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-fiancée 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.
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 Cinématheque de Paris in October 1970, it lasts exactly 48 hours.
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…
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