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…

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1: Director Martin Scorsese’s first choice for the role of Sam Bowden in “Cape Fear” was Harrison Ford. He had Robert DeNiro call Ford to try convincing him to take the part. Robert Redford was also considered before Nick Nolte eventually took the role.

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2: In “Cinderella Man“, professional boxers played Jimmy Braddock’s (Russell Crowe’s) opponents. They were told to land their blows as close to Crowe’s body as possible. Unfortunately, they sometimes couldn’t pull back in time and ended up injuring the actor.

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3: The scene in “The 40 Year Old Virgin” where Andy (Steve Carell) has his chest hair removed required five cameras set up for the shot. Carell’s chest hair was actually ripped out in the scene. The actor had told director Judd Apatow just before shooting the scene: “It has to be real. It won’t be as funny if it’s mocked up or if it’s special effect. You have to see that this is really happening.” The scene had to be done in one shot.

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4: So disappointed was he by the poor reception of “The Night Of The Hunter” on its initial release both critically and commercially, Charles Laughton vowed never to direct a film again, and he never did. The film he was planning to direct next was going to be a screen adaptation of “The Naked And The Dead.

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5: In Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine“, the scenes in the ‘past’ when Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) are falling in love were shot first, in three weeks. After this Gosling and Williams spent a month together in a rented house to age themselves in preparation for the ‘present’ scenes. They spent a lot of their time grocery shopping, cooking dinner and learning to pick fights with each other.

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6: On October 17, 2006, Wesley Snipes was indicted on eight counts of tax fraud. He was ultimately found guilty and sentenced in April, 2008, to three years imprisonment. It was determined that he had not filed federal income tax returns from 1999 to 2007 and owed the IRS approximately $20,000,000 in back taxes. On the day he was sentenced, he paid $5,000,000 to the IRS.

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7: Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, and John Leguizamo auditioned for the role of Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo & Juliet“, before Luhrman decided to make Mercutio black and cast Harold Perrineau, Jr instead. Benicio Del Toro was also considered for the part of Tybalt before Leguizamo took that role.

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8: On the first day of shooting his film debut in “Mrs Brown“, Gerard Butler had to run naked into a freezing sea and, as a result, developed hypothermia. Later during the filming, he saved a young boy from drowning in the River Tay, Scotland and received a Certificate Of Bravery from The Royal Humane Society.

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9: During the filming of “The Birds“, Tippi Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock: a doll that looked exactly and eerily like Hedren. The creepiness was compounded by the ornate wooden box it came in, which a young Griffith took to be a coffin.

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10: The scene at the beginning of “Apocalypse Now” with Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) alone in his hotel room was completely unscripted. Sheen told the shooting crew to just let the cameras roll and he was actually drunk in the scene and punched the mirror which was real glass. Sheen also began sobbing and tried to attack Francis Ford Coppola. The crew was so disturbed by his actions that they wanted to stop shooting, but Coppola wanted to keep the cameras going.

Unfortunately, there will be no Trivia Tidbits next Tuesday or for the short, foreseeable future as it’s at this time that I will be stepping back from this feature and regrouping. Having just missed out on a 2013 Lammy nomination for this, I have decided that fresh material is required. If you must know my true feelings, then the picture of Martin Sheen (above) should suffice in conveying my dismay and despair. πŸ˜‰

Don’t threat, though, the feature will return in time, when I have researched more and can come back with more material for you all to enjoy. Until next time, the curtains of Tuesday’s Trivia Tidbits have now drawn but in the meantime you can still check out earlier editions that you may have missed.

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69 Responses to “TUESDAY’S TRIVIA TIDBITS”

  1. Great trivia as always. I heard the Apocalypse Now one before and Sheen actually had a heart attack later during the production. The hotel scene is so believable. It would be interesting to see Harrison Ford in Cape Fear, though De Niro plays the role very well. And that scene in The 40 Year Old Virgin is hilarious, I can’t believe it was actually real.

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    • Thanks man. Yeah, Sheen’s heart attack was apparently kept secret from the producers as Coppola didn’t want the plug pulled.
      Ford’s role in Cape Fear would have been Nolte’s Character but Nolte done some fine work in there too.
      I’m not a big fan of 40 year old virgin but that scene is great and all the better for being real.

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  2. Great mention of “Night of the Hunter”. Love that movie and its amazing that it wasn’t recognized at the time for how good it was. Mitchum blew me away.

    Hate to see Tuesday Tidbits step aside. There’s a good reason why I supported it in the Lammys. I love it. Keep up the great content and good luck on your two nominations. I was hoping to share some space with you on the ‘Best Movie Reviewer’ but alas…

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    • Yeah, it’s criminal that Night of the Hunter was criticised at the time. Laughton could have done some great things.

      It is with a heavy heart that Trivia Tidbits will take a break Keith. I was finding it harder to produce the goods and only kept it up during the award nominations. Now that it’s not in the running, I think this is a good time to gather more things and take some time out. Thanks for your support bro and don’t worry, it shall return.
      Good luck on your nominations as well. Unfortunately, we’re going head to head but it keeps it all very interesting. πŸ™‚

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      • Yep I just got the one for New Lamb and I definitely have the old “Just happy to be nominated” thing going. I don’t have a shot in the world but the nomination was a fun surprise! πŸ˜‰

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      • I thought you were in Best Reviewer, no? Man, you should be in there. I’m surprised I’m in that category to be honest but I’m very happy about it.

