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Oregon Trivia: Oregon Movies

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Source Note

Most of the following information is derived from the Internet Movie Database. The Oregon Blue Book does not attempt to verify the accuracy of this information.


  River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves Raft on Rogue River Tommy Lee Jones James Caan
  Many cast members of the film "My Own Private Idaho" moved into director Gus Van Sant's large old house in Portland during filming. They apparently caused such a disturbance that Van Sant eventually had to move out of his own house and stay with a friend in order to get some sleep. An exhausted Meryl Streep balked when the director of "The River Wild" asked her to shoot one more scene before filming ended for the day, yet tried it anyway. Swept off her raft on the Rogue River, she had to be rescued. Her words to the director: "In the future, when I say I can't do something, I think we should believe me." The ill-fated Tommy Lee Jones movie "The Hunted" was filmed in Portland because the script called for rain. Of course, just when they needed it, there was no rain during the movie's weeks of filming. Meanwhile, co-star Benicio Del Toro broke his wrist, halting filming for four months. The lead role of McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was offered to James Caan (above), Marlon Brando, and Gene Hackman before Jack Nicholson. Colleen Dewhurst, Geraldine Page, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, and Angela Lansbury were offered the role of Nurse Ratched before Louise Fletcher.
  Chevy Chase Cast of The Goonies Luke Perry Kiefer Sutherland
  Chevy Chase (above), Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd all turned down roles in the film "Animal House" due to prior commitments. Singer and actor Meat Loaf was the second choice for Bluto in case John Belushi dropped out of his role. Steven Spielberg, who produced the movie "The Goonies," also directed at least one scene in it. The pirate ship shown was real. All the shots were filmed in the ship, not on separate stages. The film was made around Astoria. Luke Perry (above) and Stephen Baldwin learned how to ride bulls and performed some of their own stunts in the 1994 film "8 Seconds" about the rodeo life. The movie was partly filmed around Pendleton. To keep in character while off-camera during the filming of "Stand By Me," actor Kiefer Sutherland often picked on younger co-stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell. Filming was around Brownsville, Eugene, and Cottage Grove.
  Mel Blanc Michael Moore Mariel Hemmingway Denzel Washington
  Raised in Portland, Mel Blanc had his own show on KGW radio before his Hollywood career took off during the golden age of cartoons and radio. Blanc's voice as Bugs Bunny and other Warner Brothers characters has been loved by generations of kids at the movies and on TV and DVD. The politically charged Michael Moore film "Fahrenheit 911" drew the ire of Ray Bradbury, the author of the novel "Fahrenheit 451," who objected to the use of the name. The movie was partly filmed around Florence and became the first documentary in history to debut at number one at the box office. Sound engineers in post production of the film "Personal Best" were unable to capture the right sound to simulate a runner's foot hitting the track during a race. They finally succeeded by hitting the floor of the sound booth with bundles of audio tape. The movie was filmed around Eugene. The lead role in the film "Pay it Forward" was originally offered to Denzel Washington, since in the book the teacher is a black man named Reuben St.Clair. When Washington couldn't take the part, Kevin Spacey signed on and the character was changed to a white man named Eugene Simonet. The movie was partly filmed in Portland.


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