History Trivia / Matilda

11th Dec '17 12:31:31 PM fearlessnikki
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Pam Ferris remained in character between takes and scared the child actors, so their fear of her would be genuine.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: EnforcedMethodActing:
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Pam Ferris remained in character between takes and scared the child actors, so their fear of her would be genuine.genuine.
** Mara Wilson was so self-conscious about dancing in front of the crew that Danny [=DeVito=] made everyone on set dance along with her.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Mariska Hargitay]] was supposed to have played Miss Honey, while Creator/RichardDonner was supposed to direct.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Originally, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Mariska Hargitay]] was supposed to have played Miss Honey, while Creator/RichardDonner was supposed to direct.
** For the sequence where Matilda dances as she uses her powers, the song they played on set was Harry Belafonte's "Matilda". In the final film it's Thurston Harris's "Little Bitty Pretty One".
9th Dec '17 3:58:57 PM fearlessnikki
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* DawsonCasting: Kira Spencer Hesser was a borderline example, playing the elementary school student Hortensia at age thirteen.



* LargeHam: It's quite clear that Pam Ferris had ''quite'' a blast as the evil Trunchbull.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman play utterly rotten parents to Matilda. Mara Wilson describes the two of them as lovely people whom she loved working with.

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* LargeHam: It's IAmNotSpock: Mara Wilson has said that multiple fans still call her 'Matilda', prompting her to remind them that Matilda is a character and doesn't really exist. However she does affirm that Matilda was quite clear that Pam Ferris had ''quite'' a blast as close to her real personality; one of the evil Trunchbull.
reasons she wanted to play her in the first place.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor:
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Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman play utterly rotten parents to Matilda. Mara Wilson describes the two of them as lovely people whom she loved working with.
5th Dec '17 10:46:30 AM masterofthehouse
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: When the book was still in the works, the protagonist was intended to be male, continuing the trend of little-boy protagonists in other Creator/RoaldDahl books.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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When the book was still in the works, the protagonist was intended to be male, continuing the trend of little-boy protagonists in other Creator/RoaldDahl books.
** In an [[http://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2015/june/top-ten-archive-treasures early draft of the book]], Matilda was a mischievous EnfanteTerrible who used her powers to play nasty tricks on her otherwise goodhearted parents. She eventually went through a HeelFaceTurn and used her gift to save a bus full of schoolchildren, but this ended with her [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dying in the process]].
9th May '17 3:12:28 PM glickmam
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** The music that plays when the FBI agents search Harry's garage is from the film ''Film/PeeweesBigAdventure''. One of the agents is played by Paul Reubens.

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** The music that plays when the FBI agents search Harry's garage is from the film ''Film/PeeweesBigAdventure''.''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''. One of the agents is played by Paul Reubens.
15th Mar '17 2:39:25 PM CNash
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* DawsonCasting: The older children are played by adults and they look it. It seems odd when they show up in Revolting ''Children''.

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* DawsonCasting: The older children are played by adults and they look it. It seems odd when they show up in Revolting ''Children''. Even worse is when they equal the height of the actor playing ''Trunchbull'', who is meant to tower over all of the children...
26th Jan '17 6:52:18 PM Mikeyfan93
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* AcclaimedFlop: The movie was not a box office success, but was received very well from critics and audiences for staying true to the book. It gained a bigger audience on video and on television. ''Matilda'' is one of a [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory a]] [[Literature/TheWitches multitude]] [[Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach of]] [[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox acclaimed]] [[Film/TheBFG flops]] to have come from a Creator/RoaldDahl story.

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* AcclaimedFlop: The movie was not a box office success, but was received very well from critics and audiences for staying true to the book. It gained a bigger audience on video and on television. ''Matilda'' is one of a [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory a]] [[Literature/TheWitches multitude]] [[Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach of]] [[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox acclaimed]] [[Film/TheBFG flops]] to have come from a Creator/RoaldDahl story.
6th Jan '17 1:38:28 AM Solle
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** Intentionally so: to a five year old on her first day at school, the place is full of intimidating giants who look like [[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xzj6gRhDG9wC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA125#v=onepage&q&f=false this]].
** Also Matilda is supposedly a 5 year old. But is played by 9 - 12 year olds. But baring in most of them are OlderThanTheyLook. However original Matilda Kerry Ingram could pass on her own but next to the others not so much.
** A special mention goes to Sophia Kiely who was 12 by the time she left looked nothing like her age. Also she is regarded as one on the best Matilda's

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** Intentionally so: to a five year old on her first day at school, the place is full of intimidating giants who look like [[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xzj6gRhDG9wC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA125#v=onepage&q&f=false this]].
giants.
** Also Matilda is supposedly a 5 year old. But old, but is played by 9 - 12 year olds. But baring in most Most of them are OlderThanTheyLook. However original Original Matilda Kerry Ingram could pass as a young girl on her own but next to the others not so much.
much, leading to taller, older actors cast in the parts of older children.
** A special mention goes to Sophia Kiely who was 12 by the time she left looked looking nothing like her age. Also she is regarded as one on the best Matilda's
11th Nov '16 12:01:09 PM SpukiKitty
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* CaliforniaDoubling: A literal example. The movie was shot in parts of Arcadia, California.
26th Sep '16 11:58:04 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* AcclaimedFlop: The movie was not a box office success, but was received very well from critics and audiences for staying true to the book. It gained a bigger audience on video and on television. ''Matilda'' is one of a [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory multitude]] [[Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach of]] [[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox acclaimed]] [[Film/TheBFG flops]] to have come from a Creator/RoaldDahl story.

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* AcclaimedFlop: The movie was not a box office success, but was received very well from critics and audiences for staying true to the book. It gained a bigger audience on video and on television. ''Matilda'' is one of a [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory a]] [[Literature/TheWitches multitude]] [[Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach of]] [[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox acclaimed]] [[Film/TheBFG flops]] to have come from a Creator/RoaldDahl story.
13th Sep '16 7:38:03 PM Schroeder1174
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** Mara has also described Pam Ferris as one of the nicest human beings she's ever met, and fondly remembers her delightfully showing Mara and the other children pictures of her rescue puppies between takes.
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