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filmtrivia Originally, Aragorn was to fight the physical embodiment of (Sauron) during the climactic battle at the Black Gate, but the footage shot was not used in the final film. Peter Jackson super imposed an armored troll in place of Sauron because he wanted the main focus to be on Frodo & Sam◆ Ian McKellen's second day of shooting on the trilogy was Gandalf's final scene of the film which takes place at the Gray Havens◆ In the book, Eowyn rides into battle with the Rohirrim, taking Merry with her, but without revealing her identity to them or the audience. Instead, she is disguised as a character who calls himself (Dernhelm) and only reveals herself in the battle when she takes off her helmet to show the Witch-King that she is a woman. Peter Jackson changed it because he didn't want Merry to look like a complete idiot for not knowing, and a lot of the Rohirrim helmets didn't completely cover a soldier's entire face◆ The opening scene where Smeagol discovers the Ring was directed by (Fran Walsh). Walsh (who is Peter Jackson's life partner & co-writer) prefers to remain more private for the good of their family). Her largely unaltered vocals were used as the screech of the Nazgûl in the trilogy.
The Smeagol scene she directed was originally suppose to appear in (The Two Towers) immediately after Frodo revealed Gollum's real name to him◆ Andy Serkis was not the film-makers' first choice to play the real Smeagol (before the transformation) at the beginning of the film. Once they started considering other actors, they realized that Serkis was the natural choice◆
Royd Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien's great-grandson) potrays the Gondorian Ranger handing weapons to his fellow soldiers when the orcs are invading Osgiliath◆
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  •   filmtrivia Peter Jackson is arachnophobic and based the design of the giant spider (Shelob) on the types of spiders he feared the most◆ The last words exchanged by Elrond and Aragorn are (I give hope to Men," "I keep none for myself) were the final words of Aragorn's mother (Gilraen) in the books◆ The end-credit portraits of each of the lead actors appearing alongside their name was the suggestion of Ian McKellen◆ In the extended cut of the film, the song during the (Houses of Healing) sequence is sung by (Liv Tyler). This scene was David Wenham's (Faramir) first day of shooting◆ The film was the only time that a part 3 movie won the Best Picture Oscar◆The scene of the Rohirrim charging the Pelennor Fields had to be filmed 52 times before the crew were satisfied with the take. During one of the shots of the charge, a rider fell off the back of his horse. All the horses that came behind him miraculously managed to either miss or avoid him◆ A scene was cut from the finished film that showed Eowyn (Miranda Otto) stripping away her regular clothes and then dressing herself in the armor of a Rohan warrior◆ The confrontation between Saruman and Gandalf was filmed but was not included in the final cut for reasons of length and pacing. The scene is included on the extended DVD◆The scene where Aragorn's army assembles in front of the Black Gate of Mordor was shot in a desert that was still littered with land mines and bombs that had not gone off. The army had to sweep the field with metal detectors to make the danger for the actors and extras acceptable◆ When Frodo gets punctured by Shelob, Elijah Wood had 2 Alka Seltzers hidden under his tongue which he chewed up to create the white foam that leaks out of the corner of his mouth. Some fans question why the spider's stinger affected Frodo since he had his (Mithril) shirt on. In (The Fellowship of the Ring) Frodo was stabbed by a Cave-troll with a spear and the Mithril completely protected him◆ 4w
  •   filmtrivia The moment where Eowyn comforts the dying king Theoden, Miranda Otto had to play most of the scene without her co-star. Bernard Hill had already completed filming all his scenes & had been given a farewell party◆ The film was originally going to end with a voice-over epilogue by Cate Blanchett's character, Galadriel, detailing the fate of the fellowship of the ring after the events of the movie. Scenes showing Gimli and Legolas for this purpose had been shot, but were not used in any version of the finished movie◆ Now that audiences have cinemactically seen the cursed (Mirkwood) in (The Desolation of Smaug) the unused film would have shown Legolas strolling through his restored homeland at the end of Return Of The King◆ Frodo and Sam's climb up Mt. Doom was shot on a volcano called Ruapehu. The footing was so steep on the volcano that Elijah and Sean were hooked up to safety wires. If one of them lost their footing, the wires prevented them from sliding halfway down the volcano. The wires were painted out digitally◆ In the scene where Faramir is leaving Minas Tirith, he and his soldiers are riding their horses downhill. The horses were all re-shod with rubber horseshoes so they would not slip◆In the scene when Denethor attempts to burn Faramir on the pyre, the pyre could not truly be on fire because Gandalf's horse would not go near it. To solve this, the crew reflected a real fire onto a pane of glass in front of the camera so that it looks as though the pyre is burning◆ Shelob's shriek is the combination of a plastic alien toy, steam hisses (inspired by an incident where an alligator hissed at Peter Jackson's daughter Katie Jackson), and the shriek of a Tasmanian Devil◆
