January 1, 2015

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
Honore de Balzac

"Women weaken legs!"
— Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), Rocky (1976)

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
Alfred Hitchcock

Air Force One (1997) (part 1 of 7)
  • Initially director Wolfgang Petersen was denied access to the real-life Air Force One. A telephone call from Harrison Ford to the White House soon changed that.
  • Harrison Ford told Gary Oldman to actually hit him during the filming of the fight scenes.
  • Gary Oldman's (Ivan Korshunov) chilling performance earned him the nickname "Scary Gary" during production, however he did not stay in character between the scenes. Director Wolfgang Peterson called the filming experience 'Air Force Fun' because of how comedic and genial Oldman would be off-screen. He also said that Oldman would suddenly return to the menacing film persona like a shot. Harrison Ford has since named Oldman as his favorite on-screen nemesis.
  • One day during filming, two F/A-18 fighters appeared and radioed in a surprised report that the plane they'd been asked to identify was Air Force One and there were bullet holes in it. (They were actually decals). The air traffic control center in Los Angeles knew about the filming and was able to set them straight.
  • The lead role was written for Kevin Costner, but he was heavily committed to The Postman (1997), and suggested Harrison Ford for the part.

  • Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
    Albert Einstein

  • "To whinge" is Australian slang for "to complain constantly."
  • "Turnip" used to be a U.S. slang expression for a pocket watch.
  • "Romanji" is a system of writing Japanese using the Latin alphabet.

  • “What has to be taken before you can get it?”

    Top Ten Amish Spring Break Activities
    6. Blow past the Dairy Queen on a really smokin' Clydesdale

    "What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose."

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