Monday, February 08, 2010

Happy 69th, Nick.

Tip of the cap to Mr. Nolte on his 69th birthday. Frankly, we're shocked and pleased he's still with us. With a list of acting accomplishments both long AND distinguished, Nicholas King Nolte has survived turbulent times in tinsel town and carved out a stellar, if not spectacular, film career. And he's not finished yet - what with four more movies slated for release in 2010. While it was 48 Hrs. that put him on the star map (and was his biggest paydirt at $2 Million, a somewhat surprising statistic), it was his work in a little film called Affliction that was his best performance - although Penny Hardaway, Matt Nover and Shaquille O'Neal might think otherwise...

Some "facts" about Nick Nolte the G:TB staff thinks you should know/believe:
  • From Mark (long distance dedication to Geoff) - Voted People Magazine's 1992 Sexiest Man Alive

  • From Zoltan - Turned down the role of Indiana Jones because he didn't trust Spielberg (Nolte is the son of a German farmer)

  • From TR - Gained nearly 60 pounds for his role in Q&A

  • From TJ (with bonus nugget) - His father was a second team All-American at Iowa State in 1934. He was NOT Johnny Utah's FBI partner in Point Break - that was Gary Busey.

  • From Whitney - Was a raging alcoholic until 1990 when Kathrine Hepburn accused him of "falling down drunk in every gutter in town" , at which point he publicly vowed to "get clean"

  • From Dave - Was arrested in 2002 for DUI and possession of GHB aka the "Date Rape" drug.

  • From Rob - Was arrested in 1962 for selling fake draft cards.




23 comments:

Shlara said...

Is anyone watching Sports Center today? One of the bracket-buster analyst dudes is doing the "are they in or out" game. He's comparing UNC to Richmond. Under Richmond's record, the key loss is "William & Mary"

Did you EVER think you'd see that??

And, this dude put Richmond in, and UNC out.
The defending National Champs....

TR said...

Calling BS on the Indiana Jones nugget. I believe that Selleck was Spielberg's first pick and Harry Ford was his back-up.

Dan said...

i think alec baldwin was the first pick....recently heard that.

Mark said...

I heard Buster Poindexter was the first pick. Turned it down because he didn't want to work with any asians. A terrible bigot, that Buster Poindexter.

zoltan said...

I also heard that Magnum turned down the role of Indy. If Magnum were both Magnum and Indy he'd be even cooler than Han Solo.

rob said...

just got home from pittsburgh. how come nobody told me we got a fuckton of snow?

Mark said...

So it's officially a fuckton now? Wow, interesting. I had heard conflicting reports on whether or not the DC area would reach a fuckton.

mayhugh said...

Tom Selleck was interested in the role of Indy, but at the initiation of contract negotiations ABC (Network that owned Magnum) stepped in and cited his contract which prevented him from filming other projects while Magnum was shooting.

Gene Hackman was the original selection for the role of Hannibal Lector (with Meg Ryan playing Starrling).

Goldie Hawn and Merryl Streep were the original picks for Thelma and Louise.

Elvis turned down the role of Midnight Cowboy.

Al Pacino rewrote the script for First Blood in which he was slated to star as John Rambo before turning down the role (after which time Sly took it on and rewrote it).

They are now calling for 10-20" of snow starting Tuesday afternoon.

mayhugh said...

Oh, and Bill Murray was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne before Michael Keaton got it.

zoltan said...

I was slated to play Dirk Diggler but a conflict arose. Burt Reynolds also wanted the role when first approached to do the movie. He reluctantly accepted the Jack Horner role when he heard I got the part.

zoltan said...

And I think Roy Schneider turned down First Blood as well.

Greg said...

And Rob Schneider turned down......nothing really

Dan said...

and this has been an episode of, "Did You Know?"

TR said...

Speaking of Rob Schneider, I had the misfortune of watching ESPN yesterday at the gym. They had Schneider, Spade, Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James on to promote a movie coming out this year. Rock and Sandler were dressed like wealthy guys who can do whatever they want. The other 3 were dressed like they were trying to win a Douchebag of the Year award. In my book, they all tied for first in my book.

mayhugh said...

TR - I saw that segment, too, and was disgusted. Sandler hasn't been funny in 10 years. Schneider never really was. They just came off like a bunch of tools who dressed like they thought they were cool enough to get away with it.

rob said...

this book of yours, tr. please tell us more of it.

zoltan said...

A duck flew away with TR's book.

Mark said...

This discussion has taken a number of unexpected turns.

Dave said...

in the film "mad dog and glory," de niro was supposed to play the mobster and bill murray the lonely cop, typical characters for each, but they decided to switch roles right before the start of the film.

does everyone have FIOS? they're updating around us but i hate change. and i'm still not getting the cable, but it seems like DSL is disappearing. i feel railroaded by a monopoly . . .

Mark said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty solid Big Monday on tap tonight.

Shlara said...

Is ESPN using the LOST music for college hoops commercials?

Jerry said...

Vinsanity

Mark said...

Don't encourage him, Jerry.