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Thursday, January 31, 2008


I've always been a huge fan of silk-screened t-shirts that feature well done graphics as well as attitude. The ones found at Watch Your Back certainly qualify for inclusion in this category. The only problem is that the wife refuses to be seen in public with me when I wear them. I find myself drawn to this Burt Reynolds comeback t-shirt probably because I liked him in his "Jack Horner" role, although he almost turned it down. He actually thought it was a terrible part and that his performance sucked, so he fired his agent as a result. Then he saw the good reviews and an Academy Award and suddenly changed his mind.

For good measure, a few factoids about "Boogie Nights":
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was the actor first cast as Dirk Digler, but he passed on the role to be in "Titanic". He later regretted the choice.
  • Samuel L. Jackson had been picked to play Buck Swope, but he didn't work out and Don Cheadle replaced him.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow was the first choice for the role of "Rollergirl" but she declined the job.
  • Yes, Mark Wahlberg DID wear a prosthetic.
  • The wife of William H. Macy's character was actually porn star Nina Hartley.
  • They had to cut 40 seconds of the film to reduce it's original NC-17 rating to an R.
  • The song performed by Dirk Diggler was originally from the movie "The Transformers".
  • "Amber Waves" had previously been used as a fictional porn star name in the TV show "Night Court". The film character was largely inspired by porn star Veronica Hart, who was in the movie appearing as a judge presiding over a child custody hearing based on her own life.
  • Despite the name of the movie being the same as the disco hit, the band "Heatwave" refused to allow it to appear in the movie since the song was about dancing and not porn.
  • The "F-word" winds up making an appearance in the movie 165 times!
  • I've never actually seen the movie from start to end. Although I've seen it in snippets on cable, I've never watched the entire thing start to finish in real time. It's one of those flicks (like The Godfather and Pulp Fiction that causes cable surfing to cease) and I just sit there like a drooling idiot and watch. I need to get the DVD for the extra features, at least.
  • || JM, 9:17 AM


    I think those tee shirts are cool and Leonardo has nothing to feel bad about by passing on Boogie Nights. he's still done some really good movies and he should have gotten the Oscar for Titanic.
    Blogger Liz, at 8:27 AM  
    Yeah, I was surprised as well. It seems like things have worked out pretty well for him, but it's always easy to regret the path not taken.
    Blogger JM, at 12:44 PM  

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