Director Joel Schumacher: Columbia Pictures Hated Emilio Estevez’s ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ ‘Do

CAPTION: "Every filmmaker works their ass off on every film; the hits and the misses," Joel (above) tells us. "Sometimes you get lucky."

"Every filmmaker works their ass off on every film; the hits and the misses," Joel (above) tells us. "Sometimes you get lucky."

Emilio Estevez‘s coif in St. Elmo’s Fire looked fine to us.

Then again, we weren’t shelling out millions of bucks for the production.

Columbia Pictures, however—which was footing the bill— abhorred Martin Sheens son’s hair in the classic 1985 flick.

Interviewed on Movie Geeks United! as part of its Summer of ’85 series, director Joel Schumacher—who also made The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, The Client and Phone Booth—shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the feature that helped define the Brat Pack genre.

“The studio didn’t want the movie to be called St. Elmo’s Fire, and I understand that,” he tells hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis.

“But the studio wanted me to cut Emilio Estevez and Andie MacDowell‘s relationship out of the film—because they thought Emilio’s hairdo was too embarrassing, too humiliating.”

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Emilio with "Elmo" flame Andie: The incriminating cut.

Also featured in The Geeks’ series—which also examines Explorers with director Joe Dante, American Flyers with actor Alexandra Paul, Back to the Future with actor Lea Thompson, Fletch with actor Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, and Better off Dead with director Savage Steve Holland—is an interview with Steve Guttenberg.

Steve, of course, played jack Bonner in the Ron Howard-directed hit Cocoon.

But the funnyman had some fierce competition for that role.

“It was between myself and Nicholas Cage,” he says of the casting.

“A lot of people wanted Nicholas Cage. I think what had happen was they just pushed the wrong button and got me!”

Steve weighs in as well on another of his memorable film—though this one out three years before the summer of ’85.

Steve: Gunnin' for a "Diner" reunion.

Steve: Beggin' Barry for a "Diner" reunion?

When Jamey asks, “Has there been any talk about a Diner reunion?” Steve replies:

I keep talking about it. Whenever I see [director] Barry Levinson I tell him we should do that.

“And if you listeners want, I would write Barry Levinson. Got Betty White on SNL, so who knows.”

To hear Joel’s full interview, click here.

To hear Steve’s full interview, click here.

To check out the Geeks’ entire Summer of ’85 lineup, click here.

One thought on “Director Joel Schumacher: Columbia Pictures Hated Emilio Estevez’s ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ ‘Do

  1. Simon Applebaum

    Enjoy your show and enjoy highlighting it on my program as well. Keep up the great episodes!

    Simon Applebaum
    Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised
    (Mondays/Fridays at 3 p.m. Eastern time/noon, Pacific time on BTR)

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