20 Cult Favorite Movies That Were Supposed To Be TV Shows First

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This Is Spinal Tap

Cult Favorite Movies

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Today’s kids will never know that the dude who played Jess’s dad on New Girl is one of the greatest actor-directors of the past century. Yeah, I said it. The UCLA alum directed When Harry Met Sally, which went on to define the romantic comedy genre for decades, the military drama A Few Good Men, and the best book-to-movie adaptation ever made, The Princess Bride. The multi-hypenate who got his start on television ironically barely dabbled in directing for television, but his cult classic rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap was birthed from a failed television pilot. Rob and his partner Harry Shearer were developing a sketch comedy show featuring characters that would become David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel. While that iteration of the characters was never seen, they returned for a (nearly) entirely improvised film based on their imaginary band.

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