Do you remember John Williams’ iconic Jaws them? Duuuunnn duuunnn. Duuunnn duuunnn. Duunn duunn. Duunn. Duunn duunn. Dun dun. Dun dun. Dun. (You know you sang it it your head). Today, it’s arguably one of the most recognized and memorable pieces of film music (ranking #6 on AFI’s 25 Greatest Film Scores of All Time). Steven Spielberg initially needed some convincing about how awesome it is. Williams said in an interview that the first thing he demonstrated to Spielberg was the simple theme. When he finished, “Spielberg laughed at first.” After some playing around, Spielberg gave him the go ahead. When the score was finished, “Steven loved it,” according to Williams. It’s hard to image what would have happened to Jaws had Spielberg not enjoyed the score.
Part of Jumanji was filmed in Keene, New Hampshire. For the filming, the crew painted a “Parrish Shoes” sign on the side of one of the buildings. When the crew left, they didn’t remove the sign. It still exists there today.
Hey everybody, there was no Monday Movie Fun Fact last week because I was on vacation and ran out of time beforehand to write one up. Same with Movie Whose Line and Movie Quote of the Week. Anyway, I’m back on schedule so let’s get started. This week’s MMFF is similar to the last one about a casting that could have been but was probably better that it didn’t happen.
You know Buzz Lightyear, right? The space ranger action figure from Toy Story voiced by Tim Allen. Could you imagine Allen not in the iconic role? Well that was almost the case. The part of Buzz Lightyear was originally offered to Billy Crystal. In an interview for his 2012 movie Parental Guidance, Crystal says he turned down the role due to “bad advice from managers and agents” and not following his instincts. This became one of his biggest regrets, leading him to unquestionably accept the next part Pixar offered to him, which ended up being Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc.
I’m actually pretty happy Crystal voiced Mike rather than Buzz. His voice isn’t suited for the part of Buzz, at least not like Allen’s is. Allen was spectacular as Buzz, the same way Crystal was perfect for Mike. So in the end, everything worked out.
Here we are, at the start of Anniversary Week at Drew’s Reviews. Earlier today, I started my Star Wars review portion with A New Hope. Next up is the first new feature I’m introducing: Monday Movie Fun Fact. I think the name is pretty self-explanatory. Every Monday I will post a piece of movie trivia or just a simple fun fact about a film. The trivia in this maiden entry was also in my review for Salt, but since that was so long ago, I’m going to share it again.
The titular role of Salt was originally offered to Tom Cruise and was written as Edwin A. Salt. However, Cruise backed out because he felt Salt was too similar to Ethan Hunt, his character from the Mission Impossible series. Angelina Jolie was then offered the role and she accepted, so the script was rewritten and the character renamed Evelyn.
Tom Cruise as Salt would have looked weird…
As much as I like Cruise’s action films, I’m glad Jolie ended up with the part because she did phenomenal with it. I’m not sure if this poster with Cruise as Salt was official (at least until Jolie took over) or fan made, but it still looks cool nonetheless.
The anniversary celebration continues tomorrow with a review of The Empire Strikes Back, as well as the introduction of another new feature. See you tomorrow!