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: As with most of Stephen King’s stories, “Stand By Me” contains connections to other books he has written. Ace Merrill (Kiefer Sutherland’s character) later re-appeared in the book “Needful Things“, although he does not appear in the film. The dog Chopper is compared to “Cujo“.
Characters are familiar with Shawshank Prison, from “The Shawshank Redemption“. Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman’s character) was actually first mentioned in King’s first book, “Carrie“, in which Carrie destroys a gas station he once worked at.
2: Al Pacino turned down the role of Ron Kovic’s (Tom Cruise) father in Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July“. Some years earlier another version of the film was proposed with Pacino as Kovic with William Friedkin directing.
3: Production on the film “Barry Lyndon” was moved from Ireland to England after Stanley Kubrick received word that his name was on an IRA hit list for directing a film featuring English soldiers in Ireland.
4: Before Anthony Hopkins was cast as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs“, the considerations were: John Hurt, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, and Robert DeNiro. Jeremy Irons actually turned down the offer.
6: Ellen Burstyn received a permanent spinal injury while filming “The Exorcist“. In the sequence where she is thrown away from her possessed daughter, a harness jerked her hard away from the bed. She fell on her coccyx and screamed in pain.
7: Robert Mitchum turned down the role that eventually went to Tony Curtis in “The Defiant Ones“. Mitchum, a real-life veteran of a Southern chain gang, didn’t believe the premise that a black man and a white man would be chained together and said that such a thing would never happen in the South. Over the years this reason was corrupted to the point where many people now believe Mitchum turned down the role because he didn’t want to be chained to a black man, an absolute falsehood. Curtis repeated the inaccurate story in his autobiography, but later recanted after Mitchum’s real reason was explained to him.
8: Clint Eastwood wore the same poncho through all three “Man with No Name” movies- “A Fistful of Dollars“, “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” without a replacement or ever getting it cleaned.
9: The original cut of “The Town” that Ben Affleck screened for producers was 4 hours long. After realizing that the film would never appeal to wide audiences, he cut the film down to 2 hours and 50 minutes in three days. After screening that version, the studio and producers loved it but knew that it was still too long. Affleck eventually had to cut beloved footage and personal favorite scenes to make the film work. The film then went through more change at a studio standpoint when they wanted the film at no more than 2hours and 10 minutes. Eventually, Affleck cut the film down to 2 hours and 8 minutes, ultimately trimming action sequences, character development and dialog. Affleck, while happy with the theatrical cut, stated that an Extended Cut will be featured on the DVD and BluRay with deleted scenes on top of that. He also stated that, while the theatrical cut of “The Town” is a close adaptation of ‘Prince of Thieves‘ (the novel which it is based on), the extended cut is a mirror of the novel, staying more true to the book.
10: “American Beauty” has many references to the Vladimir Nabokov novel “Lolita“. “Lester Burnham” (Kevin Spacey’s character) is an anagram for “Humbert learns”. Prof. Humbert was the main character from the novel and film adaptations.
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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