Weird Facts About Famous Movies

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I love weird stories about classic films.

Just learned from the Rewatchables pod that Good Will Hunting was supposed to be a spy movie. What we saw was only the first half of the movie. The script had him becoming a hero with his genius, putting it to good use. Somebody read the script and essentially said "you have two different movies here, idiots."

What you got?
 
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Not weird, but Emilio Estevez asked Jon Bon Jovi if he could use Wanted Dead or Alive for Young Guns 2. Jon said no because it really wasn't right for it but he would write a song that would and wrote Blaze of Glory.

Also, him (Bon Jovi) and Tom Cruise were in that pit with Doc and Chavez in YG2.
 
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Not weird, but Emilio Estevez asked Jon Bon Jovi if he could use Wanted Dead or Alive for Young Guns 2. Jon said no because it really wasn't right for it but he would write a song that would and wrote Blaze of Glory.

Also, him (Bon Jovi) and Tom Cruise were in that pit with Doc and Chavez in YG2.

That reminds me of The Who telling Michael Moore he couldn't use Won't Be Fooled Again for his Bush movie, because they weren't impressed by Bowling for Columbine. The ultimate rock and roll move is to stick it to the lying left*. They are legends

*not trying to pick on the left, just saying it's hard to go against your constituents. That's what made it meaningful
 
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The original screenplay for the 1982 "cop and criminal become partners... but not friends" movie "48 Hours" was written as a "Dirty Harry" sequel that would (of course) star Clint Eastwood in the role Nick Nolte played and Richard Pryor as Reggie Hammond in the mid 70's. Clint hated the script and refused to do it and so Pryor backed out as well but when it was finally made starring Nolte and Eddie Murphy, the only thing that was changed was the name of the lead character from "Dirty" Harry Callahan to Jack Cates. It was still shot in San Francisco and it was still directed by Walter Hill and they even kept the name "48 Hours" as originally planned. After "48 Hours" became a hit in 1982, Eastwood was asked if he had any regrets over not doing it... and he said, "No, I still think it sucks."
 
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Blue Chips isn’t really a “classic” movie, but Bob Knight didn’t want to lose in the final scene.....

[The Athletic] – Marques Johnson: “Everything was set. Fans were buzzing. We already orchestrated how we were going to do it. A backscreen from Mitchell Butler on Shaq, and Penny Hardaway was going to throw a lob and Shaq would win it.”
Hurley: “This was after the game so we kind of wanted to get out of there. We’re in the huddle and Coach just says: ‘Don’t let them freaking get it.’ He told us to grab Shaq on the lob. No one was going to disobey an order from The General.”
Shelton: “I thought it was pretty obnoxious, to be honest. I mean, we’re on a clock. It’s expensive to shoot. Every hour lost is about $1,000.”
Johnson: “Friedkin yells, ‘What the hell’s going on?’ Bobby walked up and said, ‘You guys have been ****ing with me this whole movie, now I got a chance to **** with you.’ Now I’ll let you run your play.’”
 
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Bill Murray is a national treasure and should be protected at all costs.
Bill Murray stories from people who have encountered him in Charleston

He is indeed. My wife and I got married in Charleston and Bill Murray spends a lot time there because he loves the town and is part owner of the Minor League Charleston RiverDogs . So there are tons of Bill Murray stories from him crashing weddings or engagement parties, photos, etc . I was determined to get him an invite . My wife was not having it. So I got the wedding coordinator away from her for a sec and I told her to do whatever she could to find his address. It never worked out unfortunately, but it was worth a shot. My buddy actually ran into Danny McBride at the Market the day of our wedding and got a picture and I invited him to crash the party through FaceTime while putting on my cuff links . Dumb story I know
 
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Bill Murray is a national treasure and should be protected at all costs.
Got another one similar to my post above involving Bill Murray, this time ... Harold Ramis (from Stripes and Ghostbusters) co-wrote "Animal House" with his buddies in mind for the Deltas: The role of Boon was written for Bill Murray, Otter was for Chevy Chase, D-Day was for Dan Aykroyd, Flounder was for John Candy and Bluto was for John Belushi... To the shock of both Ramis and Director John Landis, only Belushi agreed to do it and the rest of the Deltas were rounded out with virtual unknowns at the time.

Also, the longtime friendship of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis came to an end during the making of Groundhog Day over creative differences for the movie... Murray thought it would work better as more of a drama while Ramis insisted that it was a comedy. The two never worked together again and did not even speak for 21 years. Bill Murray did give a moving eulogy for Ramis at the Academy Awards, shortly after Ramis died, however.
 
