Suspend Filming, We Need To Stage A Coup
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In the March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair, writer Peter Biskind reveals that some of the weaponry used in Thailand's 1977 military coup had to be borrowed back from the set of The Deer Hunter (pictured):
"[Producer Barry] Spiking's Thai liaison was General Kriangsak Chomanan, the supreme commander of the Thai military. The producer simply called him 'K.' Spikings recalls, 'We needed lots of weapons, helicopters, armored personnel carriers —- and he provided them all.' But one day Kriangsak told the producer, 'What’s going to happen this weekend: we’re going to play some martial music, and we’re going to have a military coup. That means we need all the weapons back, the helicopters back, and all the armored personnel carriers back.'
"'K! We’re making a movie here! You can’t do that! We’ve got an agreement —- we’ve shaken hands!'
"'Barry, Barry —- please, please. You’re making a movie —- I have a military coup. But it won’t take long. There’ll be a few people who’ll get shot on Sunday, and then you can have the stuff back.'"