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The erudite, drawing-room milieu of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan is worlds away from the virile, anything-goes atmospheres of the independent horror movies made by Troma Films. Yet the two came together, ever so briefly, when Stillman cast his friend the colorful cult icon Lloyd Kaufman (director of such trashy epics as The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet) in one scene of his film, as a somewhat sleazy record producer. Stillman ultimately recast the part—the character is meant to be a bit threatening, while Kaufman comes across as funny and affable. But you can see Kaufman’s (rather winning, we think) performance below in a series of outtakes from the scene, accompanied by a commentary track by Stillman.