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: After “Once Upon a Time in America“, director Sergio Leone planned on casting Robert De Niro in a film he was working on about the siege of Leningrad in World War II, but that project never came about due to Leone’s death in 1989.
2: Edward Norton was considered for the role of Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon“. Director Milos Forman could not decide between him and Jim Carrey and left the decision up to the studio. The studio decided to go with Carrey.
4: In “The Hunger Games“, the name of the main character, Katniss, is derived from the name of a group of edible plant species, genus “Sagittaria”, commonly known as “arrowhead”. This is a reference to the character’s archery skills.
5: Arrested for trashing a New York hotel room. Johnny Depp claimed that an armadillo was responsible, saying that he had found the animal hidden in a closet and it had gone crazy, wrecking the hotel room before leaping out the window.
6: In “Drive“, there are three hidden scorpions in the film: – When Driver is in the car right before the scene in the coffee shop where he tells the guy he is going to kick his teeth in. It is reflected in the window and makes a shape like a scorpion. – The second is when he goes to meet Bernie at the Restaurant. It is in the bottom right corner of the painting as he walks up to the table. – The third is when the Driver takes Irene and Benicio to the pond; they play with scorpion claws.
7: A teaser trailer for the Coen brothers’ debut film “Blood Simple” was shot long before the movie was in production. It featured Bruce Campbell (filling in for the role later played by Dan Hedaya) bloody and crawling down the road, just like the movie.
8: In “Inception“, If you take the first letters of the main characters’ names – Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito – they spell “Dreams”. If you add Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf, the whole makes “Dreams Pay”, which is what they do for a mind thief – the very profession of the characters.
9: Keanu Reeves’ first name is Hawaiian and means “cool breeze over the mountains”. When he first arrived in Hollywood, his agent thought his first name was too exotic, so during the early days of his film career he is sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina.
10: There are only Nine male actors to ever have won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice; they include Fredric March (1932, 1946), Spencer Tracy (1937, 1938), Gary Cooper (1941, 1952), Marlon Brando (1954, 1972) Jack Nicholson (1975, 1997), Dustin Hoffman (1979, 1988), Daniel Day-Lewis (1989, (2007), Tom Hanks (1993, 1994) and Sean Penn (2003, 2008). Only five of them remain working today.
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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