A loose adaption of the Giovanni Arpino novel Il buio e il miele and the movie Profumo di Donna , Scent of a Woman stars Al Pacino as the bitter, angry, depressed, and blind Lt. Frank Slade in a role that would earn him his first Oscar win.
Here are some facts about the movie—the first to ever air on the Starz Network —to read before you get tangled up and tango on. Nicholson was initially approached to play the blind lieutenant colonel, but after he read the script, he passed. Just tell us how it went!
As O'Donnell later admitted, it wasn't easy. But when I got in there, Al is such an intimidating presence and the character is supposed to be intimidated by him. I was able to play on that natural nervousness that I had around him in the audition process that helped me to win the role.
Brest wanted to split the two up so he could create tension, but Pacino and O'Donnell actually wound up bonding off-screen, putting a halt to any separation plans.
He said you'll always be second in their life. One week later, Brest called him and showed him Profuma di Donna. The sergeant was a real soldier…So this character became a hybrid of all these people. Every time I did something right, he'd go, 'Hoo-ah! It's funny where things come from.
After spending months getting fitted for special lenses that would make Pacino's blindness more convincing, the actor and Brest opted not to use them.
There was concern that Pacino's eyes would get hurt if he used them for too long. And what happens is, you just go into a state," Pacino told Larry King after King asked how he pretended to be blind. And the worst kind of eye injury is when plant life gets into your cornea. It stuck into my cornea. As I was falling, my eyes weren't focusing and the thing went into my eye. So it's also dangerous to do that.
She was then told she didn't get the role of Donna because she "wasn't quite right," before the powers-that-be changed their mind and asked her to fly back to New York. She spent a week with a tango instructor, but didn't really need to , since she used to dance at a nightclub for teenagers in her England hometown of Laleham. Anwar claimed in that Pacino did not attend the tango rehearsals.
I have a few sort of half-broken toes still," she said. He was incredibly nice to me. Emma Willard was the first women's higher education institution in the United States. One of the other mansions was where the movie producer woke up to his horse's head in that other Pacino film. The tango was performed in the ballroom of The Pierre Hotel. The luxury penthouse there was used again by Brest when he made it Anthony Hopkins's character's home in Meet Joe Black The penthouse was also used by the Arthur Bach played by Russell Brand in the remake.
But it was the best take and we knew it. It had to be in the movie. Hoffman had to audition five times to get the part of George. When he won the role he was living in Brooklyn with just a futon while making ends meet working at a deli. But back then, it was huge! It was pure joy to get to do the work.
Some critics notably said the movie, at two hours and 37 minutes, was too long. The first cut by Brest went minutes long. Brest, Goldman, and Pacino wanted it to be even longer, and Universal wanted it shorter. Brest, Goldman, and Pacino eventually won when test audiences gave a higher score to the longer minute cut. Universal, however, cut the movie down for TV and on airplanes.
For those versions, Brest removed his name. O'Donnell was working on his marketing degree at Boston College when he starred in the movie. The day after the movie premiere, he needed to finish a term paper and had three finals to study for. Maybe you know every word to this charming Muppet musical. Perhaps you count it as your favorite Charles Dickens adaptation. But do you know all the secrets behind this holiday classic's creation? The man behind the Muppets passed away on May 16, at the age of The film is dedicated to Henson and his recently deceased collaborator Richard Hunt, who'd long performed Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Statler, and Sweetums.
As the son of Jim Henson, Brian Henson's earliest credits date back to a childhood spent in front of the camera on Sesame Street. Talking to Muppet Central , Steve Whitmire spoke of a dream he had the night before shooting his first scene as Kermit.
In it, he found Henson in a gleaming white hotel lobby and confessed his anxiety about taking on the character so identified with its creator. I woke up and I felt great. I remembered this dream and I went in the next day, I did the work, and it was smooth, it worked fine, and I felt great. Just that little bit of encouragement. I really think he showed up for me.
Ultimately, it went to Michael Caine. Two-time Academy Award winner and English acting legend Michael Caine brought a considerable amount of prestige to the production, which was the first Muppet movie to focus on its human characters. Perhaps as a sign of thanks, The Muppet Christmas Carol 's production design team added a nod to Caine's given name, Maurice Micklewhite, to Scrooge's 19th-century London.
In the film's finale, keep your eyes peeled for a shop named Micklewhite's. The Muppet Christmas Carol' s sets were specially built to accommodate the Muppeteers, meaning they were elevated to leave room for them to walk around below the "London" streets. Planks and platforms were put in place for Caine and his human co-stars to walk on. In a promotional behind-the-scenes video , you can see how crucial careful foot placement was as the Muppets swarmed him singing the opening song "Scrooge.
However, this idea was scrapped in favor of new Muppet creations that could better underline the ominous nature of the story. Piggy was recast as Mrs. Cratchit, and Gonzo as Charles Dickens. But Scooter was cut completely. Though it added in plenty of zany Muppets and split the role of Jacob Marley for Statler and Waldorf, The Muppet Christmas Carol remains pretty true to its source material. Screenwriter Jerry Juhl wanted to make use of Charles Dickens's graceful narration, so Gonzo was cast as the beloved author.
Rizzo the Rat was added to infuse some humor and serve as a Greek chorus of sorts. The girl spirit that guides Scrooge into his childhood has an eerie, floating physicality. To achieve this look, puppeteers were submerged with the Muppet in a tank of baby oil backed by a green screen to record the performance. However, the cost of a tank of baby oil soon stacked up, pushing the filmmakers to switch to water.
Though the rod puppet's glues and paints interacted poorly with the water, they got the shots they needed. To achieve the "Tis The Season" shot of Kermit walking down a snow-covered street with nephew Robin playing Tiny Tim on his shoulder, Brian Henson had to employ 10 puppeteers. A rotating drum covered in fake snow was positioned beneath Kermit's feet, to allow for a natural gait.
If you pay close attention, you can see it in action. Behind that was a blue screen and various puppeteers working the characters' limbs and mouths. These were swapped for lit-up London homes in post-production. The song sung to a young Ebenezer by his heartbroken Belle Meredith Braun was cut from the film's theatrical version because it was considered a bit too slow and too Muppet-free to keep the interest of children in test audiences.
However, the tune was included in some home entertainment releases and several TV airings of The Muppet Christmas Carol. ABC Family's preferred cut excludes this melancholy melody. Bunsen Honeydew and his loyal assistant Beaker pop in on Scrooge seeking donations for the poor.
Early on, their plea included a song called " Room in Your Heart. They do, however, show up on the film's soundtrack. In the final Christmas feast scene, sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that Scrooge's nephew Fred is present, but his wife Clara is not. In the DVD commentary, Henson shared that he received letters demanding to know what happened to Fred's better half.
The simple answer is that the actress playing her Robin Weaver wasn't available to shoot that day. It's not meant as some hint that he's on the same rocky, loveless road his uncle once trod. Richard Pryor, who would have turned 77 years old today, is considered by many to be the greatest stand-up comedian of all time.
Yet the indelible mark Pryor made on the world of comedy only tells part of his story. Here are just a few stories about the brilliant and chaotic life of the great Richard Pryor. Richard Pryor had a tragic early life, experiencing things that no child should have to endure: For much of his childhood, Pryor was raised in the actual brothel where his mother worked, which was owned by his own no-nonsense grandmother, Marie Carter.
Pryor said that one of the reasons he adored movies as a boy was that you were never in doubt as to why the women in them were screaming. Gertrude left when Richard was five. He later registered no resentment over this. This was not a joke.More...