History Trivia / WithnailAndI

31st Jul '17 7:43:20 PM bt8257
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** The first drink consumed on screen is supposed to be lighter fluid. Vinegar was used in the filming (although it was water in the rehearsals), and the reaction of Creator/RichardE.Grant (who's actually teetotal in RealLife) was genuine.

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** The first drink consumed on screen is supposed to be lighter fluid. Vinegar was used in the filming (although it was water in the rehearsals), and the reaction of Creator/RichardE.Grant Creator/RichardEGrant (who's actually teetotal in RealLife) was genuine.
14th Apr '17 11:13:30 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/RichardGriffiths hated talking about the film, not because of the quality of the movie but because he and most of the cast and the crew were shafted by producer Denis O'Brien and never received their proper payments.



* MemeticMutation: The film is a virus that attacks the receptive mind, usually male and/or in higher education, leading to groups of people in pubs quoting the script at each other.
2nd Dec '16 8:02:19 AM dangerdan97
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** [http://luminarynyc.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/withnail.jpg Withnail's grimace]] complete with a pork pie trying to escape from his mouth was completely accidental.

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** [http://luminarynyc.[[http://luminarynyc.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/withnail.jpg Withnail's grimace]] complete with a pork pie trying to escape from his mouth was completely accidental.
6th Oct '16 1:37:32 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* Paul [=McGann=]'s character is not named in the film, although the script gives his surname as "Marwood". There is LadyMondegreen {{fanon}} that his first name is "Peter", as many fans have independently and distinctly misheard, "He's just had an audition for rep," as "Peter's just had an audition for rep." The name has somewhat become AscendedFanon according to the actors and directors involved. Withnail is not named either, but was widely assumed to have the first name of the person he was based on, Vivian [=McKerrell=], and his first name has been stated to be "Vyvyan" by Grant on Twitter.

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* Paul [=McGann=]'s Creator/PaulMcGann's character is not named in the film, although the script gives his surname as "Marwood". There is LadyMondegreen {{fanon}} that his first name is "Peter", as many fans have independently and distinctly misheard, "He's just had an audition for rep," as "Peter's just had an audition for rep." The name has somewhat become AscendedFanon according to the actors and directors involved. Withnail is not named either, but was widely assumed to have the first name of the person he was based on, Vivian [=McKerrell=], and his first name has been stated to be "Vyvyan" by Grant on Twitter.



* ActorAllusion: The photograph of Creator/RichardGriffiths in Uncle Monty's cottage is from ''The World Cup: A Captain's Tale'' (1982) in which he played a football manager and referee.



* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/RichardEGrant was hired on the proviso that he lost weight. Ironically he had just been trying to gain some weight through working out because he thought was too skinny. He went on a diet of protein shakes to achieve his gaunt look in the film.



** The first drink consumed on screen is supposed to be lighter fluid. Vinegar was used in the filming (although it was water in the rehearsals), and the reaction of Richard E. Grant (who's actually teetotal in RealLife) was genuine.

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** The first drink consumed on screen is supposed to be lighter fluid. Vinegar was used in the filming (although it was water in the rehearsals), and the reaction of Richard E. Creator/RichardE.Grant (who's actually teetotal in RealLife) was genuine.



* IronyAsSheIsCast: Richard E. Grant is physically incapable of drinking alcohol, due to his body not producing a certain enzyme, which forces him to throw any alcohol up minutes later.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Richard E. Grant Creator/RichardEGrant is physically incapable of drinking alcohol, due to his body not producing a certain enzyme, which forces him to throw any alcohol up minutes later.



* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: Bruce Robinson originally wrote the film as a novel.



** Something that makes the last twenty minutes even sadder. This was the first film of both Richard E. Grant and Paul [=McGann=]. At the time, [=McGann=] was an established stage and TV actor, and while this was his first film role, he knew he still had a career waiting for him if his attempt to move into films didn't pan out. Grant, however, had no idea if this was going to be his one and only film or not and so he knew how upset and jealous Withnail was feeling. But as we all know, Grant's fears were unfounded and this film even managed to make him a sex symbol for a while.

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** Something that makes the last twenty minutes even sadder. This was the first film of both Richard E. Grant Creator/RichardEGrant and Paul [=McGann=].Creator/PaulMcGann. At the time, [=McGann=] was an established stage and TV actor, and while this was his first film role, he knew he still had a career waiting for him if his attempt to move into films didn't pan out. Grant, however, had no idea if this was going to be his one and only film or not and so he knew how upset and jealous Withnail was feeling. But as we all know, Grant's fears were unfounded and this film even managed to make him a sex symbol for a while.