    Where Frodo is stabbed by Shelob's stinger, Elijah Wood was actually stabbed with a prop one. It had actually done damage to the point that Wood had to stay in the hospital for a couple of days◆ Peter Jackson told  composer (Howard Shore) to pretend he was scoring a movie like (The Fly) for the Shelob scenes◆ 4w
  •   filmtrivia To get enough extras for the Battle at the Black Gate, a few hundred members of the New Zealand army were brought in◆ 100,000 people lined the streets of Wellington for the world premiere. That's roughly a quarter of the city's population◆ Denethor (John Noble) carried a sword strapped to his belt. Although he never draws it, the prop department made a full sword that could be drawn from its sheath, so that Noble would feel as important as the rest of the cast which used their swords◆Aragorn's speech at the black gate is a very close paraphrase to 45th stanza of the old Norse poem (Völuspa) The same poem is also the source of several of the names of the dwarves in the world of Tolkien◆
    The deformed pale orc (Gothmog) was partly derived from the head of Joseph Merrick, also known as The Elephant Man and the alien leader from Jackson's 1987 film (Bad Taste)◆ Director of photography Andrew Lesnie caught most of his shots during the intense battle on the Pelennor Fields by putting on polo armor and wading into the thick of the action◆
    The corruption of Smeagol scene had to be digitally touched-up in two ways. First, Thomas Robins(Deagol) accidentally blinked after being strangled. Weta Digital froze his eyes. Second, in the shot where Smeagol falls on the rocks (just before Gollum begins to narrate), Andy Serkis' legs were considered to be too muscular and athletic, and so they were digitally thinned-down◆ Lawrence Makoare is the one under the robe of the (Witch-King) and the make up of the pale orc (Gothmog). Lawrence Makoare played (Lurtz) in The Fellowship.  The Witch-King's voice was performed by Andy Serkis. Gothmog's voice was performed by (Craig Parker) who potrayed the elf (Haldir) in the the 2 previous films◆
    Since John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) suffered constant rashes from wearing the Gimli make-up, the make-up department gave him the opportunity to throw his Gimli mask into the fire on his last day of pick-up photography. He didn't hesitate a moment to grab and burn it◆ 4w
  •   filmtrivia The sounds of the Orcs were in part recordings of elephant seal pups at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA◆Billy Boyd's singing scene largely came about because Philippa Boyens went for a night out at a karaoke bar with the younger male cast members and she was very struck by the quality of his voice. Remembering that Denethor asks Pippin to sing him a song when Faramir heads off to war, she resurrected the lyrics from the novel and Boyd himself came up with the tune for it◆ The dead oliphaunt carcass used in this film is reportedly the largest prop ever built for a motion picture. According to members of the prop department, director Peter Jackson still thought it could have been bigger◆
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy became the most nominated film series in Academy Award history with 30 nominations, surpassing both the Godfather trilogy and the Star Wars franchise◆ For the scene where Merry and Pippin are smoking their pipes at Isengard, Dominic Monaghan (Merry) had to drink a glass of milk beforehand to keep himself from throwing up while smoking the pipe◆ Elijah Wood is noted for his ability to stare fixedly in front of him for ages without blinking, which came in very useful for the scenes where the comatose Frodo was wrapped up in Shelob's web-like cocoon◆The final day of filming on the trilogy actually happened over a month after this movie was theatrically released, and three weeks after the 2004 Academy Awards. Peter Jackson arranged to film one final shot of skulls on the floor in the tunnel of the Paths of the Dead, which was included in the Extended Edition◆The last spoken line of the movie - (Well, I'm back) is also the last line of the book◆ 4w

