Wait, Lucas didn’t direct the sequel to American Graffiti? Oh, so there would have been no difference at all in the timeline if he had died, then. Phew.
Burt Reynolds Was Stripped Naked By A Waterfall While Making Deliverance
Burt Reynolds is a man’s man, and a woman’s man, and probably several other types of people’s man. And like all the big burly, hairy men of his era, he insisted on doing most of his stunts himself. Which became an issue when it came to filming Deliverance.
The movie called for Reynolds’ character to ride a canoe over a 25-foot waterfall, which if you know anything about “waterfalls,” or even “25 feet,” you’ll realize is quite risky. A normal production would have handled this with a stuntman, or simply by sending a dummy over the edge.
Warner Bros. PicturesA well-sideburned dummy, obviously.
But this would not do for the Bandit. Reynolds insisted on doing the stunt himself, and possibly because they were trying to get rid of him, they let him. In Reynolds’ own words, here’s what happened next:
“I went over the falls and the first thing that happened I hit a rock and cracked my tailbone, and to this day it hurts. Then I went down to the water below and it was a whirlpool. I couldn’t get out and guy there said if you get caught, just go to the bottom. You can get out but you can’t swim against it. So I went down to the bottom. What he didn’t tell me was it was going to shoot me up like a torpedo. So I went out.”
Badass, Burt. But it gets better! Because while the whirlpool released him from its clutches, it did not grant the same courtesy to his clothes. That’s right, the whirlpool stripped him, boots and all, and fired a naked Burt Reynolds back into the land of the living. Think about that for a moment. Take your time.
And was it worth it? Well, while recovering in the hospital from waterfall-related injuries, Reynolds asked director John Boorman how the shot looked. Boorman’s response: “It looked like a dummy falling over a waterfall.”
Warner Bros. PicturesNah. That’s sexier than any dummy we’ve seen.
The Iconic Spider-Man Kissing Scene Waterboarded Tobey Maguire
Sam Raimi has a bit of a reputation when it comes to how he treats actors. He hits them, is the main thing. It’s for the purposes of the movies, so, you know, it’s moral, don’t call the police, but he loves having shit thrown at his actors, and sometimes does it personally, just to make sure their terror-filled reactions are real.
Which brings us to Spider-Man — the Tobey Maguire one from 2002, to be clear. Possibly the most iconic moment from that film was Maguire’s famous upside-down kiss with Kirsten Dunst. It’s famous for a reason. You’d never seen anything like it, gravity and tongue geometry being what it is. In fact, the more you think about the details, the more you’ll realize how awkward of a move it is.
But this kiss was more than awkward to film. It was close to torture. And all for one very simple reason: The scene was set in the rain.
Unless Spider-Man has the nostrils of a spider, which the canon isn’t clear on, this meant vast amounts of water were pouring into Maguire’s nose as they filmed the scene. He was waterboarded, essentially, and was apparently gasping for breath out of the corner of Dunst’s mouth the whole time. He claims that he did manage to “sneak some pleasure” out of it, though. Which seems plausible. Dunst is quite pretty, and everyone’s got to discover their affinity for erotic asphyxiation at some point.
Still, it seems risky. Something to keep in mind the next time you and your partner are having a romantic moment while fighting crime in New York or fixing a shower or whatever.