The year 1982 saw the release of “Pink Floyd: The Wall,” a movie based on the band’s record of the same name, and one of the most celebrated albums of all time (via Rolling Stone). Roger Ebert dubbed it “the best of all serious fiction films devoted to rock,” per RogerEbert.com, and the flick won two BAFTA awards the following year. Simply put, “Pink Floyd: The Wall” became a cult classic, so some fans may be surprised to hear just how difficult it was to get this movie finished.
“I’m very proud of it,” declared the flick’s director, Alan Parker, in an essay on his website, adding, “But the making of the film was too miserable an exercise.” As it turned out, Parker’s main difficulty came from singer-songwriter Roger Waters and Gerald Scarfe, the cartoonist who helped Waters create “the extravagant stage show of ‘The Wall'” (via Louder Sound). As Parker himself explained, Waters’ personality was “intimidating,” especially when it came to suggesting anything outside his own personal vision for the movie, which caused tensions between himself and Scarfe. According to Far Out, the animator was “so distressed and anxious” about working on the project that he turned to drinking, usually seen with a flask of whiskey.
As Parker explains, he wouldn’t see Waters for decades after the opening of the flick, while whenever he bumped into Scarfe, the cartoonist would “shudder.” Eventually, he, too, would make amends with the director.