Monday, June 6, 2016

Joe Biz Movie Trivia - The Top Ten Of Ridley Scott's American Gangster

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AMERICAN GANGSTER


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10.  Frank Lucas (Washington) and Richie Roberts (Crowe) were on-set consultants to director Ridley Scott and the crew throughout filming. Ritchie was said to have stated: "Lucas's having too much fun, and I want to arrest him again!"
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9.  In the Madison Garden Sequence, only 650 of the spectators on camera were real extras, the other 1500 were inflatable dummies.
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8.  In the much-forgotten sci-fi action thriller, Virtuosity (1995), Denzel Washington starred as a heroic policeman while a then-unknown Russell Crowe was cast as the villain.
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7.  Frank Lucas was excited about the film; however, he admitted that only a small portion of the film was true, and that much of it was fabricated for dramatic effect. Similarly, Richie Roberts criticized the film for its inaccuracy and said it made Lucas too noble.
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6.  Any time Frank Lucas pours an excess amount of sugar while at a restaurant, it is a sign/code to his body guards present throughout the restaurant to keep a close eye on him.
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5.  Russell Crowe requested tape recordings of Richie Roberts speaking in order to match his voice mannerisms accurately.
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4.  Rapper Jay Z was invited to a screening of the film. He was so impressed with the film he made an album called "American Gangster".
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3.  Composer Marc Streitenfeld blended blues and soul music into the musical score to fit the 1970s setting.
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2.  Former DEA agents Jack Toal, Gregory Korniloff, and Louis Diaz filed a lawsuit against Universal saying that the events in the film were fictionalized and that the film defamed them and hundreds of other agents. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed since it technically failed to show anyone identifiable as a DEA agent.
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1.  Filming duration: 83 days = 78 in USA + 5 in Thailand.
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