Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Have you ever seen a movie directed by Alan Smithee? I was doing some research on my new favourite show, MacGyver, and noticed that a few episodes were directed by Mr. Smithee. But the thing is, Alan Smithee does not exist. It is a pseudonym used by directors who don't want credit for what they've done, because their work was ruined by studio meddling. This is an official thing which has to be approved by The Director's Guild (see Alan Smithee on Wikipedia). Funny stuff. I wonder, though, what happens if the director is female? Is there really such a lack of women directors that they don't even need a female version of the fake name?
I sorta wish my real name was Alan Smithee. I'd make it my life's mission to become a famous Hollywood director. But to avoid confusion, I'd change my name to "Steven Speilberg".
Anyway, next time you see a movie or TV show directed by Alan Smithee, be prepared for it to suck hardcore.
Edit: Oops, an entire movie has already been made about a dude whose real name is Alan Smithee.