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 Michael Madsen was found to be unavailable for the part, Daniel Day-Lewis tried to get the role of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction“, one of the few times he actively pursued a part. However, by that point in the casting, Quentin Tarantino had John Travolta in mind.
2: Mark Ruffalo claims to be the only actor to date, to play both The Hulk and Bruce Banner in the same movie. Technically, both Eric Bana and Edward Norton have done motion capture work for their respective Hulks, but Ruffalo is the first actor to perform the Hulk live on set via performance capture.
3: When he did the Russian roulette scene in “The Deer Hunter“, Christopher Walken was remembering being sent to summer camp by his parents, which he hated. He felt betrayed, ostracized, alone – and felt the character was experiencing that at that point in the film.
4: Originally in “Rain Man“, Dustin Hoffman was to play Charlie Babbitt (the Tom Cruise character) and Bill Murray was to play the autistic savant Raymond (eventually Hoffman’s role). When Hoffman decided to switch roles, Murray dropped out – he didn’t want to play the straight role. The film also seen director’s Martin Brest, Steven Spielberg and Sydney Pollack attached at one point.
6: “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were filmed simultaneously. The back-to-back shoot lasted a record-equaling 274 days, in 16 months – exactly the same time as taken for the principal photography of “Apocalypse Now“.
8: Matt Damon, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, was one of the studio’s first choices for the role of Jake Sully in “Avatar“, but director James Cameron chose the (back then) more unknown Sam Worthington in the lead role instead.
9: At one point in the movie “Ted“, Ted mentions 9/11. Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane both, apparently, narrowly missed being on the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Wahlberg was booked on American Airlines Flight 11 but decided to drive up to New York and fly to California later. McFarlane was scheduled on the same flight but arrived to gate ten minutes late and was unable to board. He was sitting in the airport when he saw that his plane had hit the North Tower of the World trade center.
10: In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, John Goodman stated that The Dude referring to “The Big Lebowski” as a “human paraquat” was one of the only improvised lines to make it into the final film. Virtually every other line, including every ‘man’ and ‘dude,’ was scripted – A ‘Paraquat’ is actually a herbicide. During the late 1970s, a controversial program sponsored by the US government sprayed paraquat on marijuana fields in Mexico.
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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