Ask anyone to name a movie about the winter Olympics and chances are that Cool Runnings is the only one they can think of. The 1993 sports comedy was very loosely based on the Jamaican bobsled team that participated in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. The concept alone was enough to hang a movie script on, and the result was quite funny. It was the final John Candy movie released before his death in 1994. Let's learn some more about Cool Runnings.
8. Two big name actors turned down two of the lead roles.
Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy turned down the roles of Chatrice and Sanka due to the fact that they weren’t offered enough.
7. There’s actual footage from the 1988 Winter Olympic games in the film.
Some of those moments you see caught on camera are actual shots of the racers as they were back in the 80’s.
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