“Twister” is a movie that gets you up close and personal with tornadoes of all sizes. When you’re watching the movie, it might appear as though the events are conducted in a seamless manner. However, there are some moments behind the scenes that are surprising that could change the face of the movie.
Without a script
Before a script was written, the movie was approved for production. When it was released in 1996, the movie made $494 million. The relationships between the characters didn’t attract people to the movie. Instead, it was the large twisters that caused significant damage in Oklahoma. A concept was discussed before the script was written and led to writing the details of the movie.
When Joss Whedon wrote the script for “Twister,” he knew that he needed to deliver something magical. It took a few months for him to get everything just right before turning in the final product on his wedding day. He submitted changes up until the time he left for his honeymoon.
When Garth Brooks was asked to be in the movie, he declined the role because he didn’t want to be second in line to a tornado. Brooks was offered a few different movie roles around the same time, and he declined most of them because he wouldn’t have been in the lead.
While “Twister” was being filmed, several members of the cast and some of the cameramen walked off the set. They were injured while filming the destructive scenes involving tornadoes. The director would also get a little pushy on the set as some of the cameramen and actors were literally pushed around by him. Don Burgess finally left the movie because he couldn’t get along with the other people involved in making the movie. Jack Green stepped in to take over, finishing the movie so that it could be released on time.
At one point during filming, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton were blinded. This is because these actors were at the center of the movie, which meant that they were in front of the lights for a good bit of each day. They were also blinded while they were driving in front of the cameras during some of the scenes in the truck. When Paxton would go back to his hotel room, he could see outlines of details but nothing very clearly. Hunt and Paxton consulted with an ophthalmologist to ensure that there was nothing wrong with their eyes. Even though permanent damage wasn’t done, they did have to wear glasses for a few days so that their eyes could get back to normal.
Paxton and Hunt worked in some dirty conditions at points during filming. This meant that the two had to get hepatitis vaccines so that they wouldn’t contract any kind of virus. Real dust was used during many points in filming, which led to the various types of debris being carried with it on the set.
When the group is in the truck and sees the cow flying across the road, it was close to a real encounter that had already happened. A group of farmers saw cows flying across their farms after a tornado. The cows were located a few miles from the farms as they had been picked up and carried by the high winds.
Even though the movie was fictional, Paxton left his mark on the town where the movie was filmed. Several people talked to Paxton when he wasn’t filming and commented on how nice he was while he was in the town.