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 “Angel Heart“, Alan Parker claimed that Robert De Niro’s performance as Louis Cypher was so eerie and realistic that he generally avoided him during his scenes, letting him just direct himself. De Niro’s performance was apparently an impersonation of his long-time friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese.
2: This might not mean much to many but it does to me; John Byrne is a cult and eccentric Scottish playwright/artist who wrote the play “The Slab Boys“. It was first performed as a Broadway production in 1983 starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Val Kilmer in early acting roles.
3: Steven Spielberg’s original concept for “E.T.” was a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as “Poltergeist“.
4: In “The Third Man“, Cary Grant was considered for the part of Harry Lime (played by Orson Welles). Coincidentally, Grant was a regular lunchtime visitor to the set of the film when the shooting returned to London sound-stages.
5: Sidney Lumet was the first choice to direct the film “Scarface” in 1983 but he backed out and Brian De Palma took over. It was Lumet’s idea to make the characters Cuban and to include the 1980 Mariel harbor boat lift in the story.
6: In “A Few Good Men“, Jack Nicholson repeated his famous courtroom monologue as Col. Jessep off-camera several times so director Rob Reiner could film the reactions of other actors from various angles. Nicholson’s memorable on-camera performance was filmed last, but according to Reiner and the other cast members, Nicholson gave it his all every take as if he was on camera.
7: Nick Nolte has surprisingly been considered for many major roles in film that would probably have changed the films considerably had he been cast. They include: Indiana Jones in “Raiders of The Lost Ark“, Han Solo in “Star Wars“, John Rambo in “First Blood“, Clark Kent in “Superman“, Snake Plissken in “Escape From New York” and Rick Deckard in “Blade Runner” to name a few.
8: There are only five actors to be nominated for acting honors by the Academy Awards over five decades: Paul Newman, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine. Only Olivier (1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s), Caine (1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s) and Nicholson (1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s) have done it consecutively over 5 decades.
9: John Turturro took classes at a secretarial school to learn how to use a typewriter for his role in the Coen brothers’ “Barton Fink“. Between takes, he wrote a rough outline for his future directorial outing “Romance & Cigarettes” on the typewriter he used in the film. The Coens would later produce that movie for Turturro and it also featured Steve Buscemi who plays Chet the bellhop in “Barton Fink”.
10: The boots that Clint Eastwood wore in “Unforgiven” are the same ones he wore in the TV series “Rawhide” where, essentially, he made his name. In essence these boots have book-ended his career in the Western genre.
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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