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Candy Clark Discusses Making Blue Thunder
Candy Clark: Rolling through "Blue Thunder"

Starlog #79 (February 1984) Candy Clark: Rolling through "Blue Thunder"

She's the all-American American "Graffiti" girl - sometimes an alien wife, but always an actress with a special dash of life.

Scrambling Blue Thunder

After an interval from the big screen during which she did a few TV movies and an off-Broadway play, (Candy) Clark was cast as the female lead of Blue Thunder. "I went and met with the director, John Badham. I had read the script - which was full of action that I could easily visualize - and thought it was very good. I discussed what I like about it and, apparently, I was so enthusiastic that they hired me. I liked my character because she was a heroine who helped save the day. I like action shows and really wanted to be in one. I felt Blue Thunder would be a really good, fast-paced motion picture and, at the same time, a iittle bit different."

Clark did get her share of the on-screen action; particularly on the highways. She explains: "I did about 85 percent of the driving, basically, as much as they would le tme do, which was still a great deal. It was all very safe, because when I'm driving on the one-way street, all the cars coming toward me were driven by stunt people. The gags had all been coordinated out, and they knew which way I would be going. I also had on shoulder harnesses, waist belts, etc., and I wasn't going as fast as it looked. I was driving this dumpy old Vega which could barely scoot along. When I went as fast as I could - about 30 or 10 miles an hour - with the other cars going a ittle slower, it looked as if I was really racing."

Despite the aerial dangers, Clark, who remained hellbent for leather on the roads although Earthbound, found the production uneventful. "There was one interesting scene when I had to search through all that garbage, looking for the videotape," she recalls. "The firt bin was really full of disgusting stuff. They had saved the previous day's food from the catering truck - chicken bones, cold beans, mashed potatoes. The second bin, the one I actually get into, was filled with pop-corn and empty boxes. I had on a pair of brand-new, cream colored boots, and I got butter stains all over them. I had to wear them that way throughout the shoot."

Some critics have branded Blue Thunder as "too violent." Clark disagrees. "If you really look at the film there is hardly any real violence," she says. "Very few people get killed, and one of them is Malcolm McDowell who you don't see die. When the Army pilot gets shot out of the sky, you see him parachuting to safety before the plane explodes. Even when the Arco Tower blows up, I didn't see bodies flying anywhere. So, I really don't feel that there was much violence at all in the movie. Blue Thunder has some interesting ideas to ponder, but it's basically just entertainment."

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