TRIVIA TIDBITS

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 always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1:Toy Story” and “Galaxy Quest” star Tim Allen was once a coke dealer. Tim was busted at an airport with reportedly over a pound of cocaine in his possession. He would have received the maximum sentence of life but volunteered to snitch on other dealers as compensation for a shorter sentence. He still spent two years in a federal prison.

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2: In the Stephen King novella for “The Shawshank Redemption“, Morgan Freeman’s character Red is described as a white Irishman. The film has Red sarcastically quip, “Maybe it’s cause I’m Irish” as a nod to the change.

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3: According to John Carpenter and Kurt Russell in the DVD Commentary of “Big Trouble In Little China“, the story was originally written as a western but Carpenter decided to set it during modern times. They even mention that instead of Jack Burton’s truck being stolen, it was originally his horse.

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4: While playing Al Capone in “The Untouchables“, Robert De Niro insisted on wearing the same style of silk underwear that Capone wore, even though it would never be seen on camera. The producers, knowing DeNiro’s reputation as a Method actor, gave in. De Niro tracked down Capone’s original tailors and had them make him some identical clothing for the movie.

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5: Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves tested for the role of Brian McCaffrey in “Backdraft” before it eventually went to William Baldwin.
Val Kilmer and Johnny Depp actually turned it down.

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6: Author Lorenzo Carcaterra has claimed that his book on which the film “Sleepers” is based was a true story of his childhood. When the New York legal community went on record stating that no cases resembling the events of his book could be found in any court records, Carcaterra refused to discuss the discrepancy. His claims have been neither proven nor disproven.

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7: When filming “Chinatown” Jack Nicholson was dating Anjelica Huston, the daughter of his screen nemesis John Huston. She visited the set on the day that her father’s character asked Nicolson’s Jake Gittes, “Did you sleep with my daughter?”.

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8: In the casino scene in “Swingers“, sirens can be heard in the background. This was actually the police on their way to stop the filmmakers who were shooting without a permit.

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9: [Spoiler]
When Alan Rickman was filming his death scene in “Die Hard“, he was dropped a second early to get his true reaction to falling from the Nakatomi Plaza.

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10: Among Patrick Bateman’s neighbours in the novel of “American Psycho” is one Tom Cruise. Added to which, Christian Bale based elements of his performance as Bateman on Cruise after seeing an interview with the star. According to director Mary Harron, Bale said he saw “this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes”.

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…

(For earlier editions of Trivia Tidbits click here.)

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58 Responses to “TRIVIA TIDBITS”

  1. I truly always enjoy these, fun, fun, fun. I am one of those people that love a lot of random trivia.

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    • Glad to hear it Zoe. I seem to running a little niche in the market here. Who can refuse a slice of trivia or ten? 😉

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      • I spend so much time reading all these extra things and bringing them out at the most random times. I love it. Saw you have a whole gallery I have yet to go through. When the audit concludes here I am going to have so much fun 😀 I thank you in advance for the entertainment you will be providing!

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      • Haha! That’s quite a compliment to this little piece of work I’ve been doing over the years Zoe. I always hoped that it would touch a nerve with something. It would seem that that very someone is yourself. 😉

        You’re more than welcome.

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      • 😀 It is but the truth!

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  2. Great trivia as always. I never knew number one before, not sure if I can look at Tim Allen the same way again.

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    • Thanks as always my friend. I knew about Tim Allen years ago and still can’t see him the same way either. I don’t judge him or anything but I don’t see him as squeaky clean as he makes out.

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  3. I have a friend who has that exact tattoo of Christian Bale from American Psycho. Bad ass.

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  4. Good stuff as always champ. Swingers is such a great film, made me want to go watch it now! 🙂

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  5. Great ones Mark. Several of these stand out. I knew Tim Allen had a shady past but I had never heard about that. I also love the bit about Morgan Freeman in Shawshank. And isn’t it interesting hearing about the different roles Val Kilmer has turned down especially considering where his career has ended up?

