10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Harbor

  
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8. Budgets

The film was a huge undertaking and there was a lot of tension around budgets for the duration of filming. The production budget for the film at the time was the largest ever given to a movie before filming started at $140 million and Michael Bay ended up quitting the project four times over disputes about the budget. As well, Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay both agreed to give up $4 million in salary in return for a cut of the profits in order to get the budget down when shooting while the film’s main stars also took a cut in salary in order to help on the budget. In the end it is estimated that the total amount of money spent in both production and promotion equaled the amount of damage caused in the real attack.

Everett Collection

Everett Collection

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7. Set Accidents

Even though the set was large and some of the stunts were dangerous there were only five injuries during filming. There was a broken ankle, sprained ankle, broken collarbone, a cut head and the worst accident was when they were filming the scene were Rafe (Affleck) and Danny (Hartnett) ended up getting off the ground and are chased by three Japanese planes. One of the planes ended up clipping a tree and crashing and although the pilot suffered a broken finger and was a little dazed, he was otherwise unhurt.

Source: Touchstone

Source: Touchstone

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