Independence Day's Bill Pullman names terrible original title for the movie: Doomsday

Charley Ross
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

From Digital Spy

Independence Day star Bill Pullman has revealed a rather, well, underwhelming alternative title for the fan favourite movie.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, he divulged that the original title for the movie – where he plays President Whitmore and delivers arguably one of the best-loved movie speeches of the 20th century – was due to be named... Doomsday. Before he filmed said speech, that is. Then, the course of movie history changed.

Pullman described what it was like to shoot the speech, divulging that it was done at night, "because it's dark and not on a soundstage or anything". Interestingly, the scene had been moved into the schedule early because directors Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich were in a disagreement with Fox about the title at the time.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

"I think it was gonna be Doomsday. It's what Fox wanted, and it was a title that was typical of the time [for a] disaster movie. They really wanted Independence Day, so we had to make the speech really good," he said.

"And then they cut it together, and a couple of nights later, Dean came to my trailer, and he said, 'Do you wanna see it?'… So he popped in the VHS, he showed me the cut of the speech, and I went 'Holy Mother, they have got to name this movie Independence Day'. And they did."

And there you have it. History was in the making as that speech was filmed – we're not sure Doomsday would've had quite the same impact.

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