5 facts about Cannes International Film Festival you probably didn't know about
17 embarrassing moments that actors had to go through when they were caught off guard on purpose.
Art requires sacrifice! This is exactly how film directors seem to reason, sometimes subjecting actors to difficult tests, so long as their emotions are as realistic as possible. And no matter how terrible it may sound, such harsh methods pay off.
Tricks of directors who helped to get real emotions from actors
Of course, what the actors have to go through is known only to themselves and the film crew. It remains for us to enjoy the wonderful game and genuine emotions of the heroes and heroines of the films.
But today you can go behind the scenes and find out what tricks directors use to make everything that happens in the frame look believable.
1. In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, no one was warned about the boat scene, the spooky tunnel, or the Gene Wilder song, so the children's worried faces don't look fake.
That's not the only surprise - Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie, had no idea Gene would be so pissed off in Wonka's office, which is why he looks so depressed.
2. Everyone on the Titanic knew the water was going to be cold, but they weren't prepared for how cold it would actually be. The water was so cold that Kate Winslet couldn't stop shaking during the ax scene.
Despite shooting in extreme conditions and even hypothermia, Kate said she didn't want the water to be warm, because then she would never know what it was like to be in a similar situation.
3. Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, encouraged actors to do things that others didn't expect. In some scenes he asked Kate to be funny while Jim was told to be serious
According to Michel Gondry, although he eventually got into the process, such jokes made Jim nervous - everyone but him was encouraged to improvise, and there were several moments when he seemed to be really taken by surprise.
4. In "Mary Poppins", the kids playing Jane and Michael had no idea that Mary's bag had some kind of "magical" properties, so when she pulled the whole hanger out of it, their emotions were genuine.
Karen Dotrice, who played Jane, recalled that the crew went to great lengths to make sure she and her on-screen brother Matthew Garber were busy on set to distract them from what was happening.
5. And in The Alien, none of the kids saw the doll until filming started. The film was shot in chronological order, so their first impressions were completely real.
Steven Spielberg had several ways to get the most out of the kids: the writer took notes when they chatted during filming and also encouraged them to improvise.
6. It had a similar idea - children were kept away from Bill Skarsgård to capture their first frightened reactions on film.
Although they were clearly frightened by his clownish antics and intense scenes, none of the children seemed to be as frightened as Bill feared.
7. In "The Mockingjay, Part 1," the director filmed and edited test footage of Pete's interviews that will be played during scenes with Jennifer Lawrence. Jen missed working with Josh Hutcherson so he knew showing him on screen during her scene would elicit an emotional reaction.
According to Francis Lawrence, filming the interview scenes only took a few hours, and while it was hard for Jennifer to see Josh only on screen, it helped her feel some genuinely painful emotions.
8. The Blair Witch Project actors were given a 35-page script and asked to improvise. They were taken into the woods, and as you can imagine, the results were horrendous.
If you don't know the story, the film was presented as "restored footage" of three directors who disappeared after searching for the Blair Witch. For eight days, the actors worked almost around the clock and seven days a week, and were even deprived of food. Their realistic performances and some extreme promotional methods have led many people to think that they are actually dead.
9. To recreate the revolutionary spirit, the actors of Les Misérables were told to build a barricade in 10 minutes. All this time they were filmed, and what they did ended up being used in the film.
The actors didn't know where the cameras were placed and it looked quite chaotic, but the barricade turned out to be quite realistic, and only needed to be secured a little to keep it up.
10. To prepare for Saving Private Ryan, all the main actors were sent to a 10-day boot camp with harsh conditions, except for Matt Damon, who remained in America. Matt's character was meant to be repulsive, and he was intentionally left out to keep the on-screen hostility as realistic as possible.
The conditions at this boot camp were really not sugary, and the fact that Matt was at home at this time naturally created a negative attitude towards him. Training was so hard that after four days everyone wanted to quit,
The conditions at this boot camp were really not sugary, and the fact that Matt was at home at this time naturally created a negative attitude towards him. The training was so hard that after four days everyone wanted to quit, but Tom Hanks persuaded them to pull themselves together. Matt said that when he eventually showed up on set, his co-stars were hostile towards him and it showed on screen.
11. When Alan Rickman was filming the end of Die Hard, the director told him that he would count down from three and that Hans would fall to his death after he said "one" but told the stuntmen to let him go first.
The actor was dropped just a moment earlier than he expected, but there is genuine fear in his eyes. And although Alan, as you might imagine, was not too happy with such a trick, the end result was worth it.
12. While filming The Exorcist, director William Friedkin fired a gun on set to really scare the actors.
In his defense, Friedkin said that he used blanks, but the actors portrayed exactly the emotions that he needed, and at the same time looked very believable.
13. Jay Baruchel was so afraid of roller coasters that he even made a deal with Knocked Up director Judd Apatow to film the earthquake scene naked if he didn't have to ride any of the rides. However, those who have watched the movie know that Judd did not keep his promise.
