(Above) Gary Oldman’s Belarusian dictator takes a Hans Gruber-esque swan dive in the buddy action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017).
(Above) A set photo from the Angelina Jolie-directed, Cambodia-set biographical drama First They Killed My Father (2017), which premiered on Netflix back in September of last year. This shot was snapped by Jolie’s son, Pax Jolie-Pitt.
An Arriflex 35 BL4 sits perched behind Natalie Portman (making her film debut) on the set of Luc Besson’s The Professional (1994).
As a little added bonus, here’s Gary Oldman discussing one of his many unhinged line readings from the movie, via a Playboy interview:
“What’s funny is that the line (where I scream “Everyone!”) was a joke and now it’s become iconic. I just did it one take to make the director, Luc Besson, laugh. The previous takes, I’d just gone, “Bring me everyone,” in a regular voice. But then I cued the sound guy to slip off his headphones, and I shouted as loud as I could. That’s the one they kept in the movie. When people approach me on the street, that’s the line they most often say. It’s either that or something from True Romance.”
(Above) The Man in Black reveals his ambidextrous swordsmanship in 1987’s The Princess Bride. (Pic on the left via Behind the Clapperboard)
Here’s Mandy Patinkin on preparing for the scene, from an Entertainment Weekly oral history:
I knew that my job was to become the world’s greatest swordfighter. I trained for about two months in New York and then we went to London and Cary and I trained every day that we weren’t shooting for four months. There were no stunt men involved in any of the sword fights, except for one flip in the air.
A few more nuggets from that same oral history….
ROB REINER, director: I read the book when I was in my 20s, because I was a huge William Goldman fan. Then, after I had made a couple of pictures, Spinal Tap and The Sure Thing, I started thinking of The Princess Bride. I very naively thought I could make a movie, then I discovered that Francois Truffaut had tried and Norman Jewison had tried and Robert Redford had been involved — one after the other. No [studio] wanted to make a movie of The Princess Bride; nobody was interested in it. We kept tearing the budget down, I had to try to sell foreign rights and video rights, I had to cut my salary, I had to cut the cast’s salaries. It was crazy. I think we had, like, $16 million dollars, which even at the time wasn’t very much. In the script it said “the army of Florin” — I had seven people in the army of Florin.
WILLIAM GOLDMAN, writer of The Princess Bride novel (published in 1973) and screenplay: I had two little daughters, I think they were 7 and 4 at the time, and I said, “I’ll write you a story. What do you want it to be about?” One of them said “a princess” and the other one said “a bride.” I said, “That’ll be the title.”
(Photo credit: Patrick Harbron/Netflix)
A little preview of my Filmmaker Magazine interview with Mindhunter cinematographer Eric Messerschmidt, which should be going up tomorrow.
The blog Monster Legacy presents in-depth breakdowns of the creation of classic movie monsters. Their latest feature digs into the spider monster from the 1990 It television mini-series. A snippet from the piece follows, along with a few images from the story.