Friday, December 14, 2007

Tossing Toilets

In my previous post "Remember the Warriors," I referred to the somewhat fictionalized nature of the movie "Remember the Titans." According to the Chasing the Frog description of the movie, some of the elements of the film were somewhat exaggerated. (For example, T.C. Williams and most of the other local high schools were integrated several years before 1971.)

But one item in the movie, rather than being exaggerated, was deliberately underplayed:

Did someone really throw a brick through Coach Herman Boone's window?

No, it was actually much worse than a brick. It was a toilet commode. Boone spoke about this durning the Remember the Titans DVD commentary, "There wasn't a brick thrown through my window," Herman Boone says. "It was something far more devastating to any human being than a brick could be. I guess Disney, being the family movie production company that it is, felt that to depict a toilet stool coming through your window was a bit much ... I've never gotten over that incident that particular night, because I could never understand how anybody could feel so bad about another human being as to throw a toilet commode through a window."

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