This week Nair My Brain turned 1 year old! Everybody say “Aww” and take pictures as it smashes its face into a cake! Now who wants to go out back and hose it off? (What? Parents don’t do that to their kid? Oh, well I guess kids aren’t in my near future.) One of my favorite movies of all time, Singin’ in the Rain, turned 60 this week! Another birthday! Everybody say “Eww” as it trims its ear hair! Now who wants to go out back and hose it off?
In honor of everyone remembering how old their getting, I’m starting a new series of posts here on NMB: 10 Things You Didn’t Know. And what better movie to start with than Singin’ in the Rain? Hold on everybody, I have to turn up Singin’ in the Rain’s hearing aid. Okay. And what better movie to start with than SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN? Oh, wait…instead of its hearing aid I think I accidentally turned off its pacemaker. BREATHE! BREATHE!
Singin’ in the Rain is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s iconic, its influence in popular culture even today is still prevalent, and it defines an era of film history. Not to mention it’s still catchy. Every morning when I wake up and wipe the crusts away from my eyes, what do I see? My Singin’ in the Rain shower curtain. What song do you think I sing in the shower? Yep, you guessed it. Hero by Nickelback. (That’s a joke. Laugh. It’s Good Morning from Singin’ in the Rain……Duh.)
1. Gene Kelly was once considered to play the role of Gandalf in LOTR instead of Ian McKellen. But then Peter Jackson realized that a tap dancing wizard isn’t want the trilogy needed. Also, he was dead.
2. Debbie Reynolds took the role of Kathy Selden to help her one day play her dream role of Aggie Cromwell in 4 Halloweentown movies.
3. Moses never signed a release for Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor to use his name in their movie.
4. Originally the movie was titled Singin’ in the Wayne, but DC Comics didn’t like the idea of a Broadway Batman character. Fortunately they redeemed themselves with Adam West in the 1960’s by creating a Detective Batman who was still in the closet.
5. There was a rumor that Gene Kelly wrote a song for the movie entitled “Pan or Stuff It”. He wanted Don Lockwood to question how much of a man he was and if he deserved Kathy and the feelings that he felt when with her while cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. But the song was scrapped and then rejuvenated for The Muppets winning an Oscar in 2012 retitled “Man or Muppet”.
6. Hitchcock pulled a cameo in the dark corners of the rain in Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain sequence.
7. One standard shooting day was 37 hours. The twins kept them on Cetaurian time.
8. To survive shooting “Make ’em Laugh”, Donald O’Connor concocted a special energy drink. He then hired college aged girls to wear Red shirts with Bulls on them and follow him around. They ended up flirting with him to get him to drink more.
9. Al Gore was hired as child labor at the age of 4 to be a PA on set. They paid him in candy. (That’s what I call An Inconvenient Youth.)
10. Gene Kelly came up with the name “Don Lockwood” because that’s what he called his penis.