William Friedkin: It Was All Mechanical, We Did Everything - Fox 2 News Headlines

William Friedkin: It Was All Mechanical, We Did Everything

Posted: Updated:

Who knew "The Exorcist" would be such a huge hit when it released 40 years ago?  Certainly not the director, William Friedkin.  He says he had no idea how big a blockbuster it would be.

"Of course not.  Nor did any of us have any idea there'd be such a thing as home video to keep a movie alive.  That didn't exist when we made 'The Exorcist.' And it's on home video, both Blu-Ray and DVD that a special 40th anniversary edition of "The Exorcist" has just been released.

On Good Day L.A., William Friedkin reminisces about the making of "The Exorcist," and even reveals how the infamous shaking bed was made to shake.  (Remember, there were no computer special effects back then.)

Fun Facts About William Friedkin (Source: Wikipedia)

  • He is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., The Guardian, Jade, Bug, and Killer Joe.
  • Friedkin began going to movies as a teenager, and has cited Citizen Kane as one of his key influences.
  • He began working in the mail room at WGN-TV immediately after high school. Within two years (at the age of 18), he started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries.
  • His efforts included The People vs. Paul Crump (made with Bill Butler in 1962) which won an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and contributed to the commutation of Crump's death sentence. Its success helped Friedkin get a job with producer David L. Wolper.

40th anniversary edition of ‘The Exorcist' is now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Facebook: The Exorcist Official

You can join in on the conversation using #exorcist40

  • The Latest From Good Day LAMore>>

  • Grant Bowler: I'm a Human Being, Which Is Really Fortunate

    Grant Bowler: I'm a Human Being, Which Is Really Fortunate

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:44:42 GMT

    Grant Bowler plays a lawman in "Defiance", a town where humans and intelligent extraterrestrial species coexist. Here he is trying to find one of the townsfolk who went missing.

    Grant Bowler plays a lawman in "Defiance", a town where humans and intelligent extraterrestrial species coexist. Here he is trying to find one of the townsfolk who went missing.


  • Josh Hopkins: Everybody Had An Expectation Of What James Brown Was Like

    Josh Hopkins: Everybody Had An Expectation Of What James Brown Was Like

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:31:28 GMT

    Josh Hopkins plays music producer Ralph Bass in the upcoming biopic about James Brown, called ‘Get On Up’. Bass was brown's loyal and supportive producer at federal records for years before he received an offer from another company.

    Josh Hopkins plays music producer Ralph Bass in the upcoming biopic about James Brown, called ‘Get On Up’. Bass was brown's loyal and supportive producer at federal records for years before he received an offer from another company.

  • Lotte Verbeek: Not The Average Dutch Height, Actually

    Lotte Verbeek: Not The Average Dutch Height, Actually

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:00:34 GMT

    Lotte Verbeek is starring in ‘Outlander’, a show based on the international best-selling novels. It follows a married combat nurse in 1945 who inexplicably ends up in 1743. Here's that character meeting Lotte's character.

    Lotte Verbeek is starring in ‘Outlander’, a show based on the international best-selling novels. It follows a married combat nurse in 1945 who inexplicably ends up in 1743. Here's that character meeting Lotte's character.

Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices