Three years previous to the discharge of “1492: Conquest of Paradise,” Ridley Scott and Michael Douglas labored collectively on considered one of Scott’s extra forgotten movies, “Black Rain.” The movie was Douglas’ huge followup to his Oscar-winning flip in “Wall Avenue,” and on this neo-noir, he performs a New York detective who will get caught up with the Yakuza. This was the late Eighties, y’all. You had an enormous film star, and a movie like that might get made.
Ridley Scott was in post-production on “Thelma & Louise” whereas he was prepping “1492: Conquest of Paradise.” As I mentioned, he works quick. Thom Noble was the editor on “Thelma & Louise,” and he spoke with /Movie’s Ben Pearson about Scott’s fixed toggle between Michael Douglas and Gérard Depardieu throughout that point:
“I bear in mind with Ridley, he mentioned to me, ‘Oh, we’re doing this Christopher Columbus movie.’ And he mentioned, ‘I am undecided who to solid. It is both Michael Douglas or Gérard Depardieu.’ So we used to have this joke within the reducing room, and we had this huge poster of Michael Douglas from ‘Black Rain,’ on a motorbike. And when it regarded like being Michael Douglas, that stayed up there. After which if it regarded prefer it was going to be Gérard Depardieu, we had a cutout of Depardieu’s face, and we pasted it over Michael Douglas.”
First off, it might please me tremendously to know if Ridley Scott nonetheless had that “Black Rain” poster with Depardieu’s face pasted on it. Second, I’d discover that fixed reminder of your subsequent undertaking unsettling, what with it being in the identical room the place you’re ending your present one. In the end, the Frenchman’s face stayed on, however Scott wanted to know one crucial factor: how was Depardieu’s English?