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:Drive” and “Taxi Driver” actor Albert Brooks’ real name is, in fact, Albert Einstein. He changed his surname “Einstein” because there was already an extremely well-known theoretical physicist by that name.

2: According to David Fincher, Robert Downey Jr. was so exhausted while making “Zodiac” because the film was shot digitally (leaving them with fewer resets and fewer breaks) that he decided to leave jars of his urine around the set as a form of protest.

3: In “Trainspotting” there are several references to The Beatles: – The scene where the store detectives chase Renton down the street is reminiscent of the scene in “A Hard Day’s Night” where The Beatles are pursued by fans. – While watching the train, the four friends arrange themselves in the same manner as The Beatles did on the back of the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“. – The scene where the four friends cross the road and enter the hotel is reminiscent of the cover of the album “Abbey Road“. – The scene where Renton wakes up on the couch in the morning at Diane’s home and says hello to someone passing through the hallway while covered with a blanket to his chin, is reminiscent of a scene in “Help!” where Ringo is found in a trunk of a car covered up with a blanket, and upon being found, says hello. – The “Mother Superior’s” written in the dealer house is a reference to the Beatles song Happiness is a Warm Gun, a song about heroin, which has the line “mother superior jump the gun“.

4: Dino De Laurentiis, who had produced “Manhunter“, passed on “The Silence of the Lambs” because Manhunter had flopped. He gave the rights away to Orion Pictures for free.

5: The part of J.D. (played by Brad Pitt) in “Thelma & Louise” was originally intended for William Baldwin but he jumped ship when he landed the lead in “Backdraft“. Christian Slater was also considered and, then struggling actor, George Clooney auditioned five times for Ridley Scott before Pitt took over.

6: Following the success of the movie “Forrest Gump“, the writer of the novel, Winston Groom wrote a sequel called “Gump & Co.“, which referenced the movie as if it had been released in Forrest’s world. Forrest also meets Tom Hanks in the novel.

7: After “The Wild One” in 1953, Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin almost starred together again 19 years later in John Boorman’s “Deliverance“. They were cast together in the film until Lee Marvin told director Boorman that he thought he and Brando were too old for their roles. Boorman agreed and cast Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds instead.

8: When Paul Thomas Anderson approached George C. Scott about playing the role of Earl Partridge (Jason Robards’ character) in “Magnolia“, Scott threw the script across the room, saying “This is the worst fucking thing I’ve ever read. The language is terrible.

9: The inspiration for the character of Freddy in “A Nightmare On Elm St” came from several sources in Wes Craven’s childhood. Fred Krueger was a schoolmate of Craven with whom he had shared a paper route, and who had bullied him for several years. In “The Last House on the Left“, Craven also used this experience as inspiration, calling the villain Krug. Freddy’s appearance (especially the dirty clothes and hat) was inspired by a hobo who Craven saw staring at him through his window one day when he was ten.

10: In “The Big Lebowski“, the Dude’s line, “The Dude abides” is a reference to Ecclesiastes 1:4, “One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides forever.” It is a reference to how the Dude, much like the Earth, can weather change and chaos around him, but still remain the same.

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…

(For earlier editions of Trivia Tidbits click here.)



  1. Great trivia, love the Magnolia one.


  2. Just missing a De Niro from being my favourite list so far πŸ™‚


  3. Great trivia as always. I can see George C. Scott as Earl Partridge in Magnolia but Jason Robards played the part so well. Cool fact about Albert Brooks, I never knew that before.


  4. Great bits of trivia, as usual. Thanks, Mark.


  5. One of my favorite parts of the blogging week Mark! Another splendid platter of cool movie trivia. I love the way you used your own personal “To my biggest fan Mark” signed Albert Brooks photo! πŸ™‚


  6. Great selection this week Mark. I love those Beatles references in Trainspotting, I had no idea about any of those!


    • Thanks Chris. I knew of at least two Beatles references (primarily the Abbey Rd one where they’re walking across the street) but the rest where new to me as well. That film just keeps getting better πŸ˜‰


  7. Good stuff once again! Nice job, Mucker!


  8. I never knew that about the Gump & Co. book. Where he actually meets Tom Hanks. lol


  9. There’s always at least one “Im so glad that didnt happen” tidbit in these. This week its George C Scott in Magnolia. Robards was great in that role, I cant picture Scott there, as great as he was…


    • I can actually see Scott being able to slot into this role. That being said, Robards was great and it was nice to see him finish on a high note with Magnolia. Cheers Fogs.


  10. Haha, Downey πŸ™‚ I heard once he defecated in co-star’s trailer πŸ™‚


  11. some corkers this week mark! I can believe downey would do that, and what a film zodiac is.


  12. 8 for 10. Still teaching me Mark! Always excited to read these.


  13. Great tidbits as always. Especially loved 1, 2, 3, 8 and 10 πŸ˜€


  14. I love the tidbit about Magnolia! Classic.


  15. I would have kept my name as Einstein, That sounds like a crazy potential casting for deliverance, have you ever been to one of those bubba gump chain restaurants ?


  16. 1. How did I never know that? Wow, amazing tidbit.
    2. Priceless Downey right there.
    4. Oops.
    6. Oooh that’s right, I forgot all about that book. Have you read it?
    8. (sigh) Oooooh, that old George. C


  17. Interesting bit there about Trainspotting. I was looking for a new reason to give that a rewatch, so it looks like I found one. πŸ˜€


    • Cheers Eric. I like revisit this one myself on a regular basis. As it turns out, the author of Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh, paid a visit to my site the other day. I was well pleased. πŸ™‚


  18. 9 really makes me laugh,. What revenge haha


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