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Strange Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Classic Films

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Thousands of hours are put into creating movies every year. Every single film has a weird story about its creation. Some are quite simple while others could be a movie of their own. We look at some wild behind the scenes tidbits about three beloved films.

There Will Be Old Men

It’s not rare to find two movies shooting in the same region. This was the case in 2006 when There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men both shot in Marfa, Texas. Unfortunately, having both films within close proximity did lead to an issue.

The crew behind There Will Be Blood were testing pyrotechnics when smoke entered No Country’s area. The smoke was so bad, No Country was forced to cancel shooting that day. At the 80th Academy Awards, both films were up for Best Picture, which was won by No Country.

Don’t Type That, Please

1999’s Toy Story 2 was plagued with production troubles. One of the biggest problems nearly deleted the entire film. Someone accidentally typed in the command ‘/bin/rm -r -f *’ on a hard drive that included the film. One by one, pieces of the film started to be deleted, which was a complete disaster. By the time the deletion stopped, only 10% of the film was left.

Fortunately, Galyn Susman, who was the film’s supervising technical director, had a copy of everything at her house. While her copy didn’t include any from recent days, it was enough to save the film from being completely ruined.

14 Day Getaway

Released in 1976, Taxi Driver went on to become an iconic masterpiece. Screenwriter Paul Schrader based the character of Travis Bickle on his own personal issues. When it came to working on the script, it only took him two weeks.

“The first draft was maybe 60 pages, and I started the next draft immediately, and it took less than two weeks. I sent it to a couple of friends in L.A., but basically there was no one to show it to [until a few years later],” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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