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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

joe biz movie trivia - blackhawk down






Blackhawk Down
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10.  On the last day of their week-long Army Ranger orientation at Fort Benning, the actors who played the Rangers received a letter that had been anonymously slipped under their door. The letter thanked them for all their hard work, and asked them to "tell our story true", signed with the names of the Rangers who died in the Mogadishu firefight.
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9.  Ewen Bremner, who plays Nelson, partially lost his hearing because of all the gunfire. He eventually recovered it.
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8.  Ridley Scott offered Russell Crowe the role of Sgt. Norm "Hoot" Hooten, the Delta squad leader. However, Crowe had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts with Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001). Crowe, a huge fan of the film Chopper (2000), strongly recommended that Eric Bana take the role in his place.
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7.  Ben Foster had to drop out of the role as Cpl. James 'Jamie' Smith due to a serious injury sustained during basic training.
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6.  Josh Hartnett was cast largely at the suggestion of Jerry Bruckheimer, who had just worked with him on Pearl Harbor (2001). Hartnett was not overly keen on appearing in another blockbuster so soon after the film with Michael Bay, but the strength of the material and the opportunity of working with Ridley Scott soon persuaded him otherwise.
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5.  The donkey that Sgt. Ed Yurek briefly pets almost didn't make it into the film because of budget cuts. In fact, during the rewriting and re-editing of the script, screenwriter Ken Nolan found a note by Ridley Scott saying, "I miss the donkey". The donkey was eventually kept.
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4.  The opening sequence that depicts numerous starving Somalis actually utilizes rubber bodies to represent the dying Africans. Some of the "bodies" had a hose inserted into them through which air was pumped to simulate the appearance of breathing.
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3.  This project was originally the idea of director Simon West, who urged producer Jerry Bruckheimer to obtain the rights to the book with a view to directing it himself. However, West abandoned the project to direct Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
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2.  One of the favorite films of George W. Bush.
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1.  There was no effort made to cast actors who looked like their real-life counterparts.
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