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…
2: Ben Affleck is known for being a very good impressionist. He usually picks one of his costars while filming a movie and studies them. He displays his impressions on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno almost every time he is a guest. While filming “The Sum of All Fears“, he chose to study co-star Morgan Freeman. When he showed Morgan his impression on set, it was so accurate Freeman told him, “You ever do that again, I’ll kill you“.
3: After completing “The Aviator“, Martin Scorsese kept Alec Baldwin in mind for future collaboration and ultimately decided to cast him in the role of Ellerby in “The Departed” which was offered to Mel Gibson first. Gibson was unable to accept the part, though, because he was starting production on “Apocalypto” at the time.
4: Originally the film “Devil’s Advocate” was a more special-effects oriented, blockbuster-type movie and was turned down by Al Pacino five times. But when director Taylor Hackford went through a few script re-writes he offered it to Pacino again. Pacino liked it, but didn’t think he could portray Milton properly, and suggested Sean Connery or Robert Redford instead.
5: During interviews with Christian Bale whilst promoting “Batman Begins“, he continued using the American accent he’d adopted to play Bruce Wayne/Batman. He explained that he didn’t want potential moviegoers to be confused about why Batman, an American institution, was being played by an Welshman. However, this may not be the whole truth, as Bale rarely gives an interview in his native Welsh accent. It is believed that this is because Bale is always using whichever accent is required for his next role, which reflects his commitment as a method actor.
6: In “The Counselor” Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner were considered to play Reiner (played by Javier Bardem). Brad Pitt was also interested in the role before he was cast as Westray. Angelina Jolie was originally cast as Malkina but dropped out and was replaced by Cameron Diaz while Natalie Portman was considered for the role of Laura before it went to Penelope Cruz.
7: The last name of the first Blue Ranger on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was named after Bryan Cranston. He did various work as part of the crew (voice-overs, etc.), so the Blue Ranger’s full name became Billy Cranston.
8: In the 1970s, long before he became an actor, “Alien3” star Charles S. Dutton was convicted of manslaughter and served a 7 year sentence. Shortly after his release he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and served another 3 years. While in prison he assaulted a corrections officer and acted as the ringleader of a prison riot. He was sentenced to an additional 7 1/2 years. It was in prison that he started a theatre group and by the time he was released he had a two-year college degree.
9: According to director Jon Favreau, Clive Owen and Sam Rockwell were among the actors that were considered for Tony Stark in “Iron Man” before Robert Downey Jr, was cast. Rockwell would, however, get a part in “Iron Man 2” as Stark’s rival Justin Hammer.
10: Given the story of Alfonso Cauron’s “Children Of Men” (a baby representing a new hope for humanity) there are many references to the story of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph from the Christian Bible. Theo (whose name is the Greek root meaning “God“) first sees that Kee is pregnant in a barn, among farm animals – a reference to Jesus’ birth in a manger. When Theo sees her pregnancy, he swears, “Jesus Christ!” Kee jokes that she is a virgin, a reference to the Christian belief that Mary was a virgin before, during, and after her pregnancy. Theo is seen washing or soaking his feet several times during the movie; there are several references to Jesus or saints washing their feet or having them washed in the Christian Bible, and foot washing is a ritual in some Christian denominations and in Islam. The name of the ‘Fishes‘ group is also a Christian reference. In fact, the ‘fish’ was one of the very first symbols in Christian art. Fish, in Greek, is spelled “IXTHYS” which served as an acronym for “Iesous Xhristos Theou Hyios Soter“:
I (esous = Jesus)
X (ristos = Christ)
TH (eou = God’s)
Y (ios = Son)
S (oter = Saviour)
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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