The 2013 film “Le Week-End” is the fourth collaboration between director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, who both began developing the story seven years prior during a weekend trip to Montmartre. Now that is a close relationship, but when has that ever not worked out with great filmmaking as a result?
“I’m just playing a part in your story.”
– Tilda Swinton, “Only Lovers Left Alive”
For the role of Lloyd Christmas in the 1994 film “Dumb & Dumber”, actor Jim Carrey was initially offered $700,000 to appear in the film, but the offer went in the same week when 1994’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” opened at number 1 in the US box office, so by the time Carrey’s agents had renegotiated with the film’s producers, his salary had upped itself to $7 million, almost half the film’s budget. That is how you move up in the film industry world.
“If we use our talents properly, there’s a power greater than us that will place opportunities in our way.”
– Ed Harris, “The Right Stuff”
In the 2005 film “Junebug”, in the scene where Ashley (Played by actress Amy Adams) does her sit up exercises, director Phil Morrison used a split screen, combining the performance of a real pregnant woman with Adams’s head. I wonder how many “Don’t lose your head jokes” the pregnant woman got after the movie came out?
“There is only one happiness in life – to love and be loved.”
– Alessandro Nivola, “Mansfield Park”
Director William Wyler cut several scenes hinting at the homosexuality of lead character Martha Dobie (Played by Shirley MacLaine) in the 1961 film “The Children’s Hour”, based on the 1934 play of the same title by screenwriter Lillian Hellman that was first adapted by Wyler in the 1936 film “These Three”, for fear of not receiving the seal of approval from the Motion Picture Production Code. This was because, at the time, any story about homosexuality was forbidden by the production code. My how far we’ve come with 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain” being about two gay cowboys and being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
“All sacrifices are not made in terms of money.”
– Catherine Doucet, “These Three”
Before filming began for the 1994 film “Quiz Show”, based on author Richard N. Goodwin’s memoir “Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties” about popular contestant Charles Van Doren, actor Ralph Fiennes wanted to speak with Doren in person to get his accent down for the role.
However, the feeling was that Doren would not want to help with the film at all so Fiennes and one of the film’s staff drove to the town in rural Connecticut where Doren lives. They found Doren sitting on a chair outside his house and Fiennes pretended to be a lost driver and asked him for directions.
Commitment is one thing, but that is just getting creative for an odd amount of consideration for Doren. I suppose, either way, it worked.
“I’d give anything just to cut loose, just to feel the fire one more time.”
– Josh Brolin, “Sin City – A Dame to Kill For”