November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Ghost Ship

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
89 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/25/02
performer
Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Isaiah Washington
director
Steve Beck
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Mark Hanlon
genre
Horror

As if there weren’t enough frights aboard Ghost Ship, the production faced a real-life scare: sharks. Filming off Australia’s Gold Coast last spring, crew members placed safety nets around the watery set after a freak feeding frenzy erupted nearby. ”There were literally 800 to 1,000 sharks, easily within 50 yards of the shore,” boasts star Ron Eldard. ”I don’t mind sharks. They don’t really want to bother you.” Try telling that to Eldard’s shark-averse costar, girlfriend Julianna Margulies. She says a hammerhead turned up in a net near where she was shooting: ”I didn’t even know there were sharks until the next day. The cover of the local paper said ‘ER star risks life for movie!”’

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