Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…
1: Tommy Lee Jones was the studio’s original (and preferred) choice to play Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York“. The studio was reluctant to cast Kurt Russell, who ultimately got the part, because of his previous work.
2: The scene in “The Master” when Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) gets ethanol out of the torpedo on the ship to drink it, is based on a true story told by actor Jason Robards to director Paul Thomas Anderson.
3: After the film “Wag The Dog” started production and before its release, US President Bill Clinton became involved in a sex scandal and threatened military action against Iraq which mirrored the same story of the film itself. During the filming, Dustin Hoffman, his co-star Robert DeNiro and director Barry Levinson had an impromptu meeting with President Clinton at a Washington hotel. “So what’s this movie about?” Clinton asked DeNiro. DeNiro looked over to Levinson, hoping he would answer the question. Levinson, in turn, looked over to Hoffman. Hoffman, realizing there was no one else to pass the buck to, is quoted as saying, “So I just started to tap dance. I can’t even remember what I said.“
4: Bryan Cranston auditioned for the role of David (played by Will Forte) in “Nebraska” but director Alexander Payne didn’t feel that he was right for the part. Matthew Modine, Paul Rudd and Casey Affleck were also considered.
6: The last name of Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in “Django Unchained” is a reference to Paula Schultz, the name on the gravestone that The Bride (Uma Thurman) is trapped under in “Kill Bill: Vol. 2“.
9: Danny Trejo’s character in “Predators” is named Cuchillo. Cuchillo is Spanish for knife. Many of Trejo’s characters in Robert Rodriguez movies have been named after knives: Uncle Machete in “Spy Kids” and it’s sequels, Razor Charlie and Razor Eddie in “From Dusk Till Dawn“, “From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money” and “From Dusk Till Dawn 3“. Navajas (Spanish for Blades) in “Desperado“, and he also, of course, plays Machete in “Machete” and “Machete Kills“.
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…
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