It was not.
20th Century Fox"You said 'mightily,' right, Cary? Cary?"
And yes, it all made it into the final movie. That scene is Elwes truly being knocked the hell out with a real sword. According to Elwes, he "woke up in the hospital with stitches being sewn into [his] forehead." Could've been worse, though. If Andre the Giant had done it, we'd still be looking for Elwes' beautiful, beautiful head.
The Opening Scene Of Apocalypse Now Is Martin Sheen Having A Real Drunken Breakdown
Apocalypse Now opens with the main character in his lowest moment. Future president Martin Sheen drunkenly stumbles around his hotel room in his underpants, punching a mirror and smearing blood all over himself before collapsing into a sobbing heap.
When the scene was shot, Sheen was 1) having a birthday, and 2) an alcoholic. He'd already been drinking heavily all day by the time they started filming, and didn't mind pretty much self-destructing on camera. "I felt I wanted to wrestle this demon," he said.
United ArtistsAnd then he literally wrestled an invisible demon.
Director Francis Ford Coppola says he realized (in a dream, what else?) that the way to get the performance he needed out of Sheen was to tap into his vanity. So he told Sheen to look at himself in the mirror and admire his own handsome features ... to which Sheen responded by putting his fist through the glass. Coppola tried to get him to stop, but Sheen turned him away and said, "No, stay away. I want this for me." Apparently, Coppola shrugged and figured that if he couldn't help his friend, he might as well film his breakdown and not waste an afternoon.
Sheen refused to watch the resulting material. In fact, the first time he watched the footage of himself immortalized as a stumbling, incoherent drunk was in a NYC theater with hundreds of strangers. So the next time you have a little too much to drink and wake up to find that you've posted a series of regrettable selfies on Facebook, remember Martin Sheen.
Yeah, again, in Arnold's defense, vulture puppets are not exactly top priority in the puppetry and/or taxidermy world, but they do exist.
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