The 2000 drama film “The House of Mirth”, adapted from the 1905 novel “The House of Mirth” by author Edith Wharton, faced quite the fandom…from a television show not related to the film in anyway except by a single actress.
See the lead actress of the film was Gillian Anderson, who played the lead character Lily Bart, who at the time was also starring in the popular American science fiction horror drama television series “The X-Files” (1993-2002). As such, groups of “The X-Files” fans congregated in the background to see Anderson during several outdoor scenes so shooting angles for some outdoor scenes had to be changed. This wasn’t the only difficulty director Terence Davies faced although the other was by his own choice.
See Davies, whenever possible, used actual period dresses to fit the time period the film takes place in. Some were so fragile with age that they ripped off of the actresses during scenes. However by using period corsets, which caused some of the actresses great pain, the actresses were made to understand better the constraints put on women of the period.
When the fandom of the present meets the delicacy of preserved history…you know you’re in for chaos.