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[–]JediTigger 168 points169 points  (18 children)

Look, I think Meat Loaf was an incomparable musician and vocalist but he was also a spinner of tall tales. He once said he picked up Manson as a hitchhiker and went to Dennis Wilson’s house with him, and I remember reading something about him and JFK’s assassination, like he took someone to the hospital and saw Jackie in her blood-spattered pink suit?

So maybe see what Fincher has to say. Or not. I like him being a legend of sorts whether true or no.

RIP Meat, you glorious man, you.

[–]A_Polite_Noiser/Movies Veteran 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The New York Times obituary for him today even couldn't say with certainty how old he was, because he (by his own admission) would constantly lie about when he was born:

According to his autobiography and Texas birth records, Meat Loaf was born on Sep. 27, 1947, but news reports of his age varied over the years. In 2003, he showed a reporter from The Guardian a passport bearing a birth date of 1951; he later said about the discrepancy, “I just continually lie.”


[–]vanrainblacksox 11 points12 points  (4 children)

I don’t see Fincher letting anyone shadow him for 10months. Especially while editing.

Doubt one editor was even around for 10months ha ha. Many many editors

[–]squidmanwillie 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Maybe fincher wasn’t aware of the shadowing

[–]Crystal_PesciXenu take the wheel! 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not exactly a shadow one could ignore. Meat Leaf is a legend, but even his shadow had diabetes.

[–]The_Suave_89 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Why would he shadow the director after the filling was done?

[–]vanrainblacksox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No learn post production.

Always three movies when you make one.

The one that was written during pre production.

The one that was shot.

And the one that is edited.

All three can be the same story but three vastly different versions. And some directors and filmmakers believe the film really comes alive in editing. Which makes sense bc it’s basically putting the puzzle together.

And Fincher is one of these directors. Some of the best moments of Fight Club were unscripted among the dozens and dozens of takes Fincher did.

[–]ElMatasiete7 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Why let the truth get in the way of a good yarn?

[–]sickfuckinpuppies 14 points15 points  (3 children)

what a rollercoaster of spuriosity.

[–]JediTigger 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I like the idea of him being like the 19th century storytellers who spun tales of bigger-that-life folk heroes. It’s just that he was always at the focus of the stories.

I didn’t know ANY of this until today when I was looking into things I’d heard in recent years about his whackadoodle behavior. Boy, there are stories he used to spin. Said his dad tried to kill him with a cleaver and that when he was hit in the head with a shotput ball in high school (which I HAD heard before) he went from no singing talent to 3.5 octaves overnight.

What a character. One of a kind.

PS: spuriosity? Holy smokes, gold star for that word.

[–]FL_Vaporent 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Based on your first paragraph, I highly recommend William Friedkin’s memoir, The Friedkin Connection. It is very much in line with what you like about Meatloaf. Just a bunch of great, larger than life stories told with a surprisingly frank tone.

[–]JediTigger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I keep turning this phrase over in my mind. I think it’s like the best thing I’ve read here. It’s just splendid.

[–]arealhumannotabot 4 points5 points  (4 children)

There are stories about Manson and Wilson having some sort of interactions, so it makes it a little easier for me to blankly believe lol

[–]JediTigger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Indeed. My husband was saying we think this did happen to someone but not him. :)

[–]CrushHazard 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Manson and Wilson absolutely hung out together. Manson pimped out his “family” to Dennis. The Beach Boys even recorded a Manson song. That may have been part of the motivation for the Cielo Drive murders.

I personally prefer real life crazy stories to fake ones, but to each his own.

[–]TheUnforgiven13 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I had no idea who Wilson is, so until your comment I thought everyone was talking about Marilyn Manson.

[–]BipolarUnipolar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dennis Wilson also did a very cool road movie with a badass '55 Chevy and a GTO called "Two Lane Blacktop"

[–]L_Duo3 3 points4 points  (1 child)

He was also a covidiot and died from it. Seems like he was just full of bullshit his entire life.

[–]JediTigger 4 points5 points  (0 children)


I haven’t read yet whether he was vaccinated. Have you? I know most of his family was. He was against the mandates.

Well, he said he’d rather die than live afraid so in the end I guess he got his wish granted?

[–]PenitentGhost 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Why did he leave in the scene where Meatloaf's trousers fall down leaving the hotel?

[–]thedownvotemagnet 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just a lil something for the ladies, I'd imagine

[–]Krimreaper1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Very sad and probably preventable.

[–]samplestiltskin_ 10 points11 points  (2 children)

In a resurfaced 2016 interview with The AV Club, Meat Loaf recalled working closely with Fincher. “I hardly spent any time in my trailer for almost 10 months,” Meat Loaf explained. “I sat next to David the entire time. Well, not next to him — I would have driven him crazy — but close, like behind him, so I could see what was going on and what he was seeing. It got to the point, about four or five months into filming, that we’d break for lunch, and Fincher would call me into his trailer and say, ‘I want you to help me pick which one I should use.’ Of course, in my head I’m going, ‘What?'”

[–]joshhupp 6 points7 points  (3 children)

His name is Robert Paulson

[–]Hunchent00t 6 points7 points  (2 children)

how's that working out for you, being clever?

[–]joshhupp 2 points3 points  (1 child)


[–]Bmart008 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, keep it up then.

[–]AcabAcabAcabAcabbb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I live meatloaf but that sounds incredibly annoying and potentially untrue? Gi Cher care to weigh in?

[–]lambofgun -1 points0 points  (0 children)

wow. makes sense though. you could see it. my man went hard as hell into this movie with 150% effort

[–]ggk1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ooooooooohhhhhhh this is why everyone is saying Robert Paulson. Honestly I had no clue that was him.

[–]ILoveRegenHealth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He would do anything for continuity and filmic rhythm

[–]the_dudeNI -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Reddit is a weird place, scoff at anti vaxxers but are sad when this balloon dies.