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Film veteran Ivan Reitman freely admits that each of his motion picture projects is a great learning experience for him

Film veteran Ivan Reitman freely admits that each of his motion picture projects is a great learning experience for him. As he reveals, "I like to try to bring the experience of my films from the past to the new ones and try things that are fresh and also make use of the good lessons that I've learned. Filmmaking for me is always a continuing education and a continuing experience.

"They say that making people laugh is the hardest thing to do, and I've tried to make a career at that. I've been very lucky in that I've worked with some of the funniest people in the world and I've worked with some very fine actors. I think that as long as you're a really fine actor, you can be humorous in the right situation as well-it's one of the great things about 'Six Days, Seven Nights.' Harrison Ford's got all of this great charm and humor about him, but he doesn't often show that part of his personality in his films. This film really shows this lighter, very amusing side of Harrison."

Less than amusing, however, were the often­harrowing adventures facing Harrison, Heche and the rest during location filming. An inevitable outcome of undertaking a rough location shoot is the possibility of inevitable physical danger-indeed, both stars did get more than their fair share of bumps and bruises.

"I didn't mean for it to happen," says Reitman, "but Harrison and Anne seem to have gotten 'beaten up' constantly during filming-poor Anne got stung by a scorpion, she's been thrown around, and got bumps and bruises all over the place. Harrison got bruises everywhere and deep scratches all over his legs. Both Harrison and Anne are real troupers, taking their share of hard knocks and not complaining once."

Also, Harrison Ford's piloting abilities were praised to the sky throughout shooting. Accomplished airman Ford, certified to fly a variety of aircraft and helicopters, took on flying the DeHavilland Beaver himself in the film, which, to the producer/director made a real cinematic difference-and is sure to delight audiences.

"Harrison is a fine pilot and so we were able to film spectacular shots of him behind the wheel, and so forth-adding so much more reality to the whole thing," says Reitman. 'We did a lot of special effects stuff as well, because flying is a big part of the story; it's what his character does for a living. But what's really neat is the flying that Harrison does because you're not used to seeing a star actually piloting a plane. We're used to process shots in front of blue screen, window images and that kind of thing sort of painted in and added on. There's a lot of magic in seeing him in the cockpit and how that translates onto the screen."

Ford's enthusiasm for flying is no secret, and he freely admits that one of the key elements attracting him to Touchstone Pictures' "Six Days, Seven Nights" was being able to cinematically pilot his own aircraft.

"The first drain of the script described Quinn's plane as a Stinson Reliant, which is a very attractive airplane and would have been great for flying passengers, but it really isn't appropriate for flying freight," says the aviation ace. "So after looking around for a little while at old books and such, we came upon an idea: Steve Stafford, our aerial director and a flying buddy of mine, and myself, came up with the idea of the DeHavilland Beaver, the DH2, which has a big radial engine and is a very handsome looking beast...and 'picture perfect.' It wasn't easy for th

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