What you didn’t know about your favourite shows on Netflix.
Love TV and movies and love Netflix? If you’re a TV and movie buff, you shouldn’t have any trouble telling a Darlek from a Goa'uld. But did you know Michael Jackson almost played Doctor Who? Or that Justin Bieber was a creative force on Judge Dedd (2012)? Get to know your favourite shows inside out by reading up on some of the lesser known facts about some of the most popular TV shows and movies.
Michael Jackson was almost Dr. Who
Paramount Pictures considered using Michael Jackson to play the Doctor in a feature length film in the late 80’s. A 2013 book claims that Bill Cosby was the studio’s second choice. All sevens seasons of the modern incarnation of the world’s favourite nameless time travelling doctor are available to stream on Netflix.
Justin Bieber played real real slow inspired some of Dredd (2012)
The film’s composer, Leonard Morgan was watching scenes from Dredd, thinking about the film’s score, he put the altered Justin Bieber song with scenes from the movie and used this as the inspiration for the score in Dredd’s slow-mo shootout scenes. The Bieber song has been slowed down by 800% and sounds nothing like the original track — thankfully. Watch Dredd on Netflix now. The awesome remake to the kind-of-cheesy 90’s Stallone film.
Listen to Justin Bieber played 800% slower here:
Watch the original Judge Dredd on Presto.
How many awards has House of Cards won?
The answer is a lot. This award winning Netflix original production has captivated audiences for years now. House of Cards is a modern political drama with first class acting and script. House of Cards is the first Netflix production to win an Emmy. In 2015 Kevin Spacey won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. The shows lead actress, Robin Wright did the same the year before.
Mythbusters was turned down by all Australian networks
Netflix lets you stream great content you can’t find on regular television. One show that almost didn’t make it to television is Mythbusters. The series creator and producer, Peter Rees unsuccessfully pitched the show to the major Australian networks. The Discovery Channel took a risk with the show which went on to be a hit.
A real horse' head was used in the Godfather
Everyone should know the scene where the man wakes up with a horses head in his bed, it’s a message from the Mafia and a classic scene in what is arguably the greatest film ever made: Francis Ford Coppola's the Godfather. But did you know that the horses head used in the film is real? At the director’s instruction, the art director picked a horse that was ready to be slaughtered and asked for the head to be sent to the set the next day so they could shoot the scene.< br/>
Catch the whole Godfather trilogy on Presto.
Who’s the richest fictional character on Netflix?
According to the Forbes Fictional 15, a list of the richest fictional characters on the big and small screen, Scrooge McDuck is the richest fictional character ever with a personal fortune of $65.4 billion. These characters are the richest in the fictional world and appear on Netflix.
|Rank||Character||Net worth||TV / Movie|
|1.||Smaug||$62 billion||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: THe Desolation of Smaug|
|2.||Flintheart Glomgold||$51.9 billion||Uncle Scrooge|
|3.||Carlisle Cullen||$36.3 billion||Twilight Saga: Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn|
|4.||Jed Clampett||$9.8 billion||The Beverly Hillbillies|
|5.||Tony Stark||$9.3 billion||Iron Man. Armoured Adventures|
|6.||Richie Rich||$8.9 billion||Netflix: Richie Rich|
|7.||Charles Foster Kane||$8.3 billion||Citizen Kane|
|8.||Bruce Wayne||$6.9 billion||The Dark Knight|
|9.||Forrest Gump||$5.7 billion||Forrest Gump|
|10.||Mr. Monopoly||$2.5 billion||Monopoly|