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: Before Tom Hanks made the character of “Forrest Gump” a household name, both John Travolta and Bill Murray were considered for the part. Travolta admits it was a mistake to turn down the role. However, the author of the story always pictured John Goodman as the ideal Forrest Gump.
2: Luc Besson once called his Scarlett Johannson starring film “Lucy” as “one part “Leon“, one part “Inception” and one part “2001: A Space Odyssey“. A lot of shots in the film were mirrored after these three films.
4: James Cameron considered using Michael Biehn as the T-1000 in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day“, which would have been a reversal of the roles Biehn previously had with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original. Eventually, however, Cameron decided against the idea on the basis that it would have been too confusing for the audience and eventually cast Robert Patrick instead.
5: Liam Neeson’s character Matt Scudder in “A Walk Among The Tombstones” is actually the second appearance of him in film. He’s a character from a series of novels by Lawrence Block. The first time he was played by Jeff Bridges in “8 Million Ways to Die“.
8: Don Johnson co-wrote a two-hour movie with his neighbour and renowned author Hunter S. Thompson. The movie was not picked up, but CBS ended up buying the story and turned it into the television series “Nash Bridges” in 1996 which featured Johnson and Cheech Marin.
9: In “Apocalypse Now“, James Caan was Francis Ford Coppola’s original choice to play Colonel Lucas. Caan wanted too much money for what was considered a small role, though, so Harrison Ford was cast instead. The characters name was taken from George Lucas whom Ford had already worked with on “Star Wars” and was a good friend of Coppola’s.
10: The actors who played The Munchkins in “The Wizard Of Oz“, reportedly had the time of their lives while filming – using every opportunity to get hammered and hold orgies. Producer Mervyn LeRoy reckoned “they had sex orgies in the hotel, and we had to have police on just about every floor“. Later, everybody from Judy Garland to David Niven reported the rumours as fact. However, interviews with surviving Munchkins lay the blame at a couple of German extras who liked to drink, but insist that the vast majority were well-behaved and professional.
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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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