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The Plot Thickens

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After her multi-week break from shooting The Bonfire of the Vanities, Melanie Griffith arrived back on set with brand-new, much bigger breasts. This posed only a minor problem for director Brian De Palma, at least compared with the many other unexpected woes of adapting Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel (including exceeding Warner Bros.’ budget by $10 million). But the production team’s lack of foresight did result in some good: they let the film critic Julie Salamon record and write about the entire process. Salamon has since teamed up with TV commentator Ben Mankiewicz to adapt her 1992 book, The Devil’s Candy: The Bonfire of the Vanities Goes to Hollywood, into the second season of The Plot Thickens, a documentary podcast about movies. Listeners can hear De Palma and Bruce Willis discuss the drama in real time because Salamon kept all of her tapes in storage. —J.D.

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