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: Leonardo DiCaprio has stated that the characters of Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman) from “True Romance” and Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) from “Tombstone” were the main influences on his performance as Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained“.

2: Early in his acting career, Al Pacino considered changing his name to “Sonny Scott” to avoid being typecast by his Italian name. “Sonny” was his childhood nickname.

3: The “You think I’m funny?” scene in “Goodfellas” was based on a story that Joe Pesci acted out for Martin Scorsese. While working in a restaurant as a young man, Pesci once told a mobster that he was funny and the mobster became very angry. Scorsese allowed Pesci and Ray Liotta to improvise the scene. He did not tell the other actors in the scene what would happen because he wanted their genuine surprised reactions.

4: When it was initially released in the summer of 1975, over 67 million Americans went to see “Jaws“, making it the first ever summer “blockbuster”.

5: Film an TV star (better known for “Frasier“) Kelsey Grammer has had some serious personal bad luck. His father was murdered in the Virgin Islands. His sister was murdered while finishing a shift working at a Red Lobster in Colorado Springs and his two stepbrothers (from his father’s second marriage) were killed in a shark/scuba accident.

6: Like most films, James Cameron’s “Aliens” wasn’t shot in sequence. For added realism, Cameron filmed the scene where we first meet the Colonial Marines (one of the earliest scenes) last. This was so that the camaraderie of the Marines was realistic because the actors had spent months filming together.

7: Actress Zooey Deschanel suffers from an allergy to gluten, dairy, and eggs but also suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

8: Mick Jagger supposedly tried out for the role of Dr. Frank N’ Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” before Tim Curry was cast.

9: All the actors playing vampires in “Interview With The Vampire” were required to hang upside down for up to thirty minutes at a time during the make-up application. This would force all the blood in their bodies to rush to their heads, causing the blood vessels in their faces to bulge out. The make up artists would then trace over the swollen veins creating the eerie translucent-skinned vampire look. Unfortunately for the actors, they would have to repeat the process several times over, as the blood would quickly drain from their heads. This, in part, accounts for the lengthy make-up process.

10: Most of the solo shots of Rod Steiger during the famous taxicab scene in “On the Waterfront” were done after Marlon Brando had left for the day. Brando had it in his contract that he could finish shooting before the normal quitting time so that he could make his daily session with his psychiatrist. Steiger was deeply hurt and annoyed at Brando’s rudeness and lack of courtesy to a fellow actor, as it was customary, in a two-shot, for an actor in close-up to be fed his lines by the other actor or for the other actor to just be there so the first actor would have him or her to play to. Steiger used his negative emotions to enhance his performance, and though he paid tribute to Brando as a great actor, he personally loathed him thereafter. Director Elia Kazan stood in for Brando in the back of the cab so Steiger would have someone to emote to.

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.)

49 Responses to “TRIVIA TIDBITS”

  1. Nice work as always Muckers!

    Brando sounds like a real Fuckface.


  2. Fabulous brother! Love these tidbits. So Jaws was the first summer blockbuster? It also has to be one of the very best! So many today are lame and dumbed down. Jaws is still absolutely brilliant. Also didn’t realize that about Zoey. I think my favorite is the On the Waterfront tidbit. VERY interesting.


    • Good stuff, bro. Glad you enjoyed them. Yeah, Jaws was the first blockbuster. I didn’t know this myself until recently but it makes sense that Spielberg would be the first director to achieve this.


  3. Popcorn Nights Says:

    Nice job mate, interesting as always! That Aliens cast shot looks like it’s straight out of a 1980s music video – replace Sigourney with Michael Jackson and boom!


  4. Nice trivia Mark.


  5. Had no idea that the tremendous Pesci-Liotta Goodfellas scene was improvised by the pair! I’ll take Al Pacino over Sonny Scott any day. More enlightening tidbits Mark.



    • Cheers Adam! Glad to be of service, my man. I can’t see Sonny Scott working for Pacino. I also posted a while ago that DiCaprio’s stage name was suggested as Lenny Williams. Obviously, he refused that as well.


  6. It’s here again! The Zooey Deschanel/ADHD thing makes total sense. What a kooky chick she is.


  7. Fascinating πŸ˜€


  8. This was great to read! Well done man, only knew a few such as DiCaprio and Jaws! Really interesting stuff πŸ™‚


  9. Some interesting stuff here. That makeup process for Interview just seems bizarre. And jeez, the stuff with Kelsey Grammer’s family? Eerie…


  10. This Interview With The Vampire trivia is insane! They must have had such headaches.


    • It does seen a little extreme doesn’t it? Maybe this is why Cruise and Pitt didn’t really get on during filming? Can’t be easy walking around with your head splitting. Cheers Sati.


  11. Such cool facts! Thanks for sharing!


  12. Fantastic, this time around, Mark. I loved all the points and didn’t know much of them, so it was quite interesting. Don’t know where you find this stuff, but keep it coming! πŸ™‚


  13. Love that Interview with a Vampire trivia, it’s pretty extreme. It brings to mind a Star Trek trivia but instead of hanging the actors upside down during the sky diving scene the director used mirrors.


  14. Imagine Al Pacino as β€œSonny Scott”… that would have been awesome. Brando sounds like a serious tool. I love DiCaprio, just amazing. LOL that Goodfellas one is a goodie! As always, what fun! Just what I needed between studying! πŸ˜›


  15. Awesome piece as always Mark. That make up process for Interview with a Vampire must have been horrific.


  16. jackdeth72 Says:

    Great choices, Mark!

    The cast for ‘Aliens’ also went through a six week physical training course between the Royal Marines and 22 Regiment, SAS at Hereford before the first scene was shot.

    Wish that Warren Oates had lived long enough to reprise his character from ‘Mandingo’ for ‘Django Unchained’.

    Surprise is one of hardest sensations to bring across in film. Hence, Scott not talking about the Chest Burster in ‘Alien’. Didn’t work badly for Liotta in ‘Goodfellas’, either.

    I don’t think having Mick Jagger as Dr. Frank N’ Furter would have helped his career. David Bowie would have been a better, though lesser fit than Tim Curry.

    Rod Steiger was a solid, courteous brick. Also taught himself to juggle and enhance his role as W.C Fields in the 1980s bio-pic.


    • Hey Jack,
      Thanks for your input, man. The element of surprise in a scene seems to work more often than not. I wasn’t aware that Scott done if for Alien but it makes entire sense to do so for that scene.

      Can’t say Mick Jagger would have done himself any favours either in Rocky Horror. Tim Curry was spot on anyway.

      A W.C. Fields biopic with Steiger. Didn’t know that either. This I have to see.


  17. Wow, some really interesting tidbits this week. Sonny Scott, eh? I just can’t picture him as that.


  18. Great tidbits. 5 is just horrible. Oh, and poor Zooey is allergic to everything! That must be a pain.


  19. Good thing Pacino didn’t change his name. It’d be hard to take him seriously. Nice trivia as always.


  20. You should release this as a book. Perfect to dip into on the train. I should have known that scene in Goodfellas was based on a true story.


    • Haha! Not a bad idea. Glad to hear that these can be read while commuting or possibly when you get 5 minutes to go for a crap? A read for all occasions!! πŸ˜‰


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