5. There were bugs everywhere
Filming in the jungles of Mexico helped give the film a realistic feel, but it wasn’t all scenic waterfalls and pretty landscapes. Actor Richard Chaves, who played Poncho in the film, recalled dealing with quite a few crawling critters during the course of filming.
“A lot of it was raw jungle that we were running through when we were in the week rehearsal,” Chaves told The Hollywood Reporter. “And we took a break one day, and I checked the area out, you know, where I was gonna sit my butt down, and laid down, and next thing I know I am covered in red ants. I was bitten almost 100 times down both my arms, and went into a little bit of shock, was running through the jungle ripping my clothes off, butt naked. They had a water tank, and I went into the water tank and just doused myself.”
Chaves had another awesome story, coming after Schwarzenegger returned from his wedding: “The very first day [Arnold] got back was a 15-, almost 16-hour day and I was in the shower just filthy. And the phone rings and I said ‘Hello?’ and it’s a woman’s voice, and she goes, ‘Is this Richard?’ I said ‘Yes it’s Richard,’ and she goes ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m in the shower picking ticks off my balls!’ OK? And she started laughing. And I said ‘Who the hell is this?’ She goes, ‘Richard it’s Maria [Shriver, Schwarzenegger’s then-wife], and I’m just calling to invite you up to have dinner. I’m inviting everybody up to have dinner so you can meet me,’ and then she started laughing again.”
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