20 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets From Saving Private Ryan That Spielberg Wouldn’t Reveal

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18. Garth Brooks was reportedly offered a role

In 2013 a lawsuit came to light alleging that country singer Garth Brooks had been offered a role in Saving Private Ryan. However, he apparently turned it down owing to not being cast as the lead. Lisa Sanderson, Brooks’ ex-production associate, additionally claimed that he refused to share center stage with Tom Hanks.

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17. The movie is loosely based on a true story

There was, in a way, a real Private Ryan. His name was Sergeant Frederick Niland, and his story of being a sole survivor extracted from the war was very similar to that of the titular soldier played by Matt Damon in the movie. Sadly, Niland died in 1983, but as a tribute to him, his daughters received an invitation to the film’s premiere.

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16. Edward Burns ruined a very expensive take

Making Saving Private Ryan wasn’t cheap. So when Edward Burns threw a grenade in the wrong direction and ruined a take, Spielberg wasn’t happy. “Steven pulls me over, he goes… ‘I just want you to know that shot cost more than your last movie,’” Burns reminisced on The Dan Patrick Show in 2015.

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