* TakeThat: As mentioned below, Bruce Robinson alleges Creator/FrancoZeffirelli pursued him at one time. During an early scene in the film, Withnail reads a newspaper headline of "Boy Lands Plum Role For Top Italian Director," and goes on to suggest the reason the actor has the part is the director's amorous interest in him.
* ThrowItIn: [[http://luminarynyc.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/withnail.jpg Withnail's grimace]] complete with a pork pie trying to escape from his mouth was completely accidental.

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* TakeThat: As mentioned below, Bruce Robinson alleges Creator/FrancoZeffirelli pursued him at one time. During an early scene in the film, Withnail reads a newspaper headline of "Boy Lands Plum Role StarMakingRole: For Top Italian Director," and goes on to suggest the reason the actor has the part is the director's amorous interest in him.
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* ThrowItIn: [[http://luminarynyc.ThrowItIn:
** [http://luminarynyc.
files.wordpress.com/2010/05/withnail.jpg Withnail's grimace]] complete with a pork pie trying to escape from his mouth was completely accidental.accidental.
** In the tearoom scene, Creator/RichardEGrant breaks out laughing. This wasn't scripted, but every time he spoke, he could hear the snorting of the dogs belonging to the old ladies at the table behind. He thought that this was someone laughing and kept {{Corpsing}}. After too many re-takes, the director gave up and kept the laughter in.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/DanielDayLewis was offered but declined the role of Withnail. Among the other actors who tested for it were Creator/KennethBranagh, Creator/KennethBranagh and Edward Tudor-Pole.
** The film's original ending had Withnail drinking wine from the shotgun before killing himself with it.
12th Apr '16 1:06:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Marwood is the [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]]! Or is it [[Series/{{Hornblower}} Hornblower]]'s First Lieutenant, Mr Bush?
** Withnail is the Doctor as well, although in an alternate timeline.
** Daragh O'Malley of ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'' is the Irish guy in the pub at the beginning.
** Uncle Monty is also ''Film/HarryPotter''[='=]s Uncle Vernon and Dr. Meinheimer from the second ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie.
** Danny the drug dealer [[Film/WaynesWorld once had to beat a shopkeeper and his son to death with their own shoes.]]
19th Mar '16 9:00:08 PM Ilshan
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** Uncle Monty is also ''Film/HarryPotter''[='=]s Uncle Vernon.

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** Uncle Monty is also ''Film/HarryPotter''[='=]s Uncle Vernon.Vernon and Dr. Meinheimer from the second ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie.
12th Mar '16 3:05:40 PM Ilshan
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** Danny the drug dealer [[Film/WaynesWorld once had to beat a shopkeeper and his son to death with their own shoes.]]
12th Feb '16 5:49:12 AM Solle
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* Both the stars have subsequently played the title character of ''Series/DoctorWho'': Creator/PaulMcGann played the Eighth Doctor, and Creator/RichardEGrant the non-canonical Ninth Doctor from the animated serial ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka''. It's also worth mentioning that Richard E. Grant also played the Doctor in the non-canon comedy special ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath''. Much later, Richard E. Grant eventually appears within the Eleventh Doctor's tenure as Dr. Simeon / The Great Intelligence. Finally, according to later interviews by Andrew Cartmel, had ''Doctor Who'' not been cancelled after the 1989 season, the film's third major actor, Richard Griffiths, would have been offered the part of the Eighth Doctor (after having previously been considered for the part of the Seventh).

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* Both the stars have subsequently played the title character of ''Series/DoctorWho'': Creator/PaulMcGann played the Eighth Doctor, and Creator/RichardEGrant the non-canonical alternate-timeline Ninth Doctor from the animated serial ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka''. It's also worth mentioning that Richard E. Grant also played the Doctor in the non-canon comedy special ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath''. Much later, Richard E. Grant eventually appears within the Eleventh Doctor's tenure as Dr. Simeon / The Great Intelligence. Finally, according to later interviews by Andrew Cartmel, had ''Doctor Who'' not been cancelled after the 1989 season, the film's third major actor, Richard Griffiths, would have been offered the part of the Eighth Doctor (after having previously been considered for the part of the Fifth and Seventh).



