Liam Neeson was once rejected for a role in ‘The Princess Bride’.
The 68-year-old actor tried out for the part of giant Fezzik in the 1987 movie, but director Rob Reiner insisted the ‘Taken’ star was not tall enough for the role, and instead he cast seven foot tall professional wrestler André the Giant, who later passed away in 1993 aged 46.
Neeson said: “I was quite nervous because I knew this was a big film and stuff.
“I had met the casting directors in LA, So I go into the office in London, and Rob Reiner looked at me and said, ‘He’s not a giant. What height are you?’
“I said ‘Six foot four.’ He said, ‘That’s tall, he’s not a giant.’ “
Neeson joked Reiner has since been “forgiven” because he went on to make mockumentary movie ‘This is Spinal Tap’.
Speaking on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, he added: “So there was no ‘Hello, thank you.’ So I thought, the next time I see Rob Reiner, I’m going to tell him he was very rude.
Neeson is best known for starring in 2008 movie ‘Taken’ – where he plays an ex-Secret Service agent desperate to find his daughter who goes missing without a trace in Paris – but he thought the motion picture would be a box office flop.
He recently said: “I’ve said this before, and no offence to Robert Kamen, our wonderful writer and my pal, but I thought, ‘Well, this is going to go straight-to-video. A short little European thriller, it might play okay for a couple weeks in France and then it will go straight-to-video.’
“But it did well in France and then it went straight to South Korea, and it did very well there … And then I was getting calls from my nephews in Ireland, saying, ‘Um, Uncle Liam, we saw your movie.’ I said, ‘Which one?’ They said, ‘Um, Taken.’ I said, ‘What do you mean? You couldn’t have seen it.’ They said, ‘Well, we downloaded it from South Korea.’ I said, ‘You can’t do that! What are you talking about?!’ So I thought, ‘My nephews are breaking the law,’ which really p***** me off, and also I thought, ‘Well, that’s it. If you can download it, it’s gone into the ether.’ “
Zedd | Zedd wrote his first song aged four
Zedd wrote his first song when he was four years old.
The 31-year-old DJ and record producer – whose real name is Anton Zaslavski – has revealed he teamed up with his brother to pen his first ever track when he was just a child, and whilst there is video evidence of the song being written, it never materialised into an actual track.
He said: “My first song ever I wrote with my brother when I was four years old. We still have video tapes of it, but I don’t believe we ever gave it a name.”
Zedd and his siblings were encouraged to create music from a young age as both of his parents are also musicians.
He added: “My parents are both musicians. They taught instruments for a living, and they always knew that my only true passion was music. So, while my success was rather unexpected, they certainly are happy I was able to fulfil my dream of turning my hobby into my job.”
The ‘Clarity’ hitmaker has come a long way since making music with his brother at home, and says his proudest career moment so far has been playing the iconic Madison Square Garden venue in New York.
Asked for his career highlight, he said: “I don’t think I can pinpoint one individual moment, but I remember playing Madison Square Garden for the first time was quite an incredible moment. Furthermore, my first Zedd in the Park show was an unbelievably emotional moment for me. To see this many people come out to see me play live made me tear up.”
And Zedd has insisted he will “never stop evolving” as a musician, and said his latest track, ‘Inside Out’ – which was released on Friday (23.10.20) – is both “new and familiar” in equal measure.
Speaking to Billboard magazine for their 20 Questions series, he said: “I think I will never stop evolving. ‘Inside Out’, for me, is both ‘new’ and ‘familiar’. I always want to feel inspired and reinvent myself. I’ve never loved staying the same. If you look through my last decade of music, you will see it is constantly changing, and evolving. I want to keep doing that.”
John Lydon | John Lydon scrapped Public Image Ltd album to look after his wife
John Lydon had to scrap a planned Public Image Ltd album because he was too preoccupied on his wife’s Alzheimer’s disease.
The 64-year-old rocker had gone into the recording studio with the band earlier this year but admitted he ended up scrapping the “rubbish” songs he’d written as he wasn’t in the right place due to his spouse Nora’s dementia diagnosis.
Asked by MOJO magazine about the rumoured record, he said: “It was a very difficult time even before the lockdown, because of Nora’s Alzheimer’s, which had just kicked in.
“We were in a recording studio in the middle of the country with nothing but sheep about and her mind just freaked out.
“All my attention was on that, and the bits of songs we did put together were rubbish-y and confused.
“I wasn’t together. It was my fault. I couldn’t juxtapose between a ‘happy’ album and all that calamity.”
But John has since come to terms with 78-year-old Nora’s condition and has viewed it as a “test” to his confidence.
He said: “I’ve come to grips with it since, you have to. “I related it to my meningitis as a child, and what that feeling was like. A bit of empathy cures a lot
“In a weird way … I’m not a Christian kind of bloke, but God does like to test you doesn’t he? Or is it Mother Nature? They do like to drop these bombs, just when you’re at your most superciliously confident, it’s like a well-earned kick up the arse. But it gives you an opportunity to be open and honest.”
Meanwhile, the former Sex Pistols rocker insisted he won’t be forced into getting a vaccine against coronavirus as he thinks it’s just another way to make money for “greedy” people.
He said: “On one hand, I’m very lazy but on the other I love to work. I don’t think locking us up is the answer and now they’re talking of shutting down everything again. I don’t believe the death tolls – no one seems to be keeping proper statistics, can you believe?
“And there’s a lot of profit to be made from vaccines. Big money going on there! To bring in mandatory injections of vaccines, which they’re talking about, for me that comes with serious issues. “You don’t have the right to pump chemicals in me if I don’t want them. There is no great conspiracy, just headless chicken-dom.
“A few greedy, self-serving self-appointed people being completely incompetent.”
Lars Ulrich | Lars Ulrich: Making a Metallica album is like a puzzle
Lars Ulrich has compared making a Metallica album to doing a puzzle.
The 56-year-old drummer – who is joined in the band by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo – thinks making a record now involves taking a lot of different elements and making them fit together into song form.
He told Uncut magazine: “I look at writing a Metallica record as like a puzzle; you have 200 pieces and you have to figure it out.
“You connect them. Here’s a riff. Here’s a section. Here’s a mood. Does he work with that guy over there?”
And the musician admitted having so many options makes him nostalgic for when their working process was much more simple.
He added: “It’s nothing but f****** options – you’re weighed down by possibilities, at which point you can get into romanticising the past.
“Oh, how did we write ‘Ride the Lightning’ in two hours? Now it takes us two hours to find the studio…”
The group have been together since 1981 but are still “hungry” for making new music and continuing to work together.
Kirk said: “We’re still hungry, I’m happy to say. We have a burning desire to express ourselves. I’ll go out on a limb and say as people we’re highly dysfunctional and not the most well-adjusted individuals.
“However it may look, that aspect of us has never gone away and that aspect is also responsible for us writing a large amount of our music because of those emotions that brought us to become musicians in the first place, and to make sense of them.”
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