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BOSPOAT - Best On Set Photo Of All Time: Third and Long

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 15, 2016

You know what we love about this pic? Slap on a uniform and a windbreaker, throw a helmet over that legendary movie-star hair, and this is a photo of a quarterback and his offensive coordinator figuring out some way to get to the end zone before the clock runs out. It’s no wonder that so many Hollywood stories boil down to "the big game.” Regardless of how many days you have to shoot your movie or your episode, every one of them is precious. The truth is, every day a producer steps onto the set is the day of the big game.

In this shot, it’s 1977. We’re in the LA Coliseum. The gentleman on the left is 22 years away from receiving the Motion Picture Academy’s Irving Thalberg Award; five years later, he’ll take home the PGA’s highest honor, the Milestone Award. The fellow on the right is 33 years away from being elected president of the Producers Guild, and 35 away from being named president of the Academy. But that’s all a long time from now. In a couple of hours, 50,000 extras are going to pack those bleachers, and these guys and their team are going to have to stage the biggest of the big games, the Super Bowl.

This is, of course, the set of Heaven Can Wait. The quarterback (both on the set and in the film) is Warren Beatty, who would himself be nominated for four Oscars for the film, including a Best Picture nom as the film’s producer. The offensive coordinator is Hawk Koch, serving as the shoot’s 1st AD, soon to become a producer in his own right, of films such as Gorky Park, Wayne’s World and Frequency. Hawk is, of course, the one who graciously submitted the photo. Thanks, Hawk. It’s a winner.

We know what you’re thinking. "Best of all time? No way. I’ve got an on-set photo way better than that.” If that’s the case, we dare you to prove it. Submit it to Before you submit, please review the contest rules at Because no matter how great your photo is, we have no desire to get sued over it

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