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The Bruce Willis Movie That Was Completely Changed During Production
By JEREMY SMITH
Bruce Willis was unquestionably one of the biggest movie stars of the 1990s, but he also had his fair share of career debacles. Whatever the reason, on the list of Willis debacles, "Striking Distance" ranks fairly high in the behind-the-scenes turmoil department.
The film’s original title was “Three Rivers” which was a reference to the movie’s Pittsburgh setting where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to create the Ohio River. But after a title change to “Striking Distance,” a less-than-favorable test screening, and bumping its release to the fall, the movie was still panned by critics.
According to one crew member, 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." Director Rowdy Herrington even had to reshoot the sex scene between Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker to make it steamier, but it couldn’t save the movie.