With the film “Elysium” coming out next week I decided to look it up to see what it was all about and found an interesting fact. The lead character Max DeCosta is played by actor Matt Damon. However, the role was originally offered to, of all people, rapper Eminem. However, Eminem wanted the film to be shot in Detroit so they cast Damon instead because the film wouldn’t have worked in that area. It’s interesting the people who almost get cast in roles and the reasons why they don’t get them. I somewhat feel Detroit could have worked given the setting of the film, but I suppose it wasn’t meant to be.
“Sometimes we reach a point where, in order to move on, we have to wipe the slate clean.”
– Mel Gibson, “The Beaver”
In 1978, “Superman” came into cinemas. It’s tagline was simple but wondrous: “You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly”. There is actually some real truth to that. You see even though Superman had been in television and small movies before, he never flew any way but vertically and horizontally. The first show of actor Christopher Reeves in costume as Superman you see him fly at the camera, doing a nice curve to the corner of the screen. So to audiences in 1978, that was something beyond the possible in film. Considering how good the effects still look compared to today, I still believe a man can fly.
“If you make the tough decisions, people will hate you today. But they will thank you for generations.”
– Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
When actress Gloria Foster died she had to be replaced by actress Mary Alice to finish playing the character of The Oracle in the 2003 film “The Matrix Revolutions”, the conclusion to “The Matrix” trilogy that started in 1999. There is actually a reason Alice was chosen. They had actually worked on Broadway together and also the directors stated they had coincidentally explored such a change early in the script’s development. So I guess in the end it all worked out although may Miss Gloria Foster rest in peace. I personally loved the conclusion to the series and thank Miss Mary Alice for finishing the character’s story arc in the series. I mean what is a series without the story concluding for all characters involved?
“Parties are just people’s way of seeking widespread validation.”
– Alex Russell, “Chronicle”
You know actor Val Kilmer has shown to be quite a good dramatic actor with such roles as his protrayal of real-life musician Jim Morrison in “The Doors” in 1991, Doc Holliday in “Tombstone” in 1993, and Chris Shiherlis in “Heat” in 1995. He has shown his ability to handle action roles as well such as LT Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in “Top Gun” in 1986, Madmartigan in “Willow” in 1988, and, of course, Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Batman Forever” in 1995. Before all that though he tried his hand at comedy. In fact, his first feature film was a comedy. It was none other than the lesser known 1984 film “Top Secret”. It was directed by directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker. You may remember them as the directors of the highly successful 1980 satirical comedy “Airplane!”. Hey every actor has to start somewhere so why not in a film made by the directors of one of the most popular comedies ever made?
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
– Ed Helms, “The Lorax”
Director John Carpenter’s first major film as a director was the 1974 science fiction black comedy “Dark Star”. Here is the interesting part though. Carpenter co-wrote it with screenwriter Dan O’Bannon. O’Bannon would go on to write the 1979 science fiction classic “Alien” and he would freely use many elements of “Dark Star” as inspiration for “Alien”. So one classic leads to another it would seem.
“Heroes are something we create, something we need. It’s a way for us to understand what is almost incomprehensible, how people could sacrifice so much for us, but for my dad and these men, the risks they took, the wounds they suffered, they did that for their buddies. They may have fought for their country but they died for their friends.”
– Thomas McCarthy, “Flags of Our Fathers”