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The Sad Truth: Why Money Played a Major Part in ‘Wolfman’ Destruction

I truly love honesty and integrity, and any person that puts these two traits above all others are A+ in my book. Director Joe Johnston is now on my own personal “good” list as he’s finally opening up about the atrocity of cinema known simply as The Wolfman. Any one who thinks this remake is awesome is fooling themselves – sh*t, even the director knows it’s a thick pile of elephant sh*t sprinkled with awesome effects work by Rick Baker. While talking Captain America, Johnston opens up a bit about the Wolfman disasterpiece. Details inside.
CAPTAIN AMERICA was a lot of things. Every picture has its highs and lows, its dreads and excited anticipations. To fully understand the CAPTAIN AMERICA experience, I have to keep reminding myself that I had just come off another film I shot in the UK, THE WOLFMAN,” Johnston tells Comic Book Movie.

The two experiences could not have been more different, in fact in many ways (certainly not all) they were polar opposites. I had three weeks of prep on WOLFMAN, a ridiculously inadequate amount of time to try to bring together the fractured and scattered pieces of the production. I had taken the job mostly because I had a cash flow problem, the only time in my career I’ve ever let finances enter into the decision process. Money is always the wrong reason for doing something that requires passionate devotion. The production was a leaky, rudderless ship in a perfect storm suffering from bad decisions, infighting, reluctance of the powers-that-be to take responsibility, and too many under-qualified cooks in the kitchen. The good news and bad news about directing is that when the picture works you’re showered with all the credit and when it doesn’t work you’re dumped on with all the blame. Both scenarios are undeserved. I take full responsibility for THE WOLFMAN not working because it goes with the territory.

A mench and a great guy. Joe Johnston is good in my book. Now we can finally stop barking about how bad this was and move on.



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