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Mudd
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posted 14 July 2005 07:15 PM      Profile for Mudd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've heard these several times, but don't know if they're true or not.

While filming The Wizard of Oz one of the Munchkins hung himself on a plastic tree. The crew found his body after a day of filming and no one realized that the shadow of his feet hanging had made it into the film (in the distance during one of the "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" numbers) until it premiered.

They have been edited out digitally in more recent re-issues of the film. True or urban legend?

While filming the escape from Hoth sequence in The Empire Strikes Back, one of the very expensive prop ships was broken. Rather than make a new one, the crew painted George Lucas' running shoe silver and whipped it by the camera real fast. This has, of course, been digitally changed in the special editions. True or Urban Legend?

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'lance
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posted 14 July 2005 07:54 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I've heard these several times, but don't know if they're true or not.

Snopes has a face, and you must make a friend of snopes.

quote:
While filming The Wizard of Oz one of the Munchkins hung himself on a plastic tree. The crew found his body after a day of filming and no one realized that the shadow of his feet hanging had made it into the film (in the distance during one of the "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" numbers) until it premiered.

They have been edited out digitally in more recent re-issues of the film. True or urban legend?


Not sure it meets the requirements for a UL, but snopes sez definitely False.

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While filming the escape from Hoth sequence in The Empire Strikes Back, one of the very expensive prop ships was broken. Rather than make a new one, the crew painted George Lucas' running shoe silver and whipped it by the camera real fast. This has, of course, been digitally changed in the special editions. True or Urban Legend?

The snopeses say nothing about that, but to me, it doesn't ring true.

Lucas wrote the "story" for that movie (though Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan were credited with the actual screenplay), and served as executive producer, but didn't direct. So, while he could have been on set as much as Irvin Kershner, the director, it seems unlikely. If he wasn't on set, it's hard to see how they could have used his shoe. If he was, he's said to be something of a control freak about special effects (however indifferent he is as a director of real live actors), so it's hard to imagine him going along with it.

And after the financial success of Star Wars, cost wasn't really a problem for subsequent movies.

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Mudd
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posted 14 July 2005 08:40 PM      Profile for Mudd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, Snopes is great !!!
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