The reason Sherlock Holmes adaptations portray him as cold and unemotional is because later stories where he has empathy and warmth are owned by the Conan Doyle Estate. They will sue if a depiction of Holmes uses character traits that they own the rights to. intellectualpropertymagaz…
Ghostbusters actor Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore, auditioned as the voice for the same character in the animated series but was rejected because they didn't think he sounded enough like Winston from the movie. cbr.com/tv-legends-reveal…
Seinfeld was assigned to an inexperienced NBC executive and intentionally broke many sitcom stereotypes: Jerry and Elaine's relationship never blossomed, it offers no growth or reconciliation to its characters, and even Susan's death elicits no genuine emotions from anybody in the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan played the same character on the All My Children soap opera. Jordan landed the role of Reggie Porter after Boseman was fired from it for Refusing to Play a Racial Stereotype indiewire.com/2019/01/cha…
In 2007 a Chinese company sold a sofa model with an inappropriate label after their translation software translated the Chinese characters for "dark brown" as "n***er brown". thestar.com/news/2007/04/…
Dozens of Adam Sandler movies are connected by a web of characters and obscure references. Someone coined it the Sandlerverse. cinemablend.com/new/Some-…
The "Soup Nazi" character in Seinfeld was based on soup vendor Ali Yeganeh. He banned Jerry when he tried to eat there after the episode had aired, shouting "No soup for you!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Voicing Homer Simpson was Dan Castellaneta's second role in any professional production. He has portrayed the character continuously for 33 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Admiral Ackbar was voted by students to be the Ole Miss Rebel's mascot. Lucasfilm declined to allow the characters use for the role stating he would have trouble finding time to attend games as he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
Before lending his song In Your Eyes to the film Say Anything, Peter Gabriel asked to see the movie. He was sent a copy, and Gabriel approved the use of his song, but said he was uneasy about the main character’s overdose at the end; the studio had mistakenly sent him the film Wired instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Jim Henson's puppeteers sometimes didn't break character during bloopers youtu.be/GduZhqftUn8
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Super Mario Bros franchise, considers the characters to be actors playing different roles in each game, hence why Bowser will be kidnapping the princess in one appearance and playing sports with Mario in another. gameinformer.com/b/featur…
The character of Ian Malcolm in "Jurassic Park" was nearly written out of the script. The writers planned to combine him with the character of Dr. Grant, but Jeff Goldblum wanted to be in a Steven Spielberg movie and asked Spielberg to keep the character. youtube.com/watch?v=py9lr…
Tomb Raider was initially going to give players the choice of playing either a male or female protagonist. Lara Croft creator, Toby Gard, decided to scrap the male option after realizing having two player characters doubled the amount of work required for the cut-scenes and also preferred Lara. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The Japanese word for β€œbrown” is θŒΆθ‰² (cha-iro). The first character means β€œtea”, and the second one means β€œcolour”. Thus, literally translated, it means β€œtea colour”. japandict.com/%E8%8C%B6%E…
Avatar: The Last Airbender won a Peabody Award for β€œmulti-dimensional characters, unusually complicated personal relationships for a cartoon serial, and a healthy respect for the consequences of warfare” peabodyawards.com/award-p…
Today I learned about the Cassandra, a Greek mythology character, who could accurately predict the future but was cursed so that no one would believe her. fictionphile.com/cassandr…
When choosing the name for a Chinese baby, families often follow a "generation name" to pick one of the characters in the name. Such poem is written in advance, and can predetermine the names of thirty-two or more generations, such that after hundreds of years the names spell out the poem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The character who played Elaine's father on Seinfeld, Alton Benis, was meant to have a recurring role, but the staff became scared of the actor after he stole a butcher's knife from the set. When confronted, he pretended to stab seinfeld with the knife and was not asked to return en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
J.K. Rowling wrote a real person into The Goblet of Fire. The girl was named Natalie McDonald, a Harry Potter fan who was dying of leukaemia while Rowling was still writing the book. You see her character as a first-year who dons the sorting hat and is sorted into Gryffindor. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The fictional characters Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) and Sherman McCoy (The Bonfire of the Vanities) are both employees of the same fictional company - investment firm Pierce and Pierce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
In Chinese/East Asian culture, the Tiger - not the Lion- is considered the King of all Animals. This is so because it is the biggest land-predator in East Asia, and- more importantly- the markings on its forehead resemble the Chinese character for King/Monarch: "ηŽ‹." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
The word with the most meanings in English is the verb 'set', with 430 senses listed in the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1989. The word commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Because the USA is unlikely to extend its copyright term again, Disney has been extensively using the "Steamboat Willie" Mickey Mouse in its marketing to keep the character indefinitely protected under trademark law instead lucentem.com/2018/12/05/d…
