38. It shut down an entire town
The Governor of Georgia was more than accommodating when producers asked for his help involving a key scene. Indeed, the official agreed to shut down one of his state’s small town centers entirely. And as a result, an airplane was able to touch down safely in the area which had been closed off by the police.
37. It’s based on a real race
You wouldn’t expect The Cannonball Run to be grounded in any kind of reality. But, in fact, its outlaw national road race is based on an actual competition that was staged on four occasions throughout the 1970s. The race reportedly had just one rule, “All competitors will drive any vehicle of their choosing, over any route, at any speed they judge practical, between the starting point and destination. The competitor finishing with the lowest elapsed time is the winner.”
36. Most of its stars only worked for three days
Reynolds certainly had to put in four weeks’ work to earn his bumper $5 million payday. But the majority of his co-stars pretty much left the movie’s set as soon as they arrived. Yes, with The Cannonball Run boasting such a big cast, most actors were only required to spend two or three days filming before being allowed to go home.