Thanks to Santiago VelasquezOliver Stone proposed that Tom Cruise take a drug to temporarily render him paralyzed from the waist down so he could experience the same thing Kovic did (the drug's effects would last about a week). Cruise was all for it... but his agent was not, and he was pushed to not take the experimental drug.
Rewind ArchiveStone consulted several 60's activists including Jeff Nightbird and legendary hippie co-leader Abbie Hoffman, they were brought in to help everyone understand the feelings and dynamics of the peace movement.
Rewind ArchiveOther possible names for the role of the veteran were Charlie Sheen, Nicholas Cage, Sean Penn and Al Pacino who would finally work with Stone on the American Football epic 'Any Given Sunday'.
Rewind ArchiveDale Dye was again involved and, as in 'Platoon', was the consultant and mental trainer in molding the US Army experience into Cruise. The director said "It was very important that Tom knew exactly what it was like to be a Marine... In the 60's, for kids like Ron, to be a Marine was to be the best, with Dale, we tried to instill in Tom that essence, which given Tom's nature, wasn't as difficult as it might have been".
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Thanks to Jenna-JaneTom Cruise gave Holly a broach on set because she had the flu and she wore it on her leather jacket for years, until it was lost.
There are often scenes cut from the final version of a movie. Sometimes these will have been seen by preview audiences, or be included in Blu-ray or DVD extras etc.
The following missing scenes from Born On The Fourth Of July are believed legit. If you disagree or have additional info, please update us.
In the parade scene where Kovic is on stage speaking and begins having a flashback, that scene was supposed to end with Kovic vomiting on himself, then being wheeled off the stage. The "vomit scene" was shot many times over the course of an entire day, with Tom Cruise changing into a new dress jacket each time. In one of the days in Dallas, the day consisted of 3 scenes. One of the parade as Tom Cruise comes down the street, one of him on stage as he's speaking, he throws up, and one of his friend running through the crowd to get to him.
Next Section: Alternate Versions
I was in all 3 scenes. Especially the one where his friend is running through the crowd to get to Tom. I am the first person he pushes over into other people in the crowd to get to the stage. Unfortunately for me, all 3 scenes were cut. Fortunately for Oliver, the film got an Oscar for editing. Lol.
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