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Jon Voight: “Now this is just between us, okay?”

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A pair of doornail-dead AAA audio-recorder batteries prevent the story from being related verbatim, but during Sunday’s post-Lookin’ to Get Out discussion, Marquee Award winner Jon Voight shared a doozy of a behind-the-scenes tale for a packed, rapt audience.

Seems that while filming on location in the early '80s at the MGM Grand (the first film crew ever granted permission to do so), co-star Burt Young, seated front row at Siegfried and Roy, startled one of the tigers when light unexpectedly flashed off his eyeglasses. The frightened animal leaped into the crowd and onto a table. The table immediately collapsed under the animal’s weight, leaving the tiger sprawled in the lap of an old lady. As co-writer Al Schwartz jumped in to confess, while a post man in the audience calmly coaxed the tiger off, he was busy beating a retreat through the casino.

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