Even before the Internet leak heard 'round the world, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has had its fair share of drama, from last-minute reshoots to reports of heated arguments between director Gavin Hood and Fox's studio chief Tom Rothman. But if you ask the director himself, he's likely to tell you a different story about his relationship with Rothman.
"I am very fond of Tom," Hood told The Hollywood Reporter in an online video, refuting claims that the pair were not on good terms. "We didn't always agree, [but] we certainly never yelled at each other."
Hood pointed out that the online rumors of his marred relationship with the Fox studio head are just that -- internet rumors.
"Some of these fan sites have really been upsetting in that way," the director said. "I have never had a stand-up fight with Tom Rothman. Never, ever in all his time with me -- never. And that is a fact. It's quite upsetting to see how these things spiral."
"When he and I are in a room together debating, he's a very forceful personality -- Tom Rothman -- and I'm a fairly forceful personality," he explained further. "Did we discuss and debate what stylistically I was going to bring to the movie, and his expectations and mine? Of course. Of course you do that. And I hope it makes the movie better."
Hood continued to say that Rothman is not seeking to ruin the "X-Men" franchise, despite a "stupid notion" that some watchdogs may have.
"That's stupid," he exclaimed. "This [movie] is a huge thing for the studio. Of course he doesn't want to ruin the franchise. What, he's gonna put a gun to his head? He has a huge amount riding on this movie, as do I."
While Hood says that "nobody's trying to screw up the movie," there's a certain DVD-quality work print making its way around the internet that says otherwise. Given Hood's comments that both he and Rothman are forceful personalities, we sure don't envy the person responsible for the leak -- as that's one tag-team of titans whose wrath we would not want to incur.
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