"Dead or alive, you're filming this scene."
Several sites claim that RoboCop 3 reused the suit from the previous movies, which was tailor-made for Weller (as we've covered before, that's the only reason they didn't fire his shiny metal ass). That's an unconfirmed rumor, but what's true is that Burke could barely fit into his costume, which he described as "a torture chamber." RobertCop claims that while Weller's suit was made of rubber and plastic, his was a combination of fiberglass and reinforced steel weighing as much as 150 lbs. Burke called it "acting with somebody on your shoulders" -- specifically, Jared Leto, if celebrity weight sites are to be believed.
On top of that, the suit kept breaking down, and the FX team would add more steel. It got to the point where one day, Burke couldn't put the legs on, so he "went off the set, did a quick steam bath, jumped some rope and lost a couple of pounds on the spot so I could get the daunted thing on." But hey, at least they got a ... movie out of it. It certainly is a movie.
Sam's Pony In Lord Of The Rings Was Two Guys In A Suit
A "panto-pony" sounds like a magical creature from a fantastic faraway land, but no. It's those dopey costumes where one person plays the front of a horse and another, less self-respecting person plays the horse's butt. Anyway, here's one in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings:
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Gandalf was three kids standing on top of each other.
Yep, Jackson allowed the LOTR set to become a slightly more elaborate trick-or-treat gag. On a whole bunch of scenes, Samwise's pony "Bill" was two guys in a very nice horse suit. He did this because it would be extremely difficult to work with a horse in rugged terrain, such as a swamp or the mountains. However, it turns out humans are pretty clumsy too -- especially when one of them can't see shit.
According to Jackson himself, "We had a terrible struggle to get the pony to walk through the marshes, because the performers were completely blind, buried in this costume and up to their waists in a real swamp ... Bill would try to walk and then would start to wobble and everyone would have to rush in and catch him before he fell over! There was one hilarious moment where the front legs moved without the back legs and Bill got stretched into a sort of long sausage dog!"
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Speaking of long sausages, we hope no other horses tried to "mount" it.
Sir Ian McKellen thought this was downright nuts, too. He remembered one time the real horse wouldn't fit in the helicopter that got the rest of the cast and crew up a mountain in New Zealand's Golden Bay, so they sent the faux-ny instead. This only proves once again that Frodo had it a little too easy.
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