History Trivia / WestSideStory

6th Apr '18 6:00:12 AM jormis29
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** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/DennisHopper, Creator/RobertRedford and Creator/BurtReynolds also tried out.

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** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins Creator/AnthonyPerkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/DennisHopper, Creator/RobertRedford and Creator/BurtReynolds also tried out.
4th Apr '18 5:08:01 PM AmuckCricetine
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* DevelopmentHell: Steven Spielberg wanted to make another film adaptation for decades, and first started trying to get the rights in 2002.

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* DevelopmentHell: Steven Spielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg wanted to make another film adaptation for decades, and first started trying to get the rights in 2002.
28th Jan '18 5:55:12 PM Pren
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* DevelopmentHell: Steven Spielberg wanted to make another film adaptation for decades, and first started trying to get the rights in 2002.
27th Jan '18 10:32:12 AM Pamina
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** Early drafts toyed with at least two different endings - one that was closer to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' and had both lovers die in the end, and another one that had Maria die and Tony survive before the final ending of Tony dying and Maria surviving was settled on.
16th Dec '17 12:06:18 PM RicPot
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** Averted in Anita's near-rape scene. In that scene, the actress playing Anita, Rita Moreno, was reduced to tears as a result of shooting that scene, as it brought back memories of when she was raped as a child. When she started crying, the actors playing the Jets immediately stopped what they were doing and began comforting her, while pointing out that the viewers were going to hate them for what they were doing.

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** Averted in Anita's near-rape scene. In that scene, the actress playing Anita, Rita Moreno, Creator/RitaMoreno, was reduced to tears as a result of shooting that scene, as it brought back memories of when she was raped as a child. When she started crying, the actors playing the Jets immediately stopped what they were doing and began comforting her, while pointing out that the viewers were going to hate them for what they were doing.
23rd Sep '17 3:18:15 PM PrincessGwen
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* GodNeverSaidThat:
** The popular fan-theory of Maria killing herself off-screen has never exactly been confirmed.
** It is common among theater groups to think that the Jets actually rape Anita in the original musical, but this is toned down to empty taunting in the film version. The original script for the musical is also kind of ambiguous if they are only taunting her (Baby John is said to be lifted on her by the others, rather than willingly going on her). Even if they were seriously going to rape her, it is also possible that Doc stops it in time.
7th Sep '17 6:16:05 AM fruitstripegum
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* AdaptationalContextChange:
** The lyrics to "America" are almost completely rewritten from the musical to film adaptation. The original had been criticised for UnfortunateImplications that it was mocking Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. The film instead emphasise the discrimination the Puerto Ricans had suffered in America. The song is also changed from an all-female number revolving around an argument between Anita and another girl to a male-and-female number with Anita vs. Bernardo; the latter was Sondheim's original intent, only rewritten because Jerome Robbins wanted an all-female dance number in the show.
** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krupke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to "gay," rhyming with "today."


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* AdaptationalContextChange:
** The lyrics to "America" are almost completely rewritten from the musical to film adaptation. The original had been criticised for UnfortunateImplications that it was mocking Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. The film instead emphasise the discrimination the Puerto Ricans had suffered in America. The song is also changed from an all-female number revolving around an argument between Anita and another girl to a male-and-female number with Anita vs. Bernardo; the latter was Sondheim's original intent, only rewritten because Jerome Robbins wanted an all-female dance number in the show.
** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krupke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to "gay," rhyming with "today."
7th Sep '17 6:05:44 AM fruitstripegum
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* AdaptationalContextChange:
** The lyrics to "America" are almost completely rewritten from the musical to film adaptation. The original had been criticised for UnfortunateImplications that it was mocking Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. The film instead emphasise the discrimination the Puerto Ricans had suffered in America. The song is also changed from an all-female number revolving around an argument between Anita and another girl to a male-and-female number with Anita vs. Bernardo; the latter was Sondheim's original intent, only rewritten because Jerome Robbins wanted an all-female dance number in the show.
** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krupke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to "gay," rhyming with "today."



* AdaptationalContextChange:
** The lyrics to "America" are almost completely rewritten from the musical to film adaptation. The original had been criticised for UnfortunateImplications that it was mocking Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. The film instead emphasise the discrimination the Puerto Ricans had suffered in America. The song is also changed from an all-female number revolving around an argument between Anita and another girl to a male-and-female number with Anita vs. Bernardo; the latter was Sondheim's original intent, only rewritten because Jerome Robbins wanted an all-female dance number in the show.
** In the film, "I Feel Pretty" and "Gee, Officer Krupke" happen much earlier than they do in the stage version. In the stage version, they're meant to act as a tension break after the deaths in the first act. In the film, there are now no light moments after the rumble with the songs happening earlier. In the former's case, this required changing the line "bright," rhyming with "tonight," to "gay," rhyming with "today."
23rd Aug '17 4:52:25 PM ClintEastwood
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** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/DennisHopper and Creator/BurtReynolds also tried out.