Jay was sure that his agreement with Judd was still valid (Jay told him that he was going to have a panic attack), but on the right day, Jonah Hill did not appear for the shooting of this scene, and Judd persuaded Jay to film instead of Jonah. Therefore, the screams in the film are real.
14. Steven Spielberg hired a female stuntman to play the first victim in Jaws. She was tied to a cable, and the diver was ready to pull her under the water. After the first few takes were unsuccessful, Spielberg ordered the actress to be dragged under the water unexpectedly for her - so although the shark was a prop, the victim was drowning as if in reality
All this looked so realistic that many thought that the girl was really injured. It was rumored that her ribs and hip were broken, but in fact she was not injured, except for the fright from the unexpectedness of what was happening.
15. The first dance at the Yule Ball is one of Harry's most awkward Goblet of Fire moments, and it's no coincidence that Daniel Radcliffe had a lot less time to memorize the choreography than the rest of the cast.
In the book, Harry is described as a bad dancer, and thanks to Daniel's busy filming schedule, this was reflected in the film. While he was busy filming the tournament scenes, the other actors spent all their free time choreographing. They rehearsed a lot together, while Daniel had only four days to prepare for the ball.
16. It's more of an accident when nature took the actors by surprise, but it's worth mentioning. There is a scene in Call Me by Your Name where Elio and Oliver are climbing the hill towards the waterfall. It's a happy scene, but the actors' cheers are actually reactions to nettle burns on the field.
Director Luca Guadaningo only had a short window of time to film the entire scene—the "waterfall" was actually a hydroelectric dam that only opened once a year. Since there were few opportunities for re-shoots, there was probably no time to pay attention to small things like nettles.
17. Avoiding spoilers in Marvel movies is no joke, so in Endgame, the directors made sure no one found out. So when it came to filming Tony's funeral, some of the actors thought they would be in the wedding scene.
After Avengers: Endgame was released, Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo released photos from the day of filming, despite the fact that everyone present was forbidden to film what was happening on smartphones.
One can only wonder how the actors were able to reincarnate in such a way and demonstrate grief after such a prank.
On March 24, 1972, The Godfather premiered in the United States and Canada. This year, the famous tape was again released on the screens. In honor of the 50th anniversary, Bemorepanda has collected 50 facts about the legendary film history.
Facts about the Godfather movie
The epic gangster saga The Godfather is considered one of the best films. The film has been quoted, imitated, and admired. The bright plot, the brilliant direction of Coppola, the fantastic performance of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, the magnificent music - all this made the film "The Godfather" unforgettable.
1. In the 1960s, Mario Puzo was not the most successful writer. The father of five children suffered from gambling and was ruined. Creditors threatened to seriously injure him if the writer did not return $11,000 to them.
2. to get even with his debts, Puzo wrote the script for the film "Mafia" and brought it to the Paramount film studio. The author was advised to write a book and immediately forgot about him.
3. “I am ashamed to say, but I wrote The Godfather solely based on my literary research. I have never met a real crystal-clear gangster, ”the writer later admitted.
4. According to rumors, Puzo was inspired by Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov.
5. While the book was being prepared for publication, the publisher leaked information, and Paramount decided to make a film based on Puzo's novel. For the film rights, the writer received $ 2 million.
6. The studio did not expect much success from the gangster drama until the book The Godfather, published in 1969, became wildly popular.
7. A novel by obscure author Puzo stayed on the NY Times bestseller chart for over 60 weeks.
8. Director Francis Ford Coppola was practically nobody at that time. He even founded American Zoetrope with friend George Lucas to prove his worth. But success came to Coppola from the other side...
9. The film studio wanted to entrust Sergio Leone to shoot The Godfather. But he refused and later regretted it immensely. After 11 years, the director took revenge by telling his story about gangsters - Once Upon a Time in America.
10. Directors Elia Kazan and Costa-Gavras also said no.
11. Coppola, like Puzo, did not know anything about gangsters. Moreover, he did not even finish reading the book "The Godfather," which many admired, tired of the overabundance of erotic scenes. “A third of the book is devoted to the anatomical problems of a minor heroine,” the director admitted years later.
12. The producers signed a contract with Coppola, counting on his Italian origin and the unknown as a director (you could save on the fee).
13. Through negotiations, Francis increased the film's budget from $2.5 million to $6 million.
14. During filming, the producers were unhappy with Coppola. But this continued only until he received an Oscar for the script for the film Patton.
15. The prototype of Vito Corleone is the famous gangster Joseph "Joe" Bonanno.
16. Corleone is the name of a small town in Sicily.
17. Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster, Anthony Quinn, Raf Vallone, and Ernest Borgnine were predicted for the role of Don Corleone. It was rumored that they asked for the part of "godfather" Orson Welles and even Frank Sinatra.
18. Puzo saw only Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. Coppola was of the same opinion.
19. The producers were categorically against the participation of the stellar Brando (he had a reputation, frankly, not very good) and set three, as it seemed to them, impossible conditions: the actor works for free, in case of disruption of filming he pays a penalty of $ 1 million, participates in auditions for general grounds.
