Tuesday 30 June 2015

Trivia Round-Up: June 2015

So, June is coming to an end already. I really haven't been around much on the blog this month, real life has kind of taken over, but thanks to our backlog of draft posts you probably haven't even noticed, ha! Anyway, here's some fun trivia from the films we've blogged about this month.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Actor Colin Firth did 80% of his own stunts according to stunt coordinator and second unit director Bradley James Allan.
There's all sorts of suit related trivia for this, most at essay length, but I think this is pretty impressive for a 50+ year old!

Director Alex Garland has described the future presented in the film as 'ten minutes from now'. Meaning that 'if somebody like Google or Apple announced tomorrow that they had made Ava, we would all be surprised, but we wouldn't be that surprised'.

When the humans are being placed in the new human land, the family from insideout is shown.
I did not spot this, I want to watch it again and keep an eye out!

Anna Kendrick improvised nearly half of her lines.
Not exactly surprising, but reading it reminded me of Beca's attempt at comebacks and it made me giggle a little.

Director Marjane Satrapi was initially going to hire voice actors for the animals' voices, however Ryan Reynolds convinced her that he should do them as they are voices that his character hears in his head, and therefore should be different variations of his voice. He convinced her by sending her recordings of his voice, tailored specifically for each of the animals.
Love, love, love this! Awesome!

Although they play classmates in the film, Mae Whitman is actually nine years older than her costar Bella Thorne in real life.

The audiotapes of the working sessions between the real P.L. Travers and Walt Disney's team amounted to 39 hours, all of which screenwriter Kelly Marcel and later Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson had access to. Emma Thompson has said she listened to all of them in preparation for her role, and that the experience was "like being poked in the ear with hot forks!".
This makes me even more in awe of Emma Thompson's performance, that's exactly how I felt watching her portray P.L. Travers.

Jennifer Aniston drew inspiration from her friend and colleague Stacy Courtney. Courtney worked as a stunt-woman until she was involved in a serious accident with her legs, which immediately put a hold on her career. She lived with chronic pain for years, and went on to receive 23 surgeries and became addicted to oxycontin. However, she didn't give up and later resurrected her career. She worked as a stunt coordinator on this film.
That started as a cool bit of trivia and ended as a truly inspiring story!

The show's staff from seasons 1-3 return to work for this movie, especially creator Stephen Hillenburg who has now returned to SpongeBob full time after leaving the show after the first movie (although he still reviewed episodes and gave suggestions).
That explains all the nods to the original running jokes, then :)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The jacket worn by Tom Hardy is the exact same one worn by Mel Gibson in the original trilogy, although heavily worn.
We all know that 80% of the special effects were real, practical effects and stunts, but this is new to me!

The Terminator (1984)
Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous debut line 'I'll be back' was originally scripted as 'I'll come back'.
There was a lot of trivia for this film, mostly about behind the scenes stuff but this tickled me!


  1. I love that comment from Garland on Ex Machina. So neat. Love these posts, girls!

    1. It's so true though, isn't it!? Quite scary...
      - Allie

  2. Hi, I adore your blog and love the Trivia Round-Up posts. Would you mind if I borrow the concept for my new blog? Thanks in advance and keep posting!

    1. Thank you! And of course you can! We might have found the idea from another blog to be honest, I can't even remember anymore! :D
      - Allie