The scene was set and St. Clair stormed up to the offending player and screamed:
"J#%&S C&#!*T what the F%+K are you doing!"
The director interrupted, shouting, "CUT, CUT, CUT!"
Stone took Bob aside and explained that he couldn't use Jesus' name in vain.
The crew reset and reran the scene. This time Bob stormed out on the field screaming "G$D Damit! Are you out of your F!#%KING mind?"
Once again the director shouted, "CUT, CUT, CUT!" Again Stone took Bob aside and explained that he couldn't use "God's" name in vain and he suggested he should drop the "F" word too. Pacino, Woods, Cool and Diaz used the "F" word liberally throughout the movie but apparently it couldn't be used unless it was scripted.
Once again, the crew reset and reran the scene, this time with Bob screaming, "For crying out loud! When did you start wearing a dress?" at the offending player. Once again, as if on cue, the director said, "CUT, CUT, CUT!" Apparently the director thought the quote was too sexist.
After consultation, the directors decided to scrap the scene altogether. There was no politically correct way to portray such a confrontation even though St. Clair's portrayal was accurate and based on decades of his first hand observations.
Early on in the movie, Al Pacino in a scripted line about St. Clair said to one of his assistant coaches, "I know this coach. He's a prick." In the script, at the games end, St. Clair was directed to trot across the field and verbally accost Pacino. Again, there were no scripted lines. So, Bob trotted over to Pacino and yelled " HOW'd YOU LIKE THAT YOU LITTLE DAGO?"
Again Bob heard the familiar "CUT, CUT, CUT!" The directors took Bob aside and explained that he couldn't use an ethnic slur. Bob was taken aback thinking to himself why was it OK for Pacino to call him a prick? Wasn't being a "prick" worse than being a "Dago", he thought to himself? Since when was football about "sensitivity"?
They reset and reran the scene. This time Bob raised his arms and said "IN YOUR FACE!" to Pacino. And the directors said, "CUT. AND THAT'S A PRINT."
America is a wonderful land of contradictions. Every football Sunday, TV camera crews and editors love to zero in on head coaches after a flubbed play, seemingly in order to serve the viewing audience of millions a picture of the coach mouthing some slang cuss phrase-usually the "F" word or reference to the son of a dog's mother. More often than not the "F" word is connected to the son of the dog's mother. And, yes, even the Lord's name is invoked in an unflattering manner. And more than likely, just like St. Clair said, the Lord himself is linked to the reference of the F!#%King son of a dogs mother. The same holds true for major televised sporting events in general. In America, lip reading an obvious string of cuss words is OK-as long as the cussing isn't made audible.
St. Clair was not invited to the Oscars. Nor was his performance nominated.
Worldwide the movie, Any Given Sunday, has grossed $100,000,000 since its debut in 1999.