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Butch and Sundance

butch cassidy and the sundance kid, movie posterOne thing that defines scripts and films in general is the tittle. Some titles are so iconic that once you mention them you pretty much have a full on breakdown of the story.

One funny thing about titles is that they don’t always start out the way they end up. A classic example of title changes was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Originally the title was Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy. The title was switched when Paul Newman took over the lead role. The film wouldn’t have been any less successful, or less classic had the title not changed, just really odd to pronounce.

5 Dirty Celeb Secrets

Do you ever wonder about your favorite celebrities? Do you wonder what their life is like and if they have anything to hide? Celebrities are human and like everyone else, they have their little secrets. Below are 5 celebrity secrets you did not know and may not believe.

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  • Seuss- It’s true, it’s true the man that invented the who, loved to fool around at times with more than two. Dr. Seuss was into extra marital affairs in case you didn’t get the Seuss style rhyme.
  • Mark Wahlberg- The superstar once beat a Vietnamese gentleman unconscious while yelling racial slurs at him. Wahlberg was 16 at the time and not on good vibrations.
  • Johnny Cash- Cash was a beloved superstar whose personality was larger than country music. Cash became a star of film and television, solidifying the man in black persona. Cash apparently escaped a car fire that killed 49 California condors; wonder if that’s what led him to writing Folsom Prison Blues.
  • Thomas Edison- The inventor took place in the first animal death ever filmed. Edison did it out of spite for his rival Nikola Tesla.
  • Eric Clapton- The great guitarist apparently hates immigrants in Britain and has rallied against them by joining politicians whose agendas include blocking immigrants.

 

A lot of these secrets are often denied or not acknowledged as often, incredible how heinous they seem in actual nature.

 

Munchkin Chaos

When the Wizard of OZ went into production, over 124 actors ere hired to play the munchkins. A little known story is that one of the actors experienced a little known toilet near catastrophe.

An undersized actor fell into a toilet, that’s right he fell in. The actor was trapped in said toilet until someone from the studio found him and helped him out.

Munchkin Chaos

While this is a more humorous and lighter story about the Munchkins, there is no doubt that the tale speaks to a lot of unfortunate happenings that plagued the filming of this tremendous classic.

 

Do You Know Movies?

Do you ever wonder about the term movies?

The fact of the matter is that the term itself did not really refer to films. “Movies” was a term used to refer to people in the industry. In other words movies were filmmakers.

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The fact is that “movies” was a term used with disdain. If you were a movie you were largely and generally considered trash of the worst kind of name to call someone.

In those days filmmakers were looked upon as invaders rather than welcome individuals. Incredible to think that the term we use now was actually politically incorrect.

 

The Empire Struck Hard

The Empire Strikes Back, posterThe Star Wars saga is largely considered when thinking up all time great films. While the Star Wars Universe is massive, it’s no doubt centered on the six films that have come out over the last near four decades. The Empire Strikes Back is often referred to as the great piece of the original and later films. In order to get there though, Empire Strikes Back had to navigate some rough waters.

The making of Empire Strikes Back was complicated as expenditures caused the film to go over the original budget. The scenes taking place in Degobah were mostly just Mark Hamill in a swamp set, with a green screen and a puppet. The filming of Empire was so cumbersome that it caused a lot of discomfort for the actors and crew.

I guess Luke’s paternity really was a big deal.

Talk About Staying in Character

An actor’s biggest test comes with a complex role. What often determines how legitimate the actor’s performance will be is whether or not he or she really knows and understands that particular character. Staying in character is a stern test that can turn into an overly emotional exercise. Some of the best examples of staying in character have some seriously detrimental consequences. Some examples include Heath Ledger as Joker, Steve Carrell as John du Pont, and Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove. These performances have the common denominator of heavy emotional involvement.

 

jokerAs the Joker Heath Ledger rarely slept, was hard to be around, and found himself at odds with the character while filming The Dark Knight. The emotional toll of the roll is largely credited with Ledger’s downward spiral into an eventual accidental death. The Peter Sellers role as Dr. Strangelove in Dr. Strangelove was equally as difficult.

 

peter-sellers-dr-strangeloveIn the film, Peter Sellers had to play three roles simultaneously for director Stanley Kubrick. Sellers was so intensely involved in all the roles that it almost seemed like he couldn’t have a minute to be himself. Some people claim that when Peter’s mother visited him onset he addressed her as Dr. Strangelove. Lastly come Steve Carell and his role in Foxcatcher.

 

foxcatcherCarell plays the part of John du Pont, an eccentric and insane millionaire that went to prison for the murder of Olympic wrestling champ Alexander Schultz.  Carell stated that he was so deep into his role that he was often reclusive and incredibly difficult to talk to.

 

These roles are considered sensational and that’s a direct result of the actor’s strong emotional commitment.

 

Why so serious? It’s only a film.

Brando had Sparrow’s back

BrandoWhen you think of all time great actors, Marlon Brando’s name usually comes to mind. Brando’s style drew audiences in to a point where it didn’t matter what he was doing, the audience would hang on his every last word. Years past his prime Brando made a comeback and cranked out a couple of films. One of Brando’s later roles was as the portly psychologist in Don Juan DeMarco. As always Brando put together the kind of performance that people still talk about today.

Don Juan De Marco

In one particular scene Johnny Depp was having trouble remembering his lines. Brando taped a paper with the lines to a coffee cup in the scene and guided Depp through his lines. Depp completed the scene without issue.

Depp became a contender, a somebody! 

John Wayne: Duke vs. Harvard

John Wayne was Hollywood’s mega star that stood for conservative values. While stars like Brando protested for rights and various causes, Wayne stood on the side of conservative America’s pro war, patriotic machine. John WayneThe Duke was all about what was right, in his own opinion and that of his following.

In 1974 members of the Harvard Lampoon called him a phony in the middle of a function. The underclassmen went as far as calling him out on his toupee. Wayne turned things around by saying that his hair was real, just not his.

With differing views and fresh off serious political turmoil in the conservative scene, the Duke could still charm a crowd.

A Bad Script Will Destroy a Career

The importance of a good script far outweighs star power and deep pockets. A couple of highly touted films that were supposed to be mega hits were lavished with cash and completely destroyed careers, hopes, and dreams because of bad scripts. The two films are Last Action Hero and Waterworld.

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When both films were made there was an expectation that the big budgets would make up for the terrible scripts. In the case of Last Action Hero the 60 million dollar budget could not really help its star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, avoid the backlash that came with a terrible story. On the other side of the equation Waterworld made headlines as the most expensive movie of its time with a 175 million dollar budget. The film was a failure that made Kevin Costner go from being a bankable star into a questionable figure; again it was a terrible script that did it.

It’s all in the script people!

Kill the Cat

When you think of film adaptations you tend to hear that the book was better than the movie. The reason why books are better is simply because they have a greater amount of real estate, the story has to be cut down in order to be adapted so something can be lost in translation. The case was different with The Cat in the Hat.

The Dr. Seuss classic was made into a film that was universally panned by critics, in part because it added unexpected and unwelcomed factors to the story. The film itself made a decent amount of money in the box office but it was still not enough to make up for the bad reception.

the cat in the hat, movieThe worst criticism came from the estate of Dr. Seuss. The film was so hated by them that they decided there would never again be another live film adaptation of the books. The film was definitely not better than the book in this case.

I saw him! I saw him! I saw………..wait the cat’s dead.