This is a neat article about Joss Whedon’s history in and influence on the film industry. Much of what I said in yesterday’s post is recounted here, specifically that Whedon worked as a script doctor for a time, which earned him a job on Toy Story. This article discusses his other script doctor projects, such as Alien: Resurrection, Speed, and X-Men. For those of you who don’t know, one of the two lines Whedon wrote that remained in the final cut of X-Men was the “Do you know what happens to a toad that is struck by lightning?” exchange. Supposedly, it was supposed to be a wry quip rather than a threatening question, but got mangled in the delivery.
The article also delves into his cultivation of certain actors and actresses, either helping give them their start or continually employing them, turning them into nerd icons, and lauds the fact that he was able to keep the existence of Much Ado About Nothing completely secret until after filming was done, to say nothing of being able to film a movie in secret while doing post production work on The Avengers.