Hello again my fellow bloggers. Some time has now passed since Tuesday’s Trivia Tidbits has featured here and I’d now like to announce it’s long-awaited return. You may notice that I’ve changed the title by omitting the day it would normally be posted. Time has been eating my arse of late and I want to take the pressure off a little by not having to keep to a specific day. Hopefully it can remain (mostly) on Tuesday’s but it should appear either way, give or take a day.
For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…
1: Indiana Jones was inspired by real-life academic and adventurer, Hiram Bingham III, who rediscovered Machu Piccu in 1911. Bingham’s book “Lost City Of The Incas” led to the Charlton Heston movie “Secret Of The Incas“, which, in turn, led to Indy.
2: According to director Derek Cianfrance, he met with Ryan Gosling at his agent’s home in 2007 while working on “Blue Valentine“. Apparently he asked Gosling what in life, he would want to do that he hadn’t already. Gosling responded that he has always wanted to rob a bank but didn’t want to get arrested. Cinafrance then asked how he would go about it. Gosling then described how he would rob a bank on a motorcycle because it is fast and agile, and the helmet would conceal his identity, then stashing the motorcycle in the back of a truck because the police would be looking for the motorcycle. Cianfrance them responded that he was actually writing a screenplay about a bank robber in exactly that way, and he felt that Gosling was meant to play this role. These are the events that led to “The Place Beyond The Pines“.
3: For her widely panned performance in “The Godfather part III“, Sofia Coppola not only “won” two Razzie Awards (for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star) but also set a new record for the percentage of votes received by any actor up to that point in Golden Raspberry Awards history. In a field of five contenders, she took over 65% of Razzie members’ votes in both categories.
4: To make himself look like an average out of shape middle aged man in “Cast Away“, Tom Hanks didn’t exercise and allowed himself to grow pudgy. Production was then halted for a year so he could lose fifty pounds and grow out his hair for his time spent on the deserted island. During this hiatus, Robert Zemeckis used the same crew to film “What Lies Beneath“.
5: In “Gangs Of New York“, Bill the Butcher (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) is a great opposer of Abraham Lincoln and in one scene he’s seeing throwing a knife on a picture of the president. Ironically, Day-Lewis would later play “Lincoln” in Steven Spielberg’s film of the same name.
6: In Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby“, Ben Affleck was considered for the role of Tom Buchanan, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. After Affleck dropped out, Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans were considered before Joel Edgerton was eventually cast.
7: Before the publication of “The Andromeda Strain“, author Michael Crichton had written under many pseudonyms. One of these was Michael Douglas. The actor Michael Douglas would be directed by Crichton in “Coma” and go on to play a role in “Disclosure“, one of Crichton’s novels
8: An early title for Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” was “1984 and a 1/2”, an ode to Federico Fellini and “8½“, but the film “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was released and the idea was scrapped, as there would have been legal trouble with the George Orwell estate.
9: While filming “The Score” Marlon Brando took to calling director Frank Oz, “Fozzy” and “Miss Piggy” during the movie. Oz is the voice of Fozzy Bear and Miss Piggy characters in “The Muppets“. Brando’s hazing of Oz over his work with the Muppets got so bad that Robert DeNiro was forced to direct Brando instead, with Oz giving him instructions via headset.
10: As a guest on “Inside the Actors Studio” (Oct. 2, 2006), Al Pacino recounted to host James Lipton how he’d had an embarrassing moment in a crowded elevator after winning his first Oscar for “Scent Of A Woman“. Unbeknownst to Pacino, was that the head of his statuette was poking a well-known actress in her posterior. When she turned around, Pacino quickly explained that his Oscar, not he, was to blame for her discomfort.
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 week…
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