Friday, 23 September 2016

23rd September 2016 - Of films and things

Thought for the day :"The Titanic was built to last, let that sink in."

Some more Film specials...

The Shining (1980). Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duval) and her son Danny (Danny Lloyd) hide from the deranged novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in a hotel bathroom. As Jack begins chopping through the door with a fire axe and sticks his face into the splintered opening, he utters a phrase previously made popular by Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson – “Here’s Johnny!” The line, which was not part of Kubrick’s original screenplay, turned out to be the most memorable part of the movie and was totally improvised by Nicholson.

A Clockwork Orange (1971). Alex (Malcolm McDowell) breaks into a happy song as he and his “droogs” perform a bit of “ultra-violence” and rape. Reportedly Kubrick filmed this scene several times and was disappointed with it each time. He told McDowell to just “do anything he wanted.” McDowell decided to belt out “Singing in the Rain” and Kubrick was so thrilled with how much more disturbing and improved the scene was that he acquired the rights to use the song immediately.

Full Metal Jacket (1987). Originally, R. Lee Ermey wasn’t even cast in the role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman but after Ermey submitted a tape of himself spewing insults at group of Royal Marines for 15 minutes straight, Kubrick cast him immediately. Ermey, a former Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, wrote 150 pages of insults and Kubrick estimated that almost 50% of the character’s dialogue was improvised by the former drill instructor.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). As smuggler-turned-hero Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is about to be encased in carbonite, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reveals her love for him. The script called for Leia to say “I love you” to which Solo initially responded with “I love you too." But Ford decided that Solo wouldn’t say something like that and instead, changed the line on the next take to simply “I know.”

and when it comes to films of course - there could be a new Green One - From the Pirates event...


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