Stuntman Jose Marco was killed on-camera when a great white shark bit through a protective net and attacked him. Samuel Fuller had clashed with the producers on a wide variety of issues; when the production company used Marco's death to help promote the film, he quit. When Fuller saw the version that was released to theaters, he said it had been butchered so badly in editing that it was no longer recognizable as his film. He demanded that his name be taken off of it, but the producers refused.
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The original title was "Caine", after the main character's name. The producers decided to change the name after stuntman Jose Marco was killed by a shark during filming.
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While the plot is set in Sudan (North Africa), the movie was actually filmed in Mexico.
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Samuel Fuller didn't recognize this picture because it was re-edited by the producer. Fuller never wanted to talk about it.
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Jose Marco was a stunt double for Burt Reynolds and was attacked and killed by a Great White Shark in 1967 while shooting an underwater scene near Manzanillo, Mexico,. According to "Life" Magazine, which did a story in 1968 on the filming, Marco was in the water in scuba gear alongside a subdued bull shark when a great white managed to make it through the nets protecting the area from the rest of the sea. It charged at the camera crew before launching at Marco and disemboweling him where he swam. Crew members tried to steer the shark away from Marco with spears, but the animal was undeterred, and the stuntman's injuries were so severe that he later died at a hospital. Producers allegedly used the footage of his ' death in the opening scene in the movie, along with publicizing the incident as a marketing push. Director Samuel Fuller unsuccessfully attempted to have his name removed from the credits because he was disgusted with the producers' attitudes about Marco's death and also the editing of the film. However, a detailed investigation revealed that there was no official record of the attack, no record of a stuntman named Jose Marco, and no hospital records of the incident, although Marco was allegedly in a hospital for two days before he died. "Life" had no comment.
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Some areas advertised the film's title as "MAN-EATER" (with a tag line, "It will RIP you apart").
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