History Trivia / MobyDick

11th Jul '15 6:28:42 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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'''The Novel (1851)''' * ScienceMarchesOn: While the author was very knowledgeable about cetology, some "facts" he used have since been proven to be inaccurate. -->"Be it known that, waiving all argument, I take the good old fashioned ground that the whale is a fish." ** More of a case of ''definitions'' march on. "Fish" originally just meant "animal that lives exclusively in water". Melville recognises that whales are warm-blooded, breathe air, and bear live young, but just doesn't think that a sufficient reason to redefine what "fish" means. ** He also mentions phrenology and physiognomy, both now considered pseudosciences. ** Chapter 105 poo-poohs the notion that whaling might endanger the whale population.
25th Nov '14 9:15:39 AM TonyG
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: William Holden and Robert Mitchum were both pitched as possible alternatives to play Ahab, as they didn't think Gregory Peck was capable of playing a villainous character. Interestingly enough, Peck himself thought that director John Huston would have made the perfect Ahab.
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* PlayingAgainstType: The primary reason that the 1956 version wasn't well-receieved initially was that audiences weren't comfortable seeing Gregory Peck as a villainous character (albeit an AntiVillain). Patrick Stewart and William Hurt faced no such problems. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: William Holden and Robert Mitchum were both pitched as possible alternatives to play Ahab, as they didn't think Gregory Peck was capable of playing a villainous character. Interestingly enough, Peck himself thought that director John Huston would have made the perfect Ahab.Ahab. '''TV Version (1998)''' * HeyItsThatGuy: Ahab is [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Jean-Luc Picard]] and Ishmael is played by [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial Elliot]]! '''TV Version (2011)''' * BillingDisplacement: Ethan Hawke was billed over William Hurt for playing Starbuck.
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