Monday, May 30, 2016

Joe Biz Movie Trivia - Ridley Scott - Body Of Lies



Body Of Lies 

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10.  For Manchester scenes (filmed on actual streets in the USA), any overly "American" curbside items (like certain fire hydrants) were hidden by dropping bottom-less slatted metal trash cans over them and then adding prop "English" rubbish; however, extras and crew unaware of this subtle artful touch continuously filled the apparently-normal-looking receptacles with their own trash. Between filming sessions, rueful set dressers would have to remove a foot-high layer of discarded plastic water bottles (and then reset and fluff the "official" rubbish).
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9.  To extras waiting to join the "Terrible Neighborhood" and "Terrible Flat" scenes, a wardrobe specialist announced, "Please remove your personal jewelry including school rings and wedding bands; this is supposed to be a gritty neighborhood full of crackhouses and you're poor... you hocked all of your jewelry - for drugs."
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8.  Leonardo DiCaprio wore brown eye contact lenses and dyed his hair black for his role.
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7.  The presence of oranges in films are usually used as a harbinger of something bad happening. During the scene when Nizar guides Ferris and Bassam to the terrorist cell in Balad, Ferris offers Nizar an orange. Soon afterwards, the shootout with the terrorists begins which ultimately leads to Bassam's gory death.
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6.  Mark Strong initially turned down a role because his wife was pregnant. He changed his mind after his wife encouraged him to take the role anyway.
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5.  Russel Crowe put on 50 pounds for this film.
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4.  This was the first time Leonardo DiCaprio & Russell Crowe have been in a film together since The Quick and the Dead (1995).
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3.  This is the first time that Ridley Scott & Leonardo DiCaprio have collaborated on a film together as director & actor respectively.
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2.  A key scene's spectacular explosion is not a digital effect; it was a real, though controlled and safe, pyrotechnic blast - much to the delight (or, in some cases, surprise) of neighborhood onlookers.
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1.  To get just the right look during a massive pyrotechnic explosion while also not damaging still-occupied neighborhood buildings, technicians used a "car chucker" (rather than the force of the blast) to fling a vehicle violently. The fridge-door-sized steel plate has a powerful spring-hinge device able to catapult cars for specified distances.
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Body of Lies (2008)
R | 2h 8min | Action, Drama, Thriller | 10 October 2008 (USA)

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: William Monahan (screenplay), David Ignatius (novel)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong


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