Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” has been hailed as one of the greatest war movies ever made and one of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of all-time. It even earned Spielberg a well-deserved Oscar for Best Director. But the movie itself had a lot of fun secrets. Here are some of the things we’re sure you didn’t know about “Saving Private Ryan.”
Through sheer providence, the script, written by Robert Rodat, was sent to both Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the very same day. They phoned each other and realized how much they wanted to make the film. It was all decided in a single day. It was also Spielberg and Hanks’ first outing together.
Spielberg’s tribute to Spielberg
Spielberg directed the film because he was inspired by his dad, Arnold Spielberg. It turns out that the older Spielberg fought for the U.S. military in the Signal Corps and saw action in Burma in World War II. Arnold was also instrumental in helping his son make movies at a young age.
Robin Williams’ role
Robin Williams, who had worked with Spielberg in “Hook” had also starred alongside Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting” when “Saving Private Ryan” was to start production. It was Williams who introduced Damon to Spielberg. Eventually, Damon was cast in the titular role.
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