20. Coppola took two operators and went to Brando's house to make samples. Seeing footage with a "real gangster," the producers found no objection.
21. Contrary to the producers' fears, Marlon did not disrupt a single day of shooting.
22. Brando often joked and arranged practical jokes. For example, in the scene where the guests were photographed at the wedding of Don Corleone's daughter, the actor suddenly took off his pants and showed everyone his butt. At that moment, there were 500 actors and extras on set.
23. Samples of unknown James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton, the director, did in his home. Coppola's wife even cut the men's hair to make them look like heroes.
24. The role of Michael Corleone could be played by Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert de Niro.
25. "Unknown Ugly Shorty" Al Pacino did not suit anyone except Coppola. During filming, the producers could not understand for a long time when the actor would start acting.
26. Pacino agreed to a fee of $35,000.
27. Sinatra was considered the prototype of Johnny Fontaine. He thought that this image in the book was written off from him and even yelled at Puzo, meeting him by chance in a restaurant. So Fontaine practically does not appear in the film.
28. The scene where Sonny beats up Carlo takes four days to shoot. Seven hundred extras participated in it.
29. Real gangsters created the League for the Defense of the Rights of Italian Americans. One of the directions of their struggle was the eradication of the frequent use of the word "mafia." The producers of The Godfather were subjected to surveillance and intimidation. One of them even had to go to a meeting with gangsters. Fortunately, the word "mafia" appeared in the text only once...
30. The film "The Godfather" was filmed in 4 months.
31. A special secret show was arranged for the Mafiosi. The producers did not know about this "misconduct" at the film studio. However, the guests were delighted. The film became a cult classic for American gangsters.
32. The Godfather started on 400 screens at once. But people still paid resellers for tickets 3-4 times more to get to the session quickly.
33. On the day of the premiere, 32-year-old Coppola was nervous: “I think failure is inevitable. What I've done? Took a popular, full of piquancy and "strawberry" novel, and turned it into the endless chatter of a gang of bandits in dimly lit interiors.
34. Shortly before the premiere, Coppola joked in a conversation with the producers. If the film collects $ 50 million, they will buy him a Mercedes 600 limousine. When fees exceeded $ 100 million, Coppola went to order a car driven by the Pope and Francisco Franco.
35. A few months later, The Godfather became the highest-grossing film in US history, breaking the record for Gone with the Wind.
36. During the election campaign of Richard Nixon, he was compared to Vito Corleone. And it sounded like… a compliment. The term "godfather" also took root after the film's release.
37. At the Oscars in 1973, Coppola received the highest film award for the screenplay. And The Godfather became the best film.
38. Brando was named the best actor in 1972. But he refused the Oscar awarded to him, thus expressing a protest against discrimination against the indigenous population of America.
39. Composer Nino Rota was nominated for an Oscar for the best film score. Still, the nomination was canceled when it turned out that he did not write new music entirely but used and reworked his melodies from the film Fortunella.
40. According to the American Film Institute, "The Godfather" is ranked #1 in the list of the ten best gangster films.
41. Two years after the premiere, Coppola decided to build on the success and shot the film The Godfather 2.
42. The Godfather 2 won 6 Oscars.
43. In the Soviet Union, Roman Puzo first went to samizdat, until in 1987, it was published by the Znamya magazine.
44. The film "The Godfather" was one of the major hits in the underground video market of the USSR. But even those who did not have a "Vidik" knew him.
45. In 1985-1989. The USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs blocked Coppola's tape as "propagating a cult of violence."
46. The Soviet Union bought all parts of The Godfather only in 1990 when the third part of the legendary film saga came out. According to unofficial information, for $200,000.
The presentation of the film in the USSR took place at the Rossiya cinema. The sponsor spent 100 thousand rubles. The host was Nikita Mikhalkov, who is called Coppola's friend. Tickets cost 17-25 rubles.
48. The song "Speak Softly Love" to the melody of Nino Rota from the movie "The Godfather" was sung by Muslim Magomayev - in Italian, Sofia Rotaru - in Ukrainian, Renat Ibragimov, Emil Gorovets, and Nina Brodskaya - in Russian.
49. The restoration of the three parts of the film for the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Godfather took three years. Experts studied 300 boxes of film. For more than 4,000 hours, they eliminated stains on negatives and restored color—more than 1000 hours of color grading.
50. The film was re-released in 4K Ultra HD.
20 Movie Stars you can't recognize under their Makeup Mask (Photo and Video)
Applying makeup during filming is not a quick process. Mainly when not only the image of the character depends on it but also on the film's overall success. The Deadpool actors must endure many hours of sitting in the make-up chair and all their manipulations, sometimes reminiscent of “torture.”
Changed beyond recognition! What makeup can do to actors
Bemorepanda found examples of what actors go through to make their on-screen characters stand out and memorable. For example, make-up for 8-9 hours. And this, it turns out, is not the most challenging thing that they sometimes have to face.
