10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pearl Harbor
Incredibly, it has already been 15 years since Pearl Harbor first premiered on the big screen, yet the film is still loved by fans worldwide. Michael Bay and crew took on the difficult task of portraying one of the most significant events of World War II and turning it into a romantic drama. As a result it was received poorly by critics but was loved by general audiences, and remains an iconic film of the 2000s. With a star studded cast that included three Oscar winners and five Oscar nominees and of course Josh Hartnett in his prime, many have seen it, but there is still lots of things not widely known about the film. Check out 10 things you didn’t know about Pearl Harbor!
The filming for Pearl Harbor was completed in only 109 days, just one day over schedule and it took over 3000 members who completed 200 hours of material, and 3906 set-ups.
9. Offensive Scenes
As to be expected when portraying such a major moment in wartime history, the film caused quite a bit of uproar, especially with Japanese viewers. They were offended by the scenes that show the Japanese army meeting outside as this is considered to be uncivilized and barbaric in Japan. There was also a huge backlash for the scene that showed Japanese planes bombing a hospital because that never happened. Japanese pilots were given orders to never attack civilian targets. Meanwhile Ben Affleck’s own grandfather refused to see the film but explained it was because it was bad enough living it and he had no interest in reliving the war in “any way, shape, or form.”