1. Michael Jackson wanted either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg to produce the movie. Spielberg declined because he was working on The Color Purple, but Lucas agreed to produce.
2. Lucas recommended Francis Ford Coppola to direct, because Coppola needed work after his career suffered a setback with two box office bombs, Rumblefish and The Cotton Club.
3. The movie was named by Francis Ford Coppola. "EO" comes from the Greek goddess of the dawn, Eos.
4. At an estimated budget of over seventeen million, Captain EO cost over a million dollars a minute, making it one of the most expensive short films ever made.
5. The week of Captain EO's release, the National Enquirer published the now infamous photo of Michael Jackson sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber. Jackson leaked the photo himself to build up attention for the ride.
6. To portray the Supreme Leader, Anjelica Huston endured three hours of make-up daily, and had to be suspended from the ceiling in cables. Jackson made her stay in makeup every day, even when they weren't shooting her scenes.
8. The character of Hooter was inspired by Return of the Jedi's Max Rebo.
9. A poor critical response and lack of repeat business shut down the ride in 1997. The ride was reopened in 2010 after Michael Jackson's death.
|Source: Attractions Magazine|
However, if you want to watch it, you can see it online at YouTube (as of 1/6/14):
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