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It is rumored that director Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Costner had a huge squabble over the film, resulting in Reynolds walking off the project and left Costner to finish it. Reynolds was quoted as saying that "Kevin should only star in movies he directs. That way he can work with his favorite actor and favorite director".
Kevin Costner was put up, at a cost of $4,500 a night, in an oceanfront villa with a butler, chef, and his own private swimming pool. In contrast, crew members were forced to live in uninsulated condominiums that were subject to temperature swings of up to 50 degrees. This inequity of accommodations contributed to on-set hostility and low morale.
The picture on the wall that Deacon refers as "Old Saint Joe" is actually Joseph Hazelwood, infamous captain who crashed the Exxon Valdez oil tanker into the Alaskan landscape, negligently discharging millions of gallons of crude oil. The base of the Smokers is the Exxon Valdez, as evident when it sinks. The stern rises and the word "Valdez" is visible. The real Exxon Valdez was repaired and renamed the Sea River Mediterranean. It is used to haul oil across the Atlantic.
If the icecaps melted, the oceans would only rise a few hundred feet; not enough to flood civilization into a floating oblivion.
Prior to Titanic (1997), this was the most expensive movie ever produced.
Kevin Costner personally invested $22 million of his own money into the film.
The map tattoo on Enola's back is in Chinese traditional characters (or Japanese Kanji). The characters in the middle surrounding the arrow are actual coordinates for longitude and latitude. While one number is not quite readable, the others give almost exact coordinates for Mount Everest, which is Latitude 27° 59' N Longitude 86° 56' E. The movie coordinates give: Latitude 27 or 28° 58' N Longitude 86° 56' E.
For the Japanese premiere, Kevin Costner had his private plane flown to Tokyo. However, he failed to get permission to store his plane at the airport for the duration of his trip. He asked the Navy if he could use their airport at Atsugi. They agreed, contingent on Costner showing the movie there, and making a personal appearance.
The atoll set was over 1/4 mile in circumference.
Jeanne Tripplehorn refused to strip for this film, even though she had done nude scenes before (and would do them after this film). However, she insisted on choosing her body double, as she wanted the naked backside shown to resemble her own. She had the three finalists come into her trailer and drop their robes. She described it as such an odd experience that none of them could stop laughing. In between takes of the nude scene, Tripplehorn remained off-camera to offer a robe or towel to the double.
Joss Whedon flew out to the set to do last minute rewrites on the script. He later described it as "seven weeks of hell".
The most remembered line from the film, "Dryland is not a myth; I have seen it", is never spoken in the film itself.
LOGO GIMMICK: The Universal Studios logo, the planet Earth, was given a close-up, and as it got closer, the continents began to fade away until there was nothing left... but water.
One script (later rejected) called for a second moon to appear in the sky, intimating that the cataclysm which created Waterworld was gravity-related, rather than warming.
The language Kevin Costner speaks to the lemon-stealing drifter early in the movie is Hindi.
The 1,000 ton floating set used up all the available steel in the Hawaiian Islands. When more was required, it had to be flown in from California.
The child's name, Enola, is "alone" spelled backwards.
The sunken city visited by the Mariner and guest is actually a digitally edited Denver, Colorado. The "Norwest Building" (roughly shaped like a cash register) can be seen in one shot.
Kevin Costner was on the set 157 days, working 6 days a week.
The script underwent 36 different drafts which involved six different writers.
The boat that Kevin Costner used in the movie sold to a Turkish Businessman called Hakan Uzan. After the bankruptcy of the Uzan family the boat was confiscated and later auctioned by the state.
Although the exact year that the film takes place is never mentioned, Production Designer Dennis Gassner has suggested it takes place in 2500.
Tina Majorino was nicknamed "Jellyfish Candy" by the crew after she was stung three different times by the creatures during production.
The 1,000 ton floating set did not have any restrooms, nor were there any on any of the 30 boats used by the cast and crew. The result was that filming had to halt so those in need could be ferried to a barge anchored near the shore which had several portable toilets on it.
Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino were nearly drowned on their first day of filming when the trimaran they were on sank, dragging them behind it.
Anna Paquin was the first choice to play Enola.
The shoot was shut down 3 times due to hurricane alerts.
Widely considered to be one of the biggest box-office bombs of all time. Although it grossed $255 million from a $175 million production budget, this does not factor in marketing and distribution costs, or the percentage of the gross that theaters keep (which is up to 45% of a film's box office takings). The film came to be nicknamed "Kevin's Gate" after Heaven's Gate (1980) and "Fishtar", after Ishtar (1987), two previous mega bombs.
Kevin Costner insisted that his friend Kevin Reynolds be given the director's position, or he would quit. Later, Costner had a falling out with Reynolds over the film's direction.
Samuel L. Jackson turned down the role of Deacon in order to be in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995).
The studio didn't spend any money researching weather patterns off Hawaii's Kona coast, where the film was shot. If they had, they would have learned that the area was subject to 45 mph winds, which constantly blew the set out of position and ruined shots.
Co written by David Twohy, who cited "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" as a major inspiration.
The studio's first choice for director was Robert Zemeckis.
The original screenplay by Peter Rader was pitched as an children's adventure film. In Rader's screenplay the Mariner was a human and the chief defender of the Atoll, whose embarrassing secret was that he enjoyed painting pictures of seahorses; Helen had two of her own children along with the adopted Enola, and the Deacon was a campy, silly villain who dressed up like King Trident, sat atop a throne on the Exxon Valdez, and punished his subordinates by slapping them around the face with a wet fish. Subsequent rewrites by David Twohy and Joss Whedon turned the original script into a much more serious action-adventure film.
Gene Hackman, James Caan and Gary Oldman all turned down the role of the Deacon.
It has been reported that Roger Corman passed on making this film because he felt it could not be made for less than $3 million.
A French science fiction graphic novel called Aquablue, created in 1988 by writer Thierry Cailleteau, explores very similar themes as this movie, although it's set in the future where mankind can traverse space, and it takes place not on Earth, but on a hostile water planet called Aquablue where a survivor from a crashed space cruiser and his robot must survive.
The four-machine gun chassis in the atoll assault scene is called a Maxon Mount. It is comprised of four .50 caliber Browning machine guns and was used as an anti-aircraft battery during World War II. It also came in a two gun mount which was used upto & in the Vietnam War as a Point Defense Weapon.
Gary Busey and Laurence Fishburne also turned down the part of the Deacon.
Stunt coordinator Norman Howell got hit with compression sickness during filming of an underwater scene and was rushed to a hospital in Honolulu via helicopter. He recovered fairly quickly from the potentially life-threatening sickness and returned to the set a couple days later.
Mark Isham's score was reported rejected because it was "too ethnic".
Laird John Hamilton, the famous big wave rider was Kevin Costner's double for many water scenes.
Costume designer John Bloomfield estimated that over 2000 costumes were made.

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