1. 8-9 hours, Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in X-Men
“It was a nine-hour make-up process. Throughout three films, we managed to cut it down to seven hours, but it was still... a lot. And I realized pretty quickly that this was my job, which was to apply all this makeup! — Rebecca Romijn, Looper
2. 8-9 hours, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: First Class
In First Class, the filmmakers stayed accurate to Rebecca Romijn's original costume. But for Jennifer Lawrence, the body paint caused such severe skin irritation that she had to call a doctor. For the next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, they switched to bodysuits. It also helped save all that time on set.
“I'm so excited because I'm going to wear a tight suit. It will be from the neck down so that it will cut time and blisters." - Jennifer Lawrence.
3. 8.5 hours, Jim Carrey as the Grinch in The Grinch Stole Christmas
The process of putting on makeup and costume took so long that the film producer brought in a CIA officer whose job was to help people endure torture.
4. 8 hours, Halle Berry as Jocasta Ayres (and five other characters) in Cloud Atlas
In addition to her role as Jocasta Ayres, Berry is also known as:
- Louise Ray
- Native woman
- Indian party guest
5. 8 hours, Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in "Power."
“In the old days, when we were sculpting foam fixtures, we would reshape the jaw and chin area a bit because it would compress a bit. But now, in silicone, we must accentuate the cheekbones and jawlines because his weight pulls him down. So it isn't easy. It would help if you had to know what you're doing." — Makeup artist Greg Cannom, Vox.
6. 7-8 hours, John Hurt as John Merrick in The Elephant Man
The make-up for John Hurt, resembling the real-life John Merrick, was created using the casts of Merrick's body in the Royal London Hospital.
7. 7 hours, Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna in Stranger Things 4
Take a behind-the-scenes look below for a closer look at the process.
8. 7 hours, Michael Dorn as Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation
According to Michael Dorn, over time, the makeup process has become easier:
“Now it's not that weird because it used to be quite difficult because they used a lot of glue and makeup. It was just a natural process."
9. 7 hours, Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson in Deadpool
Seven hours is a very long time, and the makeup artists were uneasy when Ryan Reynolds once pranked them by ripping it all off after they were done.
Here's how it was:
10. 6 hours, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in "Batman and Robin."
For some close-up shots, Arnold had to put an LED in his mouth, and at some point, it became quite dangerous:
“When you put it in Arnold's mouth, Arnold's saliva seeps into the seams of this thing and attacks the batteries. Batteries begin to disintegrate, and battery acid may begin to enter Arnold's mouth." — Makeup artist Jeff Dawn, THR.
11. 6 hours, Gary Oldman as Mason Verger in Hannibal
Greg Cannom, who worked with Christian Bale on The Authority, was Hannibal's makeup artist:
“I knew we could get away with [Oldman] more than any other actor. He first said, "Can we open my eye?" It's disgusting. I showed people pictures of [Oldman as Verger], and they all just said, “Oh my God!” and left, which made me very happy.” — Cannom, The Guardian.
12. 5-6 hours, Doug Bradley as Hellraiser in Hellraiser
“The process started with Clive sketching out his ideas that we had to work through together, and then we came up with other ideas based on those sketches. Initially, Pinhead was not at all what he is now. He was much more like Nightbreed's Shunu Sassi character, with only needles sticking out of the top of his head. I looked at it and thought, "Clive [Barker, director], we can't do it with that budget." I knew this makeup would last six days, and we couldn't do it on such a tight budget. He said, "Okay, let's think about it." That's when we came up with this grid pattern on a lifecast to determine where we were going to insert what were originally supposed to be six-inch nails. Clive looked at the mesh and decided he liked its symmetry, so we left it in place." — Makeup artist Bob Keane, DailyDead.
13. 5 hours, Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Greg Cannom ("Power," "Hannibal") is back in business:
“I had time to get it right, which I don’t usually do in a film. We did intensive tests for two weeks before filming started at every age and did make-up after make-up. The make-up had to work. Otherwise, the film wouldn't have worked." — Kann, Variety.
14. 5 hours, John Matuszak as Sloth in The Goonies
Back in 2019, 34 years after the release of The Goonies, test shots of the Sloth makeup were finally found.
15. 5 hours Dave Bautista as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy
“Drax started with a five-hour make-up, and gradually the time began to decrease, as expected. Such extensive makeup is a real challenge for the team because it is so complex.
“Every day, a plastic mold was offered that was the exact shape of David's body, with perforated holes indicating where the prosthesis begins and ends. Through it, a drawing showing a map was applied to rice paper.
“All teams had different tasks in this sequence. Some begin the application of paint, while others complete the shading of the dentures. We added subtle layers of browns, reds, and greens to the base gray to break up the tone and spice it up before the final color unwrapping.
"The whole body is then sealed with a retainer so that it can withstand daytime shooting." — Makeup artist David White, Business Insider.
16. 5 hours, Zoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy
“This time, I was picked up at three in the morning - my dog was not even happy about it. I had to sit for five hours for five months. It was crazy, but it paid off. The film is fantastic." — Zoe Saldana, US Weekly.
