The epic adventure that is the Independence Day has become an essential part of the summertime holiday fun. With its plot-hole heavy narrative, forced diversity, dumb science, and silly endeavors, the movie was bashed by many credible film critics. But it made a special place in the hearts of American people. Because ‘Why the Hell Not?’ It’s got, Aliens. It’s got time-bombs. That’s got fighter jets. It’s got all the archetypes of characters stereo-typically possible. And it’s got a computer virus that ends up avoiding ‘the end of the world as we know it.’ But it is also the movie which got Will Smith into the genre of Sci-Fi action. So, sit tight as we tell you interesting things you didn’t about the Randy Quaid Independence Day.
UFO sightings in California in 1996
When it comes to UFO sightings, it is always advised to be a little skeptical. But as it turns out, the Californians are the leaders when it comes to the most UFO sightings reported each year. But one of the reasons that made Californians win this status in 1996 was the Independence Day. As the crew was filming the ‘Welcome Wagon’ scene, the general public thought that they were witnessing an ‘Alien Invasion.’ 150 calls were made to the authorities by the Orange Country Inhabitants to report the sightings. What they saw was a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter tweaked with a bunch of flashing lights.
The Military Pulled Their Support due to Area 51 References
Independence is so fun to watch just because it’s aware of its narrative. It’s balls to the walls sci-fi thriller that care about action and entertainment a little more than logic. It is full of clichés but clichés did right and that makes it entertaining. The writers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich wrote the script in under four weeks and signed up with 20th Century Fox for its production.
The President and many other US military officers were included as characters in the script. But when the production was in the early stages, the Military revoked their support for the movie as the script was full of Area 51 references. So the US military retracted their offer to provide access to real-life locations and the use of actual uniforms.
The Recycled White House of Independence Day
Now for the film that is full of clichés and the production is aware of that, the biggest goal to achieve while making it is to minimize the financial risk. The Randy Quaid Independence Day was an instant hit, but it didn’t have a large budget. The movie had a budget of 75 million dollars which is not a lot if we account for all the effects used in a Sci-Fi thriller. So to save the budget, Fox recycled the white which had been used in two major productions. It was first used in the 1994 romantic drama The American President. It was later used in the Mars Attacks! 1996.
Robert Loggia Thought Independence Day was a Spoof
The famous American actor Robert Loggia was a master at elevating the intensity of serious films with his remarkable acting. Robert Loggia used to only work on hardcore stuff like Sci-Fi thrillers and close to life dramas. But due to an honest mistake, Robert Loggia thought that he was being cast in a spoof and refused to act. Dean Devlin had to refer the 1970 disaster film Airport to Robert Loggia to prepare for his role. But he referred him a wacky comedy, the Airplane. It gave Loggia the idea that he was being cast in a spoof and he didn’t want to do a spoof. But all the matter was resolved when Roland Emmerich stepped in. And the Randy Quaid Independence Day turned out to be a huge success.
Kevin Spacey was meant to be the President of America
Whatever happened with Kevin Spacey and all that mess in 2017, none of us saw that coming. No matter how bad of a person Kevin Spacey may be, to be honest, we can’t deny his acting skills. Maybe his predatory nature gave him the extra edge of confidence, but he was a remarkable actor. The Netflix TV Series House of Card is the proof of that. In fact, Devlin and Emmerich chose Spacey for the role of US president way before Netflix. The role of the US president was written as aggressive and decisive. But the production didn’t think of Spacey as much of an actor back then and chose Bill Pullman for the role. And they were right.
Fox Had to Fight for the Title
Figuring out a name for your next big cinematic endeavor can be a tough call. And if you have ever missed out on a username name of your choice in this dystopia where you need twitter to exist, the guys who made the Randy Quaid Independence Day can kind of relate. As the writers, Devlin and Emmerich were persistent to name the movie Independence Day. Warner Brothers had already released a film under that title and owned it. So the 20th Century Fox had to go through a legal battle for this title. The writers were so persistent that they re-wrote the ending lines. They added the lines, “Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day!” to the President’s speech.
The Creepy Hiroshima Connection
If you crossed the film Independence Day for the lake of real touch and regarded it as something just for entertainment, think again. The film has a creepy connection to a real and very remarkable event in the history. Even after the US military revoked their support for the project, some of the bases shown in the movies are real Military bases. One big connection that the movie makes with history is the Hiroshima connection. In the scene when the U.S President gives a pep talk to his flying regiments before they go on fighting the final battle, the actor Bill Pullman is stood in front of the Enola Gay US military airplane hangar.
