Firestarter Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Firestarter



Go behind the scenes on the 1984 Horror / Occult movie starring Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Heather Locklear More Cast

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Of filming Firestarter, Drew Barrymore once said this: "It was a tough schedule. I was so tired that much of that time is a complete blur. All that stands out in my memory is the horrible creamy chicken soup and salad I ate for lunch every day, and how I'd try to sneak hot salsa into my friends bowl of soup."
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For the filmning of Firestarter, Drew and her mom Jaid situated themselves in a charming old two-bedroom home located in Suburban Echo Park, North Carolina, where they seemed to step into the slow rhythms of a different culture. From the outset, though, the shooting schedule prooved gruelling, particularily on Drew, who was in nearly every scene of the movie. Work began when the sun went down and continued late into the night. Drew slept until early afternoon, then attended three hours of school before arriving at the set.
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While filming, George C.Scott told Drew "Drew, just forget about the camera and do your job." Drew later said that that, along with Steven Spielberg's advice, are the two best things she's ever been told.
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Drew Barrymore went to live with Jennifer Ward (Her stand-in on the movie) for a while and they were both very upset when they she had to leave.
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Drew said that on the set of Firestarter, her and Stephen King would talk for hours about music, tv shows, movies, and even things as ordinary as who made the best hamburgers.
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Drew became close friends with her Firestarter stand-in, Jennifer Ward. Jennifer was an outgoing, smart girl of similar age who while filming became Drew's constant companion. Drew admired Jennifer because she had a conventional family, while Drew's homelife was dysfunctional.

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