The actor that played Creed Bratton in the Office was named Creed Bratton. Additionally, his birth name was William Charles Schneider, the character's alternative name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
"Maris," the famous unseen character on the sitcom Frasier, was originally only going to off camera for a few episodes, but the increasing absurdity in which she was described forced the show into a box; they couldn't find an actress to meet the character's odd physical description. yahoo.com/entertainment/w…
The movie Die Hard was based on a book "Nothing Lasts Forever" where the main character is depicted as a disturbed hero from his Second World War fighter pilot days, and it is hinted that if he never got involved, fewer people might have been killed. At the end, he likely dies from his wounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
After the famous "More Cowbell" SNL sketch with Christopher Walken ended with "RIP Gene Frenkel" on the screen (underneath Will Ferrell's character), fans have often expressed their sympathies to Blue Γ–yster Cult over his death, believing the fictional cowbell-shredding artist was real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I Learned that Veggietales wasn't originally going to have vegetables as the characters. Phill Vischer simply needed character models that were easy to animate in the early days of computer animation. Vegetables didn’t require animating arms, legs, or hair like humans or animals would. factsandtrends.net/2018/1…
A major plot device in Romeo and Juliet involves a character being unable to deliver a letter due to being stuck in quarantine slate.com/culture/2020/03…
They originally conceived Beavis and Butt-head Do America as a live action movie, with David Spade and Adam Sandler in mind to play the title characters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Beavis…
Since comics were banned on the set of X-Men by Bryan Singer, Kevin Feige (a mere associate producer at the time) would slip Hugh Jackman some of his favorite Wolverine comics to help him learn more about the character slashfilm.com/no-comics-o…
A "bottle episode" in TV, in which characters sit around and talk for an entire episode, was created to save money and/or time, as in "we pulled that episode out of a bottle like a genie." Today it is revered, and shows like Seinfeld, Friends and Always Sunny have turned it into an art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
Ed O'Neill used to make birthday phone calls to fans of β€˜Married With Children’ in character, and in true Al Bundy nature, he only called them collect. eonline.com/news/717462/1…
The person who sung the song 'Santa Baby' was also the person who voiced the character Yzma from 'The Emperor's New Groove' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Uranus is named after a Greek god, while the other planets are Roman (excluding Earth). Also, Uranus’ moons are named after characters of Shakespeare and Pope, while the other moons (except for ours) get their names from Greek/Roman myths, mostly from those about their representative god. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
In 1981 Miyamoto created the characters Mario, Peach, and Donkey Kong because of problems securing rights for Popeye, Olice Oyl, and Bluto. stuff.tv/my/features/fun-…
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has a directors cut where all 12 additional minutes are Alan Rickman's character being extra weird and it changes the tone of the movie. filmstories.co.uk/feature…
Kool-aid man is technically a marvel character. screenrant.com/marvel-her…
Rock paper scissors is a game that goes back 2000 years to ancient Han China. The game spread throughout Asia with various characters, often animals, replacing the desk supplies we know today. In a version, a village chief is beaten by a fox, who is beaten by a hunter, who is beaten by the chief wrpsa.com/the-official-hi…
Mel Brooks offered the role of Waco Kid (Gene Wilder's character) in Blazing Saddles to John Wayne. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Michael Dorn has more on-screen appearances playing the same character (Worf) than any other actor in the Star Trek franchise: 282 episodes and four movies screenrant.com/star-trek-…
β€œFrasier” was going to be based in Denver. Far from Boston to prevent NBC from demanding that other characters from Cheers make guest appearances on the new show during its first season. After first choosing Denver, the producers ultimately chose Seattle as the setting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about the Odagiri effect. A media phenomenon in which a work attracts a larger than expected audience of women because it features attractive male characters or actors. It's named after Japanese actor/singer Joe Odagiri who starred in the Japanese tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Kuuga. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oda…
William Shakespeare wrote a play based on an incident in Miguel de Cervantes's 'Don Quixote'. The text is now lost, but there are two plays by later authors suspected of being reworked versions of Shakespeare's original text with the names of the characters changed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 'G' on Speed Racer's shirt stands for "Go", his name in the original manga and the 'M' on the hood of the Mach 5 stands for "Mifune Motors." The name of the series, Mach GoGoGo has a triple meaning: "Mahha-gō" is the name of the car; the main character is Gō Mifune; and the English word "Go" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
When WB executives demanded "Pinky And The Brain" writers to add a new character, they created the episode "Pinky & the Brain...and Larry" in spite of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Shrek was originally given a thick Canadian accent by actor Mike Meyers. However, after animation had begun and the dialogue almost finished, Meyers decided the character would be better portrayed with a Scottish accent. The film had to be re-animated and cost over $4 million cbr.com/movie-legends-rev…
Grey Worm from Game Of Thrones(Jacob Anderson) is a musician that goes by the alias Raleigh Ritchie (named after his favourite characters from The Royal Tenenbaums) youtube.com/channel/UCQdD…
