History Trivia / TheBirdcage

1st Oct '17 3:55:57 AM ClintEastwood
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** Robin Williams dips into his trademark Creator/JohnWayne impression at one point.
** The dancer whom Armand instructs to do an "eccentric celebration of dance" is told to do, among others, "Madonna! Madonna! Madonna!" The actor playing him was, in fact, a former backup dancer for Madonna.
* DawsonCasting: 32-year-old Calista Flockhart unconvincingly plays a 19-year-old. (Being so waifish, she could pass as a senior or graduate student, but come on.)

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** Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams dips into his trademark Creator/JohnWayne impression at one point.
** The dancer whom Armand instructs to do an "eccentric celebration of dance" is told to do, among others, "Madonna! Madonna! Madonna!" The actor playing him was, in fact, a former backup dancer for Madonna.
Music/{{Madonna}}.
* DawsonCasting: DawsonCasting:
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32-year-old Calista Flockhart Creator/CalistaFlockhart unconvincingly plays a 19-year-old. (Being so waifish, she could pass as a senior or graduate student, but come on.)



* GeniusBonus: Senator Keeley calls Grover's Corners "a darn good place to call home", apparently unaware that the play it's featured in, ''Theatre/OurTown'', was written by a gay man.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Due to the nature of the story, Mike Nichols made Nathan Lane and Robin Williams ''promise'' to do one take exactly as scripted before they could go wild in retakes. This is bound to happen.

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* GeniusBonus: Senator Keeley calls Grover's Corners "a darn good place to call home", apparently unaware that the play it's featured in, ''Theatre/OurTown'', was written by a gay man.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Due to the nature of the story, Mike Nichols made Nathan Lane and Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams ''promise'' to do one take exactly as scripted before they could go wild in retakes. This is bound to happen.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: It's a fairly major plot point that while a character can dial out from her car phone, she can't ''receive'' calls on it. Thus while she can call out for her messages, and then call the protagonists, they can't call her back to say that plans have changed yet again.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, Steve Martin was set to play Armand, with Robin Williams as Albert.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, Steve Martin Creator/SteveMartin was set to play Armand, with Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams as Albert.
24th Sep '17 9:38:02 AM KingLyger
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** Robin Williams' pratfall in the kitchen was entirely accidental, but the other actors [[{{corpsing}} held it together]] enough to use the take.

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** Reportedly, this happened between Nathan Lane and Robin Williams quite a bit. They did it so often that they were forced to promise that they would do one take exactly as the script said before they were allowed to ad-lib anymore.
** Robin Williams' pratfall in the kitchen was entirely accidental, but the other actors [[{{corpsing}} [[{{Corpsing}} held it together]] enough to use the take.
1st Jun '17 12:31:45 PM NWolfman
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** The dancer whom Armand instructs to do an "eccentric celebration of dance" is told to do, among others, "Madonna! Madonna! Madonna!" The actor playing him was, in fact, a former backup dancer for Madonna.



* ThrowItIn: Robin Williams' pratfall in the kitchen was entirely accidental, but the other actors [[{{corpsing}} held it together]] enough to use the take.

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn
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Robin Williams' pratfall in the kitchen was entirely accidental, but the other actors [[{{corpsing}} held it together]] enough to use the take.take.
** Director Mike Nichols added "...but you keep it all inside" to the end of Armand's "eccentric celebration of dance."
18th Mar '17 6:20:26 PM Movienut376
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, Steve Martin was set to play Armand, with Robin Williams as Albert.
18th Mar '17 6:17:56 PM Movienut376
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**Dan Futterman was 27, playing the 20 year old Val.
1st Mar '17 12:58:28 PM NWolfman
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* DawsonCasting: 32-year-old Calista Flockhart unconvincingly plays a 19-year-old. (Being so waifish, she could pass as a senior or graduate student, but come on.)



* DawsonCasting: 32-year-old Calista Flockhart unconvincingly plays a 19-year-old. (Being so waifish, she could pass as a senior or graduate student, but come on.)

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* DawsonCasting: 32-year-old Calista Flockhart unconvincingly plays a 19-year-old. (Being so waifish, she could pass PlayingAgainstType: One of Creator/RobinWilliams' few comedic roles as a senior or graduate student, but come on.) the (no pun intended) StraightMan. In fact, he was originally cast as Albert before he asked to switch roles with Nathan Lane in fear of TypeCasting.
18th Feb '17 2:06:54 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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*** He also plays a guy who' [[Disney/TheLionKing dresses in drag (he doesn't do the hula, though)]].

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*** He also plays a guy who' who [[Disney/TheLionKing dresses in drag (he doesn't do the hula, though)]].
12th Nov '16 5:15:51 PM nombretomado
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** Robin Williams dips into his trademark JohnWayne impression at one point.

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** Robin Williams dips into his trademark JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne impression at one point.
24th Aug '16 3:14:40 AM 06tele
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** Nathan Lane is openly homosexual. [[note]]Though he wasn't out at the time the movie was released.[[/note]]

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** Nathan Lane is openly homosexual. gay.[[note]]Though he wasn't out at the time the movie was released.[[/note]]


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* GeniusBonus: Senator Keeley calls Grover's Corners "a darn good place to call home", apparently unaware that the play it's featured in, ''Theatre/OurTown'', was written by a gay man.
26th Apr '16 1:07:39 AM Freshmeat
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Film/{{Superman}} Lex Luthor]] is a United States Senator, and is married to [[LawAndOrder District Attorney Nora Lewin.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** In the Japanese dub, [[Creator/YoshitoYasuhara Armand is]] [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Shinomori Aoshi]] and Albert is voiced by the Japanese comedian Norio Imamura, a.k.a. '''[[Franchise/OnePiece Emporio Ivankov]]'''.
** [[Creator/RyuseiNakao Agador is]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ Frieza]].
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