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In March 07 1986, was released the movie ‘Highlander’. The famous film talks about an immortal Scottish swordsman, who must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize”.
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown
Director: Russell Mulcahy
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Christopher Lambert had just barely learned to speak English when he took this role. The only other English-speaking film he had been in at that point was Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), in which he spoke only a few words.
- Queen originally intended to record only one song for the film, but after viewing footage from the movie, they were inspired to write more. The band members each had a favorite scene and composed songs specifically for them. Brian May wrote “Who Wants to Live Forever” during the cab ride home after seeing the film, and Roger Taylor used the line “It’s a kind of magic” as the basis for the end title song.
- All of Sean Connery’s scenes had to be filmed in a week due to Connery’s schedule. He had a bet with director Russell Mulcahy that they would not finish in seven days, but Mulcahy won the bet.
- The swords sparking while clashing was accomplished by attaching a wire to each sword that led down the arms of the actors to a car battery. One was connected to the positive terminal and the other to the negative terminal, so when the swords touched there was an arc.
- Clancy Brown nearly turned down the role of Kurgan, concerned that his allergy to makeup would prevent him from wearing the prosthetics required late in the film.
- Sean Connery would later reprise his role as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez in Highlander II: The Quickening (1991). Other than James Bond, this is the only character that he has played in more than one film.
- Gregory Widen was inspired by the story while visiting Scotland on vacation. He was visiting a museum in Edinburgh and came across a suit of Armour and wondered what it would have been like if the man who wore the Armour was alive today.
- While filming in the Scottish Highlands, the productions medical team were kept busy in the afternoons. After a liquid lunch many of the hundreds of local Scottish extras got a bit too enthusiastic during the clan battles with many minor injuries resulting.