This may sound like a bit of an odd question, but I was wondering how the opening scene in Once Upon A Time in The West was made and more specifically, how they made the fly do what it did. It must not have been easy to get a fly to fly to his beard and stay there despite all of his attempts to get rid of it. So how did they make this fly do this?

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The scene with Jack Elam and the fly was first attempted by placing a fake fly on the actor's face. When that didn't work, better results were achieved by smearing honey or jam on Elam's beard to attract flies kept in a jar just out of view and released one at a time.

Source: Jack Elam and the Fly in Once Upon a Time in the West by Richard Raskin

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