Johnny Depp was nearly "horrifically mangled" by a horse while filming The Lone Ranger. The 49-year-old heartthrob plays Native American warrior Tonto in the new Disney western and had an "unpleasant" moment when he fell off his steed, causing him to almost be crushed by the "death machine" of an animal.
Speaking on The Late Show With David Letterman, Johnny said:
"There was one moment in particular where it got unpleasant. We'd been running [the horses] all day and they weren't really interested in slowing down, at all. My horse that I was on decided to jump a couple of these little obstacles. The horse was unaware that the saddle I was wearing to sit on top of it was sort of jerry-rigged, kind of faked. When we came down, the saddle slipped and I went to the left and [lost] the reins, somehow I had the wherewithal to grab his mane - all very calm for some reason, I figured fear would kick in, but it didn't. I saw in front of my eyes these very muscular horse legs and the striations of muscles moving, this kind of death machine. One word popped into my head - hooves! You know? Hooves. In any case, mind the hooves."
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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:
Jake Gyllenhaal: The Jarhead star may be prepping to play another military man in Source Code, a sci-fi thriller. The movie, which will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), centers on a soldier who wakes up as a commuter on a train. The passenger is forced to relive the experience again and again until the mystery behind a bombing is determined. Shooting should start in early 2010.
Ewan McGregor had a magical connection with the goat who starred in his latest movie. The Scottish actor had to work alongside the animal in upcoming film The Men Who Stare Goats and admits they became very close.
“There was a scene when George [Clooney] and I are lost, and we are sleeping in the desert. I am supposed to be awakened when a goat with a little bell walks by. I follow the goat and it leads us to water. It saves our lives. We did the first take and the goat just ran through,” Ewan said. “But in the second take, the goat looked at me and it stopped perfectly in the frame. It stood there looking at me for almost 30 seconds. I looked at the goat and the goat looked at me, then it was almost as if he nodded and just carried on. It was absolutely perfect.”
Ewan is not the only star of the movie to have praised the goat. George recently joked he wanted the Velvet Goldmine star to take acting lessons from the goat because it was more talented. “I’m now working with goats, we spent a lot of time together. The goat I had to stare out was a great actor - if you told him to do something he would. Now if I only I had got Ewan to take lessons from him we’d be onto a winner!” he quipped. “But although they were good, I don’t think I want to be working with animals again in the near future!”
The Men Who Stare at Goats opens Friday, November 6.
After watching the trailer for Marley & Me, I’ve determined this movie’s potential pluses are the same as this adaptation’s possible minuses.
- Jennifer Aniston: Although people are still fascinated by her personal life, they’ve seemed ho-hum lately about her film career.
- Owen Wilson: His past successes have been overshadowed by recent flops (The Darjeeling Limited, Drillbit Taylor).
- Marley: While I would normally feel pessimistic about any animal movie, how could anyone possibly explain Beverly Hills Chihuahua?
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Question: When is being the #1 movie just not enough? (Hint: You have three chances to answer this question correctly).
- When the critics don’t really have anything good to say about you
- When you made less than 1/2 of what your predecessor did on opening weekend
- When it cost over $175 million just to create you
Apparently having God on your side doesn’t guarantee you heavenly box office numbers. Evan Almighty, the follow-up to 2003’s Bruce Almighty, failed to bring in a large congregation this past weekend. Although it did better than the rest of the flock, it’s $32 million take paled in comparison to Bruce’s $68 million opening. And then there’s that glaring $175 million bill…
Of course, we shouldn’t feel so badly about Steve Carell’s career. I have a feeling that God is providing for him in other ways.
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