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The actor who played the coach of the Yankees in The Bad News Bears, Vic Morrow, got his head cut off by the rotor blade of a helicopter while making The Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1982.
 
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The actress (Dominique Dunne) who played the eldest daughter, Dana, in the original Poltergeist (1982) was choked to death by her ex-boyfriend shortly before it's release.
 
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Not weird, but Emilio Estevez asked Jon Bon Jovi if he could use Wanted Dead or Alive for Young Guns 2. Jon said no because it really wasn't right for it but he would write a song that would and wrote Blaze of Glory.

Also, him (Bon Jovi) and Tom Cruise were in that pit with Doc and Chavez in YG2.
Knew about Bon Jovi in that scene. Never had heard that Cruise made an uncredited cameo.
 
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Knew about Bon Jovi in that scene. Never had heard that Cruise made an uncredited cameo.

It's unknown but they told me out on the golf course. :)

Its been years since I read it and I got the facts wrong, sorry. Tom Cruise had a cameo in Young Guns and was a cowboy that got shot in that big shoot out at the end.
Bon Jovi was in 2 and was a guy on a horse that got shot and fell into the pit.

This video shows both at the beginning it will show a still of Cruise then the scene is at 1:42. Same with Bon Jovi and his scene is at 3:18.

Also realized this was for "famous" movies, I guess this doesn't really apply, but they are 2 of my favorites.

 
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It's unknown but they told me out on the golf course. :)

Its been years since I read it and I got the facts wrong, sorry. Tom Cruise had a cameo in Young Guns and was a cowboy that got shot in that big shoot out at the end.
Bon Jovi was in 2 and was a guy on a horse that got shot and fell into the pit.

This video shows both at the beginning it will show a still of Cruise then the scene is at 1:42. Same with Bon Jovi and his scene is at 3:18.

Also realized this was for "famous" movies, I guess this doesn't really apply, but they are 2 of my favorites.


Even better that Cruise was in the first! Guess he still hadn’t distanced himself completely from his Brat Pack roots with Emilio Estevez.
 
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I know so many facts about Godfather because I obsessed about that movie for like 5 years. Need to shake loose my memory:
  • Brando just picked up a random studio alley cat for the iconic opening scene with Bonasera.
  • Brando was washed. People thought that a has-been winning the role was an indication it was not going to be a quality film. He was hard to work with. He refused to memorize lines. You can see production stills with Duvall wearing cue cards on his belly so that Brando could read his lines, and the camera shot Duvall from the chest up.
  • The Italian Defamation League tried to get the movie blackballed.
  • Mob movies had been passe for years. Hollywood was declining all of them, and Paramount only optioned Godfather because Love Story had been ridiculously successful and they had money to blow.
  • John Cazale (Fredo) only had 5 significant roles in his life, and all 5 movies were nominated for best picture (Deerhunter, The Conversation, Dog Day Afternoon), and 3 won. He had the Midas touch before lung cancer took him.
 
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I know so many facts about Godfather because I obsessed about that movie for like 5 years. Need to shake loose my memory:
  • Brando just picked up a random studio alley cat for the iconic opening scene with Bonasera.
  • Brando was washed. People thought that a has-been winning the role was an indication it was not going to be a quality film. He was hard to work with. He refused to memorize lines. You can see production stills with Duvall wearing cue cards on his belly so that Brando could read his lines, and the camera shot Duvall from the chest up.
  • The Italian Defamation League tried to get the movie blackballed.
  • Mob movies had been passe for years. Hollywood was declining all of them, and Paramount only optioned Godfather because Love Story had been ridiculously successful and they had money to blow.
  • John Cazale (Fredo) only had 5 significant roles in his life, and all 5 movies were nominated for best picture (Deerhunter, The Conversation, Dog Day Afternoon), and 3 won. He had the Midas touch before lung cancer took him.
John Cazale was also engaged to Meryl Streep at the time of his death. The bond for the making of 'The Deer Hunter' wouldn't cover Cazale due to his terminal illness, so Robert De Niro paid it out of his own pocket. Both De Niro and Meryl Streep threatened to drop out of the movie if Cazale was replaced.

There is a very easy to catch "goof" near the end of 'The Godfather' where Michael and Fredo are walking into a Vegas casino... you can plainly see two hippies with long hair and dressed in typical early 70's garb walking right past them. Francis Ford Coppola has said he was very embarrassed by that scene and that it had been shot on the cheap by the 2nd crew.
 

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