Released in 2001, Pearl Harbor airs tonight on W9. The opportunity to come back to the different actors anticipated in the skin of the main characters of this war film by Michael Bay.
Released in June 2001, Pearl Harbor chronicles the famous Japanese attack that forced the United States to go to war in 1941.
THE KING OF THE EXPLOSION IS BACK
After Bad Boys and Armageddon, Michael Bay seizes one of the greatest battles of WWII. Whoever begins to make a name for himself in action cinema then arouses strong criticism because of the very Hollywood bias of his feature film.
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Initially, Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer wish to hire Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow to play the three protagonists of Pearl Harbor.
A MAGICAL TRIO
At the end of the 1990s, this trio was on the rise. Unfortunately, they decline the proposal for scheduling conflicts.
Matt Damon prefers to shoot The Memory in the Skin, a wise choice because the character of Jason Bourne will relaunch his career after the failures of The Legend of Bagger Vance and De si jolis horses.
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BEN AFFLECK REVIEWS HIS DECISION
As for Ben Affleck, he will quickly change his mind! He ended up accepting Michael Bay’s offer, filming for the second time with the director after Armageddon.
Ashton Kutcher is then approached to camp Danny. However, he will have his hair done at the pole by Josh Hartnett, idol of young people thanks to his performances in Halloween 20 years later and The Faculty.
Charlize Theron is also being considered to lend her features to Nurse Evelyn. The actress will ultimately prefer to shoot the romance Sweet November. Kate Beckinsale will inherit the role. The success of the film will propel her to the front of the stage, opening the doors of Hollywood to her (Underworld, Aviator …)
Regarding the characters of Roosevelt and Doolittle, Gene Hackman and Kevin Costner are approached before Michael Bay sets his sights on Jon Voight and Alec Baldwin.
In 2001, Pearl Harbor collected close to $ 450 million at the global box office. A rather correct score for a budget of 140 million but still a little disappointing compared to Armageddon and its 555 million greenbacks.
GAFFES OF PEARL HARBOR