Here is some of the weirdest movie trivia I’ve picked up over the years. Now you’ll finally be able to quiz your less informed friends: Which Oscar Nominees don’t actually exist? Which Star Wars hero played Two Face first? And which famous comedian was deemed too psychotic to star in The Shining?
“There’s an old joke – um… two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ’em says, “Oh my God! Someone’s been murdered and chopped up!” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.”
Along those same lines, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck‘s original script for Good Will Hunting was originally a thriller! The characters were the same, but instead of becoming involved with a therapist, Will Hunting became an FBI agent. No wonder rumours about Kevin Smith and Robert Towne rewriting the film stuck around for so long.
Martin Scorcese only agreed to make Raging Bull after he ended up in hospital from a cocaine overdose. He did it as a favour to star Robert DeNiro, and honestly believed it would be his swan song in Hollywood. Things kinda worked out differently.
By the way, if you ever see the name Roderick Jayne’s during the credits of a Coen Brothers film, don’t bother checking out his credentials. The Oscar-nominated editor is actually just a pseudonym for Joel and Ethan Coen. Those crazy guys!
There have been many people nominated for Academy Awards using aliases; however the only nominee that never actually existed is Donald Kaufman, the fictional twin-brother of Charlie. The “pair” were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Adaptation.
Before Jack Nicholson was cast as crazy Jack Torrence in The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick considered Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams. After seeing Taxi Driver, Kubrick deemed DeNiro not psychotic enough. After watching Mork and Mindy, Kubrick felt Williams was too psychotic. Fair enough.
Everyone knows that Tommy Lee Jones played Harvey Dent/Two Face before Aaron Eckhart took on the role in The Dark Knight. However, Dent also appears in the 1989 Batman, portrayed by none other than Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams.