Sunday, 31 August 2014

Trivia Round-Up: August

I can't believe another month has blown by already! It really is so much fun putting these posts together. Here's some trivia snippets from the films that we've reviewed in August.

The baby turning around to look at Mac and Kelly having sex in the first scene of the film was accidental. The scene was originally supposed to end after Seth Rogen turned her around, however the director noticed that the baby kept looking around to watch Rogen and Rose Byrne, so he instructed one of the camera men to film the baby. According to the director, if you listen closely, you can hear Rogen and Byrne laugh after the baby turns around to watch them.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Vin Diesel recorded all of his "I am Groot" lines in several different languages, including Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, and French so that they could use his real voice in the film around the world.
Gravity (2013)
The off screen voice of Mission Control is Ed Harris who played the Mission Director Gene Kranz in Apollo 13.
Executive producer Steven Spielberg was binge watching Breaking Bad and decided along with the director that Aaron Paul shouldn't play the villain, but the lead instead.

The DVD includes an "Improbability Drive" item on every menu. Clicking this takes you to a random point in one of the bonus features. If you use it several times, you get to see a strange cartoon, which is apparently the same one Deep Thought watches in the movie.
The real Dean of Admissions from Princeton, Janet Lavin Rapelye, appears in a scene with Tina Fey.
Sorry - this bit of trivia is about as interesting as the film itself.

In the scene where Adrian presents a dog to his girlfriend Robin we can see Dexter Morgan's apartment building in the background from the series Dexter starring Michael C. Hall. I actually squealed out loud when I noticed this in the film! 

James Buckley took ill during the outback scenes in Marree claiming he had a heart attack but it was indigestion from chips and lager.
This actually sums up the whole outback scene perfectly!

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
There is a website for the New Founding Fathers of America, which has details about the purge, facts, figures, top tips and more. On one of the articles, there is a comment by "Leo" who says his son was killed by a drink driver and so this year he will be getting revenge. This fits with the plot of the film.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
This is the second time that Christa B. Allen has played the younger version of a character played by Jennifer Garner. The first was in 13 Going on 30.

Snowpiercer (2013)
According to Director Joon-ho BongTilda Swinton played another role as well as Mason - she played the woman trying to snatch the wine bottle from Yona when she and her dad are collecting Kronole lumps from the clubbers.

Footloose (1984)
This film is loosely based on a small town in Oklahoma called Elmore City, where in 1978 dancing has been banned for 90 years before a group of teenagers challenged it.


  1. Great stuff. I had no idea Footloose had its roots in reality. Wow. I certainly had no clue about the Hitchhikers tidbit. Thanks.

    1. I actually still haven't tried that Hitchhikers one out for myself yet, I keep forgetting!
      - Allie

  2. Some nice trivia here. Knowing that about Vin Diesel only makes me appreciate his performance from that movie all the more. Incredible stuff. :)

    1. I felt the same! I'd love to find some audio clips of his work for the other versions :)
      - Allie

  3. Great work! I had no idea Swinton had an additional cameo in Snowpiercer. That's priceless.

    1. Thanks! It's amazing some of the things you find out - I'm going to have to watch Snowpiercer again soon to spot that cameo :)
      - Allie