        I wouldn’t write off your chances of Best New Lamb bro. You have a great shout for that. It’s a very tough category though, isn’t it? It could go anywhere.

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      • Nope just New Lamb here. But yes, there are some great blogs on that list and a couple I still need to check out.

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      • Yeah, I need to make sure I’m completely familiar as well. You’ve got to know your competition. LOL. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Great stuff as always here Mark and I’ll be sad to see this go on hiatus, I always make sure I look out for it on a Tuesday. It certainly had my vote in the nominations. Congrats on your other noms though, very well deserved!

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    • Cheers Chris. I think this is the right time to take a break. If it was nominated I’d have kept at it but sadly, it wasn’t to be. It will be back, though, and hopefully just as productive.

      Good luck on your noms as well, man. It great to see you included.

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  4. Great movie trivia as always, Mark. Thanks.

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  5. This is great as always!!

    1) Crowe could probably use a few blows above his torso – maybe a dozen or so…. : )

    2) love the pic of your dog on FB!!!! : )

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  6. Oh and : ( on the feature taking a break – but sometimes these things are necessary…. good resting to you, sir!

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  7. I always knew there was something fishy about that opening in Apocalypse Now. Nice tidbits again!

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  8. I’m sooo bummed not to see your Trivia feature not being nominated!! Sorry to hear Mark, ah well I guess we can commiserate as my Five for the Fifth feature is not nominated either 😦 But hey you’ve got multiple noms though, congrats for those!!

    Ahah, that scene of GB and Billy Connolly running naked to the ocean is hilarious! You could see their um, bits too as they’re running, ahahaha…

    As for Cape Fear, hmmm I don’t see Harrison Ford as Sam at all. And Crowe really do suffer for his art doesn’t he? He’s such a dedicated actor.

    Great stuff once again, I’d be sad to see this feature go… hope not for long Mark! πŸ˜€

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    • Yeah, I’m a bit disappointed Ruth but, hey, I still got two nominations and for that I’m grateful. What was it that you got?

      Yeah, Butler and Connolly with their particulars on show. It’s cold in Scotland as well. I suppose they could use that as their excuses. πŸ˜‰

      I can actually see Ford working in Cape Fear. Nolte was excellent but it would have been nice to see Ford play off DeNiro.

      Yeah, I still enjoy doing these posts Ruth but I did want to take a break. The only reason I never was because the Lammy noms were in full swing. I had to wait for the put outcome of that before I stopped. It will be back, though. It’s been very successful and it’s not something I could give up on. I’m a sucker for some trivia.

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  9. Great list mark. Threw in a few bits of actual acting/method acting that can always be appreciated. That beginning of Apocalypse Now is always so creepy when you know that story. 7/10 this week!

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  10. I have just found out this fun post of yours through Ruth’s twit…and shame you are going to stop it for a while.

    They are very interesting trivia. That part on Carrell was wow…I can’t imagine the pain.

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    • Thanks Novroz. It’s been going a while and you can access all the previous ones but, yeah, I’ll be taking a break for a little while on this feature. It shall return, though. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Another great week Mark, The 40 Year Old Virgin scene where the hair wax had me rolling on the floor!!!

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  12. GaryLee828 Says:

    Mark, I think you’re a victim of auto-corrector. On your last paragraph didn’t you mean “Don’t fret”? It says threat. I hate it when AC decides to become the author. πŸ™‚ Good entry. I think Scorsese won with Nolte; he was perfect in the role! One of my all-time favorite films. Lange was immaculate, as well.

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    • Is that what it says? I must check that. That’s the dangers of blogging by iPhone if it was auto correct. It was probably me typing fast and writing the wrong way. A regular one with me I “Their” and “There”. It always crops up somewhere. LOL.

      Anyway, yeah, Nolte was great but I still think Ford would have been interesting. Lange was definitely outstanding, as you rightly say. Cheers Gary.

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  13. Some interesting stuff here. Sad to see them go already, too, since I’m new to the site, lol. Guess I’ll have to go back and look at your older posts. πŸ˜›

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    • Nice to see you stop by Chris. Yeah, check out the others. I’m sure you’ll find something that suits. The feature will return, I’m just doing a bit more digging and want to concentrate on reviews for while and possibly a new feature all together.

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  14. Hey man don’t get down on this feature I really dig it. It is one of the posts I look forward to all week. Not that I don’t enjoy picturing you getting your Sheen on Apocalypse Now style. πŸ˜‰

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    • Haha! Yeah, that photo of Sheen was me when I got snubbed for a Lammy. πŸ˜‰ Don’t worry though, it’ll be back. I just need a little time to amass more treasures. If I do that it’ll make it easier to get on with my reviews as I’ll have a whole host of trivia to pick and choose from. I’m throwing these together at the last minute just now and I’d rather have a head start on them if you know what mean? I’m only withdrawing so I can take it forward.

