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Elton John Was Just As Disappointed By 'The Lion King' Remake As We Were

It's not just you.

Now that the dust and buzz has settled on Disney‘s remake of The Lion King, let’s just admit what we were all thinking ever since it was released: it was kind of ‘meh’ wasn’t it?

Yes it made a lot of money and it looked like a National Geographic documentary but it was missing something that made the original animated masterpiece so special. But among the many people who were underwhelmed by the film though, Elton John is perhaps the most disappointed person of them all.

Speaking to GQ, the singer didn’t hold his thoughts about the Lion King remake and called it a “huge disappointment” because of how the filmmakers “messed the music up.”

It was always going to be a losing battle trying to improve on one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time but John thought the music this time had lost the “magic and joy,” which in turn meant the soundtrack “fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.”

Interestingly, John also mentions that despite being asked to contribute to the new Lion King, his input was essentially brushed aside this time compared to his experience on the original film because the “creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around.”

Elton John’s experience on the remake (presumably).

As a final bit of shade, John went on to say how glad he is that the spirit of the music will live on instead with the Lion King musical, which doesn’t sound bitter at all.

“I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect.

“That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

All in all, it’s quite the critique from John though it’s particularly juicy considering he’s featured on the new soundtrack and was front and centre at the film’s premiere. Make of that what you will.

The Most Offensive Line In The OG Fight Club Script Is Still A Shocker Even Today

Broke all the rules of Fight Club.

When Fight Club dropped in 1999, the film something of a cult hit that lacked in box office appeal but made up for it in cultural clout. While there are elements in the movie that have aged pretty poorly in the two decades since its release, there’s one line that will forever stand the test of time.

No it’s not the iconic “first rule of Fight Club” line.

I’m talking about the hilariously dark “I haven’t been f**ked like that since grade school” line Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) says to Tyler (Brad Pitt/Edward Norton) after they’ve finished doing the beast with two backs for the first time.

It’s super wrong, horribly disgusting and yet it shows how David Fincher managed to perfectly capture the tone of Chuck Palahniuk’s original novel. But as dark as the line is, the OG line Fincher had in mind for the scene was even worse (or better depending on your mileage).

Author Sharon Waxman revealed in her book, Rebels on the Backlot (via The Wrap), that Fight Club producer Laura Ziskin was a huge supporter of David Fincher’s vision for the film but even she had some lines simply wouldn’t cross.

One of the most notable moments of conflict between the two was the aforementioned “grade school” line. In the book and OG script, Marla was supposed to turn to Tyler and say, “I want to have your abortion.”

Yeah.

Unsurprisingly, Ziskin thought the line went way too far but Fincher held firm. Despite the “abortion” line getting big laughs at the test screening, Ziskin begged Fincher to change it and he ultimately relented on the condition he has final say on whatever the replacement line is and no one is allowed to change it.

Ziskin agreed and said the famous last words: “Anything. Nothing could be worse than ‘I want to have your abortion.’ Go ahead.”

Fincher reshot the scene with the “I haven’t been f**ked like grade school” line and it got an even bigger laugh from test audiences, which Ziskin responded with even more shock and begged Fincher to put the “abortion” line back in. However, this time he refused due to the agreement they had made and it was kept in the final film.

Ziskin’s reaction to Fincher after hearing the replacement line (presumably).

As an extra cherry on top of this story, Helena Bonham Carter later revealed on the Fight Club DVD commentary to Fincher, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton that she didn’t quite get the “grade school” line because it means something different in the UK (where she’s from) and only later found out it meant primary school in America, much to her disgust.

Your mileage may vary on how funny and/or offensive those two post-coital lines are, but there’s no denying the delicious irony of censorship accidentally creating something even worse in a film that can be interpreted as tearing down established norms.

Gina Rodriguez Saying The N-Word Is Just The Latest In A History Of Tone-Deaf Comments

Once is a mistake, but three times? That's becoming a pattern.

Hollywood isn’t short on celebrities who have found themselves in a spot of bother after saying something offensive or tone-deaf. The latest to head up that list is none other than Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who thought it was a good idea to casually drop the N-word on Instagram.

The actress shared a video of herself rapping along to the Fugees song ‘Ready or Not,’ which contains the lyric, “n***** give me heebie-jeebies,” and clearly thought it was fine to say the N-word without any repercussions.

As it turns out, the backlash was as swift as it was unrelenting and she quickly deleted the video. But the internet being what it is, some folk managed to keep a copy of Gina’s receipts.

Okay, it’s never okay to say the N-word in any circumstance (unless you’re black) regardless of whether you’re Gina Rodriguez or whoever but at least this is just the first time she’s – *checks notes* – oh wait, this is definitely not the first time Gina’s gotten in trouble with the black community for saying something tone-deaf.

There was that time when Gina interrupted an interviewer who said Yara Shahidi is an inspiration to black women and attempted to correct him by saying Shahidi is actually an inspiration to “women” in general, resulting in a wave of claims that she’s erasing black women.

Then there were those times when Gina copped a bunch of flak for clumsily trying to address racial inequality in Hollywood by erroneously claiming that black women get paid more than Latinas in the entertainment industry and are therefore part of the whole pay gap problem.

When she was rightfully called out on her well-intentioned but tone-deaf comments, Gina turned on the waterworks and tried to play the “my dad is Afro-Latino and my extended family has ties to the black community card” to unsurprisingly mixed results.

You would’ve think Gina would’ve learned something about not putting her foot in her mouth after her history of unsavoury comments but if her apology for the N-word video is anything to go by, it appears she’s learned a whole heap of nothing.

In a follow-up apology video that’s dripping with passive-aggressiveness, Gina says she’s sorry if she “offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song [she] love, that [she] grew up on—[she loves] Lauryn Hill—and, [she’s] really am sorry if [she] offended you.”

So not only is Gina clearly still not getting why her comments a problematic but it seems like she thinks singing the N-word is perfectly fine because it’s a song she loves and grew up with. Well okay then.

It almost feels like Gina Rodriguez has been taking PR lessons from Scarlett Johansson, which would explain a lot about the Jane the Virgin star’s faux pas actually.

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