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My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

Last week I shared with some trivia about RoboCop this week I bring yo one of my all time favourite movies. Maybe not one every one will like but an awesome movie all the same. This week I bring you a movie based on a book by Stephen King called Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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The role of Tommy Williams was intended for Brad Pitt.

The American Humane Association monitored the filming of scenes involving Brooks’ crow. During the scene where he fed it a maggot, the AHA objected on the grounds that it was cruel to the maggot, and required that they use a maggot that had died from natural causes. One was found, and the scene was filmed.

In Stephen King’s original story, Red was written as a white Irishman. In the movie, they left the line, “Maybe it’s ’cause I’m Irish”, in as a joke, even after they had cast Morgan Freeman as Red.

Andy Dufresne’s Prison ID Number is 37927.

Although a very modest hit in theaters, it became one of the highest grossing video rentals of all time.

An agent who apparently hadn’t done much research requested an audition for his supermodel client for the role of Rita Hayworth.

Stephen King has said that his original novella was a culmination of all the memories he had from watching prison movies when he was a child.

The Shawshank prison, in the book and in the movie, was loosely based on Thomaston prison, an aging prison located in Thomaston, Maine. That real life prison closed in 2004 due to its small size and dilapidated structure.

The role of Andy Dufresne was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who couldn’t accept due to scheduling conflicts with Forrest Gump. Hanks did, however, work on Frank Darabont’s next film, The Green Mile.

Frank Darabont wrote the script in eight weeks.

If you have never seen this movie then you really have too, it is fantastic. Well untill next week bye bye.

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

After hearing the sad news of Micheal Clarke Duncan’s passing at just age 54, I sat down and watched what I think is one of his best ever performances. The Green Mile, based on the book by Stephen King. The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. I will tell you this, I don’t cry at movies often but the first time I saw this did. Duncan’s performance in this was just brilliant. Thank you Micheal you will be missed.

Originally set in 1932, the timeframe was bumped to 1935 so the movie Top Hat could be featured.

At the beginning of the movie, when the old Paul Edgecomb is walking to get some breakfast after waking from that bad dream, he is walking on a tiled floor that is very green, as if it’s his Green Mile.

By the time Paul introduced Elaine to Mr. Jingles, the mouse would have to be at least 64 years old – over nine times the age of the oldest ever known real mouse.

While many of Stephen King’s novels are set in the author’s native Maine, The Green Mile takes place in Louisiana. However, the surname of the main character – Edgecomb – is the name of a town on Maine’s mid-coast.

When Stephen King visited the set he asked to be strapped into Old Sparky to see how it felt. He didn’t like it and asked to be released.

When the producers were having trouble finding the right actor to fill the role of John Coffey, Bruce Willis suggested Michael Clarke Duncan with whom he had co-starred in Armageddon.

When Paul and Brutal take John Coffey outside at night John looks at the stars and says “Look Boss, it’s Cassie, the lady in the rocking chair.” This is a reference to the constellation Cassiopeia. In Greek mythology Queen Cassiopeia is often depicted as sitting in a chair or rocking chair.

When Melinda Moores (Patricia Clarkson) is visited by John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), she gives him a St. Christopher medal. In Catholicism, St. Christopher is known as the patron saint of travelers (John Coffey describes himself as a wanderer), and, like Coffey, died a martyr.

According to one of the features on the DVD, Stephen King called this film *the* single most faithful adaptation of his work.

Frank Darabont cast Dabbs Greer because he was a fan of It! The Terror from Beyond Space, in which Greer had appeared. The film was also an inspiration for Alien, another of Darabont’s favorite films, and which featured cast member Harry Dean Stanton.

There we go for another week of trivia, join me next week to see what I have for you.

The Walking Dead: Part 2

The Television Show

By Geeky Gem

Last time I talked to about The Walking Dead, I regaled you with the tale of how good the comics are. Now I shall share with you my thoughts on the AMC show based on the afore mentioned comics.

 

When I first heard that some fantastic folk in America had decided to turn Robert Kirkman’s epic comic into a show, I squealed like only a geek can, I was so excited. I waited for months as filming started, and promos appeared all over the place. I read everything I could; I was totally up to date with the comic at the time so that was all good. 

Then casting began. I won’t lie to you, most of the cast are people I have not heard about. There were a handful of cast members that I did know, for example Andrew Lincoln who was cast as Rick was an excellent pick. He brings Rick to life, and really shows how deep source martial is.

As for crew, the show was created by Frank Darabont, best known for such great films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He joined the wave of film makers coming back to television. A trend that also saw Alan Ball bringing us True Blood, and Stephen Spielberg, Falling Skies and Terra Nova.

 

Now this is where I would usually tell you how much the comic is like the show. Well, in this case, I can’t do that. The show is very different from the comic, in more ways than one, to tell you them all would take me forever. I will say just a few things on it. For example there are some characters in the show that are not in comic, the show goes a different way to the comic, so what you really need to know is that you kind of have to view them as two different things and they stand alone.

 However the show can really get to the heart of the human condition just as much as the comic can and at the end of the day that is what this show is all about. Kirkman’s work has translated so well to the screen that I don’t miss an episode and with the casting of one of the most evil villains in comic book history just been revealed, (The Governor for those who haven’t heard) I know I will carry on watching this fantastic show. Each week I hate the fact I have to wait a week to watch another and that’s what a good show should do. The mid season cliff hanger for season two was brilliant. Now the show is back for the second half of season two and it just keeps getting better. There is just something about this show that keeps me coming back each week. Even with my knowledge of the comics, this doesn’t stop me because as I said, it is very different from the comics. I think that’s why I like it so much. If you haven’t seen it, it really is a much see show, come on jump on the band wagon and see what all the fuss is about.

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