Julie Andrews Reveals How Hard It Was to Make That Iconic “Sound of Music” Scene

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We’ve all seen the iconic scene from “The Sound of Music,” where the incomparable Julie Andrews gleefully runs through an Austrian field singing the film’s titular song. Apparently, filming the scene wasn’t quite as joyous as its portrayed.


There was rain, a lot of rain.

“We were out there for ages because the weather was not kind to us,” she told Jimmy Fallon. “Someone forgot to mention that Austria has the world’s seventh highest annual rainfall.”

And to achieve that wide shot, there was a helicopter that kept throwing her on her bum.

“This monstrous helicopter had a cameraman very bravely strapped to the side where the door would be,” she explained, adding, “It started at one end of the field and we walked together. This thing came at me sideways like a crab or something, I’d come into view, make my turn, ‘Cut! Now go back and start again.’ … Every time the helicopter had finished it went around me but the downdraft from the jet engine just flung me in the grass.”

Thank you for your sacrafice, Ms. Andrews.

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