The character Machete, as played by Danny Trejo from the B-movie of the same name and the then-fake trailer attached to the Grindhouse (2007) double feature, is in fact the exact same character that debuted (also played by Danny Treijo) in Spy Kids (2001). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned about Vaslav Nijinsky – who has been cited as the greatest dancer of the 20th century. He was a controversial character in Russia who pushed the boundaries of what was permissible in ballet, including references to homosexuality and masturbation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
Walt Disney based movements of Mickey Mouse and of animatronic characters in Disneyland rides on the captured dancing and walking of Buddy Ebsen, later TV's Jed Clampett and Barnaby Jones. metv.com/stories/mickey-m…
In Chinese/Peking Opera, a character wearing armor with flags on his/her back was meant to represent a general leading an army. Two such characters fighting on stage meant that a battle between two armies was taking place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pek…
The character of Captain Ron, played by Kurt Russell, in the 1992 comedy of the same name was based off a real Captain Ron and trip the screenplay writer took with his family from Florida to Texas in 1969. sailmagazine.com/cruising…
The Tarzan Character Was Temporarily Removed From Disney Parks Because People Kept Pinching His Butt Cheeks lamag.com/longform/jacksp…
The made up design for a character in A Bugs Life was found on a real beetle 8 years later digitalcommons.unl.edu/cg…
Although he was a fictional character, the actual address of 221b Baker Street, London England has been turned into the Sherlock Holmes museum sherlock-holmes.co.uk/
Russian License Plates use Cyrillic Characters, but only the ones that look like Latin Characters. rbth.com/lifestyle/330068…
The guy who played Marvin in 'Pulp Fiction' (Phil LaMarr) is the voice actor for Hermes Conrad in 'Futurama', Ollie Williams in 'Family Guy', Green Lantern in 'Justice League' and over 250 other characters. greatbigstory.com/stories…
Larry Thomas, the actor who played the Soup Nazi on 'Seinfeld', auditioned in a military uniform in character. He was nominated for an Emmy for the role after paying the $100 application fee himself. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Today I learned of Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a massive-scale virtual battle fought in the MMORPG space game EVE Online in January 2014 that involved 7,548 player characters and lasted for 21 hours resulting in losses of approximate real-currency value of $300,000 USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Voice actors in animation do several unusual things to better their performance in character roles, including putting ground coffee under their tongue, speaking behind a pencil and lots of gesticulating. insider.com/how-celebriti…
In 1987 Glad-Lock Bags financed a theatrically released movie called "Million Dollar Mystery", where the audience was handed a coupon outside the theater, and the movie had a tie in with their promotion, even having the character directly talk to the audience at the end about the promotion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The writer, Harlan Ellison, got fired on his first day working at Disney Studios when Roy Disney overheard him joke about making a porno movie with Disney characters. He also sued and got credit for The Terminator film, and groped the host while getting an award at the Hugo Awards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A Banana Splits movie was released in 2019; but instead of being for kids, the story involves the titular characters going on a murderous rampage in the studio upon finding out that their show has been cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Toshiro Mifune was originally offered the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi & Darth Vader. According to his daughter Mika, he refused because he was "concerned about how the film would look and that it would cheapen the image of samurai, on which Lucas had based a lot of the character and fighting style." movieweb.com/star-wars-ob…
Today I learned of Botrytized Wines, known for their sweetness. They gain the character from being made from moldy grapes infected by a specific fungus. The rotten skin increase water evaporation and highetens the sugar concentration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
The character of Tom Hanks in The Terminal(2004) was inspired by the real life of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian national who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport from 26 August 1988 until July 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meh…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…
Robert Downey Jr. provided his DVD commentary in Tropic Thunder as Lincoln Osiris, a nod to a joke in the film that Lazarus never breaks character until he completes the DVD commentary wikipedia.org/Tropic_Thun…
The Kool-Aid man is an official Marvel character mycomicshop.com/search?TI…
Dr. Seuss' widow disliked 'The Cat in the Hat' (2003) so much that she banned Hollywood from making Live Action movies of Seuss characters. today.com/popculture/seus…
JK Rowling told Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe that "you and Rupert and Emma are all too good looking" for their roles because she imagined her characters to be geeky looking hypable.com/j-k-rowling-t…
One of the most popular characters in the Attack On Titan anime, Levi, was not in the live action remake because the name was too difficult to write in Japanese kotaku.com/why-attack-on-…
In 1984, Burger King ran an ad campaign with a character called β€œMister Rodney” touting its superior cooking over McDonald’s. The campaign was stopped after Mister Rogers himself called Burger King’s vice president, who had the commercial taken off the air. neighborhoodarchive.com/m…
The band Radiohead was indirectly named after character actor Stephen Tobolowky stereogum.com/1804981/rad…
