11. Rachel Phelps wasn’t really that b*tchy. In the movie’s original ending Rachel admits before the final game that her b*tch persona was all an act to motivate the players because if the team had a poor season they’d be bankrupt. Test audiences didn’t like this and preferred that Rachel remain unlikable, thus the ending was re-shot to show her misery when the Indians won. The alternate ending with the likable Rachel appears on the Wild Thing Edition DVD.
12. Major League was the best script Charlie Sheen had read since Platoon. Charlie Sheen takes his baseball seriously, and was incredibly excited to get the script from David Ward, comparing it to the first time he read the script for Platoon.
“When I saw the script it wasn’t like catnip, it was like crack. I was going to a premiere, and I had a meeting with David Ward in the morning, so I had the script in the limo, and I was late because I couldn’t put it down. Then I sat in the driveway for an hour to finish it. It was probably as good a script as Platoon, seriously.”
13. Wesley Snipes’ character was based on MLB superstar Rickey Henderson. At the time Henderson was a player for the Yankees who was known for his base stealing speed and off the wall catches. Although Snipes didn’t exactly have these same skills…
14. Wesley Snipes wasn’t the best at baseball. Willie Mays Hayes may come off like a superstar onscreen, but in reality Snipes didn’t have much experience playing the sport. The scenes with him stealing bases were shot in slow motion to give the illusion of Snipes running faster than he actually was. We also never seen Snipes throw the ball. (All of this has me completely confused about his court skills in White Men Can’t Jump.)
15. Charlie Sheen wasn’t a fan of his Wild Thing lightning bolt haircut. After shooting each day Sheen and other members of the cast and crew would usually hit a bar to relax — or in Sheen’s case probably pick up a groupie for the night. As Sheen describes it, his haircut sometimes caused him trouble at the bar:
“I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add that to the mix, and it’s a recipe for a fistfight.”
16. Corbin Bernsen’s punch on Charlie Sheen wasn’t entirely fake. At the end of the movie when the Indians are celebrating their win and Roger Dorn slugs Rick Vaughn for sleeping with his wife, Bernsen accidentally connected with Sheen’s cheek. Producers didn’t want to lose any shooting time so the next day they avoided filming Sheen from the side with the red mark on his face.
17. “How’s your wife and my kids?” The zinger that is delivered by Yankee’s batter Clu Haywood was improvised by former MLB player Pete Vuckovich. Ward had told Vuckovich to throw out a line that ballplayers might say to one another and that’s what Vuckovich came up with.
18. Dennis Haysbert was really hitting homers. That part where Cerrano runs the bases with his bat in hand wasn’t in the script. Haysbert actually slugged out a homer and was so pumped that he forgot to drop the bat.
19. The Indians didn’t even get to play in Cleveland. Many baseball fans — or at least Brewers fans — will recognize that the stadium the Indians actually play in is the former home of the Milwaukee Brewers. The movie was filmed during a particulary hot summer, but was supposed to be set in the fall. While the ballplayers are all wearing long sleeves to go along with the illusion of a cool autumn night, the 27,000 extras in the stands are mostly wearing shorts and t-shirts.
20. Some of the extras began to nod off because of the late filming hours. Production for some of the field scenes ran incredibly late and according to Charlie Sheen there are cutouts of some of the sleeping people in the stands:
“It was four in the morning, and I had been in the bullpen nodding off. This is pre-opiates-just good old-fashioned fatigue. It was so late that a lot of the extras had gone home. If you really slow the movie down and look, you can see cutouts of people in the stands.”
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