Filming 'What a Drag'
by Sarah <sarah@sotae.demon.co.uk>

Wednesday 29th March 2000 Page 6 of 8


The next couple of scenes involved Xena, still wearing her black cape, on Argo chasing a Bedouin on a horse. The Bedouin was dragging a dummy that was supposed to represent a woman. The first two takes Xena just chased the guy and catches up with him, but for the next two she rides up to him and then gets him, ooh right in the gut, and he falls off his horse. This came as a total surprise to me, as there was no mattress or anything else on the ground to break the stuntman's fall. Then they did another take, but instead of just falling off the horse, he leapt off with much more flamboyance. Each fall was greeted with a big round of applause from the rest of the crew and quite right too, it was very impressive.
 
View from higher on the dune. Xena, baddie and dummy getting ready to shoot the scene of action ... and they're off. ROC looking on from the right hand side
View from higher on the dune. Xena,
baddie and dummy getting ready to
shoot the scene of action


"How big a lead did you say?"

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... and they're off. ROC looking on
from the right-hand side


"It took the dummy weeks to get the sand
out of its leather unmentionables"


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ROC in blue robe, checking on her horse
ROC in blue robe, checking on her horse

"Come on, it's your big scene"

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Then there was a take of just Xena and Argo galloping flat out on the same route as before.

After this scene had finished I suddenly noticed a figure in a blue robe going towards the horses, it was ROC checking on her horse.

Before the next scene was filmed, ROC and Xena posed for a photo for one of the staff. ROC took off her blue robe for this, unfortunately for me I only got a side view and was not able to get a photo of her in costume facing in my direction. The price you pay for being an uninvited guest.

The next scene was of baddie Bedouin dragging a stuntwoman, instead of the dummy, struggling along the ground. I thought at first it was a moving dummy (do they exist?), but once again there was applause after the action finished, so there was no moving dummy just an impressive stunt woman. Her costume appeared to be quite skimpy, so I don't know how she avoided hurting herself. Then they did a second take.
Two goats were then brought in in the back of a pick-up truck. They were taken out of the truck and led up the dune together. I have absolutely no idea why, as I didn't see them shoot a scene with them in.
 
ROC and Xena after photo has been taken. ROC's blue robe is on the ground
ROC and Xena after photo has been taken.
ROC's blue robe is on the ground


"Let's get back to the action, what do you say?"

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