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: George Clooney has done three films under the direction of the Coen brothers. They are: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?“, “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Burn After Reading“. These three films have been dubbed Clooney’s “trilogy of idiots” by the brothers.
2: During the filming of “The Passion Of The Christ“, Jim Caviezel (Jesus) was struck by lightning while filming the sermon on the mountain scene. Extras say they saw an illumination around his whole body. Amazingly enough, he was not seriously injured.
4: In “Empire Strikes Back“, Han Solo was frozen in carbonite. This was (at least in part) due to the uncertainty of Harrison Ford returning for a third film. When the original “Star Wars” was made, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill were signed on for a three picture deal but Ford refused.
5: In the 1989 Kevin Costner baseball movie “Field of Dreams“, both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the thousands of extras in the Fenway Park scene. Over a decade later, when director Phil Alden Robinson worked with Affleck on the production of “The Sum of All Fears“, Affleck said, “Nice working with you again.”
7: In all of Quentin Tarantino’s original screenplays, the name of a police detective named Scagnetti is referred to at least once. Most of the times the particular scene was cut out of the final versions but Tom Sizemore actually played the role of police detective Jack Scagnetti in “Natural Born Killers“.
8: Terry Gilliam’s first choice for the lead role in “12 Monkeys” was Jeff Bridges, whom he had enjoyed working with on “The Fisher King“, but the studio wanted a bigger star, so he cast Bruce Willis. Ironically, Willis had originally auditioned for “The Fisher King“, but lost out to Bridges. When Willis got the role Gilliam gave him a list of “Willis acting clichés” not to be used during the film.
9: Woody Harrelson was arrested in 1996 for planting 4 marijuana hemp seeds in rural Kentucky and in his defence he said he was challenging a state law that makes no distinction between marijuana and hemp, even though hemp contains little of the drug found in marijuana and can be used to make a variety of industrial products. The jury dismissed the marijuana possession charge against him.
10: Stanley Kubrick considered both Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams for the role of Jack Torrance in “The Shining” but decided against both of them. Kubrick didn’t think DeNiro would suit the part after watching his performance in “Taxi Driver“, as he deemed De Niro not psychotic enough for the role. He didn’t think Williams would suit the part after watching his performance in “Mork & Mindy“, as he deemed him too psychotic for the role. According to Stephen King, Kubrick also briefly considered Harrison Ford.
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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