30 years later and this ‘Fly’ scene still makes me queasy
We didn’t mind Hollywood remakes so much when we were actually IN the ‘80s, did we? Perfect example: 1986’s The Fly, which turns 30 years old this week.
Released Aug. 15, 1986, The Fly starred Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in a remake of the 1958 film starring Vincent Price (which spawned sequels in 1959 and 1965). The ’86 version would win an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Still the scene that freaks many of us out to this day is the arm-wrestling fiasco. Hope you didn’t just eat.
Here are five things you probably didn’t know about The Fly on its 30th anniversary:
1. Goldblum and Davis were a real-life couple at the time of filming, which wasn’t something director David Cronenberg was unhappy about. Still when Davis killed it during her reading, Cronenberg relented.
2. Mel Brooks was actually a producer on this film, but didn’t want people to know because he felt the audience would be expecting a comedy.
3. Michael Keaton reported was offered the lead role - the studio wasn’t convinced that Goldblum was a big enough star - but Keaton turned it down. Richard Dreyfuss likewise turned down the role.
4. It took five hours to apply the five pounds of makeup on Goldblum for his scariest scenes.
5. In case you really need to know, the fly’s “vomit” was made from honey, eggs and milk. Help me! Help me!