By Troy-Jeffrey Allen

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, journalist Kim Masters reintroduces readers to one of Hollywood’s most notorious film producers, Joel Silver.

Responsible for everything from Die Hard to The Matrix, Silver’s reputation for extravagance (and toxic behavior) has long been the stuff of legend. But that was in the ’80s and ’90s, the film business was very different then and the action genre has changed drastically since that time.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Profane and sometimes abusive, Silver has been known to relentlessly court the spouses of those with whom he wants to ally himself. “He takes them shopping, decorates their homes — kind of buys his way into the family,” says Richard Donner, who produced (with Silver) and directed all four Lethal Weapon movies. That franchise helped cement Silver’s status at Warners as an A-lister but Donner now is one of Silver’s avowed enemies. 

Needless to say, if you grew up on action films of the ’80s and ’90s then this is a very juicy read. Check out the whole thing by clicking HERE.

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen writes about action/adventure for Action A Go Go. He is a comic book writer whose works include, The Magic Bullet, Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse of Tall Tales, and the Harvey Award nominated District Comics. In addition, Allen has been a contributing writer for, OfNote Magazine, and His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, The Examiner, and The Washington Post. Yes, he wrote this bio.