1. In the 1994 film adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire, Tom Cruise famously played the title character of Lestat; however, both Anne Rice and co-star Brad Pitt “hated” Cruise and didn’t want Cruise in the movie. In actuality, Pitt only agreed to the project because he believed he would be playing Lestat alongside Daniel Day-Lewis.
Recently, director Neil Jordan laughed and said, “Oh, they loathed him. “Anne Rice thought it was confusing. Actually, Brad Pitt did the same.
Jordan, however, stood by his decision to cast Cruise, declaring, “I’ve always thought he’s a great actor.” He added that Cruise’s megastar status had equipped him for the role of a vampire. “Famous individuals prefer not to enter an unmediated environment.” Both who they encounter and how they meet them must be under their control. They must manage their reputation. It resembles a universe of specters in some ways.
2. The buzz surrounding the interrogation scene in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct, in which actress Sharon Stone momentarily uncrossed her legs while not wearing any underwear, contributed to the movie’s enormous success. But according to Stone, Paul Verhoeven, the filmmaker, conned her into the nudity.
But in the end, she made the decision to approve the scene’s inclusion “because it was right for the film and for the character; and, after all, I did it.”
3. Count this as “Only in the ’90s” material: The erotic thriller Poison Ivy, which can only be characterized as a remake of Fatal Attraction with a teenage girl destroying the middle-aged man’s life instead of, you know, Glenn Close, was directed by Drew Barrymore when she was just 16 years old.
If the aforementioned wasn’t disgusting enough, previous iterations of the movie’s poster included the pull quote, “Drew Barrymore rivals Sharon Stone in indulging her basic instincts.”
4. Leonardo DiCaprio made his theatrical film début in the movie Poison Ivy, but he only had a five-second cameo, exiting a classroom, because the future Academy Award-winning actor kept forgetting his lines.
Leonardo revealed that he was cast as a character who was meant to give a verbose insult to Sara Gilbert’s character on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. However, the director decided to make it easier for him and instructed him to simply approach the room, look at Sarah, and say, “Problems.” The entire scene was ultimately removed from the final product.
5. Hardcore movie fans are aware that Chris Farley, Myers‘ Saturday Night Live co-star, had the role of Shrek before Mike Myers was recruited to voice the character. Farley worked on the movie for over a year and had completed 80–90% of Shrek’s lines before passing away from a drug overdose on December 18, 1997, at the age of 33. Less well known is the fact that the company continued to work on the movie even after Farley passed away, adding John’s voice as well.
John Farley, who recently made an appearance on the Fly on the Wall podcast featuring Dana Carvey and David Spade, stated, “He had, like, five (looping) days left, he’d shot it all.” The studio, he continues, requested him to complete the audio that was missing. However, it was immediately following Chris’s passing in 1997, so I declined. Now I’m thinking, “Dear God, what have I missed? ”
John claimed he could do it “back in the day” when the producer asked him to mimic his brother’s voice. It was way too soon, he said again. So I told myself to “forget it.”
6. After a stressful family vacation to Europe, writer/director John Hughes of “mom I missed the plane” pondered the possibility that one of his children had been unintentionally left at home. He wrote the final 44 pages of the 1990 film’s script in just 8 hours.
Hughes was well-known for penning his screenplays rapidly; he even finished Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in under a week.
7. In The Hunt for Red October, Alec Baldwin created the character of Jack Ryan; however, Harrison Ford took over the part for Patriot Games. Baldwin will respond that Ford completely screwed him if you ask him why.
8. In 2023, movie premieres on the internet will be commonplace, but that wasn’t the case in the 1990s, when Parker Posey’s Party Girl, which debuted on June 3, 1995, was the first film to do so.
As you might expect, the stream’s quality wasn’t very excellent. The web hosting firm used only 1.5 Mbps, according to Defector (which conducted an interesting deep dive on this historical event). (which was significantly less than the current average of 42.86 Mbps).
According to film critic Lucy Mohr, who was recruited to emcee the streaming event (which, by the way, cost $7.50 to watch), it was probably the lowest-fidelity movie ever to be streamed online. She then made a comparison between it and Eadweard Muybridge’s project Horse in Motion, which was completed in 1876, many years before the advent of movies. It featured a collection of images that, when viewed sequentially, gave the impression that a horse was moving. Therefore, early days things.
Still, Party Girl deserves credit for going first (it’s also a cult classic worth watching if you’re a fan of Parker Posey and/or indie ’90s movies).
9. The worldwide box office for Toy Story 2 in 1999 was $511 million, comfortably surpassing the $394 million taken in by the original. The sequel received superior reviews than the original movie as well! However, the iconic film would have been made available on direct-to-video if Disney had its way.
Disney had previously made successful direct-to-video sequels to their hit animated films (like Aladdin 2: Return of Jafar), and the strategy had become their model for keeping the characters alive…and making the sequels more affordably. Pixar, however, pushed back on downgrading the Toy Story franchise to direct-to-video, and got their theatrical release…something Disney is surely happy with today.
10. Kevin Costner attempted to create a follow-up to The Bodyguard in which he would have been defending Princess Diana rather than Whitney Houston.
11. One of the greatest successes of the summer of 1994, The Crow, about a rock singer brought back from the dead to avenge his and his fiancé’s murder, made star of lead actor Brandon Lee. Sadly, Lee was killed on set while shooting the scene where his character was going to be shot and killed, so he was unable to witness any of it.
12. The Super Mario Bros. Movie, starring Chris Pratt, isn’t the first time the iconic video game has been adapted for the big screen.One of the biggest critical and financial failures of 1993 was Super Mario Bros., with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo playing the titular siblings. The production was equally shambolic.
13. One of the greatest successes of the decade was the 1998 sci-fi film Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay, about a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop an asteroid on a collision path with Earth. The film grossed $534 million globally. In the DVD commentary for the movie, actor Ben Affleck irritated director Michael Bay by asking, “Why was it easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than it was to train astronauts to become oil drillers?” The movie also had a reputation for being a little silly. Bay retorted, “Shut the fuck up,” in response.
Despite the minor tension in the room, Affleck didn’t stop talking. He spent several more minutes on the commentary segment making fun of the movie’s premise.
14. Nicolas Cage, who won Best Actor for his magnificent portrayal of a severely troubled alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas and actually got drunk while shooting some of his scenes, gave a towering performance.
15. Finally, Edward Furlong, who made his name playing John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, rose to prominence as one of the most popular young actors of the 1990s solely because he frequented The Boys’ Club with his friends.
Growing up in the greater Los Angeles area, Furlong was a typical working-class boy who frequented The Boys’ Club with his friends and collected CDs. Furlong lived with his mother and later his aunt; his father wasn’t involved. He had no cause to believe anything unusual was about to occur when he entered The Boys’ Club one day in the early 1990s, but it most certainly did.
After three intense interviews and some acting lessons, Furlong found himself on set acting opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. He finished the ‘90s as one of the decade’s most popular teen stars, with additional roles in films like American History X, Pecker, and Detroit Rock City. All thanks to The Boys’ Club!