If you’re interested in the buddy-comedy genre of film, it’s very likely that you’ve already seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Originally released in 1969, this movie by George Roy Hill essentially created the genre and provided some much-needed release after a decade of social unrest related to the Vietnam War.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would go on to win four Oscars at the Academy Awards, with many people falling in love with Paul Newman’s portrayal of the fun titular character. However, there were also many behind-the-scenes moments that made this production truly magical and hilarious!
To help you learn more about this truly classic film, we’ve created a list of some facts about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that you might not know:
1. The Sundance Kid Was Originally Played by a Different Actor
Did you know that the original title for the movie was actually The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy? Steve McQueen was originally slated to play the titular role, but eventually he was dropped from the film.
Many people speculate as to why he decided not to take part in the movie, but the most common answer is believed to be that he was upset about the way that they were presenting his name on the posters. Because he was co-starring in the movie with Paul Newman, the executives were going to put Newman’s name first on half of the posters and McQueen’s name first on the others. This proved to not be enough for McQueen, though, and he left shortly after hearing this news.
2. Paul Newman Did His Own Stunts
Though it was common practice in Hollywood to have stunt doubles on set to do some shots that the main actors were unable to do, the original stunt double for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was having trouble with a particular scene. In fact, the stunt double was not able to stay upright on the bike during one of the key scenes in the movie! Paul Newman ended up having to do most of his own stunts for the film.
3. They Banned Katharine Ross from the Set
During the production of the film, critically-acclaimed actress Katharine Ross had begun dating Conrad Hall, the cinematographer for the movie. Hall ended up letting Ross operate a camera for one of the scenes, eventually infuriating the film’s director and getting her banned from the set outside of working hours. It’s important to keep in mind that Katharine Ross was actually in the movie, so to ban an actor from the set was pretty bizarre!
4. The Bolivia Scenes Were Not Filmed in Bolivia
Despite parts of the film taking place in Bolivia, the crew never actually went to the country. Instead, the Bolivia scenes were shot in Mexico due to budget constraints!