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Be it due to money troubles, lack of interest, or accidents while filming, some of our most beloved films were almost never made.
- The Omen
There are many films in Hollywood that have been labeled as cursed, but none so much so as The Omen. While filming, the cast and crew were struck with so much tragedy that the film was almost abandoned.
– Several handlers were attacked by their own animals during the filming and one handler was killed by a lion. Second, the IRA bombed the hotels that the crew members were staying at and also a restaurant where the casting director was due to have dinner. Gregory Peck’s son tragically shot himself while he was filming. The plane the cast and crew were scheduled to take home was rescheduled and turned into a commercial flight. Subsequently the plane crashed, and everyone on board was killed. Finally, the strangest fact occurred when the special effects consultant Jon Richardson crashed his car and hauled in Holland on Friday the 13th. His assistant was killed instantly by being cut in half by the car’s front wheel. When Richardson got himself out of the crash he looked at the road sign which read ‘Ommen 6.66km.’ All of it seems so hard to believe, but often the truth is stranger and scarier than fiction.
- Star Wars
Star Wars faced a number of problems that nearly caused it to never be made. First, George Lucas was attached to both American Graffiti and Star Wars at the time. While American Graffiti did really well and had a following, most studios were scared to take a gamble on something as innovative as Star Wars. Adding to their hesitation was that Star Wars was a particularly high budget movie for not having a built-in following. In addition, Lucas was two weeks late completing the project. Thankfully despite all of that there was somebody at 20th Century Fox who finally gave Lucas the chance to bring his masterpiece to theaters.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
At first the director and producers had their heart set on giving the lead role to Marilyn Monroe. However, when they decided that Hepburn was more suited for the role, they had to jump through a number of hoops to get her to sign on. She had major concerns about the loose morals of the character and the effect it would have on her image in Hollywood. When she finally signed on, she had two very important requests: first, she wanted the character of Holly softened and with less in-your-face sexuality. Secondly, she needed a bigger name director to ensure the success of the film. Truman Capote, the author of the novella that breakfast at Tiffany is based upon, was very vocal about his displeasure with Hepburn in the role. He felt that Monroe would have been a better fit.
- Apocalypse Now
What caused Apocalypse Now almost never to be made was the lack of interest from the acting community. The lead role was almost impossible to cast, and once Martin Sheen was signed to the project, he suffered a severe heart attack while on set and had to struggle for a quarter mile to find help. Marlon Brando quite famously showed up drunk, overweight and unprepared. He had not read The Heart of Darkness – the book for which the film is based upon, and he hated everything about the script. They finally allowed Brando to improvise most of his lines and had to use a large amount of shadow and lighting techniques to hide his weight gain. In addition, a typhoon, tiger attacks and fires destroyed the set and injured cast and crew on several different occasions. Due to these setbacks, Francis Ford Coppola had to invest his entire fortune into the project and the film ended up costing around 35 million dollars for what was intended to be a low budget film. Thankfully, all of these issues were overcome, and Apocalypse Now is one of the most legendary war-era films ever made.