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filmtrivia 2008's (The Dark Knight) bank caper scene paid homage to Stanley Kubrick's 1956 film (The Killing)  in which lead-protaganist Johnny Clay (played Sterling Hayden) holds-up the back-office of a race track◆ The choice of clown-mask worn by The Joker is similar to the one used in (The Killing)◆ In the original 1960's Batman TV series, The Joker (played by Cesar Romero) wears a clown mask when hijacking a performance of Pagliacci◆ The mask is almost identical to the one worn by Heath Ledger's Joker in the opening bank robbery scene in The Dark Knight◆ The episode was titled (The Joker is Wild) and aired on ABC in January 26, 1966 during the first season. It was the very first appearance of Cesar Romero's Joker◆
The mask is briefly seen in the 2014 animated film (Assault On Arkham) when Harley Quinn is digging through a box and toses the mask away before she finds her signature mallet◆
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filmtrivia In the 2006 film (Blood Daimond) when Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio @leonardodicaprio) is first seen after getting off the plane- he is greeted by Commander Rambo potrayed by actor (Ato Essandoh)◆ Ato also appeared in the 2012 film (Django Unchained) as the slave (D'Artagnan) who gets eaten by the dogs upon the orders of (Calvin Candie) played by Leonardo DiCaprio◆ In (Blood Diamond) Commander Rambo is the agresser to DiCaprio's character Danny. He has a gun on him and is with his posse while Danny is alone◆ In (Django Unchained) Calvin Candie is the agresser to the slave D'Artagnan. Calvin has his people behind him while D'Artagnan is alone◆ Ato Essandoh also appeared in the 2004 film (Garden State) as Natalie Portman's adoptive brother Titembay◆He's also appeared in the TV series
(Blue Bloods) as Reverend Darnell Potter◆ And recently as (Alfredo Llamosa) in the show (Elementary) starring (Jonny Lee Miller) as Sherlock Holmes, and (Lucy Liu @lucyliu) as Dr. Joan Watson. Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes◆
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filmtrivia Julia Fletcher provided the English voice for (Carmilla) in the 2000 Anime film (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust).
In 1872 author (Joseph Sheridan LeFanu) published a gothic novel about a vampire countess titled (Carmilla). This was 25 years before Bram Stoker's Dracula was published◆

