It’s a line so great it inspired the band No More Kings to write a song named after it. The music video was directed by Johnny Lawrence himself (William Zabka) ’cause no one knows about sweeping legs quite like he does!
“My mama always said, ‘Life was (not is!) like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’.”
Forrest Gump’s most famous line of dialogue in the 1994 film of the same name was quite different in Winston Groom’s original novel. It went like this: “Let me say this, ‘Bein’ an idiot ain’t no box of chocolates’.” The change apparently didn’t sit too well with the author (who also hated the movie!), but it remains one of the most quoted, or misquoted, lines in movie history. It was voted the fortieth greatest quote of all-time by the American Film Institute (out of 100). Renowned film critic Roger Ebert, who praised the movie upon its release, became the butt of a joke based on this very same line when, in 1995, Oscar host David Letterman remarked: “Life’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. That’s unless you’re sitting next to Roger Ebert. Then you know you’re not gonna get any!” Well considering how author Winston Groom felt about the movie, I think it’s safe to assume he approved of that one! HA!
I love this video because it perfectly encapsulates just how similar the actor and the character are. This isn’t just Stallone meeting Rocky, it’s also Rocky meeting Rocky or, perhaps even, Stallone meeting Stallone. Here, Sly essentially plays himself the way he played Rocky in parts 3 and 4, as a slicker version of the original character.
For many of us who grew up in the nineties and made it a ritual to tune in to the Oscars every year, perhaps no one exuded the sense of fun and showmanship of eight-time host Billy Crystal. He is in a class only shared with legendary emcees Bob hope and Johnny Carson, as the cream of the Oscar-hosting crop. I consider his work at the 70th Academy Awards to be his career-defining performance in that role. It’s the first telecast I can vividly remember watching live and it made me a fan of Billy and the Oscars for life.
From March 23, 1998, in what remains to this day the most-watched telecast ever, check out this awesome video of Billy Crystal spoofing the Best Picture nominees.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
WWE Champion Batista vs. John Cena
World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho vs. Edge
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Triple H vs. Sheamus
Bret Hart vs. Mr. McMahon
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Tag Team Champions Big Show & The Miz vs. John Morrison & R-Truth
Randy Orton vs. Ted Dibiase vs. Cody Rhodes (Triple Threat Match)
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Are you ready? In the words of Rudy, “I’ve been ready for this my whole life!” This is one of the absolute best lineups the WWE has ever put together, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds this Sunday! All Hail John Cena and The Hitman!
Here’s what the song’s co-writer, Jim Peterik, had to say about the title in an interview with the website “Songfacts”:
At first, we wondered if calling it ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was too obvious. The initial draft of the song, we started with ‘It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight, rising up to the spirit of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and it all comes down to survival.’ We were going to call the song ‘Survival.’ In the rhyme scheme, you can tell we had set up ‘rival’ to rhyme with ‘survival.’ At the end of the day, we said, ‘Are we nuts?’ That hook is so strong, and ‘rival’ doesn’t have to be a perfect rhyme with the word ‘tiger.’ We made the right choice and went with ‘Eye Of The Tiger.’
…and it all comes down to survival? Really? Thank God they came to their senses and went with the far catchier “Eye of the Tiger.” To be honest, I don’t know if I like this song or “You’re the Best” better. Choosing between them is like making Sophie’s Choice. They’re both classic songs in my eyes, and I love them equally but for different reasons.
You can find the rest of the interview here: “Eye of the Tiger”. It’s a great read!
Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: Newman, what are you doing?
Newman: I’m thinking.
Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: Well, think me up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut with some of those little sprinkles on top, while you’re thinking.
From one of my all-time favorite movies, “The Fugitive”, the quote in italics was apparently improvised by Tommy Lee Jones, who earned himself an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role. In his acceptance speech, with his head shaved for the movie “Cobb”, he remarked, “All a man can say at a time like this is ‘I am not really bald.’” In the 1998 action thriller “U.S. Marshals”, a spiritual sequel to “The Fugitive”, Jones reprised his Oscar-winning role.