Thursday, 5 June 2014

Trivia So Far

If you know me and Allie at all, you will know that we are a bit obsessed with movie trivia.  We love nothing more on a Flick Chicks movie night to load up and run through the trivia of the film we've just watched.  It occurred to me that we haven't been including trivia in out reviews so here are the best trivia bits from the films we have reviewed so far:

Pitch Perfect (2012)
Apparently, Rebel Wilson would improvise her line and go off on 20 minutes having the cast and crew in stitches.

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Ricky Gervais and Danny Trejo, who starred in this movie, ironically had cameos in The Muppets (2011) which were eventually cut.

The Goonies (1985)
Richard Donner appears in the film as one of the cops on a quad bike at the end of the film

The House Bunny (2008)
It is Anna Faris naked in the film, she doesn't use a body double.  She worked out for 6 weeks before shooting began and the reactions from the students are real.

Need for Speed (2014)
According to director Scott Waugh, the cast all took stunt driving lessons. In the scene where Toby returns to Little Pete's crashed car, Aaron Paul repeatedly skidded 15' short of his mark because he was afraid of hitting the director, who was filming the shot. Waugh told Paul to TRY to hit him.

Juno (2007)
Jennifer Garner took a significent paycut and a percentage point agreement for this film thinking it would be a small, low budget indie film.  Juno did so well at the box office, this was Garners biggest paycheck yet.

Starter for 10 (2006)
Following this film, Benedict Cumberbatch went on to star with three co-stars in other projects. Rebecca Hall in Parade's End, Alice Eve in Star Trek into Darkness, and Mark Gatiss in Sherlock.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)
The editing of the film is weird on purpose, whenever Jordan is seen to be taking drugs the scenes that follow have continuity error and don't appear to flow correctly.  The sober scenes flow perfectly fine.  I wanted to mention that the real Jordan Belfort is in the end of the film, he introduces himself played by Leonardo DiCaprio but I think the best trivia from this film is this because it makes me want to watch the film again to check (always a sign of good trivia!). 

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Due to the fact that there are no squirrels in New Zealand, all squirrel shots were either prerecorded or digitally added in.

The Usual Suspects (1995)
*Spoiler Alert* The writer of the film is seen at the very end of the film as Chazz is looking for Verbal Kint, he is visibly seen laughing and winking at the camera, a gesture meant for the audience who got tricked.
This was the best bit of trivia we found for this film, unfortunately, after watching the scene over and over again neither me nor Allie can spot it!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
In many scenes Scarlett Johanssen's character Natasha Romanoff wears an arrow on a necklace in a homage to Hawkeye who in the comics is her on/off lover.

Adore (2013)
The original novel that this film is based on, The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing is said to be based on a true incident.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)
The dog that Gwen walks while Peter spies on her from a rooftop, actually belongs to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. They adopted him in 2013.
I'm sorry, there was tons of cool technical trivia, but this was just too darn cute!

The Truman Show (1998)
People on the set were forbidden from uttering phrases from Jim Carrey's past "silly" movies.

Fargo (1996)
William H. Macy begged the directors for the role of Jerry Lundegaard. He did two readings for the part, and became convinced he was the best man for the role. When the Coens didn't get back to him, he flew to New York (where they were starting production) and said, "I'm very, very worried that you are going to screw up this movie by giving this role to somebody else. It's my role, and I'll shoot your dogs if you don't give it to me." He was joking, of course.

Locke (2014)
The movie had an unconventional shooting schedule. Tom Hardy filmed his part in 6 days, shooting the movie twice per night as it was filmed in a single take. The other actors were in a hotel room, speaking on the phone with Hardy, who was on location.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
In order to help Ryan Gosling stay in character, the Real Girl doll was treated like an actual person, she had her own dressing room and was only present for scenes she was in!

The Bodyguard (1992)
The proposal for this film was rejected 67 times and was originally considered for Diana Ross and Steve McQueen and Diana Ross and Ryan O'Neal, the second pairing falling through because of 'irreconcilable differences'

Divergent (2014)
A scene from the book in which Edward is stabbed with a butter knife in the eye by Peter, was filmed but cut due to it being too violent for the film which would've received a higher rating with the scene included.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (2013)
At the beginning of the movie, Peter Jackson repeats his cameo as carrot eating bystander in Bree. He previously had a similar cameo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Woman in Black (2012)
The music boxes and mechanical toys in the nursery scenes were not created for the movie, but were genuine antique toys from the period, loaned to the production by a collector. Urgh, just reading that gives me the creeps.

Turbo (2013)
An IndyCar was parked inside the Dreamworks studio during production to provide artists immediate access to the race cars featured in the film.

Godzilla (2014)
The sound designers used a 12-foot high, 18-foot wide speaker array to blast Godzilla's roar at 100,000 watts to get a good idea of his vocal power and strength.

Office Space (1999)
Milton's stapler used in the film was designed by the props department who wanted a bright enough colour to show on screen.  After the release Swingline had numerous requests for red staplers (which they had stopped making) and in response began manufacturing the red ones again.

Zombieland (2009)
I can't believe this was available online the whole time, I found it on IMDB...
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has 32 rules for surviving Zombieland, ten of which are identified in the motion picture. As the rules are punctuated, and in the order in which they appear in the movie, they are, "Rule #1. Cardio"; "Rule #2. Double tap"; "Rule #3. Beware of bathrooms"; "Rule #4. Seatbelts"; "Rule #7. Travel light"; "Rule #31. Check the back seat"; "Rule #18. Limber up"; "Rule #22. When in doubt, know your way out"; "Rule #32. Enjoy the little things"; and "Rule #17. Don't be a hero" (later corrected to "Be a hero"). An eleventh rule of surviving Zombieland is identified in a deleted scene. As punctuated in the deleted scene, the rule is "Rule #2. Ziploc bags". In voice-over, Columbus explains, "You've got enough problems. Moisture shouldn't be one of them."


  1. Lots of interesting tidbits. My favorite is probably learning there are no squirrels in New Zealand. I had no clue.

    Oh, almost forgot...blogrolled you guys. Keep up the good work.

    1. I loved finding that out, I don't know, I guess I just sort of assumed squirrels live anywhere with woodland? That's the great thing about trivia I guess.
      Thanks so much for blogrolling us!
      - Allie