History Trivia / AnimalHouse

25th Jul '17 8:41:18 PM glickmam
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Creator/DonaldSutherland was offered either a percentage of the gross, or cash up front. He chose cash, sure that the film would flop. If he had taken the former option, he would've raked in several million dollars.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Creator/DonaldSutherland was so convinced of the movie's lack of potential, that, when offered either a percent of the gross or a flat fee of $75,000 for his three days' work, he took the upfront payment. Had he taken the gross percentage of the gross, or cash up front. He chose cash, sure that the film he would flop. If he had taken the former option, he would've raked in several million dollars.have been worth an additional $3-4 million.



* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/DonaldSutherland was so convinced of the movie's lack of potential, that, when offered a percent of the gross or a flat fee of $75,000 for his three days' work, he took the upfront payment. Had he taken the gross percentage he would have been worth an additional $3-4 million.
25th Jul '17 8:40:01 PM glickmam
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** As a mark of the success of Landis' plan, Bruce [=McGill=], who played D-Day, had the piano at the hotel accommodating the cast moved to his room and held late night parties with the other Delta actors; Mark Metcalf, who played Niedermeyer, had his room changed to the one above [=McGill's=] so that the noise and resulting sleep loss would keep him in a bad mood for filming.

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** As a mark of the success of Landis' plan, Bruce [=McGill=], who played D-Day, had the piano at the hotel accommodating the cast cast[[note]]save for Creator/JohnBelushi, who was roomed at a separate house in the suburbs in order to keep him away from alcohol and drugs[[/note]] moved to his room and held late night parties with the other Delta actors; Mark Metcalf, who played Niedermeyer, had his room changed to the one above [=McGill's=] so that the noise and resulting sleep loss would keep him in a bad mood for filming.
16th Jul '17 2:01:50 PM BlackJAC
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** Originally, Ramis and Douglas Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about UsefulNotes/CharlesManson as a high school student. Matty Simmons told them that the material they wrote was way too raunchy for a high school setting and that instead it would more appropriate if it was a college setting instead. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.

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** Originally, Ramis and Douglas Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about UsefulNotes/CharlesManson as a high school student.student as an attempt to turn [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Lampoon_1964_High_School_Yearbook_Parody the magazine's high school yearbook parody issue]] into a film. Matty Simmons told them that the material they wrote was way too raunchy for a high school setting and that instead it would more appropriate if it was a college setting instead. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.
13th Jul '17 5:31:44 PM glickmam
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** Subverted, however, with John Vernon's character Dean Vernon Wormer. According to Creator/JohnLandis, his first choice for the role was Jack Webb of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' fame, who turned it down because he felt that the film was making fun of his straight-laced, law-and-order image.

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** Subverted, however, with John Vernon's character Dean Vernon Wormer. According to Creator/JohnLandis, his first choice for the role was Jack Webb of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' fame, Creator/JackWebb, who turned it down because he felt that the film was making fun of his straight-laced, law-and-order image.
11th Jul '17 6:10:21 PM glickmam
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* CareerResurrection: For Music/ElmerBernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'') and he became Creator/JohnLandis's AssociatedComposer. In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.

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* CareerResurrection: For Music/ElmerBernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'') ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'') and he became Creator/JohnLandis's AssociatedComposer. In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.



* DoingItForTheArt: The whole reason why the movie was made. According to ''Franchise/NationalLampoon'' publisher Matty Simmons, who eventually co-produced the film with Ivan Reitman, he had suggested making a movie as a means of placating co-writer Douglas Kenney, who was also working at the magazine as editor-in-chief. At the time, Kenney had told Simmons that he was suffering heavily from burnout and having a hard time meeting deadlines and had decided to quit as a result. Simmons, however, did not want Kenney to leave as he was one of the most important contributors to the magazine's humor, and in trying to convince him to stay, accidentally blurted out, "We're going to make a movie."



** Originally, Ramis and Doug Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about UsefulNotes/CharlesManson as a high school student. Producer Matty Simmons suggested that the setting be changed to college and the content to be toned down. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.

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** Originally, Ramis and Doug Douglas Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about UsefulNotes/CharlesManson as a high school student. Producer Matty Simmons suggested told them that the material they wrote was way too raunchy for a high school setting be changed to and that instead it would more appropriate if it was a college and the content to be toned down.setting instead. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.
11th Jul '17 5:51:59 PM glickmam
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* StillbornFranchise: A sequel was planned that would take place during the 1969 Summer of Love and involve the Deltas reuniting for Otter's wedding. But when ''Film/MoreAmericanGraffiti'' bombed at the box-office, Universal stalled the project. The project was scrapped for good when Creator/JohnBelushi died in 1982.

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* StillbornFranchise: A sequel was planned that would take place during the 1969 Summer of Love and involve the Deltas reuniting for Otter's wedding. But when ''Film/MoreAmericanGraffiti'' ''[[Film/AmericanGraffiti More American Graffiti]]'' bombed at the box-office, Universal stalled the project. The project was scrapped for good when Creator/JohnBelushi died in 1982.



** Creator/ChevyChase was originally asked to play the role of Eric "Otter" Stratton. He turned it down in order to star in ''Film/FoulPlay''. Creator/JohnLandis preferred to cast unknown actors instead of comedians and takes credit for subtly discouraging Chase by describing the film as an "ensemble".

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** Creator/ChevyChase was originally asked to play the role of Eric "Otter" Stratton. He turned it down in order to star in ''Film/FoulPlay''. Creator/JohnLandis preferred to cast insisted on casting unknown dramatic actors instead of established comedians and takes credit for subtly discouraging Chase by describing the film as an "ensemble".
20th Mar '17 5:04:51 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** As mentioned above, the first choice for the role of Dean Wormer was Jack Webb, while the first choice for the role of Mrs. Wormer was Kim Novak.

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** As mentioned above, the first choice for the role of Dean Wormer was Jack Webb, Creator/JackWebb, while the first choice for the role of Mrs. Wormer was Kim Novak.
7th Mar '17 8:14:15 PM Doug86
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** Originally, Ramis and Doug Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about CharlesManson as a high school student. Producer Matty Simmons suggested that the setting be changed to college and the content to be toned down. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.

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** Originally, Ramis and Doug Kenney's idea was titled ''Laser Orgy Girls'', a comedy about CharlesManson UsefulNotes/CharlesManson as a high school student. Producer Matty Simmons suggested that the setting be changed to college and the content to be toned down. Ramis also incorporated ideas from an earlier treatment he wrote titled ''Freshman Year'' based on his experiences in college.
3rd Jan '17 2:36:48 PM DavidDelony
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* CareerResurrection: For Music/ElmerBernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'') and he became Creator/JohnLandis's AssociatedComposer.
* TheDanza: Creator/JohnBelushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky.In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.

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* CareerResurrection: For Music/ElmerBernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'') and he became Creator/JohnLandis's AssociatedComposer.
AssociatedComposer. In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.
* TheDanza: Creator/JohnBelushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky.In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.
3rd Jan '17 2:24:40 PM DavidDelony
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** In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.



* TheDanza: Creator/JohnBelushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky.

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* TheDanza: Creator/JohnBelushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky.In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.
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