SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS
About The Stunts
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
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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