17. 5 hours, Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle in The Fly
“Yes, Chris Wallace got an Oscar for it. And Stéphane Dupuis put me in the dentist's chair for five hours and used this thing. And then another hour after we finished… well, you know, labor, labor, labor… took it off. This suit is a little tight... the rubber suit... so I look so... ugly. And then prosthetics. — Jeff Goldblum, Yahoo.
18. 6 hours, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
“Maria walked onto the set in the midst of filming Terminator 2. And then she saw me - when half of the face disappeared, and the eye lit up. All this weird makeup... So she started screaming and crying on set because she didn't understand why dad looked like that." - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
19. 5 hours, Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose
Marion Cotillard didn't mind the five-hour make-up because she's a big fan of Edith Piaf and wanted to give her credit:
“It was very stressful, but she was a powerful person. I love tragedy. Not in my life. But I love to play a tragedy. It allows me to express so many things. At the same time, I feel empty and full of emotions; I feel alive." — Marion Cotillard, Under the Radar.
20. 5 hours, Tim Curry as Lord of Darkness in "Legend."
“We had terrible negotiations about what parts of me would be visible. I fought and begged to have my own eyes… My eyes were solid contact lenses, like wolf or cat eyes, which were very painful to install because they took a cast of your eye and inserted it into your eye. If it hurt, they scratched him a little until he stopped hurting.” — Tim Curry, Legend commentary.
Top 20 most memorable roles of Brad Pitt
The filmography of Brad Pitt on an excellent half consists of fantastic characters: demigods, heroes of alternative history, or someone inflamed and longing for absolute consciousness. And this, of course, is no accident. We talk about the 20 most memorable roles of Pitt, who tirelessly quenches the audience's longing for the ideal.
Brad Pitt movies
True Romance, 1993
Not all of Brad Pitt's best roles have been major ones. We open the list with an unexpected film by Tony Scott, in which Pitt has a cameo but underestimated role. The scriptwriter of True Love was Quentin Tarantino, who gave Pitt's hero Floyd the phrases that went to the people. Throughout the film, Floyd lies on the couch and smokes marijuana; in the picture's credits, he is listed as "Dick's neighbor."
Despite being constantly in the background, Pitt manages to vie for audience attention with Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, and Dennis Hopper. Aside from this fun and story-setting performance, True Love is worth watching for the brilliant performances of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in the central roles.
Legends of the Fall, 1994
In Legends of the Fall, Brad Pitt plays Tristan, one of the three sons of a single father who lived in the Montana desert in the early 1900s. The epic drama based on the novel by Jim Harrison tells about great love and war, about the fate of the brothers, and all the losses and betrayals that have befallen them. The timing of this picture is appropriate for those that seem like a lifetime.
Pitt is young and boasts golden curls, a mathematically symmetrical face, bright blue eyes, and excellent physical shape. But initially, the equally young Johnny Depp claimed the role of Tristan. It's good that the choice fell on Pitt. The film can charm any unprepared viewer, so beautifully he plays the one suffering from pain - these sufferings suit Pitt.
Twelve Monkeys, 1995
Science fiction mystery by Terry Gilliam. Convicted James Cole (Bruce Willis) travels back in time to find out who released the virus that wiped out most of the people. Brad Pitt plays Jeffrey Goines, an animal rights activist and the son of a virologist, whom Cole met in a psychiatric hospital in 1990. He becomes the prime suspect, but it will take Cole much more than one time jump to prevent future tragedy.
To get into the role, Pitt consulted with a psychiatrist, trying to grasp the difference in behavior between mentally ill people and those who suffer from conduct disorders but whose mental health is relatively safe. Pitt's efforts were rewarded: he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for this role.
It seems like a classic: a young detective works with a veteran investigator who only dreams of an upcoming quiet retirement, but in the performance of David Fincher, such a trite story turns into a dark thriller about the temptation of evil.
Brad Pitt plays Mills, a headstrong rookie who, along with the seasoned Morgan Freeman's Somerset, tracks down a zealot serial killer who puts on a macabre performance about the seven deadly sins. One of Fincher's best and darkest films, and a brilliant performance by Pitt. The final scene with his participation is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable in his entire career, and indeed in the history of cinema at the end of the 20th century.
Bringing the story of the Trojan War to the screen was not easy, but it certainly proved to be within the power of the talented director Wolfgang Petersen. And the best thing about this timeless epic about love, war, gods, and people is Brad Pitt as the great demigod warrior Achilles.
To appear before the public as a deity, Pitt followed a strict diet for more than six months and attended grueling daily workouts. And after some time, he lived as a hermit in a centuries-old hut in Mexico to understand the character's loneliness. Since he was perfect for this role, it is only natural to see him as a Greek warrior to this day. Another impressive fact from the set: Pitt and his primary opponent in the story Eric Bana (he played the role of Hector) refused stunt doubles for their epic fight but instead agreed to pay each other money for each accidental injury.
