The President’s speech in Independence Day is almost known better than the movie itself, and now the story of how ID4’s defining moment happened is out.
“Devlin: I said, â€œLet me kind of just vomit out something really fast now and then weâ€™ll spend a lot of time on it later and really rewrite it and make it perfect.â€ So I went into the other room and literally in five minutes I whipped the speech out, put it into the scriptâ€”we didnâ€™t even read it. It was just a placeholder.”
“Devlin: The only thing we changed was we added at the last minute the line, â€œToday we celebrate our Independence Day.â€ And the main reason we did that is â€˜cause the studio at the time was threatening to change the title to â€œDoomsday.â€ So we thought, letâ€™s get it into the speech.”
It also seems like the sequel won’t have a similar speech for the President, as it’s impossible to live up to the original:
“Emmerich: These things happen once in a lifetime. You canâ€™t repeat stuff like that. Thereâ€™s a lot of great emotional moments in IDR, but thereâ€™s no place where a speech like this could fit, so weâ€™re staying away from it. There are some speech-like moments, but I think having a presidentâ€™s speech would just be like playing with fire.”
I’m fine with there not being a speech in the sequel, because everyone would just compare it to the original in ID4: