History Trivia / Spartacus

11th Aug '16 8:26:12 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Creator/JeanneMoreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.

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** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Creator/JeanneMoreau Jeanne Moreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.
11th Aug '16 8:25:59 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** The original director, Creator/AnthonyMann, shot some early scenes with Creator/PeterUstinov but dropped out after a few days. Douglas offered Creator/DavidLean, Creator/JosephLMankiewicz and others the chance to direct; he even considered letting Olivier take over direction. All declined. Then Douglas remembered Creator/StanleyKubrick, whom he'd worked with on ''Film/PathsOfGlory'', and offered him the job. Ominously, Kubrick had just dropped out of ''Film/OneEyedJacks'', another film with a temperamental producer-star (Creator/MarlonBrando).

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** The original director, Creator/AnthonyMann, Anthony Mann, shot some early scenes with Creator/PeterUstinov Peter Ustinov but dropped out after a few days. Douglas offered Creator/DavidLean, Creator/JosephLMankiewicz and others the chance to direct; he even considered letting Olivier take over direction. All declined. Then Douglas remembered Creator/StanleyKubrick, whom he'd worked with on ''Film/PathsOfGlory'', and offered him the job. Ominously, Kubrick had just dropped out of ''Film/OneEyedJacks'', another film with a temperamental producer-star (Creator/MarlonBrando).



** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Vivien Leigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Creator/PeterUstinov disliked Creator/DaltonTrumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Creator/JeanSimmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Creator/TonyCurtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.

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** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Vivien Leigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Creator/PeterUstinov Peter Ustinov disliked Creator/DaltonTrumbo's Dalton Trumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Creator/JeanSimmons Jean Simmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Creator/TonyCurtis Tony Curtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.



** Douglas hired blacklisted screenwriter Creator/DaltonTrumbo to write the script, under his alias Sam Jackson. At some point during production, journalist Hedda Hopper discovered the identity of "Jackson" and demanded Douglas fire the screenwriter. In this case, Douglas stood his ground; he not only retained Trumbo but credited him in the finished film, hence breaking the Hollywood blacklist. Douglas's decision was vindicated as Spartacus became a smash hit.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''Film/TheFallOfTheRomanEmpire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.
** In addition to Douglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Crreator/CharlesLaughton and Creator/PeterUstinov would often rewrite their own lines.

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** Douglas hired blacklisted screenwriter Creator/DaltonTrumbo Dalton Trumbo to write the script, under his alias Sam Jackson. At some point during production, journalist Hedda Hopper discovered the identity of "Jackson" and demanded Douglas fire the screenwriter. In this case, Douglas stood his ground; he not only retained Trumbo but credited him in the finished film, hence breaking the Hollywood blacklist. Douglas's decision was vindicated as Spartacus became a smash hit.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''Film/TheFallOfTheRomanEmpire'') ''The Fall Of The Roman Empire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.
** In addition to Douglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Crreator/CharlesLaughton Creator/CharlesLaughton and Creator/PeterUstinov Peter Ustinov would often rewrite their own lines.



** Creator/DaltonTrumbo originally wanted Universal to get Creator/OrsonWelles to play the pirate, Tigranes Levantus.

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** Creator/DaltonTrumbo Dalton Trumbo originally wanted Universal to get Creator/OrsonWelles to play the pirate, Tigranes Levantus.
11th Aug '16 8:24:07 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Peter Ustinov and Creator/TonyCurtis.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Peter Ustinov and Creator/TonyCurtis.Tony Curtis.



** EnforcedMethodActing: Charles Laughton and Sir Laurence Olivier hated one another, which added to their onscreen rivalry as Gracchus and Crassus.

