Development[ edit ] Wessler first came up with the idea for an outrageous comedy made up of several short films in the early s. And we just wanted to do that kind of short and go much further than that. He then began working out a deal with a studio for the project, but the project did not stick. He then went to multiple other studios, but, according to Wessler, "no one could understand what [he] was trying to do".
At that meeting, Wessler, Penotti, and Farrelly presented one short that they already had shot, starring Kate Winslet as a woman going on a blind date with a seemingly successful and handsome Hugh Jackman. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to. Many turned down the project. And if they didn't say yes, this movie wouldn't have gotten made. He met the star at a wedding and then called him some time later and pitched him the short.
Jackman read the script and agreed to be a part of the film. Because you could be made a fool of, or you could look silly, and there will be people who say, 'That's crazy; he should never have done it. The Winslet-Jackman sketch was shot shortly after, and became the reel to attract other A-list stars. Long, Hodgman's co-star in the long-running series of Apple 's commercials, asked him what the project was, and he then signed on, without still knowing too much.
Hodgman said, "I got an e-mail from Justin that said, 'I'm going to be dressing up as Robin again. Do you want to dress up as the Penguin? Without even realizing cameras would be involved, or that it would be a movie. He added "I didn't even get to edit that stupid thing! In fact, some stars hedged: Richard Gere , a friend of Wessler's, said yes—but also said he would not be available for more than a year. So Wessler waited him out, convinced his sketch was good. Gere eventually called Wessler and told him he was free to shoot, on just a couple of conditions: The strategy was simple: Shoot when they want to shoot.
Guilt them to death. Farrelly said that when he approached George Clooney about playing himself in a sketch the gag was that Clooney is bad at picking up women , Clooney told him "No fucking way" .
There were two sketches cut from the film that were originally shown during a test screening ; one that starred Anton Yelchin as a necrophiliac mortician who worked at a hospital and had sex with the dead female bodies, and another starring Julianne Moore and Tony Shalhoub as a married couple being interviewed by a detective about their missing daughter.
While so many A-list actors were on board, most were not completely aware of what other sketches would be included in the film, which features thirteen vignettes tied together by a story of a mad screenwriter Quaid pitching ideas to a movie producer Kinnear. Penotti said many of the actors did not ask many questions about what else was going on in the film.
Farrelly heard his son talking with friends about a film called "Movie 43", but when Farrelly discovered the film did not exist, he cribbed the name. The film was not screened for critics in advance. Some critics considered it to be one of the worst films ever made. It's death-of-laughter by committee. Because it's like one of those many asteroids out there—a dismal chunk of rock hurtling through an empty void, without purpose.
He wrote that the film has nothing in common with The Groove Tube and The Kentucky Fried Movie , two "very funny and influential" sketch-comedy films. He additionally criticized Movie 43 for what he calls "female humiliation", saying that although the men are "jerks, idiots, dolts and fools", the women have it even worse. Right now, I can't think of one worse than Movie