Tag Archives: Ridley Scott

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Blade Runner” (1982)

Allegedly, after Blade Runner tested poorly with test audiences, director Ridley Scott added a happier ending. This is the ending used in the original theatrical version of the film.

The ending where Deckard and Rachael fly away.

The footage flight used, is actually unused footage originally filmed for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Kubrick gave Scott the footage on the agreement that absolutely none of the footage he ended up using in The Shining made it into Blade Runner.

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On recent news……

So, As result of the Kevin Spacey accusations. The actor has been cut from the recently completed movie “All the Money in the World” . The film was directed by Ridley Scott and details with the kidnapping involving J Paul Getty’s grandson . The film was completed just in time before the accusations against Kevin Spacey had made themselves public. In recent news regarding this new film at first, was that the film should be shelved. But obviously because Sony pictures wishes to compete in the Academy Awards next year , it seems like they want to go ahead with the original December release only this time replacing Kevin Spacey with actor Christopher Plummer.
 Considering the kind of man the J. Paul Getty was in real life,  Christopher Plummer seems like he would be a much more logical choice. For we know he could actually end up acting the part way better than Kevin Spacey. But the truth is in that cutting Kevin Spacey from that role it may very well make his part in the film a little bit more infamous. 

It could be years from now, but there will be an entire generation of film buffs trying to seek this movie out looking for the version where Kevin Spacey was actually in the movie . Actually cutting him out of the movie may help his credibility.

Anyway, things are the way they are, we can wish Ridley Scott good luck on his endeavor to meet the December deadline. In spite of the situation with Spacey, we may still get a good movie.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Martian” (2015)

The backdrop for Mars was filmed in Wadi Rum. A valley in southern Jordan known for its red coloring. Other films taking place on Mars have also been shot there such as “Red Planet”, “Mission to Mars”, and “The Last Days on Mars.”

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Duellists” (1977)

The hairstyles of the main characters are historically accurate. During Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign it was required of French officers, if they could, to grow their hair long and braid it on the sides. The idea was that the hair might be thick enough to protect their face from a sabre slash. As swords were still very much part of warfare.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Legend” (1985)

The film was originally aimed for adults, and after multiple test screenings, the studio decided to make the film appeal more to the kids. Besides cutting a bunch of scenes, for the American release, they also got rid of Jerry Goldsmith’s original musical score and replaced it with a score by Tangerine Dream. Goldsmith’s score remained in the International release.
Tom Cruise was reportedly very upset about this, and refused to talk about the film for years. Both Cruise, and Roger Ebert preferred the Director’s Cut to the original version.

 In 2002, the Director’s Cut of the film was released. Many of the cut scenes were reinstated as well as the Goldsmith score. 
On a more personal note. The Director’s Cut is the movie, Legend. It’s a flat out better movie.

The American Cut is not a movie, more like 2/3 of a movie.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Blade Runner” (1982)

There is a very popular fan theory that Deckard (Harrison Ford) is in fact a Replicant. While there is no actual evidence to support this, if you pause the film at this particular scene, even though he’s out of focus, you can see his eyes glow the same way as the Replicants.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Dune”(unfinished), “Alien” (1979), “Prometheus” (2012)

Back in the 70’s when director Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to bring Frank Herbert’s Dune to the big screen, he hired many artists and designers to begin pre production in Paris. One of those artists was H.R. Ginger. When the project was cancelled, many of those designers recycled their ideas from this film to other projects they were working on. After this, Giger was brought in to work on “Alien”. One of his designs for Dune was a bizarre looking castle for Baron Harkonnen. This was to be a pyramid in which the characters discover the alien eggs. When they changed it to the Derelict ship in the film, Giger’s design was recycled as the pyramid in the Alien prequel film “Prometheus”.

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