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  • Max Von Sydow Loved Playing Ming on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Set Of '80s 'Flash Gordon'

    (#10) Max Von Sydow Loved Playing Ming

    Max Von Sydow has starred in a plethora of incredible movies, often choosing distinct and compelling roles. He's rarely subtle, which works perfectly for Flash Gordon. Sydow has received a series of award nominations for his roles in films like The Exorcist and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; director Mike Hodges said that Sydow threw himself into Flash Gordon.

    Hodges told Empire, "I've never seen an ac­tor have such a good time as Max playing Ming. Cracking his fin­ger joints and doing little jigs, he relished every moment."

  • The Creators Made The Film Up As They Went Along on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Set Of '80s 'Flash Gordon'

    (#5) The Creators Made The Film Up As They Went Along

    The biggest problem with Flash Gordon's production was that the crew lacked a day-to-day filming schedule. This became such a prominent issue that director Mike Hodges called Flash Gordon, "the only improvised $27-million movie ever made." The filmmakers reportedly conceived the famous football-styled squabble during production. Actress Melody Anderson explained:

    In the beginning scene, all these people are bringing gifts, and one group brings these eggs. Sam Jones was saying, "Flash Gordon was supposed to be a quarterback, so why don't I use one of these as a football?" 

    Then I thought, "Well, I'm the All-American Girl, shouldn't I be a cheerleader?" It was very funny... that's how the whole film went because there was no time to prepare. We would just create and throw things in as we went along.

    Hodges decided to roll with this style of impromptu filmmaking, telling Empire

    So I had a producer who spoke mangled English and a production de­signer who spoke none at all. Both, like Ming, seemed to have ar­rived from an­other galaxy. Once I realized the film was in many ways out my control, I relaxed and made it up as I went along. I loved it.

  •  Freddie Mercury Designed The 'Flash Gordon' Logo  on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Set Of '80s 'Flash Gordon'

    (#4) Freddie Mercury Designed The 'Flash Gordon' Logo

    In keeping with the freewheeling production of Flash Gordon, the film's famous logo got designed by none other than Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. The singer studied graphic design in college and created Queen's logo, so this task was right in his wheelhouse. 

    It would be strange to hear about a composer like Hans Zimmer drawing the logo for The Dark Knight, but with Mercury and Flash Gordon, this pairing makes sense

  • Producer De Laurentiis Wanted Pink Floyd To Record The Score on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Set Of '80s 'Flash Gordon'

    (#3) Producer De Laurentiis Wanted Pink Floyd To Record The Score

    Flash Gordon is wild, over-the-top fun, so who better to score the film than Queen? Initially, producer Dino De Laurentiis wanted psyche-rockers Pink Floyd to create the soundtrack for the movie, which would have changed its tone significantly. Pink Floyd ultimately passed, but the members of Queen were on board the moment they heard the tale of a Flash Gordon movie in pre-production. 

    Supposedly, when the band's manager met with De Laurentiis and suggested the group score the film, the producer asked, "Who are the Queens?" When De Laurentiis finally listened to the group, he was impressed and signed them on to write the music for Flash Gordon.

  • The Production Team Used Real Foliage To Build Miniature Trees on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Set Of '80s 'Flash Gordon'

    (#11) The Production Team Used Real Foliage To Build Miniature Trees

    Bill Pearson was one of many who handled the miniatures for Flash Gordon. Rather than phone in his work on the campy film, he created intriguing designs, such as when Flash goes to Dr. Zarkov's greenhouse. For the miniature, Pearson built tiny trees out of hedges, making them one of the few organic pieces in the film. 

    Pearson described to Futurism his experience creating miniatures for Flash Gordon:

    As everyone familiar with the Flash Gordon story knows, Flash and Dale meet Dr. Zarkov when their plane crashes near his laboratory. Martin and I had to construct Zarkov's greenhouse and the grounds around it. Richard Conway wanted us to build the miniature trees from scratch, so we went all around the studio grounds in search of the proper foliage.

    We found these amazing bushes outside this producer's office. Armed with a pair of sheet-metal cutters, we just snipped away at these bushes for about half-an-hour... The producer certainly had a less obstructed view of the studio when we finished!

  • George Lucas Wanted To Make 'Flash Gordon' on Random Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Set Of '80s 'Flash Gordon'

    (#12) George Lucas Wanted To Make 'Flash Gordon'

    Before redefining genre filmmaking forever, George Lucas wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie, as he had grown up watching the 1936 serials. He heard De Laurentiis was making the film, so he approached the producer and asked to helm the picture. De Laurentiis firmly objected and stated that Federico Fellini would be directing. 

    Undeterred, Lucas went off and made Star Wars IV: A New Hope, an overt homage to the Flash Gordon serials. Lucas used the same title crawl and wipes; in addition, Lucas allegedly felt inspired to use the title "Episode IV" because when he was a child, he'd have to watch non-sequential episodes of Flash Gordon.

    Producer Gary Kurtz later told Empire, "We decided we were making a Flash Gordon-type adventure and we're coming in at Episode IV... we're just racing through the story, not explaining any­thing."

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Flash Gordon is a space science fiction film directed by Mike Hodges, adapted from the comic of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The movie was released in 1980, and it also impressed the audience with the music of the rock band Queen. After the film was released, it was praised by critics and audiences and has gained great attention. 

Although it is an old movie of the 80s, still some people curious about the behind stories. This page has 14 entries, there is a collection of behind scenes stories from the set of Flash Gordon, you could find some interesting stories.

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