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Wednesday, May 23, 2001 extra The Paducah Sun Pearl Harbor' blends military action, Continued from 4 important to know what these planes actually looked like in the air ... all the nuances. We had the only original flying Zero that's left, and two others that were raised from the Pacific and rebuilt in Russia." Still, liberties were taken: Most of the planes had to be created by Industrial Light & Magic. , "There were ereen Zeros, but it was a black-and-white war," Bay said. "The Japanese used these light gray planes because they would be more difficult to see in the air. I chose to use more green Zeros because I wanted them to stand out and look more impressive. The ships are identical to the real ones, though." Sticklers for- details alreadv have found discrepancies. Out of necessity, the USS Missouri portrays the USS West Virginia. The fictional character of Thurman (Dan Aykroyd) represents an actual team of military code breakers, who deciphered Japanese transmissions days before the attack. Affleck's character was inspired by a true American war hero named Joe Foss, who fought in the Pacific. Last vear at this time Holly wood was rife with rumors about cost overruns that threatened to sink the film. "That first hiiHupt was lifrp twin million, but I didn't want that kind of weight on my back, so we had to get real," said Bay. "Joe Roth said we could make it for $140 million, with a $5 million cushion to spend on whatever we wanted. As a director, I had to create a world that didn't exist,- and we did that by using anunatics. illustrations, try ing to figure out what the Naw COUld eive IIS what chine and Planes exist. When .Ine left Disnev they asked us to take another HO million out." The studio, he explains, "didn't Want another "THtami. IM41UV) T U1VU T UJ ... 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