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** EnforcedMethodActing: Charles Laughton and Sir Laurence Olivier were longtime rivals who really hated one another, each other, which added to their onscreen rivalry as Gracchus and Crassus.
11th Aug '16 8:23:24 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/JeanSimmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Creator/PeterUstinov and Creator/TonyCurtis.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/JeanSimmons, Creator/LaurenceOlivier,Jean Simmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Creator/PeterUstinov Peter Ustinov and Creator/TonyCurtis.
19th Jul '16 9:57:16 PM Cindylover1969
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* AwardCategoryFraud: The movie was mostly shot by Kubrick himself, but the Oscar ut won in that caregory went to Russell Metty.
6th Jul '16 1:56:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllStarCast: Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/JeanSimmons, Creator/CharlesLaughton, Creator/PeterUstinov and Creator/TonyCurtis.



* TroubledProduction: Fighting between Kirk Douglas and Stanley Kubrick, tensions among the cast, a script being repeatedly revised, the production running extremely over-budget (especially for the final battle, a [[ThrowItIn last-second decision]] that cost over a million dollars), run-ins with [[ExecutiveMeddling studio censors]] and MoralGuardians alike... this one touches pretty much everything. It was a huge box-office hit though.
* WagTheDirector: Kirk Douglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''The Fall of the Roman Empire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.

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* TroubledProduction: Fighting between Kirk Things started smoothly enough. Creator/KirkDouglas purchased the rights to Howard Fast's novel for just $100, and cast most of the key roles without difficulty. But problems began when shooting started.
** The original director, Creator/AnthonyMann, shot some early scenes with Creator/PeterUstinov but dropped out after a few days. Douglas offered Creator/DavidLean, Creator/JosephLMankiewicz and others the chance to direct; he even considered letting Olivier take over direction. All declined. Then Douglas remembered Creator/StanleyKubrick, whom he'd worked with on ''Film/PathsOfGlory'', and offered him the job. Ominously, Kubrick had just dropped out of ''Film/OneEyedJacks'', another film with a temperamental producer-star (Creator/MarlonBrando).
** Though
Douglas and Stanley Kubrick, tensions among the cast, a Kubrick had collaborated amicably on Paths, Spartacus proved another story. Kubrick's notoriously prickly, perfectionist personality led to endless rows with Douglas, arguing over script being repeatedly revised, content, editing, the production running staging of scenes and even Kubrick's wardrobe. When Douglas asked Kubrick his opinion of the "I Am Spartacus" scene, Kubrick (in front of cast and crew) called it "a stupid idea." Douglas promptly chewed the director out. When Kubrick removed close-ups of Spartacus's crucifixion during the finale, Douglas (by his own account) grew so angry he attacked Kubrick with a folding chair.
** Douglas and Kubrick weren't the only ones feuding on set. Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/CharlesLaughton, longtime rivals, were barely on speaking terms; Olivier actually refused to film a key scene between them unless Laughton left the set. Laughton's prima donna behavior aggravated everyone, storming off the set and threatening to sue Douglas for trimming his part. Olivier was distracted by his dissolving marriage with Vivien Leigh and exasperated Douglas by insisting that he play Spartacus. And both Laughton and Creator/PeterUstinov disliked Creator/DaltonTrumbo's script, rewriting scenes on set or else ad-libbing dialogue. Only Creator/JeanSimmons avoided the squabbling, partly because she missed six weeks of shooting after an emergency surgery. In addition, Douglas caught the flu and Creator/TonyCurtis injured his Achilles tendon playing tennis.
** After filming ran way too long and
extremely over-budget (especially for over budget, Kubrick delivered a disastrous rough cut - a formless mess with little coherent story. Hoping to salvage the picture, Kubrick insisted on filming Spartacus's final battle, battle with Crassus (at this point, the movie only showed its aftermath). Universal reluctantly relocated to Spain (having previously shot in Hollywood and Death Valley) for an expensive battle employing thousands of Spanish soldiers as extras. Along with other last-minute reshoots, this swelled the budget to a [[ThrowItIn last-second decision]] then-staggering $11,000,000.
** During post-production, Douglas received detailed memos from Universal Studios and Production Code offices demanding heavy cuts. Having received the instruction "Any implication
that cost over Crassus is a million dollars), run-ins sex pervert is unacceptable," the producers excised the notorious "snails and oysters" scene between Olivier and Curtis. More seriously, Universal trimmed several action scenes, along with [[ExecutiveMeddling political content that was deemed subversive. Apparently the studio censors]] feared that if Spartacus had a chance of winning, viewers would perceive the film as Communist! Nearly 30 minutes were cut, most of which was restored to the 1991 re-release.
** Douglas hired blacklisted screenwriter Creator/DaltonTrumbo to write the script, under his alias Sam Jackson. At some point during production, journalist Hedda Hopper discovered the identity of "Jackson"
and MoralGuardians alike... demanded Douglas fire the screenwriter. In this one touches pretty much everything. It case, Douglas stood his ground; he not only retained Trumbo but credited him in the finished film, hence breaking the Hollywood blacklist. Douglas's decision was vindicated as Spartacus became a huge box-office hit though.
smash hit.
* WagTheDirector: Kirk Douglas, Creator/KirkDouglas, as producer of the film, fired the original director, Anthony Mann (who later made ''Film/ElCid'' and ''The Fall of the Roman Empire'') ''Film/TheFallOfTheRomanEmpire'') and brought in relative newcomer Creator/StanleyKubrick. Guess who wore the pants on set? Indeed, after making ''Spartacus'', Kubrick shifted to England and made all his remaining films there under highly controlled conditions feeling that he would never truly be free working within the Hollywood system.
** In addition to Douglas, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Crreator/CharlesLaughton and Creator/PeterUstinov would often rewrite their own lines.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/DaltonTrumbo originally wanted Universal to get Creator/OrsonWelles to play the pirate, Tigranes Levantus.
** Creator/StanleyKubrick originally wanted Creator/AudreyHepburn to play Varinia. Creator/KirkDouglas had Creator/JeanneMoreau in mind, but she was in Paris and wouldn't leave to do the film. Creator/IngridBergman was also considered.
29th May '16 8:40:49 PM jman313
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** EnforcedMethodActing: Charles Laughton and Sir Laurence Olivier hated one another, which added to their onscreen rivalry as Gracchus and Crassus.
16th Apr '16 1:15:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Draba, the BlackBestFriend, is played by Woody Strode. He was already well-known for breaking the color line in the NFL in 1946, and became a prominent character actor in Westerns and action movies throughout the '60s and '70s (''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'', ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', etc.).