** A ''very'' famous version is for the audience to match Withnail drink-for-drink over the course of the film. This means nine and a half glasses of red wine, half a pint of cider, one shot of lighter fluid (contestants are generally allowed to substitute another clear spirit, or vinegar), two and a half shots of gin, six glasses of sherry, thirteen glasses of whisky and half a pint of ale, and one Camberwell Carrot[[note]]A doobie, though, as we would never encourage illegal drug use (unless you live in Colorado), a cigarette is a common substitute[[/note]]. And a hangover the size of Norway, or probably death from alcohol poisoning. It is incredibly difficult to progress far beyond the whiskey Withnail drinks late in the First Act before either violent vomiting, unconsciousness, or sleep kicks in. This is probably a good thing, as the reference to alcohol poisoning was not a joke. The entire shebang amounts to roughly ''58'' units of alcohol, which is ''fourteen times'' the maximum recommended daily intake, just under twice the typical lethal dose for an adult male, and three times the weekly intake levels set by the UK Health Board. The film's running time is 107 minutes...[[note]]A wiser version is to pour a single glass of each of Withnail's drinks, plus vinegar, plus cigarette, and take a ''sip'' when he drinks.[[/note]]

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** A ''very'' famous version is for the audience to match Withnail drink-for-drink over the course of the film. This means nine and a half glasses of red wine, half a pint of cider, one shot of lighter fluid (contestants are generally allowed to substitute another clear spirit, or vinegar), two and a half shots of gin, six glasses of sherry, thirteen glasses of whisky and half a pint of ale, and one Camberwell Carrot[[note]]A doobie, though, Carrot (A doobie. Though, as we would never encourage illegal drug use (unless you live in Colorado), use, a cigarette is a common substitute[[/note]].substitute). And a hangover the size of Norway, or probably death from alcohol poisoning. It is incredibly difficult to progress far beyond the whiskey Withnail drinks late in the First Act before either violent vomiting, unconsciousness, or sleep kicks in. This is probably a good thing, as the reference to alcohol poisoning was not a joke. The entire shebang amounts to roughly ''58'' units of alcohol, which is ''fourteen times'' the maximum recommended daily intake, just under twice the typical lethal dose for an adult male, and three times the weekly intake levels set by the UK Health Board. The film's running time is 107 minutes...[[note]]A wiser version is to pour a single glass of each of Withnail's drinks, plus vinegar, plus cigarette, and take a ''sip'' when he drinks.[[/note]]



** Withnail is the Doctor as well, although not officially.

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** Withnail is the Doctor as well, although not officially.in an alternate timeline.



* IronyAsSheIsCast: Richard E. Grant is physically incapable of drinking alcohol, due to his body not producing a certain enzyme that forces him to throw any up minutes later.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Richard E. Grant is physically incapable of drinking alcohol, due to his body not producing a certain enzyme that enzyme, which forces him to throw any alcohol up minutes later.
10th Jan '16 10:25:52 PM mlsmithca
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* Paul [=McGann=]'s character is not named in the film, although the script gives his surname as "Marwood". There is LadyMondegreen {{fanon}} that his first name is "Peter", as many fans have independently and distinctly misheard, "He's just had an audition for rep," as "Peter's just had an audition for rep." The name has somewhat become AscendedFanon according to the actors and directors involved. Withnail is not named either, but was widely assumed to have the first name of the person he was based on, Vivian Mc Kerrel, and his first name has been stated to by "Vyvyan" by Grant on twitter.

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* Paul [=McGann=]'s character is not named in the film, although the script gives his surname as "Marwood". There is LadyMondegreen {{fanon}} that his first name is "Peter", as many fans have independently and distinctly misheard, "He's just had an audition for rep," as "Peter's just had an audition for rep." The name has somewhat become AscendedFanon according to the actors and directors involved. Withnail is not named either, but was widely assumed to have the first name of the person he was based on, Vivian Mc Kerrel, [=McKerrell=], and his first name has been stated to by be "Vyvyan" by Grant on twitter.Twitter.
19th Dec '15 2:18:10 PM malifee
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* Paul [=McGann=]'s character is not named in the film, although the script gives his surname as "Marwood". There is LadyMondegreen {{fanon}} that his first name is "Peter", as many fans have independently and distinctly misheard, "He's just had an audition for rep," as "Peter's just had an audition for rep."

to:

* Paul [=McGann=]'s character is not named in the film, although the script gives his surname as "Marwood". There is LadyMondegreen {{fanon}} that his first name is "Peter", as many fans have independently and distinctly misheard, "He's just had an audition for rep," as "Peter's just had an audition for rep."
" The name has somewhat become AscendedFanon according to the actors and directors involved. Withnail is not named either, but was widely assumed to have the first name of the person he was based on, Vivian Mc Kerrel, and his first name has been stated to by "Vyvyan" by Grant on twitter.
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