An estimated 6-week schedule ended up taking 68 weeks to film.

Shooting in the Philippines had itʼs own problems. Coppola got in trouble for filming the ritual killings of water buffalos, rogue tigers prowled the set at night, and the Philippine dictator President Marcos kept stealing their helicopters.

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Coppola lost over 100 pounds in weight, he threatened to commit suicide several times during the shoot and, when Martin Sheen was found crawling up the road having suffered a heart attack, he collapsed and had an epileptic seizure.


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Harvey Keitel was hired for the lead, but after a short time was fired. Martin Sheen took the main role, but he was struggling from the outset. In the midst of a complete personal alcoholic breakdown, he walked into the Apocalypse Now production set which was riddled with alcoholism, drug-binges, tropical diseases and monsoons.


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“My film is not about Vietnam, it is Vietnam.” announced Francis Ford Coppola to the gathered press before they viewed the masterpiece that is called Apocalypse Now. Few who worked on the shoot would disagree, especially Dennis Hopper who said afterwards “ I felt like I had fought in the war”.

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Things became much worse when the legend that was Marlon Brando arrived on set. He turned up drunk, weighing as much as an african elephant and having never looked at the script or read the book it was based on. After reading the script Coppola handed to him, Brando refused to do it. After much arguing, he agreed on the promise that he was shot entirely in shadow and could say whatever he liked. The next day he appeared on set having shaved his head bald.

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Things werenʼt improved by the typhoon that tore through the production destroying all the sets. More down time, which the crew put to good use. Parties at the hotel grew more infamous by the day. Swimming pools surrounded by bottles of beer and actors hurling themselves off the roof.