In the famous vomit scene , it is green pea soup that you see. If you’re thinking it was Campbell’s , think again , as the crew tried this brand, but did not like the effect it brought. Anderson’s was the specific brand of choice in the end. Other information discussed in this article regarding the film includes a rumor about who almost landed the part of Regan and a couple of guest appearances in the movie.
The original shooting was allotted a schedule of 85 days, but it dragged on for 224 days in total.
There was a rumor that Dana Plato (of “Different Strokes”) was offered the role of Regan but her mother turned down the proposition. Actually, William Peter Blatty did not have a recollection of this happening and believed that it was Plato who started this rumor.
The Exorcist would be the last film of Lee J. Cobb’s career.
So much for paying for good representation”¦.the agency that represented Linda Blair did not consider her for the role and suggested at least 30 other clients for the part. In the end, it was Blair’s mother that brought her in for the audition.
Being in a thin nightgown during the bedroom scenes where icy breath was genuine , Linda Blair says she cannot stand being in the cold to this very day.
Stacy Keach was originally hired to play Father Karras, but the director caught sight of Jason Miller in a Broadway play. All of this , and despite the fact that Miller had never acted in a movie before. The studio bought out Keach’s contract and Miller was given the role. Friedkin also considered Gene Hackman for the role of Father Karras.
Linda Blair’s mother (Elinore Blair) appeared in the Exorcist. She is seen as the nurse who enters Dr. Taney’s after the arieriogram is given to Regan. William Petery Blatt also makes an entry in the movie and is seen speaking to Burke.
Linda Blair received death threats as a result of appearing the movie. Warner Bothers hired bodyguard to protect the actress for six months after the release of the film.
During the time of filming, Max von Sydow was in his early 40s when he took on the role of the elderly Father Merrin. Each day, he underwent several hours of make up to achieve his frail appearance in the film.
During the production of the film, William Peter Blatty would meet the woman that would later become his wife , the professional tennis champ named Linda Tuero. She had been hired as an extra for the filming of the movie.
The film earned a lot of recognition for being a rather scary film, as both “Entertainment Weekly” and “Maxim” voted it the Scariest Movie of All Time.
When the demon leaves Regan’s body, the sound effects used were the taping of the sound pigs make when being herded in for slaughter.
At the Golden Globes, the movie took home four awards (Best Director – Motion Picture (William Friedkin); Best Motion Picture , Drama; Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (William Peter Blatty); and Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Linda Blair).