the true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist. film adaptation of street tough jim carroll’s epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
biography / crime / drama director: scott kalvert 1995
leonardo dicaprio as jim carroll mark wahlberg as mickey lorraine bracco as jim’s mother james madio as pedro ernie hudson as reggie bruno kirby as swifty juliette lewis as diane moody
- after being nominated for an oscar for running on empty (1988), mtv asked river phoenix what he wanted to do next. he responded by pulling out a beat up paperback of “the basketball diaries” and stated “i wanted to play jim carroll.” later, the los angeles times declared, “river phoenix may have wanted it too much.” leonardo dicaprio was a fan of phoenix’s. - many links to the sopranos - lorraine bracco (dr melfi) plays jim’s mom. michael imperioli (christopher moltisanti) plays the friend who dies of leukemia. vincent pastore (big pussy) is the guy that gets spat on whilst on the ferry. - stephen lang was offered the role of jim’s basketball coach named swifty in the script. lang declined citing the misrepresentation of the book in the script. the part was subsequently toned down as a result.
the wilhelm scream is a film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film distant drums. the effect gained new popularity, its use often becoming an in-joke, after it was used in star wars and many other blockbuster films as well as television programs and video games. the scream is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion. the sound is named for private wilhelm, a character in the charge at feather river, a 1953 western in which the character is shot with an arrow. this was believed to be the third movie to use the sound effect and its first use from the warner brothers stock sound library.
four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.
director, producer, cinematographer and editor: stanley kubrick war / drama 1953
- kubrick’s 1st feature film. - an original copy of the film was discovered at the puerto rican film laboratory. - stanley kubrick got his uncle, a pharmacist, to put up most of the money to finance this film. - kubrick later denounced this film as amateurish, saying he considered it like a child’s drawing on a fridge. - stanley kubrick’s father cashed in his life insurance policy to help finance the film. - stanley kubrick disowned the film soon after it’s release and wanted to make sure it was never seen again by not re-releasing the print. what he didn’t know was that kodak when making the print had a policy of making an extra print for their archives. it is this one that survives and where the dvd-r and vhs bootleg prints come from.
the boxer: trained for 18 months with former world champion barry mcguigan who later said that day lewis could have easily been a professional afterward.
the crucible: etched actual tattoos onto his own body.
gangs of new york: in preparation for his role as bill the butcher, daniel day lewis actually took up an apprenticeship as a butcher; he would sharpen his knives during breaks in filming. he was also diagnosed with pneumonia on set, after continuously refusing to wear warmer modern coats as they ‘wouldn’t have existed in the 19th century’. (he also fell out with co-stars liam neeson due to the fact that he refused to not call him by his characters name he also refused to acknowledge leonardo dicaprio who broke his nose on film.)
my left foot: during filming as paralytic christie brown, lewis refused to leave his wheelchair between scenes, so he could truly experience the problems associated with the condition. his constant refusal to break from character also earned him 2 broken ribs, from his continually hunched position in the wheelchair. he somehow sat still so hard that he broke his own ribs, and still didn’t move. (he made the crew wheel him around and feed him).
last of the mohicans: lived in the wild for 6 months, surviving only on necessities. no word if he ate a mountain lion whole and took a grizzly bear as his “woods wife,” so we are forced to assume he did.
in the name of the father: for the part of a prisoner, lewis lived in solitary confinement at an abandoned prison. the only reason he was not dragged away by the furious ghosts of long dead prisoners was the vast weight of his balls rooting him to the spot.
there will be blood: he made co-star paul dano feel uncomfortable around him because day-lewis threw actual bowling balls at him during there will be blood. (and dano wasn’t even the first actor to play the priest in that movie; the original quit because day-lewis was too crazy.)