The filming of Shanghai Surprise turned out to be a tough task. The film crew spoke nothing but Chinese, there were rats under the actors trailers and several persons in the team fell ill from food poisoning.
When making Shanghai Surprise, the filmmakers envisoned a romance similar to the one that developed between Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in "The African Queen".
The off camera action attracted more attention then the movie itself, as Sean engaged in his usual tussels with the press. George Harrison flew to Macao to try to make peace between the Penn's and assorted journalists and as a result filming was transfered to London.
George Harrison did his best to shield the young couple, prompting Madonna
to remark, "He's great, very understanding and sympathetic. He's given me more advice on how to deal with the press, though, than how to make movies."
After the movie was completed, however, Harrison's sympathy evaporated with a few harsh words about the pair, he was quoted as saying "Penn is a pain in the a**". Of Madonna, he said, "She has to realize that you can be a fabulous person and be humble as well."
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.