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Kevin Bacon Remembers A Disgusting Moment While Filming Apollo 13

Venerable Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon recently recalled a disgusting moment while filming Apollo 13. The film is based on astronaut Jim Lovell and Time magazine writer Jeffery Kluger’s book, Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which recounted the harrowing tale of NASA’s Apollo 13 mission. On April 11, 1970, Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise were launched in a Saturn V rocket with hopes of landing on the moon. However, due to a failure with the craft’s oxygen tanks, resulting in an explosion, the mission was aborted. With the craft’s cabin rapidly losing air, the crew, along with NASA’s ground control, had to work together to devise a plan to get the astronauts back home.

To recreate weightlessness for Apollo 13‘s space sequences, veteran director Ron Howard chose not to use special effects and wires to simulate zero gravity. Instead, the film crew modified a KC-135 reduced-gravity Stratotanker, a plane dubbed the “Vomit Comet,” to achieve the effect of weightlessness through free fall. With sets built within the aircraft, Tom Hanks (Lovell), Bill Paxton (Haise), and Bacon (Swigert) could act out their scenes while weightless for a maximum of 25 seconds as the plane dipped through the air.

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In a recent interview with EW, Bacon recalled a disgusting moment during the filming of Apollo 13. According to the actor, he took anti-nausea pills to stave off any stomach issues that could occur during his multiple trips up and down through the atmosphere (known as a parabola) on the plane. Thus, Bacon never once vomited during filming. Unfortunately, this was not the case for Apollo 13‘s film crew. Bacon admitted that one cameraman puked on him during a weightless scene. Read what the actor said below.

Howard’s choice to film Apollo 13 in actual zero gravity was a bold move on his part. The decision ended up subjecting the cast and crew to a whole set of problems that are not common on a movie set. Bacon and his co-stars knew that all-day trips on an aircraft that was nicknamed after regurgitation would pose motion-sickness issues and diligently took pills to combat that. Unfortunately, the cameraman’s stomach was not as strong as Bacon’s.

Despite the queasiness, Howard’s decision to accurately simulate the weightlessness of space paid off for the film and the cast. Apollo 13 was nominated for a plethora of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture, and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble cast. With Tom Cruise previously expressing his desire to shoot a movie in outer space, hopefully he could look to Bacon’s experience shooting Apollo 13 to avoid any unnecessary vomit-based accidents.

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Source: EW

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