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The Top Ten Of... Legend

 1985 Legend

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10.  In the scene where the Lord of Darkness is going to kill the unicorn, the hill of rocks that Jack climbs is actually a pile of rotting bodies. The filmmakers decided to quickly make them look like rocks, as they felt that they looked too disturbing and grotesque, and were deemed unnecessary to the scene. If you look carefully, you can see decaying faces or skulls in the pile.
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9.  Widely rumored to have been a source of inspiration for Shigeru Miyamoto's classic game series The Legend of Zelda.
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8.  Ridley Scott admits that comments made by some pot-smoking attendees at a screening got the director second-guessing himself, and influenced him to cut the film from 150 minutes to 98.
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7.  The face of goblin Blix (played by Alice Playten) was designed after that of Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. According to Playten, she thought up the idea, which was supported by director Ridley Scott. He then had Rob Bottin (special make-up effects) implement the concept.
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6.  Tom Cruise reportedly wasn't happy with the American cut of the film and wouldn't talk about it for years because of it. He very much encouraged fans to go with the Director's Cut.
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5.  The sound of the unicorns at play is actually a recording of humpback whales.
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4.  It took five and a half hours to get Tim Curry's makeup on because his entire body was encased in it.
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3. Tina Martin is dubbed.
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2.  At one point, Ridley Scott considered Mickey Rooney to play one of the major characters but he did not look small enough next to Tom Cruise.
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1.  William Hjortsberg's first draft had Princess Lili slowly transform into a clawed and fur-covered beast who is whipped and sexually seduced by the antagonist (called Baron Couer De Noir in this draft).
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Tim Curry had to wear a large, bull-like structure atop his head with three-foot fiberglass horns supported by a harness underneath the makeup. The horns placed a strain on the back of the actor's neck because they extended forward and not straight up. Bottin and his crew finally came up with horns that were lightweight enough. At the end of the day, he spent an hour in a bath in order to liquefy the soluble spirit gum. At one point, Curry got too impatient and claustrophobic and pulled the makeup off too quickly, tearing off his own skin in the process. Ridley Scott felt both horrified and sorry for Curry. Scott decided he didn't want Curry to put more make up on his torn skin, so he shot around the actor for a week.

Composer Jerry Goldsmith's original score was removed by the studio after the first round of test screenings. In an effort to appeal to "the kids", executives commissioned Tangerine Dream to create a replacement. Until 2002, Goldsmith's original score was heard only with the film's European release.

When the character of Jack dives off the rock in the Forest, it is Ridley Scott's daughter Jordan who is playing Princess Lily, and a stuntman playing Jack. This was done to make the rock look larger than what it was; the added close-ups of Mia Sara were added in during editing.


The famous scene in which Princess Lily is taken to see and touches the Unicorns by Jack was actually filmed within the gardens of Pinewood Studios as at the time of filming, the vast Forest set had been destroyed by a fire. This information was stated by Ridley Scott himself on the Director's Commentary on the Ultimate Edition DVD.

By the time Ridley Scott had finished Blade Runner (1982), he and William Hjortsberg had a script that was "lengthy, hugely expensive, and impractical in its size and scope". They went through it and took out large sections that were secondary to the story. The two men went through 15 script revisions.

The "icicles" in the treasure cavern were made out of several hundred pounds of paraffin wax.

Richard Edlund came up with the idea of shooting on 70 mm film stock, taking the negative and reducing the actors to any size they wanted but this was deemed too expensive and Ridley Scott had to find an ensemble of small actors.

The production was filmed on the Pinewood Studio sound stage that had been originally created for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Filming stopped when the "007" soundstage burned to the ground. The remainder of the film was shot on hastily-constructed sets.

Early on, Ridley Scott worked with Alan Lee as a visual consultant who drew some characters and sketched environments. However, Scott eventually replaced Lee with Assheton Gorton, a production designer whom he had wanted for both Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). Scott hired Gorton because he knew "all the pitfalls of shooting exteriors on a soundstage. We both knew that whatever we did would never look absolutely real, but would very quickly gain its own reality and dispense with any feeling of theatricality".

When it came time to assemble the full director's cut, the original session masters for the Jerry Goldsmith score could not be located. However, Mike Ross-Trevor of Hit Factory Studios in London had kept a two-track digital copy, mixed down from eight-track session masters, which he knew "would be worth preserving." Most of these tapes contained complete takes, which had to be re-edited from scratch to match the cues in the recut print.
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