“Players – Misha Brooks’s Wall Punch Joke Cost Paramount So Much Money”
One of the most unexpected jokes in the Players’ debut trailer was one of the series’ main characters, Creamcheese, punching a wall and collapsing on the ground in pain while claiming to have hit a stud. It became one of the show’s most memorable jokes, but it turned out to be far more serious than that since Misha Brooks, the actor, shattered his hand while performing the sequence. Due to this mistake, more CG work, lengthier clothing, and reshoots were necessary to cover the damaged limb.
Tony Yacenda, a co-creator, discussed this in a ComingSoon interview. Early unfinished screeners of the show showed Brooks sporting a cast, so when asked about what had happened, Yacenda claimed that one scene was the only evidence the rationale.
He shattered his hand and we used it on the first take of that scene, he added. “The trailer has it. He did, however, wear a cast for the final two weeks of the production. Therefore, it involved placing him in sweaters, some VFX, and then a few retakes after the fact.
The simple joke turned out to be fairly expensive due to reshoots and visual effects. It was their “most expensive joke,” said Dan Perrault, another co-creator.
The joke, which featured pounding the wall, was created beforehand, so it wasn’t an unplanned act of “gamer anger.” To soften the blow, they even added some cushioning to the walls. Yacenda acknowledged that there was very little padding, and Brooks would confirm this, he claimed.