Posts Tagged “Marlon Brando”

Who Is Jay J. Armes?

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Jay J. Armes

FACT OF THE DAY: Jay J. Armes is a private investigator… with no hands. A childhood accident (he was 11 years old) mangled both his hands. In 1972, he was the PI hired by Marlon Brando to find his missing son. He was so popular during the 1970’s that the Ideal Toy Company released a Jay J. Armes action figure, complete with detachable prosthetics.

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‘Apocalypse Now’ Released 39 Years Ago

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Apocalypse Now

FACT OF THE DAY: It was 39 years ago today, August 15, 1979, that the critically acclaimed movie Apocalypse Now was released in theaters. The Francis Ford Copolla hit was based on the 1899 novella “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.

The film starred Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and Dennis Hopper. Duvall received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Brando received top billing for this film yet his character only had 15 minutes of screen time.


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The Godfather’s Unspoken Words

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Someone whispering to The Godfather Vito Corleone

Arguably one of the top films in Hollywood history, there’s not much more that can be said about the Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece, The Godfather. Featuring an all-star cast (Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, & Diane Keaton to name a few), this movie has many lines that continue to be quoted to this day.

But did you know, that the word ‘mafia’ is never spoken in the film? Not once. Not by anyone. While the word only appeared once in the script, the request to remove the word came from Joseph Colombo himself. Then the┬áboss of the Colombo crime family, he was also the head of the Italian-American Civil Rights League.

In an agreement made to keep both parties happy (and probably safe for some), the words ‘mafia’ and ‘Cosa Nostra’ were kept out of the film. Of course, the omission of those two words did nothing to affect or hurt the film. Many never even noticed it.


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