Super Mario Bros.
Released two weeks before Jurassic Park, Super Mario Bros. was exceptionally ill-fated. The ten week shoot overran to 15, and with a husband and wife team – whose only prior film credit was a critical and commercial failure – at the helm, the stage was set for disaster. The on-set atmosphere was so awful, leads Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo would often get drunk, resulting in an on-set car accident with Leguizamo drunk at the wheel. Safety certainly wasn’t paramount; Hoskins recalled getting “stabbed four times… electrocuted. Broke a finger. Nearly got drowned.” The problems seemed to stem from directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, who Hoskins eloquently summarised as “fucking idiots”.
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