The man behind SNL's "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" during the 1980s and 1990s, Jack Handey, is an actual person, and not a pen name or character texasmonthly.com/the-cult…
Iwao Takamoto, the Japanese-American animator and designer behind cartoons such as Scooby-Doo, Penelope Pitstop and several Disney characters, learned his skills as a teenage prisoner in the Manzanar internment camp, which held over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. illustrationhistory.org/a…
Today I learned about Danny the Street, a comic book character written by Grant Morrison. It is a genderqueer, sentient street that was a member of Doom Patrol and the Teen Titans. cbr.com/doom-patrol-danny…
Tom Selleck, the actor who played the lead character in Magnum P.I., turned down an offer by George Lucas to play Indiana Jones. He turned down the offer and the role went to Harrison Ford instead. Selleck has said he hasn't regretted his decision. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
For the film Cape Fear, Robert De Niro reportedly took his body fat down to 4%. De Niro also paid a doctor $5,000 to grind down his teeth for the role to give the character 'Max Cady' a more menacing look, later paying $20,000 to have his teeth restored after the film production was over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Roger Waters all have declared that John Prine is among their all time favorite song writers. Cash said he listens to Prime when he wants to get into a song writing mood, and Dylan claimed no one could write true to life characters like Prine could. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
C3PO and R2D2 aren't just Star Wars charactersβ€”they're different types of proteins involved in RNAi! pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The character β€˜Jimmy Neutron’ was voiced by a woman. poststar.com/lifestyles/s…
Pope Urban VIII read Galileo's work on physics "Dialogues on the Two Chief World Systems" and was angered by it because he felt that Galileo wrote the character Simplicio (a less-intelligent "scholar") as a cariacture of himself web.pdx.edu/~egertonr/ph3…
The original character of Bungle on the 80’s children’s tv show Rainbow was absolutely terrifying. ITV had to change the characters costume due to many complaints from terrified parents and children. youtu.be/twHe4gSvh74
The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate was extorting $5K license fees to use the characters of Holmes and Watson, despite their origins being public domain. Author and attorney Leslie Klinger sued the Estate and won, with the courts ruling all pre-1923 aspects of Holmes to be public domain and fair use. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Many enemies in the Dark Souls games were inspired by the manga Berserk. Upon an interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki, many characters and mobs, like Siegmayer and Artorias, were heavily inspired upon in both art style and fighting style, by their Berserk inspirations, Bazuso and Guts himself. knowll.com/e/123/complete…
Two species of African spider are named after the film and main character of the Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges): Anelosimus biglebowski and Anelosimus dude en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Benicio Del Toro was originally chosen to play Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace but backed out when George Lucas cut most of the characters lines cbr.com/star-wars-darth-m…
Dr. Seuss was a painter. In addition to being a beloved author by many he also had some paintings. They were released after his death. The paintings are in varying styles but kept the seussian characters and constructs. These paintings can evoke strong emotions and can be thought provoking. theguardian.com/books/gal…
Steve Schirippa who played Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos had to wear a fat suit for the first two seasons because he was not that fat at the time but the script included a lot of fat jokes about his character. uk.news.yahoo.com/news/sc…
In 2000 movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks' character was stranded on a fictitious island south of Cook Island [which doesn't exist]. The shooting of film took place in Monuriki Island, Fiji. It's an uninhabited island like the island depicted in Cast Away but accessible by people in neighbor islands. theexpeditioner.com/wordp…
”Days of our lives” is one of the longest running soap operas, spanning over seven decades of regular screenings with almost 14k episodes (and counting). Some actors have appeared as different characters and some who died in real life still appear years later in flashbacks with unused footage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
Today I learned of Roger Carel, a actor and voice actor from France, who dubbed many iconic American characters from America into french for their audiences, including C-3PO, Winnie The Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Yogi Bear, ALF, Kermit The Frog and more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
Most sitcoms two-storey houses will have two staircases going upstairs usually in the living room and in the kitchen. This is meant to provide additional entry and exit points which helps with staging for the characters. Some examples I know: 8 simple rules, Grounded for life and That 70s show. branchedesign.com/blog/20…
Tom Holland, who played the eponymous character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, actually attended The Bronx High School of Science, which Peter Parker's school was based on, for a few days to prepare for his role as Spider-Man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The Thousand Character Classic is a poem that has a thousand Chinese characters, each used exactly once, and rhymes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about Japan's first Super Hero: Golden Bat. A character predating Superman, that is still referenced in today's shows like Steven Universe, and has left an indelible mark on Super Hero culture since his inception youtu.be/6ExePeYkGwA

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