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: In “Goodfellas“, Tom Cruise and Madonna were the producers’ first choice for the roles of Henry Hill and his wife Karen. Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco were subsequently cast in those parts. Al Pacino was also offered the role of Jimmy Conway but he refused with the concern of being typecast. Robert DeNiro took over the role and it’s a decision that Pacino now admittedly regrets.
3: For “The Thin Red Line“, Billy Bob Thornton recorded a narration under the supervision of director Terrence Malick. However, the final print of the film has voice-overs by eight of the main characters in the film; none of the narration from Thornton is in the final print. In addition, several other stars who filmed scenes were left on the cutting-room floor, including Bill Pullman, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Viggo Mortensen, Martin Sheen and Mickey Rourke.
4: John Travolta’s role of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” was written for Michael Madsen but due to scheduling conflicts Madsen couldn’t do it. He did, however, play Vic Vega, in “Reservoir Dogs“. The characters are brothers and at one point Tarantino considered making a film about the Vega brothers with the intended title “Double V Vega“.
5: In Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive“, the driver references the fable of The Scorpion and The Frog: the frog agrees to carry the scorpion across the river; the scorpion stings the frog, saying “it’s my nature” and both drown. Driver can be seen as The Frog of the story – he drives/carries criminals (scorpions) around in his car, but is inevitably dragged into their destructive world (stung) leading to everybody’s downfall. Driver’s jacket has a scorpion on the back, just as the frog carried the scorpion on its back.
6: In “The Big Lebowski“, the $0.69 check The Dude writes at the beginning of the film is dated September 11, 1991, exactly ten years before the 9/11 attacks. While he is writing the check, George Bush can be heard on the television railing against Saddam Hussein. This film preceded 9/11 by 4 years.
7: In 2007, Ernest Borgnine became the first male Oscar winner for Best Actor to still be alive on his 90th birthday, and in 2012, Ernest became the first male Oscar winner for Best Actor to still be alive (and working) on his 95th birthday. He recently died on 8th July this year.
10: “Rosemary’s Baby” was released in 1968 and directed by Roman Polanski. Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson and his followers, who titled their death spree “Helter Skelter” after the 1968 song by The Beatles. One of that bands members, John Lennon, was murdered in 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where Rosemary’s Baby had been filmed.
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…