Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a movie starring Mel Gibson as Mr. Smith directed by Mel Gibson and Homer Simpson. The film was produced by Polystar Pictures. It is a remake of the original Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which starred Jimmy Stewart.
The remake originally followed the first film identically, just with new actors and minor changes. The scene that was seen at the test screening had Mr. Smith giving a speech to the senate.
Homer and Gibson's remake of the ending was a lot more violent. Mr. Smith discovered that the senate was not as he imagined and decided to fight for the lost cause. Mr. Smith gave a speech to the senate, but pretended to pass out during it. Senator Payne mocked him, saying that it looked like Mr. Smith has yielded the floor. Mr. Smith then got up and threw an American flag through Senator Payne's chest, killing him. He then battered two other senators on desks before he got a gun from one on the press who sat in the stands, played by Homer Simpson. He then killed all the senators before throwing a fire extinguisher at the senate leader, who was banging his gavel. The senate leader accidentally hit the fire extinguisher, causing it, and the Capitol Building, to explode. The President of the United States then entered the room and demanded to know what was going on. Mr. Smith grabbed the US Senate seal and threw it at the president, decapitating him. A group of kids then ran into the room to celebrate Mr. Smith's victory. As they carry Mr. Smith out of the room, he throws his badge into the hand of Senator Payne.
A test screening of the original remake was done in Springfield in the Aztec Theater in which the film was acclaimed by all except Homer Simpson. Mel Gibson then went to Homer to get his help in remaking the film. Homer suggested that the introduction to the film should be on fast forward and that it could also have a musical montage where Mr. Smith tries on lots of funny hats, but Gibson refused those ideas. Homer also wanted to replace the villain with a dog. The filibuster scene was Jimmy Stewart 's favorite but not Homer's as there was too little action there for him. Homer also inserted himself into the film as a member of the press who hands Mr. Smith a gun.
The original remake was widely praised by people in the test screening. However, Mel Gibson himself wasn't happy with it and looked for someone else who didn't like it, finding Homer.
The ending of the film which Homer worked on with Mel Gibson was slated by the movie executives who were shocked and confused at Mr. Smith killing all the senators and the President. Edward Christian called the new ending worse than The Godfather III. The people who watched the test screening of the film also hated the new ending.