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  15. I wouldn’t worry too much about Lammies. This is a brilliant feature. Hell, I got 5 nominations and not even for community builder and I spent twice as much time on other people’s blogs than on my own, so it’s all crazy.

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    • Yeah, I have noticed a few strange occurrences in the nominations Sati. Even though I expected one for this I didn’t expect to be in for Best Reviewer. There’s far better than me out there. But this not getting a nod turned out to be the reason I needed to slack off for a bit. I was going to anyway but wanted to wait to see how things panned out. In the meantime, it’ll free up some time for me to plan another new feature before this returns. Thanks for the support though. πŸ™‚

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  16. Fantastic bits as always! You were definitely robbed of a Lammy Nomination! I’ll definitely miss my TTT!

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  17. De Niro, Scorsese & Gosling. Perfect πŸ™‚

    WE WERE ROBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜‰

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  18. Another great list, Mark! I love the one about Blue Valentie – even though i’m yet to watch the film!

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  19. I am also saddened to hear of the curtain call for Tuesday Trivia Tidbits…Always great stuff here. and I, too, supported your Lammy nom.

    Thanks for running it as often as you did Mark. Look forward to future things from ya here.

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    • Thank you T. I appreciate your support, man. I’m genuinely surprised that this missed out as a lot of people did vote for it. Anyway, it wasn’t to be. I’m taking a short break to gather more info and then it will return. Hope to see you back here when it returns my friend. πŸ™‚

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  20. jackdeth72 Says:

    Hello, Mark:

    Well, this is where you hang out. I like the layout and how the rug pulls it all together.

    Harrison Ford was far too paternal and namby-pamby for Nolte’s role opposite DeNiro in the re-make of ‘Cape Fear’.

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    • Hey there Jack. Welcome to my establishment. It’s great to see you here. And, yes, the rug definitely ties it altogether. LOL. You may also hear me talk about my bowling and occasional acid flashbacks. πŸ˜‰

      I can actually see Ford managing that role. He’s not the greatest of actors bug it would have been nice to see Ford and DeNiro play off one another. That being said, I’m a fan of Nolte and he was very good in Cape Fear.

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    • By the way, man. I’ve always been meaning to ask you. Is dry hair still for squids? πŸ˜‰

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  21. Great as always Mark. I understand the need to take a break, but I await the return of the tidbits.

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  22. […] at Marked Movies Tuesday’s Trivia Tidbits featuring facts from Caper Fear, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Birds and Apocalypse […]

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  23. 1. Hmm, I think Nolte is the right choice here, but who knows… Ford might’ve killed it.
    4. So crazy that Night of the Hunter was so poorly received back then. It’s a fantastic film.
    6. Oops.
    8. Wow, that’s crazy. Never knew that.

    Ahh, sorry to hear that you’re taking a break with this feature. I really do love reading these every week, but I completely understand the need to step back!

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    • Thanks for dropping in again Alex and congrats on your nominations this year also.

      I was only soldiering on in this feature to nab a nomination but it wasn’t to be. It will be back and more refreshed in due time though.

      I’ve been trying to follow your site, man, but couldn’t find an email notification button. Do you have one? I normally find this problem with sites outwith wordpress.

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  24. Fun read as always, Mark! Especially enjoyed the Blue Valentine bit — guess that makes sense as to why they had such strong chemistry.

    Sad to see the weekly trivia go, but glad to hear it will just be a temporary break. Enjoy your time away, man.

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    • Yeah, I think your right Eric. The chemistry between them was spot on. Great movie all in.

      I will be taking a break Eric but it will only be temporary. There will be more trivia to follow in time. Thanks for dropping by, as always, man.

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  25. Lord! How do you end up in debt to the IRS for 20 million?? Surely he didn’t actually think they weren’t going to notice?

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    • Haha! That’s quite a bit isn’t it? It effectively ruined Snipes’ career. He was always a prominent actor when I was growing up but he completely disappeared. I hear he’s involved in The Expendables 3, though. Not that thats something to boast about. πŸ˜‰

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  26. Great feature! Sorry that I just came around and it is leaving–it’s fun to find out all the juicy details. That is one reason I love commentaries. πŸ™‚ Will look forward to its return…

    And 40-year Old Virgin–OUCH!

    Later!

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    • Thanks for dropping in. You shouldn’t have to wait too long for it’s return. I’ve only cancelled it temporarily to free up some more time. Hope you enjoy more on it’s return.

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  27. 1. Harrison Ford would be a great lawyer in Cape Fear, come to think of it.

    7. Yeah I HATED Leguizamo in that movie. Totally screwed it up, but Baz Luhrmann likes doing that, clearly.

    9. That’s so creepy.

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    • As much as I like Nolte in Cape Fear, I can actually see Ford carrying that off.

      Can’t say I was overly fussed about Leguizamo as Tybalt and I really liked the film. It was an alternative spin that I thought worked very well. Thought Perrinneau was a great choice for Mercutio as well.

      Yeah, can you imagine? Poor Griffith. That kind of thing would freak you for your whole childhood.

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