TUESDAY’S TRIVIA TIDBITS.
Welcome back to Tuesday’s Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I will be posting weekly and info that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…
1: The coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival has been won twice by only 8 directors since it’s origins in 1939. They are: Bille August, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Alf Sjöberg, Shôhei Imamura, Emir Kusturica, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Haneke.
2: To achieve the feeling of brotherhood between the two lead actors in “Raging Bull“, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci actually lived and trained with each other for some time before filming began. Ever since then, the two have been very close friends.
3: The character of Leo (played by Albert Finney) in “Miller’s Crossing” was written for Trey Wilson, who played Nathan Arizona, Sr, in the Coens’ previous film, “Raising Arizona“. Wilson died shortly before production began, so Finney took over the role.
5: Jeremy Renner was originally going to play Freddie Quell in “The Master” when the film was prepped to shoot years ago, but when financing fell through, and Joaquin Phoenix was available following his “I’m Still Here” project, the filmmakers were able to cast him.
6: The project of “L.A. Confidential” was twice pitched to television: first, producer David L. Wolper wanted to produce the project as a mini-series, and later, it was being developed as a weekly series by HBO. A pilot that starred Kiefer Sutherland was produced, but the series was not picked up afterwards.
8: Kirk Douglas, who owned the rights to “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest“, planned to star himself, but by the time they got around to making the film he was too old. Douglas passed on production duties to his son Michael and Jack Nicholson was then cast in the lead.
9: The film “Four Rooms” that included segments from four directors – Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Alexandre Rockwell & Allison Anders was originally to be titled “Five Rooms” with Richard Linklater contributing a segment; however, he withdrew before production began.
10: Oliver Stone wrote the first draft of “Platoon” in 1971 and sent it to Jim Morrison in hopes that he would play the part of Pvt. Chris Taylor (whom Charlie Sheen would ultimately play). Morrison had the script on him when he was found dead in Paris. It is unknown whether he would have been cast had he lived. However, Stone eventually made “The Doors” based on Morrison’s life.
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.
See you next Tuesday…
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