Fight Club, 1999
The role of Tyler Durden in "Fight Club" became a turning point for Pitt and finally approved him as the hottest guy on the big screen. Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the novel, later recounted how, during filming, Pitt thanked the writer for "the best role of his life." And although critics coldly received the film immediately after the premiere, it has gained a considerable number of fans and cult status over time.
This story about desperate young people starts with street fights and ends with a world revolution. The conspirators are brought to the boiling point by different but equally hot questions: from social inequality to an existential crisis and a thirst for higher justice. As the movement leader, Pitt delivers one immortal speech after another, attracting an entire army of angry young men under his banner. Brad's performance is charming, nasty, sexy, and intimidating. But most importantly, here, he is disarmingly charismatic; that is, he has everything that is necessary for the role of the ideal alter ego of the downtrodden office clerk played by Edward Norton.
Burn After Reading, 2008
With Joel and Ethan Coen, Brad Pitt starred in a small but rare comedic role for him as fitness instructor Chad. He was accompanied by George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich. The film is about two gym employees who try to sell the memoirs of a CIA agent to the Russian embassy under the guise of valuable information.
Ethan and Joel originally wrote the character with an eye on Brad Pitt and did not fail: no one looks as comical in a business suit on a bicycle, does not chew gum, and does not get involved in spy games with the disarming simplicity of an average man who has seen enough Hollywood trash. And even costume designer Mary Zophres, while working on the film, noticed that even cheap suits sit well on Brad. When his character Chad first meets Osborne Cox, he introduces himself as Mr. Black, the same name given to Pitt's character in Meet Joe Black.
Inglourious Basterds, 2009
In Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino creates a brilliant alternate history of World War II. A group of Jewish American soldiers infiltrates Nazi-occupied France to destroy fascist leaders. The head of this squad is the brave and arrogant Lieutenant Aldo Rein (Brad Pitt) or Apache Aldo, who teaches his people to be "cruel to the Germans" in Apache, collecting scalps.
Tarantino tries to make the story as ironic as possible, and Pitt helps him greatly in this. Here, with a fake scar on his neck, he jokes in complete rude and harsh jokes with the accent of a former moonshiner from Tennessee. What is the scene in which he pretends to be an Italian film director in front of the SS commander, desperately using all his poor vocabulary! And even if you're not a fan of Tarantino films, Pitt's impressive, darkly hilarious performance as Aldo is hard to underestimate.
Ad Astra, 2019
In James Gray's Ad Astronaut, Pitt plays astronaut Roy McBride on an unexpected mission to find his father, Cliff, who disappeared from radar ten years ago in outer space. Cliff searched for extraterrestrial intelligence when Roy was 16 and ultimately lost contact with Earth when Roy was 29. After an agonizing contemplation, McBride Jr. also leaves his family and goes on a commercial flight to the moon, which is the first leg of his journey.
Pitt endures almost the entire film on his shoulders. Most of the other characters are just fleeting shadows on the screen. In space, a person is primarily alone, especially if he prefers to be left there. Brad has come to a point where he can't rely on his comedy skills. Ad Astra is a beautiful but severe deadly film that casts Pitt as a man whose blatant depression virtually robs him of his emotions for years to come. So in this long journey, the viewer will have to be content with the tension with which his jaw muscles are tightly compressed and how inevitably and more and more clearly the wrinkles around the eyes appear.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, 2019
In Quentin Tarantino's best film, Brad Pitt teams up with fellow lead star Leonardo DiCaprio to form the perfect comedy duo. In a world where history meets fiction, two fictional characters, Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Pitt) travel to 1969 to accidentally prevent the worst murder in the Hollywood Hills - the death of Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate at the hands of Charles Manson.
Cliff is Rick's double and stuntman in the films and his driver, housekeeper, and handyman when they're not filming together. He wears a denim jacket, does not have sex with minors, and seems to be hiding a dark past. A real brave cowboy in a fictional universe, he rebuffs Bruce Lee himself (which is why the film was never released in China). Playing Cliff, Brad Pitt received an Oscar for his supporting role and a Golden Globe.
Thelma and Louise, 1991
It can be considered that this particular role was a turning point in Pitt's career - although his name is not even on the promotional poster and in the opening credits, and the actor himself plays a sexy con man named JD who charms Geena Davis and steals her savings for seven minutes on screen. after a night together. Classic Pitt. This performance in the short program cemented Pitt's status as a Hollywood sex symbol and helped them land much more significant and more serious roles. Many mistakenly believe that Interview with the Vampire and Where the River Runs launched a rocket called Brad Pitt, but make no mistake, Thelma and Louise was Baikonur.
The big short, 2015
Pitt plays Ben Rickert, a former Wall Street trader who predicts the 2008 financial crisis. As director Adam McKay described his character, Pitt appears 10kg heavier, with a "Ken Burns haircut" and even a tie tag to make it look like he was just bought at the airport. The film received an Oscar for the best-adapted screenplay; Pitt acted not only as an actor but also as a producer.
