In today’s society people are obsessed with pictures. Now there is even an invention called a “selfie stick” yes, this is a real thing. It is exactly what it sounds like. It is a damn stick with clamps on the end. I have heard of these things but never thought that anyone in their right mind would ever buy an expensive stick with clamps. But arriving at Disneyland negated my logical thoughts as there were a huge number of groups walking around using their “Selfie sticks.” And let me tell you, that is a hilarious thing to watch. Continue reading Hilariously Epic Celebrity Photobombs
Some movies seem to be cursed, while others appear to predict the future with creepy accuracy. But then you have films like some of the ones I am going to list below, which feature grossly unlikely, yet huge, ironic coincidences. What do I mean when I say that? Well here are a few examples.
1. Tropic Thunder — Robert Downey Jr. Receives an Oscar Nomination by Playing an Oscar Winner—
Tropic Thunder is one of those movies that on paper has the potential to be the worst thing ever made (it has Tom Cruise in a fat suit and Robert Downey Jr. in black face, Ben Stiller AND Jack Black), but somehow it all kinda works. Indisputably the best part of the movie is Robert Downey Jr.’s character, Kirk Lazarus, who is an actor that only takes movie roles that will give him an Oscar.
|Like how Cage does for anyone who offers him an acting role.|
In the film, Lazarus is an insufferable method actor, famous for committing completely to whatever role he’s currently undertaking. For Tropic Thunder (the film within a film), Lazarus undergoes pigment-darkening plastic surgery to play a black character, because as I said before, physical transformations are Oscar gold (particularly for attractive women who either put on ugly make-up or have sex with Billy Bob Thornton). Kirk Lazarus’ Oscar baiting is made so unbelievably self indulgent and ridiculous that he is almost a cartoon character, a pretensions ball of buffoonery (is that a word) who doesn’t realize how absurd he is. Hollywood, characteristically failing to get the joke, nominated Robert Downey Jr. for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 2009 for his performance.
That’s right, Robert Downey Jr. was given an Oscar nomination for playing an actor shamelessly trying to win an Oscar. It is even possible that he could have won, if it hadn’t been the year that Heath Ledger died and won every award for The Dark Knight.
This nomination becomes even more impressive when you consider how infrequently comedies get nominated for Oscars. Since 2000, out of 55 nominees, only one other was for an actor in a comedy (Adaptation). To be fair, none of those movies had posters like this one:
|I know some people may find this poster offensive, but I couldn’t find one where he’s not smoking…|
It may be that the academy was totally on board and was delivering the smartest meta-joke punchline in history of the world… but I doubt it.
2. Singin’ in the Rain– A Lip Syncing Scandal in the Film and Real Life
Although it was made in the 1950’s, Singin’ in the Rain is actually set in the 1920’s, during the period when silent movies were transitioning into “talkies” (movies with sound). In the movie we find out that Lina Lamont, a famous silent actress, has a speaking and singing voice like a dude whose junk is caught in a mouse trap.
Instead of giving their top actress the boot, the studio hires an unknown actress named Kathy Selden to dub Lina’s voice. Lina refuses to let Kathy get any recognition and keeps her behind the scenes, taking all the singing credit for herself. As you may expect, the studio’s ruse is found out, Lina never makes movies again while Kathy becomes a star and hooks up with the leading man.
Those bastard movie producers sure got what they deserved, you may be thinking. Who could actually take advantage of some poor struggling actress like that? The answer is the real producers of Singin in the Rain.
|“Hey, y’know the whole cautionary tale behind the story we’re telling? Let’s ignore the shit out of that.”|
Despite the movies message of “Do your own goddamn singing,” Debbie Reynolds, who plays the heroine Kathy Selden, doesn’t actually sing several of her own songs. At least two of them (if not more) were really performed by an actress named Betty Noyes. And just like in the movie, the studio wasn’t eager to fess up to the fact that they’d used an unknown singer to dub songs for the famous actress they’d hired to play an unknown singer who dubs songs for a famous actress. As a result, for a long time, Noyes went uncredited.
|Pictured here in what is apparently the most pointless head shot of all time.|
Unlike the move character Kathy Selden, Noyes did not skyrocket to fame and fortune, but did lead a career performing half a dozen big budget movies— in which she was almost never credited.
3. Troy— Brad Pitt injures his Achilles Tendon While Playing Achilles
If you didn’t pay attention in biology class and don’t follow sports injuries, the Achilles tendon is the thick tendon at the back of your ankle that connects your heel to your calf (soo, it’s pretty important). It was named after the hero of Greek Mythology, because according to the legend, that spot was the only vulnerable part of Achilles entire body. He eventually dies from taking a wound there (which of course is why we refer to a fatal weakness as someones ‘Achilles Heel’).
Now, some of you who missed that whole story in school are still familiar with it, thanks to the movie Troy, where a well oiled Brad Pitt played the role of Achilles.
|Pitts abs received their own producers credit|
About three-quarters of the way through the film, Achilles faces off with the noble Hector played by Eric Bana, and kills him while the entire family watches, dragging Hector’s corpse around the walls of the city just in case any of them missed it (Achilles is a bit of a dick). However, while filming the scene, the fight did not go nearly as well for Pitt: while performing a difficult jumping strike against Bana directly into his raised shield, Pitt landed awkwardly and injured his leg.
|Pitt’s most awkward scene… not involving his accent.|
Or more specifically… he tore his damn Achilles tendon.
The only part of Achilles’ body that was vulnerable, and consequently the only part of the human anatomy that bears his name, was the one area in Brad Pitts entire body to sustain an injury while playing Achilles in a movie. Yes, it turns out that the Greek Gods are real and that they mock us mere mortals.
|Jennifer Aniston’s voodoo doll? I think so.|
An injury like this isn’t particularly light either. The filming had to be delayed several months because Pitt could only hobble around. When filming did restart, they celebrated Pitt’s return by filming the scene where he gets lanced with an arrow through his “Achilles” heel… soo his death scene pretty much. So damn ironic!