Thursday, 22 September 2016

22nd September 2016 - Some Links ...

Thought for the day :"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens."

A few film thoughts I found today .... not all things are scripted - these are some that came from the actors doing something unexpected..

Midnight Cowboy (1969). As Dustin Hoffman is walking down the street with Jon Voight’s character, Joe Buck, a yellow cab nearly runs him over which leads Hoffman to bash on the hood and shout “I’m walking here!” before retorting to his on-screen partner, “Actually, that ain’t a bad way to pick up insurance y’know,” all in his unique New York parlance. Apparently a taxi driver ignored the closed set and drove through, causing Hoffman to famously react off the top of his head. As well, Hoffman kept pebbles in his shoe as a trick to ensure his limp would be consistent from shot to shot.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). While chasing Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) after she’s been kidnapped, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) runs into a large sword-wielding bad guy dressed all in black. Instead of fighting him with his signature whip, Indy simply pulls out his revolver, puts the man down with one shot and moves on. The original script called for a long sword fight but a day earlier Ford got a severe case of food poisoning and didn’t have the energy to film the scene as written. After a frustrating discussion with director Steven Spielberg, Ford came up with the idea to just shoot him. The scene was immediately changed and has become an iconic part of Indiana Jones mythos.

Jaws (1975). While throwing chum into the waters in an attempt to lure the deadly great white shark within range, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) gets his first look at exactly how massive the killer shark truly is. Shocked and terrified he stands up and says the now famous line to Orca Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) completely off-script, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

and so to bed ...

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