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Inside Slap Shot

Danny Belisle on his part in Slap Shot from Evan Weiner of NHL.com,
The way the scene took place, the director, George Roy Hill, told the two teams and, of course, Paul Newman was on the opposing team. He just said, 'this is going to be the fight scene. Just pair off, you guys know what to do and the guys who don't sort of help one another.' Of course, we weren't assigned dancing partners and I knew if I could get to Paul Newman, I'd get my little nose in the movie. "So I outfoxed a few of the other players and I got to Paul Newman. The battle went on for about four and a half hours, it was that many takes. It seems like a 100 takes. We started off the fight with Paul Newman sitting on my chest. It was a long morning for me." Did Paul Newman know how to dance? The short answer according to Belisle was no. "No, not really," laughed Belisle. "I was never, ever any fighter and he knew less than me. He had to win, that was the sad part. Meanwhile, I got a few bruises, I had to take all the punches and that's the way it was set up."
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