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Harold Ramis Made A Fool Of Himself The First Day Shooting Caddyshack
By MATT RAINIS
Few people have impacted comedy filmmaking as much as Harold Ramis, who played a significant part in bringing such classic comedies as “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day” to fruition. However, Ramis’ found some moments of his directorial beginnings to prove a bit humbling, especially one very embarrassing moment that took place on the set of “Caddyshack.”
Ramis was a young, hotshot comedy writer at the time, but quickly blew any cred he had on the first day. As he explained in a detailed letter he wrote to his daughter, "I walked on the set of "Caddyshack" and made a total fool of myself on the first setup," referring to an incident where he was asked by the assistant director where he wanted the camera placed for a certain scene.
Ramis stated that after he pointed to the location he wanted it placed, “The AD looked in the direction I was pointing and squinted. Apparently, he noticed something I hadn’t. ‘So you want us to move the generator, the catering tent, and all the trucks ’cause they’ll be in the shot.’” Ramis said the rest of the shoot was easy because, after the mishap, the crew had "the understanding that I knew nothing and should not be consulted on anything technical,"