One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
1) In a Starlog interview titled “The Man Who Killed Spock”, after the movie was released, Harve Bennett said that: – 1. He wrote a scene where Chekov, on the Reliant, calls up data for the Ceti Alpha system, and remembers Khan and tells Terrell. That was written out and became the “you never told your captain the tale” sequence on the planet. – 2. The Ceti system was always a binary star system, hence the Alpha. The idea was for planets V and VI to have varying orbits similar to Neptune and Pluto where they would cross in and out of each other’s orbits. Thus the confusion. “You thought this was Ceti Alpha VI.” The unstable orbits caused the explosion of Ceti Alpha VI. Again, written out. – 3. Khan and Kirk were to have fought in the Genesis cave foyer. Khan and his supermen were to have had PSI powers similar to the Talosians from Star Trek: The Cage, and Kirk beats them by simply not believing in it. Khan then beams out with the Genesis torpedo. – 4. Radiation causes blood vessels to burst and Spock was written to be covered in green blood. Leonard Nimoy objected, and the result was what you see.
2) Ricardo Montalban’s pecs were actually a fake prosthetic molded from foam rubber made from a cast of Lou Ferrigno’s chest. While on set, Ferrigno also worked as the double for Chekov during the scene where the space worm is inserted into Chekov’s ear, which wasn’t a special effect. The worm entered Ferrigno’s ear, permanently rendering him legally deaf, and wrapped itself around his cerebral cortex, which amused the filmmakers so much that they inserted a line of dialogue about it in the final cut. The worm partially took over Ferrigno’s mind, and is widely considered responsible for most if not all of the questionable decisions Ferrigno made with his career from that point forward.