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Sep. 3rd, 2005 | 11:04 pm
posted by: captaincanada in fact_snacks

Halfway through the shooting of a scene in Swingers where Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn have a conversation on the side of an interstate highway, policemen arrived on set to notify the crew that it was illegal to be shooting a movie on government-financed property. The director secretly continued to roll camera while he and some of his crew negotiated with the cops - stalling, moving equipment around, unplugging wires that didn't matter, etc. The scene finished before things got too heated, but if you watch the scene, just know that there were cop cars about 30 feet away on the opposite side of the road. :p

There is a famous scene in Citizen Kane where Kane (Orson Welles), following the divorce of his wife, tears apart an entire room full of valuables and antique furniture. This scene was done in one take and one take only, as the props were irreplaceable. Welles was in such a blind rage that all he remembers from the experience was having to wash off his bloody hands afterwards (he destroys a mirror at one point).

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was filmed on an ultra-low budget in Spain - so cheap, in fact, that Clint Eastwood was only given one outfit to wear for the entire movie (one hat, pair of chaps, one pair of jeans, one sheepskin vest, one Spanish blanket). Had he lost anything (hat especially), there would have been no way to find a duplicate to match up to it - for safety, Eastwood would take his entire wardrobe to his hotel room every night.

For the chest-waxing scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Steve Carrell actually went through with the real process in one take...and yes, the drops of blood on his shirt afterwards are real.


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