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One day during the production of Reds, the story of Marxist journalist John Reed and Russia's Bolshevik Revolution, director Warren Beatty, seeking authenticity, lectured the film's extras on Reed's theories of capitalist exploitation of labor. The extras listened attentively, went away to discuss what they had learned, and unanimously decided to go on strike for higher wages.

Beatty relented and the extras got a small raise.

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