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I decided after taking some time away that I enjoyed the concept of a trivia article but decided to make it weekly. I also decided that it would fit a theme. It would either be one I pick or one related to something in the news. I hope that the picture was enough of a clue. Today’s topic is related to the sadly recently departed David Bowie and Alan Rickman.


#1 David Bowie was not the first pop star considered for the role of Jareth,

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Since this is a RobGronkowski’sPartyEtc trivia post, we need a funny name for Wikipedia. Let’s see what The Wiki That Should Never Wear Leather Pants And A Mullet says.

The character of Jareth also underwent some significant developments during the early stages of pre-production. According to Henson he was originally meant to be another puppet creature in the same vein as his goblin subjects.[8] Henson eventually decided he wanted a big, charismatic star to the play the Goblin King, and decided to pursue a musician for the role. Sting, Prince, Mick Jagger, and Michael Jackson were considered for the part; however, it was ultimately decided that David Bowie would be the most suitable choice.[18]

I found a Vox.com article that says the same thing. YAY FOR PROPERLY RESEARCHED FACTS.

I highly recommend checking out the Vox article. There are a lot of interesting behind the scenes tidbits on the making of Labyrinth and videos of the filming and of Bowie at Live Aid talking about the movie. I just can’t imagine another musician in that role, can you? It’s better it went to David.

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8. Pirani, Adam (August 1986). “Part Two: Into the Labyrinth with Jim Henson”. Starlog 10 (109): 44–48.

18. Des Saunders (director), Jim Henson (writer) (1986). Inside the Labyrinth(Televised Documentary). Los Angeles: Jim Henson Television.


#2 The role of Severus Snape was offered to Tim Roth who choose to take part in the 2001 Planet Of The Apes reboot.

Ok, first off, I think it’s fair to say that this was a really dumb decision.

With that out of the way, let’s look at The Wiki That Is Constnatly Writing “I Shall Not Tell Lies” On Its Arms.

Before Alan Rickman was offered the role of Severus Snape, the role was originally offered to Tim Roth,[55] who turned the role down in favour of portraying General Thade in Planet of the Apes.[56]

MTV did a story in 2007 about Tim being offered the part.

“They offered me Snape which is now ably being done by Alan,” Tim Roth confirmed, before explaining how he wound up doing Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” remake instead.

“I was going to do both films [“Potter” and “Planet of the Apes”]. We rigged it so that I could fly back and forth. They figured out the schedule but it just got to be overwhelming in my mind,” Roth confessed. “My kids really liked the books. They were really into me doing it, but the idea of being an ape with Tim was too good.”

Roth, of course, would be far more age appropriate for the character (although still a bit old) — much closer to Snape’s real age than the 61-year-old Rickman. But beyond that, how would Roth’s Snape have been different from Rickman’s? What changes would he have brought to the character?

“I would have made [Snape] a very different guy,” was all Roth would say. “But in the end I think it was the right decision since Alan’s had some success with the character.”

Instead the part went to Rickman and Tim Roth did this...

.....yeah.

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55. Shawn Adler (7 December 2007). “What Would “Potter” Have Been Like With Tim Roth As Snape?”. MTV. Retrieved 8 December 2007.

56. The Nerdist Podcast episode 776: “Tim Roth”. 23 December 2015.


#3 David Bowie played Nikola Tesla in the 2006 Christopher Nolan movie The Prestige.

I thought this was kind of cool. I was trying to find something for my third fact and found this while looking over Bowie’s filmogpgraphy. Here is what The Wiki That Thomas Edison Did Not Try To Take Credit For says...

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David Bowie as Nikola Tesla, the real-life inventor who creates a teleportation device for Angier. For the role of Nikola Tesla, Nolan wanted someone who was not necessarily a film star, but was “extraordinarily charismatic”. Nolan said that “David Bowie was really the only guy I had in mind to play Tesla because his function in the story is a small but very important role”.[3] Nolan contacted Bowie, who initially turned down the part. A lifelong fan, Nolan flew out to New York to pitch the role to Bowie in person, telling him no one else could possibly play the part;[9] Bowie accepted after a few minutes.[3]

IGN goes into further details.

For the inventor Nicola Tesla, Nolan looked to an iconic lifetime performer with a smattering of movie credits.

“David Bowie was really the only guy I had in mind to play Tesla because his function in the story is a small but very important role,” says the director. “He has to present an extraordinarily charismatic and noticeable presence in the film. I wanted somebody who wasn’t a movie star; somebody’s who’s charismatic and had this sort of star quality in a slightly different way, which I think is perfect for that.”

Bowie’s role in the film was secured in a matter of minutes. “I flew out to New York to meet him. I said, ‘I have to get you to do this because I don’t have anyone else in mind who can do it the way I can see it in the film.’ Luckily, he seemed to respond to that. He’s pretty clear on what he wants to do and doesn’t want to do.”

Here are some clips from the movie.

I have not seen this movie, but after seeing the first part of this video where Bowie walks through lightning like it’s a routine thing to do, I might have to check it out.

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3. Carle, Chris (October 12, 2006). “Casting The Prestige”. IGN.com. Retrieved March 5, 2007.

9. “Tricks of the Trade”. IrishTimes.com. November 10, 2006. Retrieved April 21,2008.


That’s three and I think that’s enough for today. I am going to make an effort to keep up with these and I think It will be easier now that I can work on them on my laptop while at work or while watching tv. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and will give your thoughts in the comments below.