Béla Lugosi potrayed Dracula in 1931◆

Christopher Lee potrayed Dracula in 1958◆

Frank Langella potrayed Dracula in 1979◆

Gary Oldman potrayed Dracula in the 1992 film (Bram Stoker's Dracula)◆ Tony Curran @tonycurran potrayed (Marcus Corvinus) in the 2006 film (Underworld Evolution). Marcus is the equivalent of Dracula in the Underworld universe◆

Luke Evans @thereallukevans potrayed Dracula in the 2014 film (Dracula Untold)◆ Max Schreck potrayed (Count Orlok) in the 1922 film (Nosferatu). It was an unauthorized German adaptation of Dracula, and also the first film in history that depicted & created a death of a vampire by sunlight◆
Tom Cruise potrayed (Lestat de Lioncourt) in the 1994 film (Interview with the Vampire)◆ Grace Jones potrayed (Queen Katrina) in the 1986 film (Vamp)◆ Wesley Snipes potrayed (Blade) in the (Blade Trilogy) that started In 1998◆

Kate Beckinsale potrayed (Selene) in the (Underworld) franchise that started in 2003◆

Andrew Philpot provided the English voice for (D) in the 2000 Anime film (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust). D is Dracula's son◆

Kiefer Sutherland potrayed (David) in the 1987 film (The Lost Boys)◆ Danny Huston potrayed (Malow) in the 2007 film (30 Days Of Night)◆ Duncan Regehr potrayed Dracula in the 1987 film (The Monster Squad)◆
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filmtrivia In 1788 (Joshua Reynolds) did an oil painting named (The Age of Innocence)◆ In 1920 Edith Wharton's (The Age of Innocence) novel was published◆ The three lead actors, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder were all Martin Scorsese's first choices◆ The film is narrated by actress (Joanne Woodward). Joanne won a Golden Globe, and an Oscar for Best Actress for the 1957 film (The Three Faces of Eve). She was married to (Paul Newman) from 1958 until his death in 2008◆ The film is dedicated to (Charles Scorsese), father of director Martin Scorsese, who died just before the film was completed◆ Charles and his wife Catherine have a small cameo during the sequence when Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) at the Pennsylvania Terminus in Jersey City◆Martin Scorsese himself makes a cameo as the photographer taking May's wedding picture◆ The first film adaptation came out in 1924. The second in 1934◆ When the production of (There Will Be Blood) was trying to convince the mother of Dillon Freasier (who plays H.W.) to be in the movie, his mother wanted to figure out who Day-Lewis was. She rented a copy of (Gangs of New York) which made her panick at the idea of her son spending time with a man like Bill The Butcher. The casting department rushed her a copy of (The Age of Innocence) to calm her down◆ Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis both share the same birthday◆ This was the final film of (Alexis Smith) who potrayed (Louisa van der Luyden)◆ Natasha Richardson was in the top list of actresses being considered for the role of Ellen Olenska which ultimately went to Michelle Pfeiffer◆ The lady standing to the right of Winona Ryder and admiring her engagement ring at the Beauforts' ball (just before Archer approaches and bows) is Tamasin Day-Lewis, (sister of Daniel Day-Lewis). She was in town to visit her brother and was drafted by Scorsese to take the part in the film◆ Winona Ryder wrote a book report in the ninth grade on the 1920 novel this film is based on◆ 1mon
  •   filmtrivia Screenwriter (Jay Cocks) first gave Scorsese a copy of Edith Wharton's novel back in 1980. At the time, he told Scorsese, "When you do that romantic piece, this one is you"◆ It took Scorsese seven years to finally get around to reading the book◆ In 1993, when the movie was first released, a publicity still of Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel-Day Lewis embracing had been printed in US Magazine. Pfeiffer was holding a roll of Certs breath mints and it had not been edited out of the photo. It was too late to correct the photo so the issue was sent to news stands with the Certs breath mints in them◆ Scorsese said that this is the "most violent" film he's ever made, an obvious reference to the emotional versus the over-the-top physical violent in his other films◆
    This was Scorsese's first film to earn a "PG rating"◆The film was originally due to be released in fall of 1992, but was held back for over a year to allow Scorsese more time to edit◆
    Daniel Day-Lewis checked into the Plaza Hotel as "N. Archer" and lived there for 2 weeks wearing clothes suitable to his film character as research for Newland Archer◆ The interior of Mrs. Mingott's house was filmed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house in downtown Troy, NY◆ Home to about 35 men at the time. Setup and filming took approximately three weeks and was done while school was still in session. The first floor was the only one used for filming and during shoots members of the house had to remain silent upstairs or leave the house◆ 1mon
  •   jeweledspirit Great Stuff!! Thank you. This film is one of my all time favorites! 1mon
  •   filmtrivia @jeweledspirit it's kind of a horror movie for me. The horror of having to live such a fake life. 1mon
  •   jeweledspirit I couldn't agree more-- the oppression of the "individual" soul for both for men and women. And how so many of the characters work together to hold on to the status quo is almost unbearable to watch. I really enjoy what you do with your IG Have you studied film or work in the industry? Whatever the case, your feed is awesome! 1mon
  •   filmtrivia @jeweledspirit I've never worked in the industry or studied film. I just like movies. Michelle should have atleast been nominated for an Oscar for her role. I still can't believe she wasn't. The scariest part of this horror movie was Winona Ryder's character who literally was oblivious to the world around her. As the movie stated she died thinking the world was filled with kind hearted people like yourself. Not in those exact words but you know what I mean 1mon
  •   angelmanuelphoto Great pic! 13h

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filmtrivia Michelle Burke and Wiley Wiggins at the 20th anniversary of (Dazed & Confused) which took place at the Texas Film Hall Of Fame. 1mon

