Just once I’d like to see that “I’m dancing and singin’ in the rain” defense work against these drunk and disorderly hearings I keep having. I guess I just don’t have the same charm that Gene Kelly does.
Anyway, leave it to a musical to show the raw determination bordering on sick obsession that comes with true talent. Everyone in this film went through hell whist shooting their most iconic and fun-loving scenes. Donald O’Connor was bed-stricken for three days after “Make ‘Em Laugh” because of exhaustion, which makes the actual scene much more terrifying to watch. Poor Debbie Reynolds had bloody feet by the end of “Good Morning” because she was pushed so hard by Kelly to get it right. And of course there’s the co-director/star himself, who had a fever during his iconically wet number. Not to mention that it was a production nightmare, taking a day and a half – the crew losing water pressure at one point for the rain effects.
Like watching a clown car explode in fire and confetti, it goes to show just how much suffering can go into making a moment beautiful.
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