By Sonnenfeld’s description, he and Scott Rudin disagreed on everything (outside of the script, written by Paul Rudnick). They disagreed on the cast, on how the costumes should look, the sets, and even the props. Eventually, the meetings between the director, the writer, and the producer devolved into petty yelling and immature behavior. Sonnenfeld noted mentally that if his producer was going to behave in an immature fashion, then he should respond in kind. Couch cushions got involved. Sonnenfeld said: 

“Rudin, Rudnick, and I would meet in his office and Scott would charmingly lie about everything we had opposing opinions about or he would just yell at me. Scott’s screaming was fierce. I realized the only way to deal with it was to out-juvenile him. When he would start to scream at me, I would get off the couch and remove all the bolsters and pillows. Using the back and bottom bolsters as building blocks, I would turn them into walls and build a fort on top of the couch. Crawling into the one end, I had left open I’d stuff a pillow into the gap and yell: ‘I can’t hear you. I’m in the fort.'”

This may be a common experience for anyone who grew up in a home with sofas. Many a child has likely pulled the cushions off a couch, built rudimentary walls, and hidden inside their makeshift “fort” as a means of ignoring their parents. Sonnenfeld’s daughter, Chloe, wouldn’t be born until 1993, so the director was merely tapping into his own immature impulses. 

It worked. Sonnenfeld remembers Rudin’s frustrated response. 

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