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To prepare for his role, Michael Douglas had to get fit. First, Douglas started running twenty minutes a day building it up to 50-60 miles a week. Douglas gave up smoking two packets of cigarettes a day and lost 12 lbs in weight. He would start running at 6.30 am each day in the Beverly Hills canyons.
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Michael Douglas has said that during the filming of The China Syndrome (1979) he had been in bad physical shape.
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Footage from the Marathon race in the 1976 Montreal Olympics was used for this movie.
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Around the time of its theatrical release, Michael Douglas once said of running for this film: "Nirvana does not come every morning but its a good way to lose weight. I sleep better, except when I over-do it, then I have a restless sleep. But I haven't been in such good shape since high-school. I've a better disposition - you must have noticed that! More energy, more stamina and my mind is much sharper."
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The result of the 1976 Montreal Olympics Marathon in this Canadian film shows that Canada wins the Gold Medal, the Canadian flag being hoisted in the central position during the medal ceremony. However, it is well known that Canada did not win their first Gold Medal at a home Olympics until the Vancouver Canada 2010 Winter Olympics. The real winner of the 1976 Montreal Olympics Marathon was Waldemar Cierpinski from East Germany.
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Facilities and venues from the actual 1976 Montreal Olympics that feature as real locations in this movie included the Olympic Village and the Main Stadium.
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Michael Douglas once said of this film: "First couple of times I read the script, I just burst into tears. It has some great moments - 'kvells', I call them. It's a good story, well constructed, well written, clean and simple, healthy and wholesome and kinda sweet. A classic, old-fashioned love story, too, I think, and I'm a soft touch for emotion. I like to see people who aren't afraid to show emotion, which is the antithesis of the Hollywood hard-ass character."
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Michael Douglas once said that running was great for hangovers.
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During shooting in New York City, Michael Douglas ran fifteen miles over the 59th Street Bridge and back.
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The sports that Michael Douglas really played around the time that this movie was developed, made and released were swimming and a little tennis but Douglas was not actually a jogger as such.
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This movie was made and released about three years after the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
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Film debut of Lesleh Donaldson.
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Michael Douglas plays a character, Michael Andropolis, who has the same first name as his own.
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Cities that Michael Douglas is seen running in this movie included Toronto, Canada; New York City, USA and Montreal, Canada.
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Eugene Levy: As Michael Douglas's friend, Ritchie Rosenberg. This was the American Pie (1999) star's third theatrical film. An early role for Levy, he is seen with an afro.
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