The hangar has significant importance in the history. Once, it was the home to the Boeing B-29 Super-fortress bomber which dropped the atomic bomb on the Hiroshima Soil. The scene was shot on 6 August 1995 which counts to exactly 50 years after the Nightmare of the World War II.
The Important Scenes were DELETED
The theatrical cut of the film that made it to the big screen goes on for 2 hours and 33 minutes. Even with the total run time of two modern films, Independence Day is full of plot holes. Independence Day is an entertaining film, but many of its scenes left the audience scratching their head. Some of the actions seem poor and irrational, so the film suffers a bit. But all these problems could be avoided if the production just deleted the scenes a bit more carefully.
Unlike many other movies which delete the scenes that are not important, Independence Day deleted the scenes that were important. One deleted scene explains why Jasmine went to work at the strip club despite saying that was off work. The deleted scene shows that she went to get her paycheck, but she got talked into working. While her son waited for her in the manager’s office.
Surgery Scene was inspired by Real Life Dentists
Every single cliché that you can think of aliens invading Earth was practiced in the movie. But the clichés done right are the reason that Randy Quaid Independence Day was such a big hit. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie was the Alien Surgery. It might seem a bit hard to admit but that the scene of Bill Pullman getting his brain meddled with, was inspired by real-life surgeons. Bill Pullman acted that scene so genuinely because he channeled in his feelings of getting his decayed tooth pulled from his mouth.
References to the War of the Worlds
Randy Quaid Independence Day is a movie that succeeded to borrow settings and plots from many films. The film even has a link to the mother of alien invasion thrillers, the War of the Worlds. Do you remember the Airbase where Will Smith’s squadron was stationed? It was the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro which is a real-life facility in California. It was decommissioned in 1999. The same site was filmed as the home base for an atomic bomber that attacked the Martians to stop them but failed badly.
The Layers of Aliens
The story of the massively successful Randy Quaid movie known as the Independence Day was written in just a few days. Therefore, there was plenty of room for the writers to cram in new plot twists and dialogues. Many decisions were made on set while shooting the relative sequences. While shooting the scene when aliens meddle with the brain of Bill Pullman, there was also a decision made then and there at once. Roland Emmerich was so impressed by the visual ideas presented by the designer Patrick Tatopoulos for the Alien looks, that he couldn’t pick a favorite. So he changed the writing a bit to declare the different alien look with its outer layer suit and one without it outer layer suit.
There was an Actual Smell that Will Smith Suffered
There was another dialogue by the cast of the movie that wasn’t scripted, and yet it made its place in the final cut. The scene about Will Smith kicking the sh*t out of an alien was shot near the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Due to the dead brine shrimp at the bottom of the Great Salt Lake. There is often a bit of pong in around the area. It causes a lot of smell in the surrounding areas, but nobody told Will Smith while shooting. So just after a long serious sequence, Will Smith shouted in a very humorous manner, “and what the hell is that smell?” and he took out his frustrations on the Alien. It became a punch line, so Ronald Emmerich left it in the final film.
Life-Threatening Alien Slime was K-Y Jelly
The aliens invading Earth in the Randy Quaid Independence Day had a design that stood out form the industry standards. The designer Patrick Tatopoulos did a great job by designing both the inner and outer looks of the alien invaders. One thing that made the designs weird as they should be. And gross to some extent was the goo that flowed throughout the bodies of the aliens. In an interview with the New York Daily News, the designer revealed that it was a personal lubricant. The foul slime that made alien skin slick on the surface was nothing but K-Y Jelly.
Randy Quaid Independence Day Had a Low Budget
Criticize the film however you want, but making a Sci-Fi film dealing with the subject of an alien invasion that threatens the life of humans on the Planet earth in a budget of 75 million dollars, is not easy. $75 million might seem a lot to you and me, but that is one of the lowest budgets devised for such a movie. If you account for all the special effects, graphics and unbelievable stunts $75 million is not enough. The production had to use several techniques to minimize the cost. They even recycled a white house that was already shot in two major TV series.
The Tribute to Shakespeare’s Henry V
Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the talented and thoughtful writers of the Independence Day. Wrote the script in just four weeks. Perhaps, they never took it so seriously and expected such massive success that it received. Randy Quaid Independence Day became a hit with its fast pacing and action-packed scenes. And the memorable speech of the U.S. President was inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry V., And this is what Delvin had to say about that speech,
“Roland turned to me and said, ‘Oh great. We only have to write a speech as great as the St. Crispin’s Day speech. How are we going to do that?’ … I said, ‘Let me just vomit out something really fast now and then we’ll spend a lot of time on it later and rewrite it and make it perfect.’ So I went into the other room and literally in five minutes I whipped the speech out, put it into the script—we didn’t even read it. It was just a placeholder.”