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Trivia / Barb Wire

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  • Actor-Inspired Element: The opening "wet strip", in which Barb dances in a strip club with her breasts hanging out of her rubber dress, while being sprayed with water, was suggested by Pamela Anderson after she was inspired by a nightmare she had, in which she was being sprayed with champagne while performing a "nasty dance". David Hogan, who was under pressure to include more nudity, liked the idea, and threw out the movie's original opening to include it.
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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $9,000,000. Box Office, $3,793,614.
  • Franchise Killer: The original comic ended its run after the film's failure.
  • No Stunt Double: Pamela Anderson did some of her own stunts, although the corset and the heels she wore made fight scenes very challenging (not to mention that Pamela, who was pregnant at the start of filming, suffered a miscarriage during filming that was possibly caused by the physical demands of the role).
  • Screwed by the Network: Pamela Anderson actually blamed the studios for making the movie bomb by forcing the inclusion of nude scenes. She claimed the R Rating made it so her teenage fans couldn't go see it.
  • Star-Derailing Role: For Pamela Anderson, who tried to use this to cross over into mainstream films from TV, but the failure sent her back to TV. Her agent even warned her not to take the role.
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  • Stillborn Franchise: Dark Horse Comics pulled the plug on any more Barb Wire adaptations after this film.
  • What Could Have Been: Gramercy threw its backing behind this film instead of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. Ironically, one scene has the villain trying to kill the hero with a forklift, olé!


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