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filmtrivia Peta Wilson wasn't the first choice to play Mina Harker. Monica Bellucci was originally cast as Mina but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Bellucci had previously portrayed one of the three brides of Dracula in the 1992 film (Bram Stoker's Dracula) in which Winona Ryder played Mina Harker◆ A number of well known British actors declined the part of (Jeykll/Hyde) because of the demanding make up effects required for the role. Eventually the role went to (Jason Flemyng @jaseflem123 )◆ It is said that @tonycurran Tony Curran's agent did not want him to take the role of (Rodney Skinner/the Invisible Man) because the character is invisible for most of the film. Once the film came out (Rodney Skinner) became a fan favorite. Tony Curran also played the vampire elder (Marcus Corvinus) in (Underworld Evolution)◆ Stuart Townsend (who plays
Dorian Gray) was originally cast as (Aragorn) in the Lord of the Rings franchise. Townsend trained for 2 months for the role but was let go just a day before filming. Peter Jackson decided that he wanted someone older looking◆ Sean Connery (who plays Allan Quatermain) turned down the role of Gandalf multiple times because he didn't understand the script.  Connery who turned down the (The Matrix) for the same reason said yes to (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) because he felt The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings came out great and wanted to give it a chance◆ Screenwriter (James Robinson) makes a cameo as (Jonathan Harker) in the photograph with Mina Harker◆ Filming was delayed due to the summer 2002 floods in Prague, Czech Republic which destroyed more than $7 million worth of sets◆ The character of Tom Sawyer was added because the studio thought people in the American market wouldn't care about the movie unless an American character was in it
A sequel was planned but was canceled◆ The sequel's would have had the League battle the Martian Tripods from H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds◆ This film has grown a cult following, particularly within the Victorian steampunk community◆
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  •   filmtrivia In the comic book version of The League, Mina Harker (played by Peta Wilson) refers to herself by her maiden name, Mina Murray. She does not have vampiric abilities. The only reference to her past are large scars from bite marks on her neck which are hidden by a scarf. Additionally, she is the League's leader, the one who is responsible for recruiting the other members◆Captain Nemo is seen performing martial arts throughout the movie. The martial arts discipline of (Shin Sun Do) is thought to have originated in India. Naseeruddin Shah (who plays Nemo) trained with a karate master to do much of his own fighting stunt work. The reason Nemo denounces the kidnapping of the scientists' wives and children as "monstrous" is from personal experience. In (Jules Verne's) original story, Nemo's own wife and child were kidnapped and murdered; grief-stricken, Nemo built his submarine and retreated into the sea. Nemo's name is actually a Latin word, which means, "nameless" or "nobody". In the graphic novel, when someone asks him his name, he often replies "I am no one."◆ In the graphic novel, Quatermain had written himself out of public life and became an opium addict. At the start of the story he is rescued from a Cairo opium den by Mina Harker and enlisted as a member of the League. Sean Connery refused to play an opium addict, so the writers changed his story so he was merely hiding from the public, and still in control of his wits and health◆ A scene was cut from the film where Tom Sawyer explains that he and his friend, Agent (Huck Finn) were tracking down the Fantom, and that the Fantom killed Huck. This is the reason why Sawyer is so intent on getting the Fantom in the film. Mark Twain wrote 2 little-known sequels to Tom Sawyer. One of which Tom has a Jules Verne-like adventure (Tom Sawyer Abroad) and in the other where he becomes a detective (Tom Sawyer, Detective). 1mon
  •   filmtrivia Production delays and clashes with director (Stephen Norrington) convinced Sean Connery that he had fallen out of love with modern film making. This was his last feature film to date. He has done some voice work only since◆ The director himself had such a hard time with this film he also announced he would never direct another film again. As of 2013, he hasn't. Stephen Norrington also directed of the first Blade film in 1998 starring Wesley Snipes◆ Pre-production for the film predated the publication of the first issue of the comic book in 1999-which is one of the main reasons why there are noticeable differences between the film and the graphic novel◆Two portraits in the meeting room show previous Leagues teams◆ When the League arrives at the London Docks, the camera passes by a wall with a duplicate poster of the title page of the (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 collected edition)◆ The second invisible man (whom Sawyer fights) is actually (Sanderson Reed) the man who recruited Quatermain◆Shane West (Tom Sawyer) said at 23 years old he found it incredibly difficult to hold the solid wood and metal gun -where as Sean Connery, who was nearly 72, seemed to have no problem holding it in the scene where Quartermain is teaching him to fire long-distance shots◆ Alan Moore was unhappy with the adaptation of his story. He felt is was vastly different from his original story. He subsequently stated that he wishes his name to be removed from all comic work that he does not own, including (Watchmen) and (V for Vendetta). He also announced that he would not allow his name to be used in any future film adaptations of works he does not own, nor would he accept any money from such adaptations. This request was respected by the producers of Constantine (based on a character created by Moore) Watchmen, and V for Vendetta◆ 1mon
  •   filmtrivia The character of (Campion Bond) British Intelligence director (ancestor of James Bond), was supposed to appear but the character was dropped before filming began to be saved for a possible sequel◆ A character named (Eva Draper) played by (Winter Ave Zoli), the daughter of German scientist Karl Draper, was removed during editing but remained in some of the promotional material.
    The deleted scenes which feature Draper appear on the DVD.
    Eva Draper can also be seen in the UK trailer for the film◆The film takes place in an alternate universe where technology is more advanced in 1899 than it was in real life. Aside from the use of an automobile and other advanced devices, we also see Captain Nemo's crew using sonar and Nemo refers to solar power many years before they were invented◆ Allan Quatermain, Nemo, Jekyll & Hyde, Dorian Gray, and Professor Moriarty all died in their original novels or stories◆ The original Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, and Nemo were far from heroes in their original incarnations◆ Nemo was a rebel to the crown and Mr. Hyde and the Invisible Man were murderers and rapists◆ While capturing Hyde in Paris, Quartermain says Hyde has been terrorizing the Rue Morgue for some time. This was a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's (The Murders in the Rue Morgue) another famous 19th-century literary work◆When Quatermain first enters the downstairs meeting room at the headquarters for the League we can see Masonic symbols carved on the face of the door. The same symbol appears on the Fantom's ring, foreshadowing the Fantom's true identity◆When the Fantom flees and runs out chased by Quartermain one of the Fantom's henchmen jumps down to stop Quartermain's chase. As he does this he yells "Run James." Giving a clue to the Fantom's real identity that of Professor James Moriarty, enemy of Sherlock Holmes◆ 1mon
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