9 Insane Hollywood Scandals That Were Overlooked
Technically speaking, there are no Hollywood scandals that are overlooked. Some are swept under the rug quickly, and others happened long before the Internet could have laid waste to someone’s character for doing something inappropriate or illegal. Still, there are some Hollywood scandals that are so outrageous, you have to ask yourself: Did that really happen? Even the most well-read may not have come across some of these stories, though they could be categorized as comedic, questionable and tragic. Consider nine insane Hollywood scandals that are oft overlooked, and too easily forgotten.
9. Twilight Zone: The Movie
1982. Twilight Zone: The Movie was co-produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis. It was a combined, four short films, creating a feature film–an homage to the original Twilight Zone television series. On July 23, 1982, John Landis was directing his segment “Time Out,” at the Indian Dunes movie ranch outside of Los Angeles. The scene was to represent Vietnam. Actor Vic Morrow played a bigoted, American man who had been thrust into various moments of oppression throughout history. During a battle scene, Morrow’s character was helping two Vietnamese children escape the battle. A pyrotechnic explosion caused the crash of a helicopter, which decapitated Morrow and one of the children, while crushing the other. The scandal: Landis had broken nearly every rule regarding child actors, and scoffed at the suggestions of his crew that the stunt was too dangerous.
8. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
In 1921, silent film star, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, was at the center of controversy, when he was accused of raping a woman at a hotel party, after she became intoxicated. The woman, Virginia Rappe, later died at a hospital from peritonitis, and a ruptured bladder. Newspapers–bright yellow in nature–suggested Arbuckle’s weight was the cause. Other witnesses refuted these stories, yet the yellow journalism of the time continued to embellish. In truth, the hotel doctor had been called to the scene. Rappe was an individual of ill-repute–an alcoholic who had endured multiple abortions by the standards of the early 20th century. Arbuckle endured three trials to prove his innocence, each laden with scandal. He was blackballed by his industry, and never recovered.