The Scene With All the Birds Almost Didn't Happen
That boat scene in the rain with all those birds that looks so magical that it might not even be real? Yeah, it almost didn't happen, director Nick Cassavetes told VH1. The studio told Cassavetes that it just wasn't feasible to try to shoot the scene with so many birds that weren't trained. But rather than listening, Cassavetes and his producers got some hatchlings and raised them until it was time to film, and then trotted them out to shoot. "So, when the studio came down to see the scene — because they didn't believe we could do it — the guy marched [the birds] out there like the Pied Piper and they went out on the lake. We were happy to do that on a technical level because the birds are so beautiful."