Commando Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Commando

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...Including his old rival "Bennett".


Go behind the scenes on the 1985 Action / Adventure movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Vernon Wells More Cast

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Production started on April 22nd 1985 and principal photography wrapped on July 3rd 1985.
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Because it was difficult to find a stunt double for Arnold, he did many of his own stunts, including jumping off the plane's landing gear for real on takeoff at over 70mph! During the making of the movie, he was injured a few times, but it never involved more than a few days to recuperate.
Thanks to Travis Milloy
Vernon Wells was a last minute replacement for the character of Bennett and he was given the other actor's wardrobe which didn't fit him properly. Upon meeting one another, Arnie wasn't sure if Vernon was scary enough to play the villain and expressed his concerns to Joel Silver. Vernon learned of Arnie's reluctance, so in their first scene together Vernon surprised Arnie by lunging towards him with a knife towards his throat. It absolutely terrified Arnie and the take is used in the film. After the scene was shot, Arnie walked over to the producer and said, "Keep that crazy mother away from me!"
Thanks to Travis Milloy
In the final fight, Arnie stabs a pipe through Vernon's body. A special rig was built for Vernon to wear so steam could go through tubes around his body and out the end of the pipe.

The rig was improperly placed and Vernon was severely burned during one of the takes.
Editor Nick
The Matrix-Bennett fight finale was originally scripted to take place on the beach, but during filming it was decided to shoot in a boiler room at the 20th Century-Fox studio complex instead.

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Deleted Scenes

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