You probably didn’t realize it, but baseball cards played an important role in one of the greatest films of our lifetime.
Apocalypse Now is a classic movie, but did you know baseball cards played a vital part in the original script?
In that intense scene where Martin Sheen’s character confronts Marlon Brando, Colonel Kurtz answers back…
“You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a Bill…”
What the viewer doesn’t see is that Kurtz is holding a Bill Madlock baseball card.
So that’s the Bill that Captain Willard was sent to collect! Yes, at the heart (of darkness) of this film is a 1984 Topps Ralston Purina card of 4-time batting champ Bill Madlock.
Apparently director Francis Ford Coppola thought the baseball card arch was causing delirium in test screening audiences, so all shots of the card were edited out in the final cut of the film.
And now you know the rest of the story!