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…
1: After watching his earlier short films, executive producer Steven Spielberg considered Tim Burton to direct “Gremlins“. But decided against it because at the time Burton had never directed a full feature length film.
2: Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster were originally cast in Park Chan Wook’s “Stoker” but both dropped out and were replaced by Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman, respectively. Colin Firth, James Franco, Joel Edgerton, and Michael Fassbender were considered for the role of Uncle Charlie. Firth was actually cast, but he dropped out and was replaced by Matthew Goode.
3: Before his debut in “Quest For Fire” in 1981, Ron Perlman had acted on stage for seven years, including a stage version of “A Few Good Men” as Col. Nathan R. Jessup (the role later made famous by Jack Nicholson).
4: Michael Mann was originally going to direct “The Aviator“, but having directed back-to-back biopics “The Insider” and “Ali“, he decided to produce instead, and offered the script to Martin Scorsese.
5: Robert Blake appears in the film “Lost Highway“, about a man who murders his wife. It was inspired, according to David Lynch, by the O.J. Simpson case. Blake later became the centre of another high-profile wife-killing case in real life. Over a year after his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley’s death, Blake was arrested for her murder. He was acquitted on 16th March 2005. Eight months later, however, a jury in a civil suit brought on behalf of her children found Blake liable for the murder and ordered him to pay over $30 million in damages.
6: In Tony Scott’s “The Fan“, Brad Pitt turned down the role of Bobby Rayburn (played by Wesley Snipes) wishing rather to play the role of Gil Renard. Snipes also wanted that role but it eventually went to Robert DeNiro. Al Pacino was also considered.
8: Because of the popularity of the two earlier Godfather movies, Frank Sinatra reversed his anti-Godfather stance and expressed interest in playing Don Altobello in “The Godfather part III“. He lost interest because of the size of the paycheck for the role, and it went to Eli Wallach. Sinatra got his role in “From Here to Eternity” when Wallach backed out because of the low pay for that movie. Although it was wisely rumoured that Sinatra used his mobster friends’ influence to get that Oscar winning part which was depicted in the first Godfather movie through the character Johnny Fontane.
9: As Stanley Kubrick refused to travel his last film “Eyes Wide Shut” was filmed in England. In a few shots of Tom Cruise walking through the city, background plates of actual New York streets were rear-projected behind the actor walking on a treadmill.
10: Actor John Kapelos jokingly warned the young actors of “The Breakfast Club” not overdo their intensity, laughingly noting that Martin Sheen once suffered a serious heart attack while filming “Apocalypse Now“. Emilio Estevez was enraged by the remark, and Kapelos was then stunned to learn that Martin Sheen was Estevez’s father. While Estevez accepted Kapelos’ apology and filming was unaffected, Kapelos said years later he still felt terrible about what he said, even though he hadn’t had any idea about the connection between Sheen and Estevez and had offended Estevez completely inadvertently. When Kapelos guest-starred on “The West Wing” in 1999, he told Martin Sheen this story. Sheen thought it was very funny, which provided Kapelos a small amount of relief from the chagrin he had felt about the incident since it happened.
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…
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