The rushed schedule meant that, instead of dismissing the writer, as Hollywood directors usually do, Kuzui kept Whedon on hand for rewrites. He sold it to Sandollar, Parton’s film production company.2.Fran Rubel Kuzui won the directing gig on the strength of her first film, “Tokyo Pop,” a fizzy sensation at the Cannes Film Festival.3. “Get over it.” Of the ego-deflating incident, Perry told Movieline, “That was so funny, so cool.”15. But as “Buffy” fans know, the dead often spring back to life. He ultimately walked off the set after disagreements with Kuzui, whom he felt made his vision too sunny and cheery, and with Sutherland, whose penchant for changing his dialogue or important character details (he didn’t want Merrick to die) drove Whedon crazy.12. Of Sutherland, Whedon said, “He’s a great actor. visited the “Buffy” set. A big-screen “Buffy” reboot was announced, one that would involve neither Whedon nor the stars of the show. By 2011, the stalled project lay dormant. He can read the phone book, and I’m interested. Still, in 2009, five years after “Buffy” ended its seven-season run, history nearly repeated itself. At the time the “Buffy” film was cast, its most famous name chose to play Buffy’s male love interest, Pike. Certainly when it was released 25 years ago this week, on July 31, 1992, no one could have imagined that the movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” would launch an empire.The cult film resulted not only in one of the most fiercely cherished TV series that ever aired, but it also helped launch the career of Joss Whedon, the pop culture auteur whose two “Avengers” films are among the biggest blockbusters ever made. A 17-year-old Hilary Swank got her first big break in Hollywood playing one of Buffy’s airhead friends. It earned back $16.6 million in North America, making it a cult success at best.16. I don’t think I’ll ever learn from any actor as much as he taught me.”14. Whedon has famously disavowed the “Buffy” movie as a dilution of the dark, haunted parable of adolescence he perfected later in the TV version. Future “Buffy” series regular Seth Green was in the film, but his role was cut. With Perry cast, the movie had to be rushed into production, as he had only a brief hiatus between “90210” seasons. A 19-year-old Ben Affleck (above) also got an early career break, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role as a high school jock.10. “I have to give him credit because he was there. Kuzui also clashed with Sutherland over his creative choices. “It’s a kids’ movie that Fox wanted made quickly,” Kuzui told Movieline magazine during the production.5. Trying to break into movies, the sideburned heartthrob wisely chose not to take a traditional leading-man role, but rather, to fill a supporting part, so that he wouldn’t be responsible for carrying the movie and its box office prospects on his shoulders.4. That was Luke Perry, at the height of “Beverly Hills, 90210”-mania. Here’s how it happened.1. Chen, however, turned out to be unavailable, so Kuzui had Whedon radically revise the part, for Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens.8. “He was an enormous pain in the ass,” she told Movieline, adding, “and so am I. The movie cost a reported $9 million to make. That’s how Rutger Hauer became nemesis Lothos and Donald Sutherland became mentor Merrick.6. He was into it,” Whedon said of Hauer in a 2001 AV Club interview. “So you’re the man in town now, the new guy,” Downey said to newly-minted It Boy Perry. I had to run away.”13. And the studio wanted the film in theaters before the end of the summer. Posted July 30, 2017 by Gary SusmanIt seemed like just your ordinary, sweet, little, satirical, high school vampire horror comedy. Other big stars whom Kuzui sought in vain to cameo as vampires included David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Cary Elwes.9. Oh, and it jump-started the careers of several A-list actors, too.A quarter-century later, we may all live in Whedon’s world, yet we scarcely have a clue how it all started, an origin story that involves country music icon Dolly Parton, a ridiculously rushed production schedule, and some massive ego clashes among the filmmakers and stars. Perry and star Kristy Swanson (of “Mannequin 2: On the Move” fame) weren’t going to attract ticket buyers in overseas markets, so the filmmakers sought some internationally-known names for supporting roles. Over the years, Whedon fans made fun of Hauer’s broad performance, but Whedon found his work less damaging to the movie than Sutherland’s. Future “Avengers” star Robert Downey Jr. So I got out of there. One of her first requests was that Whedon give Lothos a female sidekick, to be played by “Twin Peaks” co-star Joan Chen.7. Five years later, of course, Whedon got a second crack at the idea, and his teen heroine suddenly became the center of a successful franchise, with the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series, spinoff series “Angel,” and a line of comic books. You can still see the back of his head for a few seconds.11. So the cameras had to start rolling in five weeks and wrap just six weeks after that. Whedon fans, including TV Buffy Sarah Michelle Gellar, loudly denounced the idea of a Whedon-free “Buffy” movie. “Buffy” was born when Whedon, then a 25-year-old second-generation TV writer with some “Roseanne” credits to his name, wrote his first screenplay. But the thing is, he acts well enough that you didn’t notice, with his little rewrites, and his little ideas about what his character should do, that he was actually destroying the movie more than Rutger was.