I guess it is “Thor” week. Another fun note on those who were up for the part of the superhero character. It was Alexander Skarsgard who is most famous for his role as the vampire Eric Northman on the HBO show “True Blood”. This would have been an interesting choice as his father, actor Stellan Skarsgard, ended up co-starring as Dr. Eric Selvig. Besides the fact his character’s name was also Eric, the senior Skarsgard ended up playing a somewhat mentoring role to the character Thor for part of the film. It would have been interesting to see a real father-son pair in the film. Seems a lot of family stuff was part of this film. As I mentioned yesterday, Chris Hemsworth won the role of Thor over his younger brother Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Skarsgard was up for the part as well that would have had him co-starring with his real-life father Stellan Skarsgard. Apparently family wasn’t just present as a main theme in the film itself but also behind the scenes.
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both are happening at the same time.”
– Tom Hanks, “Forrest Gump”
You know when “Thor” came out in 2011 I found it to be a real test of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because it had to involve magical elements as opposed the basic scientific nature of the “Iron Man” series and “The Incredible Hulk” established in 2008. A fun note though was who was up for the casting of Thor besides Chris Hemsworth. Ironically, it was his younger brother Liam Hemsworth who went head to head with his older brother. Chris Hemsworth eventually got the role but it is a rarity to see siblings up for the same role. Also I wonder how the younger brother felt losing the role to his older sibling? I mean sibling rivalry is already common. What happens when you compete for a role that is worth millions of dollars and offers the chance to be in one of the biggest franchises ever composed for the silver screen?
“If you’ve ever seen the look on somebody’s face the day they finally get a job, I’ve had some experience with this, they look like they could fly. And its not about the paycheck, it’s about respect, it’s about looking in the mirror and knowing that you’ve done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel this way, and then another person, and then another person, soon all these other problems may not seem so impossible. You don’t really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try.”
– Kevin Kline, “Dave”
Actor Samuel L. Jackson was in the 1993 film “Loaded Weapon 1” which was a spoof of such classic action films as the first three “Lethal Weapon” films, “Basic Instinct”, “Dirty Harry”, “Rambo”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, “Wayne’s World”, “48 Hrs.”, and, most importantly in this case, “Die Hard”. The reason for mentioning “Die Hard” specifically is two years later Jackson would end up co-starring with actor Bruce Willis in the actual “Die Hard” franchise in the third installment “Die Hard with a Vengeance” in 1995 as the character Zeus Carver. Willis himself would make an uncredited cameo as his “Die Hard” character John McClane in “Loaded Weapon 1”. Even though Laurence Fishburne was up for the role of Zeus Carver in “Die Hard with a Vengeance”, it seems Jackson was already linked to “Die Hard” before he was even cast.
“It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything.”
– Brad Pitt, “Fight Club”
Little connection here tonight. So for the movie “Oblivion” which came out recently this year in 2013 I have a fun cast reunion that you may not have known about. For those who don’t know this isn’t the first movie that actors Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman worked together on. They actually worked together on the 2005 version of “War of the Worlds” although they did not share any screen time. Tom Cruise starred as the main character Ray Ferrier while Freeman served as the narrator for the film, narrating at the beginning and the end of the film. Funny enough both films involved aliens oppressing humanity in some form or another. Anyway there you go.
“Once in a while you should do something you don’t want to do, it cleanses the insides.”
– Goldie Hawn, “Butterflies Are Free”
Actress Tatum O’Neal is the youngest woman to win an acting Oscar at the age 0f 10. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1973 film “Paper Moon”. The is followed closely by Anna Paquin who won the same award 20 years later for the 1993 film “The Piano”. Guess women do mature faster than guys…even in acting ability. Who knew?
“Depression is the inability to construct a future.”
– Jude Law, “Side Effects”