Posts tagged: Patty Jenkins
According to screenwriter/director Patty Jenkins, 2003’s Monster was originally intended to be a lighthearted comedy and comprised almost entirely of scenes at the carnival. When asked how the film ended up as the dark, character-driven biopic it became, Jenkins said that actress Charlize Theron is “to blame” for “insisting on taking it to a really twisted place.” Despite the many awards the film won, Jenkins maintains that her original premise and title (Carnival Lesbians) were superior.
It is common practice for prop departments to issue fake currency for use in filming, however during the production of 2003’s Monster, this got the filmmakers into serious legal trouble.
While filming on location, local authorities were tipped that counterfeit bills were being distributed and performed a raid to seize the bogus currency. Actress Christina Ricci (seen here holding the prop money in question) was detained for several hours while police questioned her. According to director Patty Jenkins, the incident could have been cleared up much more quickly if Ricci - who at the time was trying to shed her child star persona - had simply admitted to being “that girl from Casper.”