This was the era when Brad took off his shirt - and either kicked someone's ass or got his ass kicked. A turning point came somewhere between the "Big Jackpot" and "Fight Club" for Pitt. And it is "Snatch" that remains for many of the most beloved roles of Pitt, a boxer, always ready to start a fight or fight back, in Guy Ritchie's stylish and crazy film. If you watch it in the original dub, turn on the subtitles. Otherwise, you will not understand what he is saying. Either he has the best or worst accent in the movie. Either way, it's unforgettable.
Interview with the Vampire, 1994
Interview with the Vampire is far from Brad Pitt's best film: his recently bitten vampire, Louis de Pointe du Lac, is either embarrassed or constipated in every scene. He deserved a place on the list for one reason only, but it is the size of a Gothic castle: somehow, Pitt managed to keep a good face, having Tom Cruise as his partner. I'm sure the one who thought he was a rabid vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. During the filming, he fed exclusively on the blood of marsh creatures and rushed around Spanish Louisiana like a super-fast raccoon. I mean, how did Pitt manage to keep his cool when Tom, damn it, Cruz was squeezing rat intestines into a wine bowl with both hands?
Killing them softly 2012
Another fascinating story of American criminal enterprise. Few actors have landed a role as stylish as hitman Jackie Coogan. While this character, performed by Pitt, is going to the city, where a new order is waiting for him, Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around is playing. And although Coogan may not decide, by the text of the composition, who to release and who to blame, he nonetheless appears as a specific biblical force tasked with equalizing the stakes of the underworld. He removes two stupid and low-grade thugs, thereby changing the balance of power in the mafia. With slicked-back hair and a neatly trimmed goatee, Pitt's character is breathtakingly reserved, and only subtle gestures and fleeting facial expressions betray the burden of regret that weighs on his shoulders like mileage weighs on his car's speedometer.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008
Few sex symbols will agree to become great-grandfathers on the screen, albeit aged with the help of special effects. But Brad Pitt is no ordinary sex symbol. The plot of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is taken from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and is extremely simple: Benjamin Button ages in reverse, which means he was born old and died young. It's a slow, thoughtful film, a profoundly human but not overly sentimental tale of the torturous relationship between love and time. Pitt, as an actor, is not lost either in special effects or in make-up - he is soft and serious, optimistic and romantic; he literally takes out this picture on his hunched shoulders. He knows it, and he never stumbles.
The tree of life, 2010
"The Tree of Life" by Terrence Malick is one of the most controversial, but also one of my favorite films. The complex theme the director addresses is time in its cosmic sense, shown through a microcosm of a suburban Texas family in the circa 1950s. Pitt plays Mr. O'Brien, a strict disciplinarian with infinitely high expectations who teaches his three sons to identify love with fear. The crew cut, pin-tucked trousers, and measured austerity sum up to illustrate the collective image of not only paternal but also mid-century American masculinity. The Tree of Life is a sensual masterpiece with an ambitious vision, at the core of which is Pitt's electrified hero embodies the sublime, tormenting, demanding love that will define both the traumas and victories of his three sons for decades to come.
Ocean's Eleven, 2001
Ocean's Eleven has been one of the biggest box office hits since 2001, and it's easy to see why: it stars four of the era's iconic movie stars, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt. With Clooney as a slick, seasoned swindler and Damon as a rookie with his first significant commission, Pitt's notoriously minor character, Rusty Ryan, had much more acting freedom. Pitt endows Rusty with the "beguiling but dangerous menace" traits he'll unleash in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Like in some other films, Pitt quite rightly relies on his ability to be charming and handsome, but hey, even if everyone could do it, he would still be that guy from the Pringles commercial.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007
Perhaps no film more beautiful than this has ever been made in the 21st century (thanks to the incomparable cinematographer Roger Deakins). Maybe none of Pitt's roles is more fascinating than this one. Ford Casey Affleck is obsessed with Pitt's character James; Ford idealizes him, bringing the image to the point of absurdity, a ghost that materializes and disappears without warning. James robs trains and casts plaintive glances across the vast plains; in both cases, he is a mythical celebrity of the American West. Pitt embodies this complex image, balancing on the verge between a hero whose fate could well become a children's fairy tale and an ordinary person who tends to fluctuate between boundless happiness and uncontrollable ruthlessness. On the one hand, Jesse James is the prism through which the film examines all the legendary criminals and, given the media fascination with James, our complex relationship with the "stars" of different spheres. On the other hand, Pitt - equally dreamy and frightening - convincingly tells us the far less glamorous and much more easily categorized truth behind this bedtime story.