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** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/DennisHopper Creator/DennisHopper, Creator/RobertRedford and Creator/BurtReynolds also tried out.
11th Aug '17 10:24:58 AM ClintEastwood
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* BreakthroughHit: Despite Sondheim disowning later on, this musical put him on the map as one of the most well-known writers on Broadway.

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* BreakthroughHit: Despite Sondheim disowning it later on, this musical put him on the map as one of the most well-known writers on Broadway.



** Stephen Sondheim doesn't think very highly of the lyrics he wrote for this. Some songs sound as simplistic as something a real New York teen would improvise ("Maria!/I've just met a girl named Maria/And suddenly that name/Will never be the same/To me.") while others sound too complex ("I feel pretty/Oh so pretty/I feel pretty and witty and gay!/And I pity/Any girl who isn't me today.").

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** Stephen Sondheim Music/StephenSondheim doesn't think very highly of the lyrics he wrote for this. Some songs sound as simplistic as something a real New York teen would improvise ("Maria!/I've just met a girl named Maria/And suddenly that name/Will never be the same/To me.") while others sound too complex ("I feel pretty/Oh so pretty/I feel pretty and witty and gay!/And I pity/Any girl who isn't me today.").



* NonSingingVoice: Natalie Wood wanted to do her own singing and trained very hard for it, but she ended up dubbed by Marni Nixon. Nixon also supplied Rita Moreno with a few high notes in another number (something she would do for Moreno again in ''Film/TheKingAndI''. Betty Wand also dubbed Rita Moreno for "A Boy Like That", but Moreno sings "America" and "Quintet" herself. Tucker Smith (Ice) also dubbed Russ Tamblyn for "The Jet Song".

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* NonSingingVoice: Natalie HostilityOnTheSet: Richard Beymer later revealed that he and Creator/NatalieWood did not have a close rapport off camera, describing her treatment of him at the time of filming as aloof at best. Beymer believed part of the problem was a screen test from a previous film that went south, while additionally it has been speculated that Wood herself was upset that Beymer won the role of Tony over her then boyfriend Creator/WarrenBeatty who was just one of many non-singing actors to audition for the part. Ironically, Beymer says that a few years later he and Wood crossed paths at a night club, she said hello to him and chatted with him for a few minutes, and he was left surprised at how sweet and kind she was to him.
* NonSingingVoice:
** Creator/NatalieWood
wanted to do her own singing and trained very hard for it, but she ended up dubbed by Marni Nixon. Nixon also supplied Rita Moreno with a few high notes in another number (something she would do for Moreno again in ''Film/TheKingAndI''.
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Betty Wand also dubbed Rita Moreno for "A Boy Like That", but Moreno sings "America" and "Quintet" herself. Tucker Smith (Ice) also dubbed Russ Tamblyn for "The Jet Song".Song".
** Richard Beymer's singing voice was dubbed by Jimmy Bryant.
** Russ Tamblyn (Riff) was dubbed for "The Jet Song" by Tucker Smith, who played Ice, his lieutenant in the movie.
** George Chakiris was the only castmember whose singing wasn't dubbed, and that was because he didn't have any big solos.



* RealLifeRelative: Gus Trikonis who played Indio, one of the Puerto Rican Sharks - and who is actually Greek - is the brother of Gina Trikonis, who played Graziella, the tough red-haired Italian girlfriend of Riff, leader of the Jets.



** The first draft, ''East Side Story'', Tony was an Irish-Catholic and Maria a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

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** The In the first draft, ''East Side Story'', Tony was an Irish-Catholic and Maria a Jewish Holocaust survivor.



** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/AudreyHepburn was also offered the part of Maria, but turned it down because she was pregnant at the time.

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** Early casting choices for the movie's Tony included Music/ElvisPresley and Creator/WarrenBeatty. Ironically, both of them had real-life affairs with Creator/NatalieWood. Anthony Perkins also pursued the role of Tony, as he was looking to avoid TypeCasting after playing Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Creator/DennisHopper and Creator/BurtReynolds also tried out.
** The directors originally wanted
Creator/AudreyHepburn was also offered the part of for Maria, but turned she had to turn it down because down, as she was pregnant at the time. time.
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