40 Secrets About The Highlander Movies That Might Just Make Your Head Spin

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There can be only one! But there wasn’t in the end. After Highlander became an unexpected hit in 1986, movie after movie followed. Unfortunately, none of them were considered very good. The transformation of Highlander from a beloved film into a disastrous franchise nonetheless makes for a fascinating story. Indeed, plenty of strange and interesting things were going on behind the scenes of those movies.

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40. Kurt Russell nearly played the main role

The original plan for MacLeod was to have Kurt Russell, star of Escape From New York, play him. But eventually Russell changed his mind – apparently because his partner Goldie Hawn urged him not to take the role – and the part instead went to French movie star Christopher Lambert.

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39. Extras were paid more if they brought a horse

During production of Highlander, horses seemed to be in short supply. The animals were needed, however, so a bonus was offered to extras who brought a horse to the set. These horse-wielding extras were apparently good sports, too, and were fueled by whiskey according to director Russell Mulcahy, who admired their work ethics.

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