A movie about a bunch of old white guys sitting around their pants in conference rooms discussing baseball statistics doesn't sound like a good movie choice for the evening. Moreover, this does not pull on a role of the caliber of an award or even just a nomination for an Oscar. However, thanks to a screenplay from Aaron Sorkin and a genuinely emotional performance by Brad Pitt, The Man Who Changed Everything became a phenomenon much more than the usual “movie about sports”. It retells the true story of Billy Bean, the general manager of the Oakland As baseball team, who used sabermetrics in the 2002 season to build an unbeatable team. This brought Pitt another Oscar nomination. And if you reconsider the final heartbreaking scene in which Billy listens to his daughter's song in tears, it becomes unclear why he lost to Jean Dujardin in that very nomination (the film "The Artist"). In the case of actor Brad Pitt, it often feels like he's playing the part of Brad Pitt, but in this film, he melts into the role of a father trying to deal with all his inner shit. Having listed all his iconic parts - crazy, sexy, funny, active, it's nice to leave the central role of a dad who is trying to save his relationship with his daughter.
Inconspicuous Details that the Filmmakers have Skillfully Hidden in the Movies
Almost every film has curious details that are difficult to notice when you first watch it. Sometimes it can be unexpected characters, unobtrusively left by the director. Or inconspicuous moments that reveal the plot of the picture and add a special peppercorn to it.
At Bemorepanda, we found 13 hidden movie parts that even seasoned moviegoers might overlook. At the end of the article, you will find an unexpected fact about the cult melodrama, which many watched before the holes in the sunset of the 1990s.
1. "Matrix" - the symbol of yin and yang
When Neo and Morpheus attack each other in The Matrix, their clothing and body position form a symbol of the union of yin and yang. In Chinese philosophy, it means the interaction of opposites: light and darkness, day and night, positive and negative.
2. "Pirates of the Caribbean" - compass
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Commander James Norrington holds up the compass, he points to Jack, not Elizabeth. This compass does not point north or south, but in the direction of what the person holding it desires most. So the filmmakers wanted to show that the commander values his duty above his feelings: it is more important for him to catch a pirate than to be with his beloved.
3. "Casino Royale" "- actress
In the 2006 film Casino Royale, actress Tsai Chin plays one of the poker players. She also appeared in the role of a minor Bond girl in the 1967 film "Live Only Twice".
4. "Cabin in the woods" - pupils
In the thriller "Cabin in the Woods" after a van crash and a collision with a zombie, you can see that Dana's pupils have become of different sizes. This is a common symptom of a concussion.
5. "The Truman Show" - cameras
In The Truman Show, the cameras appear in very obvious places, but the main character (Jim Carrey) stubbornly does not notice them. Even when a neighbor brings a trash can to Truman's car, he still does not see anything unusual in what is happening, since he has always lived in the conditions of a TV show.
6. "Shape of water" - shoes
The Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water features a scene in which Eliza admires a pair of red shoes. Later, when the heroine begins a relationship with Amphibian Man, you can see how she confidently walks through the laboratory in those very shoes. Perhaps this is how the filmmakers wanted to show that Eliza gained confidence and expanded the boundaries of her capabilities.
7. "Pirates of the Caribbean" - Jack Sparrow's father ring
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Captain Teague wears a silver skull ring. In fact, it is not a prop for the film, but a real decoration of actor Keith Richards. This ring was given to him for his birthday in 1978, and he has not taken it off since.
8. "Santa Claus" - elves
In the movie Santa Claus, when Charlie walks to school, an elf can be seen sitting behind him. This means that throughout his life, the elves watched over him and his father.
9. "Maleficent" - magic
Maleficent's magic changes color. When a witch is kind, her magic is golden. And when she does evil things, her enchantment turns green.
10. "The Chronicles of Narnia" - the fur of the White Witch
In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the White Witch gave the order to cut the mane of Aslan's lion, and then coldly thrust a dagger into him. Later, Tilda Swinton's heroine can be seen wearing his mech during the battle.
11. "Parasites" - Mr. Pak's company
In Parasite, the viewer is constantly reminded that Mr. Park runs a firm called Another Brick, like the song of the same name by Pink Floyd. The film's director Bong Joon Ho was a huge fan of them in college. It raises the problems of education, inequality, there is a significant line: "In general, you are just another brick in the wall." The company logo appears on the glass in the office of the head of a wealthy family, as well as on the mugs from which the heroes drink.
12. "Alice in Wonderland" - the Hatter's phrase
The Mad Hatter's lines are not as meaningless as they seem at first glance. When the Hatter asks "What do a raven and a desk have in common?" One of the most famous works of Poe is the poem "The Raven".
By the way, Depp himself suggested adding orange spots on the Hatter's face. The fact is that in the 18th-19th centuries, hatters worked with mercury, which left orange and reddish spots on the skin. In addition, the metal caused chronic intoxication, which had a detrimental effect on mental health.
13.Bonus: "10 reasons I hate" - a scene with a poem
At the end of the tape "10 Things I Hate" Julia Stiles burst into tears while reading a poem she wrote about Patrick for her English lesson. This was not actually in the script. In one of the interviews, the actress told why emotions came over her during this scene. “I absolutely did not expect to start crying. I don't know why this happened. Perhaps this was due to what was happening in my life at that time. Or I was just blown away by the whole experience of making my first big movie, ”admitted Stiles.
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