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  6. #6 is interesting to me. I loved the film ‘Sleepers’ and am sorry it is based on a true story–even more that its truth “never happened”. It would be awkward to want to prove those heinous events occurred. this was the Robert DeNiro film I wanted to blog about in your upcoming blogathon. How is that going? When are they due?

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    • Thanks Cindy. Yeah, the Sleepers one has a few folks baffled it would seem. As for the Blogathon. We’re hoping to have everyone pieces done by this time next week. Tyson will be doing reminder post on it.

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  7. I knew the bit about Tim Allen before, but it never fails to surprise me. I did not know about the Hans Gruber death scene though and that is awesome. I’ve always thought he had kind of an off-guard look on his face when falling.

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  8. Boat Drinks!

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  9. Stellar work sir. I love the De Niro fact. The lengths he goes to for a role never cease to amaze me.

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  10. Great list, I like those little differences between books and film, as highlighted with the Shawshank Redemption bit..

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  11. I could get that Tom Cruise-ish feeling from Bale. Pretty interesting stuff, as always!

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  12. Awesome trivia once again Mark!! WOW, I had no idea about Tim Allen, coke dealer, ahahaha!

    I knew that about Alan Rickman, great idea to achieve a genuine surprise look from the actors, ahah.

    Ahah, Keanu er Chuch & RDJ losing a role to Billy Baldwin is a hoot, I mean look at the career trajectory of those three. Where’s Billy Baldwin now? 😉

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    • Haha! Yup! Tim Allen a convicted felon for dope pedalling. He doesn’t even look the type.

      Yeah, interesting to see our man, Chuck chatting with Ron Howard in that little photo. 😉

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  13. 9 & 10 made my day 😀

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  14. I didn’t find these tidbits to be erotic at all.

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  15. Huh, didn’t know that about Tim Allen. Pretty interesting. And #10 is just golden, haha! XD

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    • Yeah, Tim Allen the dope fiend, Chris. I had heard of this years ago but it always brings a surprise considering the family movies he delivers. #10 is great as well isn’t it? Bateman is really The Cruiser? Ha!

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  16. Love The Untouchables bit. So cool he was able to track the tailors down.

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  17. Love these! Can’t believe about Tim Allen! That is craaazy!

    Really loved 7, 8 and 9 😉

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  18. Woah. Number one here broke my universe a little. Crazy mugshots. I would not have picked that. He seems like such a bland bloke in many ways.

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  19. Popcorn Nights Says:

    Great stuff as always Mark. Number 8 is priceless – guerrilla filmmaking!

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  20. Great stuff, Mark. I’ve always liked the Alan Rickman one from Die Hard. Apparently, the stuntman was holding Rickman’s hand and said he would let go on the count of three, but did it on the count of two instead. I bet Rickman was cursing that stuntman when he finally landed on the air bag! 😀 Made for a great shot though.

    Never knew that about Tim Allen. Funny how in Hollywood, prison time is no real barrier to a career, unlike in other walks of life.

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    • Cheers Monkey! Yeah that technique in capturing Rickman’s reaction is priceless. You can see it in the photo provided. Top quality.

      As for prison sentences, it seems to matter not a jot in the film industry. Might go and get me locked up, to realise my career in the movies. 😉

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  21. Great post, Mark, this may be your best Trivia Tidbits yet. 😀 Loved the ones about Swingers and Rickman especially.

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    • Thanks a lot Eric. It’s always nice to hear that so far down the line of posting these Trivia facts, that some still find a favourite one of them all. I’m always worried that the material is getting weaker.

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  22. Snitches Get Stitches Tim Allen. I love that fact that Bale based his American Psycho portrayal on Cruise… that made my night. 🙂

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  23. 1. Oh my god, I had no idea Tim Allen used to peddle blow. That’s insane.

    4. Of course he did.

    6. I’ve always wondered if there is truth to it or not. Levinson thinks it’s true.

    Great stuff here!

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  24. Tim Allen a coke dealer? Looks more like a 70s porn star.

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  26. 1 is shocking. Ricky Gervais could have caused him embarassment by mentioning that too ha. 8 makes me chuckle loads.

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