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Garth Brooks turned down a role in Twister because he didn't want to be upstaged by a tornado

04.18.2013by:

Sometimes when I am thinking to myself about the mysteries of the universe, I often reflect on the career of Garth Brooks. I mean, what the hell happened to that guy? At one point he was the biggest thing in country music and then poof, he disappeared. Where a lot of musicians have crossed into the world of movies, Brooks never seemed to make that leap. But, now we may know why.

According to a lawsuit filed by his former partner Lisa Sanderson, Brooks is “paranoid, angry, deceitful, and vindictive man who will turn against those closest to him on a dime" and decided against working with directors like Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, and Jan de Bont.

According to details shared over at The AV Club from the lawsuit, Brooks wanted to be the main star in any film projects he was offered. He didn't want to be considered second to anyone and that includes natural phenomenon.

Included among them is an accusation that Brooks turned down a role in Twister, saying (seriously) that he refused to share the screen with the tornado, which he called the real star. He also nixed a slot in Saving Private Ryan because he was unwilling to share the spotlight with other less successful stars like Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Ed Burns.

Seriously? if that is true than the guy is further off the rails than anyone could have known. The suit also claims Brooks was in talks to appear in Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND and somehow completely ruined any chance of working with the director. Brooks has also penned several scripts, including one similar to the Lewis Carrol story which he titled ALYSS. He also got into an issue with 20th Century Fox regarding a screenplay about a rock star when Brooks refused to share any of the rights to his songs and claimed his father was dead (at the time his father was alive).

In the end, I am glad we got TWISTER and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN sans a portly country singer with a shitty goatee. Why Spielberg would even have considered Garth Brooks is beyond me and makes me wonder how legitimate these film roles actually were. In the end, aren't you glad you now have read this insane story?

Extra Tidbit: I am still laughing.
Source: AV ClubIndieWire

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10:22AM on 04/19/2013
I don't know that I believe this. It seems to run contrary to the persona he nurtured back then of being both the biggest star in music and a fairly self-deprecating personality. The idea he could've even been in the running for Burton's Alice in Wonderland seems to strain credibility for me. Twister I can believe.
I don't know that I believe this. It seems to run contrary to the persona he nurtured back then of being both the biggest star in music and a fairly self-deprecating personality. The idea he could've even been in the running for Burton's Alice in Wonderland seems to strain credibility for me. Twister I can believe.
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10:21AM on 04/19/2013
Damn interwebs and its double posting..
Damn interwebs and its double posting..
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10:11AM on 04/19/2013
let me get this straight. He turned down Twister but also made that album under the lame soft rock guise of Chris Gaines? So he avoided a hit (yet tremendously overrated) film to do an album that would end up in cut out bins at car washes 6 months after its release. Good move Garth.
let me get this straight. He turned down Twister but also made that album under the lame soft rock guise of Chris Gaines? So he avoided a hit (yet tremendously overrated) film to do an album that would end up in cut out bins at car washes 6 months after its release. Good move Garth.
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9:58AM on 04/19/2013
Who cares?
Who cares?
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11:15PM on 04/18/2013

To be fair...

The tornadoes WERE the best actors in that movie.
The tornadoes WERE the best actors in that movie.
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10:39PM on 04/18/2013
April Fools was 2 weeks ago, how is this even newsworthy? The things people will do to get on the internet.
April Fools was 2 weeks ago, how is this even newsworthy? The things people will do to get on the internet.
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10:05PM on 04/18/2013
And this is a news because ... ?
And this is a news because ... ?
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7:32PM on 04/18/2013
he's got friends in low pressure systems
he's got friends in low pressure systems
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7:24PM on 04/18/2013
Q: "How Fat is Garth Brooks Now?"

long....tense pause.

A: "Finger of God...."
Q: "How Fat is Garth Brooks Now?"

long....tense pause.

