Hollywood Horse Stories

Written by Stephen Schochet

A recent Hollywood rumor was that Tobey Maguire injured his back duringrepparttar making of Sea Biscuit doing horseback riding scenes, making him unable to star inrepparttar 118242 sequel to Spider-Man. Although it turned out to be false, he rode a mechanical horse inrepparttar 118243 film, many actors have had close calls working with horses.

One example was Michael Caine, whose first movie Zulu (1964) required him to ride a horse after a hunting expedition, which after several embarrassing takes almost bought his career to a premature end. "I thought you said you had riding lessons!" saidrepparttar 118244 angry director. "I did!" saidrepparttar 118245 beleaguered star. "Andrepparttar 118246 first thing I learned was I never wanted to ride one of these bloody things again!"

He wasn'trepparttar 118247 only one. Jack Nicholson took a hard fall in The Missouri Breaks (1976) which he shrugged off saying,"It would have hurt if I was a real person instead of a movie star."

Some performers get along famously with their horses,repparttar 118248 relationship can go on for years. Gene Autry had Champion trained to jump through a ring of fire at rodeos,repparttar 118249 stunt always worked perfectly until Champion aged and Gene had to replace him. Gene exhibited no concern when he was advised by trainers thatrepparttar 118250 new Champion was not ready for prime time his first night onrepparttar 118251 job. "It'll be all right boys!" reassuredrepparttar 118252 cowboy through swigs of tequila. The big moment came,repparttar 118253 new horse rode out with Gene towardrepparttar 118254 burning ring and came to a dead stop, sendingrepparttar 118255 famous cowboy star flying to completerepparttar 118256 stunt on his own. The crowd gasped but luckily Gene was more drunk than hurt, he simply got up and took a bow like it was all planned.

Wild Casting

Written by Stephen Schochet

Can you imagine Doris Day as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967)? That's who producer Joseph E. Levine wanted before Miss Day turned it down thinkingrepparttar part in bad taste, and it went to Anne Bancroft. How about James Cagney as Robin Hood in 1938? A contract dispute caused Warner Bros. to drop him and hire Errol Flynn instead. Do you know that Margaret Mitchell wanted Groucho Marx to play Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind (1939)? But perhapsrepparttar 118241 wildest casting choice inrepparttar 118242 History of Hollywood involved The Terminator. James Cameron had directed a movie called Piranha II: The Spawning (1981). "I'm sick of these B-Movies. I got to direct a better movie than this. I'll write my own script and won't sell it till I get to direct

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