Northern Irish singing legend Van Morrison was snubbed by the makers of The Commitments - because he criticised the film's screenplay. The 1990 movie - based on the Roddy Doyle novel of the same name - was badly received by the Brown Eyed Girl star when he saw a first draft of the script, but attempted to offer his own changes to the adaptation in progress. Screenwriter Ian La Frenais says, "He (Morrison) said, waving the pages that he'd been given, 'Well this is crap, isn't it!' That was a good start. "And then he modified it, because his manager rang two or three days later and said, 'Van's really interested - but why don't you use his music?'" Commitments co-writer DICk Clement adds, "So it didn't work out with Van."