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: Michael Clarke Duncan did bodyguard work for Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and The Notorious B.I.G.; he let a friend take over for him the night Notorious B.I.G. got shot, which prompted him to quit that line of work.
2: In “Lawless” Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Shannon were originally slated to top line the project together with Shia LaBeouf. After the movie was shut down, recasting was required.
3: Bruce Willis was chosen to play John McClane in “Die Hard” because the producers felt he brought warmth and humor to an otherwise cold and humorless character. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone had turned down the role.
4: Louise Fletcher who played Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was so upset with the fact that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove to the actors she was not “a cold-hearted monster”.
6: Joaquin Phoenix was in car accident January 2006 on a winding canyon road that flipped his car over. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, “Just relax”. Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, “I’m fine. I am relaxed”. Then managed to see that the man was famed, eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog, and Herzog replied, ‘No, you’re not’. After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned an ambulance and vanished.
7: “Moon” and “Source Code” director Duncan Jones was offered the recent film “Dredd 3D“, but turned it down. Not because he didn’t like the Alex Garland script (Jones said it was great), but because he had such a strong idea of what he wanted to do with a Dredd movie, that he felt he could not bring himself to take it on and not do it his way.
8: In “The Shawshank Redemption“, Tim Robbins’ role of Andy Dufresne was originally offered to Tom Hanks but he turned it down because he was committed to “Forrest Gump” at the time – Hanks did, however, work on Frank Darabont’s next film, “The Green Mile“. Others considered for the role where Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen.
10: “Blade Runner” is, of course, loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” but the title itself comes from a book by Alan Nourse called “The Bladerunner“. William S. Burroughs wrote a screenplay based on the Nourse book and a novella entitled “Blade Runner: A Movie.” Ridley Scott bought the rights to the title but not the screenplay or the book. The Burroughs composition defines a blade runner as “a person who sells illegal surgical instruments”.
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…