A: "Finger of God...."
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7:07PM on 04/18/2013
Please let this be the last time we see a story on Garth Brooks on this site.
Please let this be the last time we see a story on Garth Brooks on this site.
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7:22AM on 04/19/2013
Oh, I don't know. Some of us are fans. His music continues to speak to and for many of us. However, you do have a plus 14 on your comment. So, maybe, many people are not fans.
Oh, I don't know. Some of us are fans. His music continues to speak to and for many of us. However, you do have a plus 14 on your comment. So, maybe, many people are not fans.
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6:42PM on 04/18/2013

Good

dbl post, damn internets.
dbl post, damn internets.
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6:30PM on 04/18/2013

Good

if the guy was any kind of real talent he'd still be around today. But clearly he was only good at country music and even that didn't last for him. Thank you, Garth, for not ruining great movies.
if the guy was any kind of real talent he'd still be around today. But clearly he was only good at country music and even that didn't last for him. Thank you, Garth, for not ruining great movies.
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12:17AM on 04/19/2013
He retired... that's why it didn't last for him...
He retired... that's why it didn't last for him...
6:24PM on 04/18/2013

He's in it for the money not the science

He's gonna RUE the day he turned down that role.

Imminent. Ruage.
He's gonna RUE the day he turned down that role.

Imminent. Ruage.
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6:23PM on 04/18/2013

I don't buy this for a second.

And do your research next time. If you want to know what happened to the man, find out instead of trying to call out his so-called mysterious (waves fingers in the air ooh and ahh) disappearance. It's simple, he's a good father. He wanted to temporarily retire so that he could properly raise his children. He still does the occasional concert for charity and such while holding a small gig in Vegas as well. Garth Brooks is pretty cool dude, this doesn't sound anything like him.
And do your research next time. If you want to know what happened to the man, find out instead of trying to call out his so-called mysterious (waves fingers in the air ooh and ahh) disappearance. It's simple, he's a good father. He wanted to temporarily retire so that he could properly raise his children. He still does the occasional concert for charity and such while holding a small gig in Vegas as well. Garth Brooks is pretty cool dude, this doesn't sound anything like him.
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6:41PM on 04/18/2013
Your arguemant would be vaild if not for your use of " temporarily retired". HIs kids were all born in the 90's so the idea that he couldn't make more music cause he had to be a dad till 2015 (the year his youngest daughter would be 19 years old), the year he personally gave for his return to music, is a bit shifty. If anything the bombing of his Chris Gaines nonsense (which apparnetly had some sort of movie tied to it that never happened, oddly enough) probably opened his eyes that to the fact
Your arguemant would be vaild if not for your use of " temporarily retired". HIs kids were all born in the 90's so the idea that he couldn't make more music cause he had to be a dad till 2015 (the year his youngest daughter would be 19 years old), the year he personally gave for his return to music, is a bit shifty. If anything the bombing of his Chris Gaines nonsense (which apparnetly had some sort of movie tied to it that never happened, oddly enough) probably opened his eyes that to the fact that no, he was not going to continue being top Country dog and decided to bow out gracefully.
6:42PM on 04/18/2013
dbl post, damn this annoying internet.
dbl post, damn this annoying internet.
6:18PM on 04/18/2013
Sounds like sour grapes. If he was that egocentric, I doubt he would have made fun of himself as much as he did when he hosted Saturday Night Live (twice!) back in the 90s. I'm sure these reports are based on hearsay and exaggerated second-hand stories.
Sounds like sour grapes. If he was that egocentric, I doubt he would have made fun of himself as much as he did when he hosted Saturday Night Live (twice!) back in the 90s. I'm sure these reports are based on hearsay and exaggerated second-hand stories.
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5:42PM on 04/18/2013
Who is Garth Brooks?
Who is Garth Brooks?
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5:36PM on 04/18/2013

Sounds fake

No way is someone this egocentric. Plus, if he was the least bit serious about this acting business, he would have at least financed a project all for himself by now- let alone 20 years ago.
No way is someone this egocentric. Plus, if he was the least bit serious about this acting business, he would have at least financed a project all for himself by now- let alone 20 years ago.
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5:33PM on 04/18/2013

What an asshole....

He should be thankful people listen to his music in the first place. He is right though, he would be upstaged by a tornado in Twister, cause a tornado would be a better actor than Brooks.
He should be thankful people listen to his music in the first place. He is right though, he would be upstaged by a tornado in Twister, cause a tornado would be a better actor than Brooks.
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5:17PM on 04/18/2013
Pure awesomeness!

It was obvious when he had that rocker alter-ego character going that he was off his rocker.
Pure awesomeness!

It was obvious when he had that rocker alter-ego character going that he was off his rocker.
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