In Oscar Wilde's 1889 essay The Decay of Lying, he suggested that "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." While Wilde wasn’t necessarily saying that life instinctually imitates art, he certainly felt that life found a way to express itself through imitation. Life is imitative of art. Of course it is. It's no different with the movies. People imitate things they see in the movies all the time. It's only natural. Most of us copy the way a character acts or maybe something they say, but there are some people who take it to the extreme. With or without film, there will always be people who take it to the extreme.
On the other side of the coin, movies attempt to recreate life and reality as well. The closer to reality a movie can get, the more it can impact the audience. The same goes for movie violence. The more realistic violence is, the more it shocks us. Sometimes, however, movies get uncomfortably close to reality, close enough that it can be a little too jarring for the audience. Filmmakers want their movies to have an impact on the audience, but most of them want it done in good taste. Likewise, the audience wants movies that discuss realistic events, we want them to be as realistic as possible, but we usually want there to have been a fair amount of time in between the real incident and the fictional account, otherwise it can look like someone is trying to capitalize on "blood money." When the movie comes out too soon after a tragic event, it runs the risk of feeling too real. After all, movies are supposed to be an escape from the ugliness of reality, not a shocking reminder of it.
The movies on this list were a little too close to reality. Their events were reminders of real world tragedies that had just occurred and the filmmakers felt it was best to delay, cancel or change the films. Here are 15 Movies Postponed Due to Real World Tragedies.
15 Gangster Squad
14 The Good Son
13 Men In Black II
12 Gone Baby Gone
11 Phone Booth
9 The Time Machine
8 Teaching Mrs. Tingle
7 Big Trouble
6 The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
5 A Clockwork Orange
4 The Movie O
3 V for Vendetta
2 Collateral Damage
1 Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
On the day of the first screen test for Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. Because Kubrick's film contained two jokes that involved the president, the film needed to be edited and delayed. The first scene involved a mention of Dallas, which was changed to Vegas. The second scene was at the ending and involved a pie fight. During the pie fight, the President is hit in the face with a pie and someone yells, "Gentlemen! Our gallant young president has been struck down in his prime!" This entire scene was taken out of the final cut to avoid hurting the Kennedy family and the American people any worse than they already were.
Sources: TheNational, Wikipedia; IMDB
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