2 - Click the "trivia" link in the sidebar.
3 - Post a fun and random bit of trivia from each film.
1. Pulp Fiction
Jules's character was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on, Tarantino liked it, and it was kept.
I must say Jackson does a fine jheri curl.
2. Shallow Grave
Such were the budgetary constraints on this shoot, the production had to auction off various props in order to raise enough money to buy essential film stock needed to complete the picture
I didn't know it was that low budget.
The "Exorcist steps", 75 (or 74 - one is very small) stone steps at the end of M-Street in Georgetown, were padded with 1/2"-thick rubber to film the death of Father Damien Karras. The stuntman tumbled down the stairs twice. Georgetown University students charged people around $5 each to watch the stunt from the rooftops.
I live like 15 minutes from there.
4. Saturday Night Fever
Film critic Gene Siskel often referred to Saturday Night Fever as his favorite film. He saw it 17 times and at one time owned the famous "white suit".
Its weird imagining Siskel wearing that suit. Some creepy role playing probably.
5. Fried Green Tomatoes
Carol Sobieski wrote the first draft of the screenplay, which the director and producers thought were wonderful - but it wasn't the movie they wanted to do. Next, Fannie Flagg was brought on to do another draft and she finished seventy pages before quitting. With no money left to hire another writer, director Jon Avnet took it upon himself to write the screenplay and spent the next three years doing so. He did, however, stay in close contact with Flagg to make sure he stayed true to her book.
I wonder what a life like that is like.
The movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that is traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements.
7. Hard Days Night
Once Ringo Starr's line "A Hard Day's Night" was confirmed as the movie's title, it was put to music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney with participation of George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The Beatles collectively composed the song that same night, playing it the next morning to producer Walter Shenson in their dressing room.
8. Clockwork Orange
This film was shot almost entirely on real locations as opposed to sets and was lit almost entirely with a Lowell Kit, a staple for film students, perhaps as a reaction against the huge apparatus needed for Stanley Kubrick's previous film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
God I hate lighting an news interview with a Lowell light kit, imagine a whole movie.
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Cusack, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael J. Fox were all considered for the role of Ferris Bueller.
Yeah I don't think that would work out.
10. Something About Mary
The studio was initially reluctant to allow Ben Stiller - the Farrelly Brother's first choice - to star, so the brothers decided upon a then-unknown 'Owen Wilson' instead. When the studio were even more reluctant to let Wilson star, they agreed for the Farrellys to cast Stiller.
Yeah, I don't see that one either