caused Morrow to quit on his second day.
The studio caught wind of the debacle and fired director Richard Stanley, replacing him with legendary director John Frankenheimer, which then caused actress Fairuza Balk to threaten to walk from the project shortly before David Thewlis was brought in to replace the character Rob Morrow (Kilmer’s original character) was to play. As you can see, behind the scenes this film had become the biggest shitshow in Hollywood. Despite other reports of Kilmer burning a camera operator with a cigarette, and Marlon Brando refusing to learn his lines and instead be fed them through an earpiece, the movie miraculously was completed.
What was supposed to be a six week shoot turned into six months, and lost the studio $14 million.