Everyone loves trivia videos about our favorite movies. But these days everyone already knows everything about every movie…ever. Well the trivia in this video I had definitely not heard before, I won’t ruin it for you, just watch it for yourself.
Start your Tuesday with these 7 facts you (probably) don’t know about the classic movie Dazed and Confused.
1. Ellen Burstyn made the cinematographer cry.
One of the most heartbreaking scenes in the movie (or any movie for that matter) is when Sarah Goldfarb breaks down in front of her son when he comes to visit. Ellen Burstyn delivers an absolutely incredible monologue which easily should have won her the oscar which instead went to Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich…that still pisses me off. If you watch that scene keep a close eye on the framing of Sarah, you’ll notice it’s not quite right. That’s because Ellen Burstyn’s performance made the cinematographer Matthew Libatique cry and fog up the camera’s eyepiece.
2. Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans didn’t eat sugar or have sex for a month.
The performances in director Darren Aronofsky’s movies are always incredible, from Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler to Natalie Portman in Black Swan. For Requiem for a Dream he wanted the actors to truly portray the feeling of craving. For this he asked actors Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans to follow the Tappy Tibbons routine and not eat any sugar, not eat red meat or have sex for 30 days.
Now that’s the face of someone who needs to get laid.
3. Ellen Burstyn says that Sarah Goldfarb is her greatest acting achievement.
In February 2001 Ellen Burstyn was on the Charlie Rose show and said that playing Sarah Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream is her best acting achievement. Not that she hasn’t had so many incredible roles (she has 417 roles to date on her IMDB), but I have to agree that this is her best performance of her long career.
Also her most fucked up role…
4. Christopher McDonald shot all his part in one day.
Christopher McDonald (that’s shooter McGavin to you) is a very versatile actor with roles in Happy Gilmore and…um, Happy Gilmore. I’m kidding! The guy has 181 acting credits on IMDB. In Requiem for a Dream he plays Tappy Tibbons, an infomercial host preaching 3 rules to success: 1) No red meat. 2) No refined sugar. 3) No Orgasms. He appears in Requiem on TV and in one particularly messed up drug induced dream sequence:
He’s great in the role. And what’s surprising is that he shot all of it in one day! At the end of his shooting day all of the crew and the crowd extras gave him a standing ovation. “We got a winner, I said we got a winner!”
5. Ellen Burstyn wore a lot of prosthetics for her role.
While it might not seem like it, but Ellen Burstyn wore a lot of prosthetics and makeup for her role as Sarah Goldfarb, I mean a lot of prosthetics! She had to wear 4 different necks, 2 fat suits, and 9 different wigs. If you watch the scene where she is staring at the refrigerator through split screen you’ll notice her hand is up around her face:
That is actually to hide the seem of the fake neck she was wearing.
6. Oranges are bad.
This might be less of a Requiem for a Dream fact and more a movies in general fact, but oranges are a bad omen. It all stared with the The Godfather where oranges indicate death or danger. In the DVD commentary, Godfather director Francis For Coppola says, “It all started out as an accident, but once we realized we had used oranges so frequently in the first movie, we used them purposefully in the others.” After that many movies made a nod to oranges, and tv shows as well. Breaking Bad anyone:
Requiem for a Dream makes the same nod. The truck that Harry and Tyrone try to get drugs from at the supermarket is an orange truck. I mean the dude is actually peeling oranges in the middle of a drug buy for no reason.
I wonder how that worked out for everyone:
7. Aronofsky bought the rights to a movie to recreate two shots.
In requiem for a Dream there is a beautiful overhead shot of Marion in her bathtub, which then cuts to an underwater shot of her face as she screams. It’s a gorgeous couple of shots. How did Darren Aronofsky come up with it? Well, he didn’t. It’s actually from a Japanese animated movie called Perfect Blue:
Darren Aronofsky actually bought the remake rights to the movie so he could use those two shots.
8. Aronofsky’s dad is in the movie.
During a heartbreaking scene a strung out Sarah Goldfarb is on a train asking, “Does this train go to Madison Avenue?” One man on the train stands up and says, “You’re whack!”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of YouTube. So let’s dive in and take a look at 10 quick facts about the video-sharing website (according to wikipedia).
2. There are different stories of how the idea for YouTube came about. One story claims that they wanted to share videos of a dinner party at Chen’s apartment and were having trouble doing so. Another story claims Karim wanted to share Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction from the 2004 Super Bowl. So the next time you watch a YouTube video make sure to thank Janet Jackson’s nipples.
3. The early offices for YouTube were above a pizzeria and a Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California. How luxurious.
4. The first YouTube video was entitled “Me at the zoo” and was uploaded by co-founder Jawed Karim on April 23rd, 2005. You can still watch the video and it currently has almost 20 million views…it’s quite riveting.
5. Over 300 hours of videos are uploaded every minute. That’s a lot of cat videos.
9. YouTube is known for it’s pranks on April Fools which have included every video on the main page being re-directed to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and clicking on a video made the entire page turn upside down. Wow, such ballsy pranksters they are.
10. There are some countries where YouTube is banned. They are, not surprisingly, China, Iran, Pakinstan, and Turkmenistan. Other countries have banned YouTube for a short period. These include Thailand, Australia, Morocco, Turkey, Libya, Bangladesh, Egypt, Russia, Sudan and Afghanistan.
YouTube is such a staple of our culture that it’s hard to imagine when it wasn’t around. It gives a voice to anyone and everyone. So let’s celebrate what youtube has contributed to the world by watching this woman give a massage to an opossum: