25 On-The-Set Facts From Stanley Kubrick Films Most People Don't Know About.

25 On-The-Set Facts From Stanley Kubrick Films Most People Don't Know About.

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5/25. The entire centrifuge section of the Discovery spacecraft in 2001: A Space Odyssey was constructed as a single set. It was designed to rotate for shots such as the sequence in which Frank went jogging so that the actor remained on the bottom.

6/25. In A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell's eyes were anesthetized for the torture scenes so that he would film for periods of time without too much discomfort. Nevertheless his corneas got repeatedly scratched by the metal lid locks.

7/25. For The Shining, because Danny Lloyd was so young and since it was his first acting job, Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of the child. During the shooting of the movie, Lloyd was under the impression that the film he was making was a drama, not a horror movie. In fact, when Wendy carries Danny away while shouting at Jack in the Colorado Lounge, she is actually carrying a life-size dummy so Lloyd would not have to be in the scene. He only realized the truth several years later, when he was shown a heavily edited version of the film. He did not see the uncut version of the film until he was seventeen - eleven years after he had made it.

8/25. When shooting 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick worked for several months with effects technicians to come up with a convincing effect for the floating pen in the shuttle sequence. After trying many different techniques, without success, Kubrick decided to simply use a pen that was adhered (using newly invented double-sided tape) to a sheet of glass and suspended in front of the camera. In fact, the shuttle attendant can be seen to "pull" the pen off the glass when she takes hold of it.

9/25. Stanley Kubrick had nothing but praise for R. Lee Ermey's skills as a performer in Full Metal Jacket. Kubrick originally was going to write dialogue for Ermey's character himself, but he became so impressed with what Ermey improvised, that he decided it wasn't necessary. He just let him ad-lib, something practically unheard of for a Stanley Kubrick film. Ermey's performances were so faultless that Kubrick only needed 2-3 takes to get his scenes filmed, also extremely rare for a Kubrick film. The only instance Ermey had to film more than 2-3 takes was in the Jelly Doughnut Scene - which he claims was filmed in 37 takes, to the point his voice kept disappearing from time to time.


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