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Movie Trivia: My Favourites #2

I love learning about the movies I watch. Reading about the intricate little details that contribute towards a movie as a whole has become a hobby of mine. I find that I gain a deeper appreciation for films if I can see all of the thought, love and care that go into creating them. Here are a few things that you may not have known about some movies and the people that contribute to them:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:

There is always a danger when adapting a screenplay from a book that the author may not agree with particular changes. This was definitely the case for the author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Ken Kesey. He despised the direction of the movie adaptation so much that he vowed never to watch the movie and even went as far as suing the movie’s producers. He claimed later to have come across a movie on television years later that he thought seemed interesting, but changed channels immediately after realising he was watching “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Despite Kesey’s distaste for the direction of the movie, it went on to win Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and (infuriatingly for Kesey) Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Requiem For A Dream:

This movie is a brutally visceral, poignant depiction of drug addiction. It was a hugely confronting emotional undertaking for those involved. Actress Ellen Burstyn (Sara Goldfarb) originally rejected the part because she was horrified by the scripts content. She later decided to watch director Darren Aronofsky’s first movie ‘Pi” and reconsidered. She now considers it her greatest acting achievement. Her performance in the movie had quite an impact on some of the crew. During Ellen’s impassioned monologue on how it feels to be old, the cinematographer (Matthew Libatique) allowed the camera to drift off-target. This was because Libatique was crying so hard during the take that the camera’s eyepiece fogged up and he had been unable to see.

Darren Aronofsky also requested for Marlon Wayans and Jared Leto to abstain from sugar and sex for a period of 30 days in order to better understand overwhelming cravings. In addition to this, Jared Leto lost over 11kg and spent time with actual heroine addicts.

Cast Away (Spoilers):

“Wilson! I’m sorry, Wilson! I’m sorry!”. The feels hit me real hard in that scene. Who would’ve thought that the loss of a volleyball could be so heart breaking. It’s quite rare to watch a movie that can so effortlessly portray such an emotional attachment to an inanimate object. “Cast Away” is a rare cinematic treat for a few other reasons. For instance, Tom Hanks allowed himself to get out of shape for his scenes before the plane crash. Production was then halted for a year so that he could lose around 23kg and grow his hair. During the pause in production, the director Robert Zemeckis filmed “What Lies Beneath”. Robert Zemeckis has also said that the unopened box that Tom Hanks delivered at the end of the film contained a waterproof, solar powered satellite phone.

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Leon:

Leon is a tragic tale of an unlikely friendship between a young girl, Mathilda, and her neighbour, a hit man named Leon. This movie might not have happened at all if it weren’t for scheduling conflicts with director Luc Besson’s other project “The Fifth Element”. Because Bruce Willis was still working on other projects when filming was supposed to begin, Luc Besson decided to write and shoot another film with the same crew. It took only 4 months for him the write the screenplay and film the entire movie. In the end, Leon received higher critical praise and is seen to be a superior film. Leon was also the inspiration for Alt-J’s song “Mathilda”.

Creature from the Black Lagoon:

In the time before special effects, things had to be done in real-time while the cameras were rolling. For instance, in the 1954 horror movie “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, the director of the movie was concerned about the creature appearing to be a scuba diver in the underwater shots because air bubbles would have escaped out of the nose and mouth of the costume and not the gills. Because of this, the director required a professional diver by the name of Ricou Browning to hold his breath for up to 4 minutes whilst portraying the infamous “Gill Man” creature. It would’ve been much simpler today as the bubbles could’ve just been edited out of the shot.

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Do you know of any interesting movie trivia? Did you learn something new? Please feel free to comment or contact us at dirtypawsblog@gmail.com.

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