TUESDAY’S TRIVIA TIDBITS.
As everyone seems to have a recurring feature going on, I thought I’d add a little something too. I do have my “Let’s Have A Sit Down” feature but that takes ages to compile so I thought I’d contribute a little something easier every week. This little something will consist of interesting facts that have been attached to certain movies. I’m a sucker for behind the scenes movie info so I will deliver 10 facts each week in the hope that you enjoy these bits of info as much as I do. So without further ado, here are the first 10 of “Tuesday’s Trivia Tidbits”
1: In the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln“, Liam Neeson was originally attached to play the former president before Daniel Day-Lewis. He decided to drop out though as, according to Neeson, he felt he was too old to play the part after waiting so many years for the project to get the go-ahead.
2: “First Blood” was released in 1982 with Sylvester Stallone in one of his most iconic roles as John Rambo but beforehand there were other considerations for the role. Al Pacino was one but he refused it when his request that Rambo be more of a madman was rejected. Others included; John Travolta, Nick Nolte, Michael Douglas, James Garner, Jeff Bridges and Robert DeNiro. Kris Kristofferson was also considered as he was a former Airborne Ranger and some hoped that good friend Sam Peckinpah would direct. Initially Mike Nichols was interested in directing and wanted Dustin Hoffman to play the lead. Hoffman wasn’t interested, however, as he thought it was too violent.
3: Despite all the publicity, “Citizen Kane” was a box office failure and was quickly consigned to the RKO vaults. At 1941’s Academy Awards the film was booed every time one of it’s nine nominations was announced. It was only re-released for the public in the mid-1950s before being heralded as one of the finest cinematic achievements.
4: Colin Farrell previously appeared in “Minority Report“, which was also adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, and had originally been developed as a sequel to the original film version of “Total Recall“.
5: In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock was embittered at the critical and commercial failure of his film “Vertigo“. He blamed this on James Stewart for “looking too old” to attract audiences any more. Previously one of his favourite collaborators, Hitchcock never worked with Stewart again.
6: O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of “The Terminator” but the producers feared he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. In 1990 – only 6 years later – Simpson’s stood trial for the murder of his wife.
7: In Tony Scott’s “Crimson Tide“, Quentin Tarantino was brought in to do uncredited “punch-ups” of the dialogue. His major contribution was the comic book bickering.
8: There are only two actors in the history of the Oscars who have won the award for playing the same character. Marlon Brando is one for playing Vito Corleone in “The Godfather“. Robert DeNiro the other, for doing the same in “The Godfather part II“.
9: In “The Dark Knight Rises“, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Mark Ruffalo were considered to play John Blake before Joseph Gordon-Levitt was ultimately cast. DiCaprio was also one of the actors considered to play Robin in “Batman Forever” before Chris O’Donnell got the part.
10: “It Happened One Night” in 1934, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975 & “The Silence Of The Lambs” in 1991 remain, to this day, the only three film’s to win all top five Oscar awards – Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay (Adapted).
So there you have it. 10 completely useless Tidbits to masticate on. Some you may know. Some you may not. If you have any thoughts, stick your donations in the comment box.
See you next Tuesday…