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17th Dec '15 9:39:13 AM AllenbysEyes
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/StanleyKubrick practically disowned the movie due to his lack of creative control, though he considered it a valuable learning experience that he couldn't work within the Hollywood studio system:
--> "My experience proved that if it is not explicitly stipulated in the contract that your decisions will be respected, there's a very good chance they won't be."

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/StanleyKubrick practically disowned the movie due to his lack of creative control, though he considered it a valuable learning experience that he couldn't work within about the Hollywood studio system:
--> "My experience proved that if it is not explicitly stipulated in the contract that your decisions will be respected, [[ExecutiveMeddling there's a very good chance they won't be.be]]."
17th Dec '15 9:38:39 AM AllenbysEyes
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/StanleyKubrick practically disowned the movie due to his lack of creative control, though he considered it a valuable learning experience that he couldn't work within the Hollywood studio system:
--> "My experience proved that if it is not explicitly stipulated in the contract that your decisions will be respected, there's a very good chance they won't be."



* HeyItsThatGuy: Draba, the BlackBestFriend, is played by Woody Strode. He was better known as Draba than for anything else he did, but before he became an actor he broke the color line in the NFL in 1946.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Draba, the BlackBestFriend, is played by Woody Strode. He was better known as Draba than already well-known for anything else he did, but before he became an actor he broke breaking the color line in the NFL in 1946.1946, and became a prominent character actor in Westerns and action movies throughout the '60s and '70s (''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'', ''Film/TheProfessionals'', ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', etc.).




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