Just before shooting, Mia Wasikowska backed out of the production due to exhaustion. When one of the movie's funders also pulled out, the movie was nearly bankrupted before any footage was shot. The crew had already been hired and complete sets had been built. Guy Pearce's interest to do the film was a deciding factor in securing the rest of the budget. Within a few days, Wasikowska was replaced by Dakota Fanning (who had already been considered for the part, but had availability problems before). Robert Pattinson suddenly backed out due to scheduling conflicts but luckily, Kit Harington was prepared to cut his holiday short, leaving him only a few days to get to the set and prepare for filming●Director Martin Koolhoven had been preparing the movie for years. When funding for the movie almost fell through at the eleventh hour, he had to go to the hospital for what turned out to be a panic attack from all the stress●Koolhoven said Chapter 2 is a representation of hell. This is why there’s more of the color red in that chapter, and why the saloon is called Frank's Inferno. His love of Spaghetti westerns inspired him to make his Dutch Western● Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce became romantically involved on the set. They missed the movie's premiere at the Venice Film Festival because their son, Monte Pearce, had been born days before●Read the comments for the rest of the trivia
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Here are some facts about Austin Powers movies:
1. MIKE MYERS STARTED THINKING UP THE AUSTIN POWERS CHARACTER DRIVING HOME ONE DAY.
Burt Bacharach’s “The Look of Love” was playing on the car radio, leading Myers to think about where the “swingers” of the world went off to. This inevitably led to the comedian asking his then-wife Robin Ruzan if she “swung” and if he was "making her horny." Told to stop and to just write this new character down somewhere, Myers wrote the first draft of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery in three weeks.
2. DR. EVIL’S LINE ABOUT HIPSTERS IS A LENNY BRUCE QUOTE.
The famous comic once said: “There is nothing sadder than an aging hipster.” Dr. Evil attempted to insult Austin with saying, “Really, there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster.” Myers has referenced Bruce in various interviews over the years.
3. MUCH OF THE FIRST FILM WAS IMPROVISED.
According to Myers' estimation, "about 30 to 40 percent" of the first movie was improvised. But there are examples of non-scripted scenes running throughout the series, including Basil telling the audience to not think so hard about all of the time travel logistics; Austin pointing out the differences between the English countryside and Southern California; and the shushing scene.
4. IT TOOK MYERS SEVEN HOURS TO PUT ON THE FAT BASTARD SUIT.
According to Myers, it smelled like a “sewer filtration plant.” 5. THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT FOR THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME FEATURED ALTERNATE SUBTITLES THAT PURPOSELY COMMITTED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
Co-written by Myers and former SNL writer Michael McCullers (who collaborated again on Goldmember), the first draft began with a joke that the film was titled Austin Powers 2: The Wrath of Khan, before pressure from lawyers forced them to change it to Austinpussy.
[4/29/17] Disney goes noir-horror in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), which hit U.S. theaters 34 years ago today. Disney made many changes to the film which writer Ray Bradbury and director Jack Clayton did not intend. Many extra special effects scenes were shot by a second unit director after original production wrapped, and other changes were made before its release. According to the laserdisc commentary by Bradbury, much of his original intentions for the movie were destroyed. Stephen King wrote a rejected adaptation. After a poorly received test screening, Disney held back the release of the movie for a year to re-edit , film additional and replacement scenes (including special effects sequences) with a second unit director, add opening narration, and hire James Horner to rewrite a completely new score, all of which added millions to the budget. When watching the film, it's quite obvious which scenes, such as the spider attack and the mirror maze climax, were filmed nearly a year after original production had wrapped. Reportedly, Bradbury and the original film makers were not pleased with the studio's intervention, nor the effects added. The picture ended up being a flop when it was finally released in 1983, despite Disney's attempts to make it more audience friendly.
There is controversy over the origins of The Apartment. As with any success, there are many who claim credit.[…] Even Tony Curtis, in his autobiography, suggests authorship of the idea. Wilder rejects all these theories, and gives credit to an unlikely source - director David Lean. Seeing Lean’s brilliant early film, Brief Encounter, about an adulterous affair conducted in the apartment of a third party, Wilder scribbled this idea in his notebook: “What about the poor schnook who has to crawl into the still-warm bed of the lovers?” Years would pass before Wilder felt he could slip this concept past film censors. It was during the making of Some Like it Hot that Wilder first suggested to Jack Lemmon, his cross-dressing hero, that he had another picture in mind for him.
[Source: Cameron Crowe on The Guardian]