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*In the original ending of ''Independence Day'', Russell was disallowed to fly. However, he arrives at the end of the battle flying his crop duster (which he has been towing behind his motor home) with a missile strapped to its wing and flying it into the City Destroyer's weapon. [[Roland Emmerich]] and [[Dean Devlin]] admitted that this implied that Russell flew into the battle planning to commit suicide since he could not launch the missile from his plane and therefore scrapped it in favor of having Russell making the decision to sacrifice himself ''after'' he was in the air helping the cause, both for the emotional reason of allowing the audience to see Casse make the decision to die for the human race and the practical issue that having the biplane keep pace while flying amongst F/A-18s was "just not believable". This alternate scene was added in the movie's special edition. The scripted version is also included in the film's [[Independence Day (novel)|novelization]].
 
*In the original ending of ''Independence Day'', Russell was disallowed to fly. However, he arrives at the end of the battle flying his crop duster (which he has been towing behind his motor home) with a missile strapped to its wing and flying it into the City Destroyer's weapon. [[Roland Emmerich]] and [[Dean Devlin]] admitted that this implied that Russell flew into the battle planning to commit suicide since he could not launch the missile from his plane and therefore scrapped it in favor of having Russell making the decision to sacrifice himself ''after'' he was in the air helping the cause, both for the emotional reason of allowing the audience to see Casse make the decision to die for the human race and the practical issue that having the biplane keep pace while flying amongst F/A-18s was "just not believable". This alternate scene was added in the movie's special edition. The scripted version is also included in the film's [[Independence Day (novel)|novelization]].
   
*Russell's alien abduction story is never made quite clear on whether his claims were a real experience or his own delusion. The [[ID4: Independence Day (Marvel Comics)|Marvel comic-book version]] however indicates that his abduction was real and that he was abducted by the same aliens that would arrive in force in 1996. In the novelization, Russell sees the alien captured by Steve Hiller and was unable to recognize it as the same creatures who abducted him, which left him doubting about his abduction. However, he only saw the creature's bio-suit, which in fact contains an alien that is described to be identical as his abductors.
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*Russell's alien abduction story is never made quite clear on whether his claims were a real experience or his own delusion. The [[ID4: Independence Day (Marvel Comics)|Marvel comic-book version]] however indicates that his abduction was real and that he was abducted by the same aliens that would arrive in force in 1996. In the novelization, Russell sees the alien captured by Steve Hiller and was unable to recognize it as the same creatures who abducted him, which left him doubting about his abduction. However, he only saw the creature's bio-suit, which in fact contains an alien that is identical to his abductors.
   
 
*Russel's biplane, a Boeing-Stearman PT-17, was the only actual flying airplane seen in ''Independence Day'' as all the other fighter jets, airliners and other planes were either mockups, models or digital creations.
 
*Russel's biplane, a Boeing-Stearman PT-17, was the only actual flying airplane seen in ''Independence Day'' as all the other fighter jets, airliners and other planes were either mockups, models or digital creations.
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