TUESDAY’S TRIVIA TIDBITS.
Welcome back to Tuesday’s Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I will be posting weekly and info that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…
1: The fictional nation in the film “The Hunger Games” is called Panem. This is derived from “Panem et Circenses” or “Bread and Circuses” which comes from the latter days of the Roman Empire, in which the government would keep the masses satisfied not by performing their public services well, but by providing violent and deadly entertainments for the people to watch, which is rather fitting for the subject matter of the film.
2: Before George Clooney was cast in “From Dusk Till Dawn“, Tim Roth, John Travolta, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, and Christopher Walken were offered the role of Seth Gecko. They all passed because of scheduling conflicts.
4: In the novel of “No Country For Old Men“, Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones’ character) says of the dope-dealers, “Here a while back in San Antonio they shot and killed a federal judge.” Cormac McCarthy set the story in 1980. In 1979, Federal Judge John Howland Wood was shot and killed in San Antonio by Texas free-lance contract killer Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson who plays Carson Wells in the film.
5: Before Audrey Tautou got the part of “Amélie“, it was written specifically for Emily Watson. She wanted the part but had to decline because she didn’t speak French and had already agreed to be in “Gosford Park“.
6: There are only four films, based on a comic, that have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. They are Al Pacino for “Dick Tracy“, Paul Newman for “Road to Perdition“, William Hurt for “A History of Violence” and Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight“. Ledger is the only winner.
7: In “Lost In Translation“, the inspiration for having Bob Harris (Bill Murray) do a Suntory whisky commercial was partially inspired by the fact that Sofia Coppola’s father, Francis Ford Coppola, made a real Suntory commercial with Akira Kurosawa in the 1970s.
8: Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and Robert Downey Jr. were all considered for the role of “Edward Scissorhands” before Johnny Depp got the role. Drew Barrymore was also considered for the role of Kim Boggs that eventually went to Winona Ryder.
9: Director Quentin Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington’s Characters are meant to be the great great great grandparents of the character John Shaft from the “Shaft” movies. An overt reference to this connection can be found in Kerry Washington’s character’s full name: Broomhilda Von Shaft.
10: Anthony Burgess originally sold the movie rights of “A Clockwork Orange” to Mick Jagger for $500 when he needed quick cash. Jagger intended to make it with The Rolling Stones as the droogs, but then re-sold the rights for a much larger amount. Ken Russell was then nominated to direct because his style was considered well-suited for the material. He would have cast Oliver Reed as Alex. At some point, someone suggested rewriting the droogs to be girls in miniskirts or old-age pensioners. Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons turned down the role of Alex. Stanley Kubrick once said “If Malcolm McDowell hadn’t been available I probably wouldn’t have made the film.” Author Anthony Burgess initially distrusted Kubrick as a director, but was happy with the results. He felt the film later made the book, one of his least favorite books he had written, overshadow his other work.
So there you have it. 10 esoteric 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…
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