Crowe continued, “It was my constant conversations with Ridley that gave me faith, he said to me at one point, ‘Dude, we don’t commit anything to the camera that you don’t 100 percent believe in.'” So, when we actually started this movie, we had 21 A page of script that we agreed on. Usually a script is between 103-110 pages or something, so we had a long way to go, and we used those pages for the first section of the movie. [Laughs] So, by the time we got to our second location, which is Morocco, we were kind of catching up.”
During production, several cast members complained about the incomplete script due to the quality of its writing, which forced several rewrites. What made things even more complicated was that Oliver Reed suffered a fatal heart attack before production ended.
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