In the Fall of 2008, 2 years before his death, Factory Girl director, George Hickenlooper uploaded a third (extremely rough) version of the film onto Youtube, The Unseen Director’s Cut Version. This was the third version of the film itself after the rushed Theatrical Version and the ultimately final DVD Version. Hickenlooper felt that the other versions weren’t of his liking, due to problems with The Weinstein Company. Although the film opened to mixed reviews, it created Edie Mania. Most, if not all clips of the film were taken down due to “copyright issues, belonging to the Weinstein Company.” Hickenlooper didn’t upload it again, all clips deleted from youtube are lost from the public. Luckily, 6 out of 15 of those clips have re-surfaced over the time.
Film-maker, Barry Avrich, of the documentary “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project,” claims Harey Weinstein tried to sabotage the film. The documentary was bought by IFC Films, and at the request of Harvey Weinstein, they wanted Avrichr to cut a scene where “Factory Girl” director George Hickenlooper (1963 - 2010) describes being almost fired by Harvey Weinstein for not reshooting a sex scene between Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen for ‘Factory Girl.’
(Hickenlooper recalled Harvey Weinstein helping direct a sex scene between Hayden Christensen and Sienna Miller, telling Christensen, “You’re going to hump her and hump her and hump her and hump her, and then you’re going to flip her over and do her the other way. Then she’s going to get on top of you, and then there’s going to be a tear running down her cheek, and the whole audience is going to tear up with her. That’s how it’s going to be done.”) [Note: George Hickenlooper passed away on October 29, 2010, "Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project" was released in February of 2011.]
When Avrich asked Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment, why Weinstein has this type of power, he replied, “IFC does business with Harvey. We buy his films.” In order to appease the beast, Avrich edited down the six humps (as described by Hickenlooper) to four humps.
[Note: The Weinstein Co. denies this, producing separate statements from Christensen (“Harvey and I never had the conversation as described in the unauthorized book. It's absurd and sensationalized. It also would have been very easy for the author to validate said info by checking with me but that never happened”) and Miller (“I can attest that Harvey's contributions to the film and its artists were all of a positive, collaborative and incredibly constructive nature”), as well as Weinstein Co. COO David Glasser, who says in a lengthy statement: “Sadly this story is sour grapes from George Hickenlooper regarding a film that was admittedly a tough shoot. Guy Pearce and Sienna Miller had strong suggestions for the film and Harvey empowered them to improvise during the shoot. They made a movie that was in great shape better. Unfortunately, George was angry with Harvey and they weren’t able to resolve their difference before he passed away. As far as the documentary, Harvey thinks Barry Avrich is a great filmmaker and tremendous writer and is impressed with this depiction. However, as much as Harvey wishes he could live up to Barry's image, he is basically a nerd who reads three books a week and watches way too many black-and-white films. Mr. Avrich essentially makes Harvey's Clark Kent look like Superman.”]
Read more about this documentary at "A Filmmaker’s Saga: Harvey Weinstein’s Outrageous Battle to Sabotage My Movie About Him - The Hollywood Reporter"
This clip is part of the extremely rough cut that George Hickenlooper uploaded on Youtube. The scenes shown have a slightly different atmosphere than the version seen on the DVD. This clip features the Weezer version of “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground. The song was never used; director George Hickenlooper felt that the song shouldn’t be included in the final cut after VU singer Lou Reed criticized the film, however Lou Reed gave the film permission to use and remake the song. All copyrighted/trademarked media is owned by their respective companies.
i first heard of ingrid superstar after having watched Factory Girl and all i could think was what a brilliant name. the movie really introduced me to the whole warhol and edie sedgwick underground new york 1960s scene and got me obsessed so i read as much as i could about them. i stumbled upon ingrid again and realized there really isn’t much about her. it’s always the same photographs, videos, stories… in december of 1986, she left her apartment to go buy a pack of cigarettes and newspaper, leaving her fur coat in her closet, and never returned. she had completely vanished. her mother posted a message in a newspaper asking her to “come back so we can play ‘morning dew’ without feeling sad.” ingrid superstar is presumed dead, though her body has never been found. her story reminds me of all these strange and mysterious disappearances happening every day. it’s frightening yet fascinating. i can only think of what happens and where do they go?
Andy Warhol's close friends and factory members Danny Fields, Journalist and Record Executive, Robert Heide, Warhol's main screenwriter, Billy Name, Photographer, and Bibbe Hansen, Artist, Actress, & Warhol Superstar, discuss the movie about him, Factory Girl, starring Guy Pearce and Sienna Miller. Moderated by Martin Torgoff, author of 'Can't Find My Way Home.' This panel was recorded at The Paley Center for Media in New York on August 6, 2009.
This animated gif depicts a scene (which was only available on YouTube) where Edie (Sienna Miller) is confronted by her drunken grandmother who tells her she will never amount to much, despite her fame as an IT girl.
Picture it, 2005. Director George Hickenlooper was looking for his star in his upcoming biopic Factory Girl. He narrowed it down to Sienna Miller and Katie Holmes. When Sienna wasn't available to film because of a play she was doing, Due to his finance backer, Hickenlooper was pressured to pick a bigger star, Katie Holmes. Unfortunately, she then married Tom Cruise, and he reportedly convinced her not to choose to portray Edie Sedgwick (because as a Scientologist, he didn't agree with how she would be portrayed in the film with the drug use and clinical psychology that was a big part of Edie Sedgwick's life). Holmes was also pregnant during this time.
"Katie wasn't able to do it because she married Tom Cruise, which was actually a godsend because I never felt she was quite right for the part," said George Hickenlooper.
"So I went back to Sienna initially but then our financier was like, 'Sienna's not a big enough star', so he pulled the plug so we had to find financing again. But we really stuck with Sienna."
Katie dropped out of two more films, including 2008's Batman Begins. She opted to do the comedy Mad Money instead.
Hickenlooper was also considering actresses Lindsay Lohan and Brittany Murphy for the role.