Welcome back to 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: Michael Douglas, Don Johnson and Mel Gibson were considered for the role of Eliot Ness in “The Untouchables” and rejected it. Jack Nicholson was also offered it and William Hurt was considered but was too busy with other projects. Director Brian De Palma also talked to Jeff Bridges and Gene Hackman about playing Ness and Malone. Harrison Ford was also offered but turned down the role before Kevin Costner was signed.

2: While preparing for his role as heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in “Requiem for a Dream“, Jared Leto lost 28 pounds, starved himself and denied himself the pleasure of then-fiancΓ©e Cameron Diaz’s bed for two months. Leto admits that playing the part was “sadomasochistic… the hardest thing I’ve done“.

3: In “Frankie & Johnny“, one scene called for Al Pacino to be surprised after opening a door. “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” was filming in a nearby studio, so director Garry Marshall arranged for Kirk and Spock to be on the other side of the door that Pacino opened.

4: Marlon Brando’s signature was considered so valuable to collectors, that many personal checks he wrote were never cashed because his signature was usually worth more than the amount on the check.

5: The longest film ever made is “The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World“, a British underground movie produced by Anthony Scott in association with the Swiss Film Centre, London. Directed by Vincent Patouillard and premiered at the CinΓ©matheque de Paris in October 1970, it lasts exactly 48 hours.

6: Ryan Gosling was the first Canadian-born performer in over 60 years to be nominated for the best actor Oscar in “Half Nelson” in 2006. The last was Walter Pidgeon for “Madame Curie” in 1943.

7: At various points Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Andy Garcia were all previously attached to star in “Donnie Brasco“. Stephen Frears was also set to direct it before Mike Newell took over.

8: The six leads in “The Full Monty” did in fact perform a full-frontal strip-tease in front of 400 extras. Director Peter Cattaneo described it as “a one-take deal.”

9: According to Robert DeNiro, he and Billy Crystal briefly toyed with the idea of co-directing “Analyze This” before deciding to offer it to Harold Ramis. Martin Scorsese was first approached but turned it down.

10: In “Reservoir Dogs“, Quentin Tarantino originally wrote the role of Mr. Pink for himself. Michael Madsen also originally auditioned for it and Vincent Gallo turned it down. Steve Buscemi auditioned for the part of Mr. White. George Clooney read for the role of Mr. Blonde but was turned down, and Christopher Walken refused the same role. Samuel L. Jackson also auditioned for the role of Mr. Orange. Once Tim Roth was cast, Tarantino originally wanted him to play Mr. Blonde or Mr. Pink. Robert Forster and Timothy Carey auditioned for the part of Joe Cabot, and the film is dedicated to Carey.

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…

(For earlier editions of Trivia Tidbits click here.)

46 Responses to “TRIVIA TIDBITS”

  1. Nicely done as always Mark. I wonder how many people have actually sat through that 48 hour film?! Also love that Frankie & Johnny fact.


  2. I love this feature! And the tidbits this week were particularly interesting, so thank you πŸ™‚


  3. Number 3 is fucking great!!


  4. Very interesting tidbits as always πŸ™‚ Poor Jared Leto.


  5. I LOVE the film ‘The full Monty’. Fun read πŸ™‚


  6. Good stuff brother. I go back to #1. I can’t see anyone but Kevin Costner playing that role. Isn’t it funny a strong we connect a movie to lead performer? Love that film. Keep up the good work!


  7. Fascinating list, Mark!! No way in hell am I ever going to watch a 48-hour movie, though. Crazy!


  8. Could you imagine Don Johnson as Eliot Ness??? My gods that would have been bad. Ryan Gosling the first Canadian to be nominated for the best actor Oscar! GO CANADA!


    • Can’t imagine Don Johnson at all and I’m glad it didn’t happen. That would have been disastrous.

      Gosling was the first Canadian in 60 years to be nominated for Best Actor. Thought you might like that one. That one was with yourself in mind. I like to post stuff for certain people occasionally. πŸ™‚


  9. Great tidbits as always Mark! I’m actually glad those actors turned down the role of Ness, I like Costner in Untouchables. WOW, that’s an incredible trivia on Brando! If I were him I’d be signing stuff left and right, ahah. I quite like Analyze This, boy I’d be curious what Scorsese would’ve done with that.


  10. Jared Leto: What a fucking idiot.


  11. Nice tidbits as always. That Reservoir Dogs one is interesting.


  12. Love #5! Wonder if I can track that down?…


  13. Chris Walker Says:

    Mark this is a brilliant feature. It’s always interesting and surprising.


  14. Here’s some good info on the longest movies ever. β€œThe Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the Worldβ€œ was the longest film until ’87.
    They’re all pretty much art installations, experimental works or clips spliced together. Shoah, the Holocaust doc at 9 hours, might be the longest film I ever seen though in parts. The Best of Youth at 6 hours is the longest one I’ve sat through.

    Didn’t know Gosling was Canadian.


    • Damn Dave! I’d actually heard of that Danish film before and it went right out of my head. Nice info my man. It’s still too long for me to ever go near, though. Those documentaries are a bit much for me as well. Kudos, man.


  15. De Niro, Pacino, Tarantino, Brando, Gosling AND Leto!!!!!!! Congrats Mark, you ticked all the boxes and compiled your best list. It can’t be topped, so you may as well quit now brother!!! πŸ™‚


  16. Mark, you know I am a big fan of trivia. Some great stuff here. I learned. Love the Kirk and Spock tidbit. haha that must have indeed been a surprise!

    great to see this segment man. Love it. Have a great weekend, my friend!


  17. Loved #3
    And #10 needs a flow chart to keep track of
    Thanks again for these.


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