Everyone says producer Joel Silver is extravagant, but just look at how little he spent to blow things up in Lethal Weapon 3. His crew first alit on the 68-year-old Soreno Hotel of St. Petersburg, Fla.; because it had already been slated for demolition, Silver didn’t have to pay to film a scene of it being blown sky-high. Next up, another landmark, the 33-year-old Orlando City Hall, which was purchased for $50,000 and dynamited just a few feet from the new City Hall. Finally, the crew found a vacant Lancaster, Calif., housing tract, another victim of the S&L crisis. For a mere $25,000, the filmmakers set fire to nearly a dozen of the tract’s 54 homes. So for three of the movie’s major destruction scenes, Silver paid a total of $75,000, an amount Lethal Weapon 3 probably made back in its first hour of release.
Posted June 12 1992 — 12:00 AM EDT
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