Striking Distance (1993)
One of the veteran production members said that Willis "called the shots like he did on (Hudson) Hawk and like he used to do on Moonlighting. He had scenes rewritten. He did what he wanted to do. We were working with Orson Willis."
When news about re-shoots were reported, Columbia chairman Mark Canton went and said in interview that he "couldn't be more enthusiastic" about the film and how he predicted it's going to be a "beyond-sizable hit." But in order to do so, movie had to make $30 million-plus profit at box office. Canton was also known for being heavily involved in several other films in earlier years which were known for having very troubled productions and receiving bad receptions from audience during test screenings, some of them include Wes Craven's sci-fi horror Deadly Friend (1986), one of Bruce Willis's earlier box office flops The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), and John McTiernan's Last Action Hero (1993). Just like he did with Striking Distance, Canton also kept the news and rumors about problems on set of those films and bad response from test audience from the public and demanded heavy changes to be done on the films which only ended up hurting the films and studios more.
In Striking Distance case for example, all the love/intimate scenes between Hardy and Jo were re-shot to make them more sexier. Several dialogue scenes, like the scene in the bar between Willis and Sizemore, were also cut to make the film quicker paced. The change in tone of the film also made Columbia change the title from "Three Rivers" to "Striking Distance", as it now focused more on the action/thriller elements. Although it was his interference in the script and huge ego during filming that were the cause of problems with the production and the original cut, Bruce Willis was still very angry because he had to return for re-shoots, so much so that he blamed Herrington for it, despite the fact that Herrington still defended Willis in the interviews regarding the problems with the film. According to cast and crew, Willis treated Herrington very badly during both initial filming and re-shoots.
Striking Distance ended up being box office flop, earning only $24 million dollars on the budget of $30 million.