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Question: Was any explanation given as to why Anna Maria (Zoe Saldana) was eliminated from the Black Pearl's crew and also from the movie series? Female pirates weren't uncommon. I'd like to know why Disney deleted this interesting character.

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: Without asking Disney directly, we may not know, but Zoe Saldana has made many films since the first Pirates movie, generally playing one of the lead roles - the most likely explanation is that she chose to focus on those projects and thus was unable to find a gap in her schedule to play a relatively minor character in Dead Man's Chest.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Aside from puzzling the heck out of aliens who never invented the wheel, was the bicycle in the cellar bit perhaps a little directorial homage to ET?

Jean G

Chosen answer: This is probably a bit of a stretch. I have two old bicycles in my basement.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Answer: I assumed that these were alien "toddlers", and were just "playing" and "exploring."

Question: Why wasn't Anne Hathaway used in the beginning scenes of the movies when we see Princess Mia at her graduation but only the back of her, a headless shot on the airplane and only her cat gets out of the limo when they arrive at the castle? We don't actually see her until she appears on the balcony in the red strapless gown for her 21st birthday celebration ball.

Sheri Hartman

Chosen answer: This makes it more dramatic when they finally show her face and the audience sees how much Mia has grown up since the last movie.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Why did Bootstrap Bill join the dice game that Will played with Davy Jones? Will knew that Jones had the key to the chest on him, so just how did Bootstrap help him by also playing?

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: Bootstrap did not want his son to lose and have to become an undead. By joining the game, he made it possible to save Will if it looked like Will was losing, by placing a ridiculously high bet himself. And as we can see, this is what happened. When Will was losing, and Davy Jones was about to call him a liar, Bootstrap makes his absurdly high claim, thereby sacrificing himself, but getting Will out of the game debt-free.

Twotall

Question: Exactly what is the purpose of the jar of dirt that Tia Dalma gives to Jack?

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: Davy Jones cannot set foot on land for ten more years. The jar of dirt is to represent land. Jack carries it with him so that he always has land with him so Davy Jones won't be able to get near him, or so Jack is supposed to believe.

Dedderbot Premium member

Question: Is is ever explained why Rose kept the Heart of the Ocean all those years? It doesn't seem probable that she assumed she would have the opportunity to travel to the site of the sinking and throw it back into the water.

Kimberly Klaus

Chosen answer: It is explained in the alternate ending. It basically goes something like this: Brock Lovett and Lizzy find Rose on the stern of the ship with the diamond in her hand and asks her why she kept it all those years. Rose then says that she often thought about selling the diamond, but then it reminded her of Cal and that she could make it without his money.

Friso94

Answer: I like to think she kept it because in a strange way, although it was a gift from Cal and a reminder of his possessiveness, it was also her last physical link with Jack, the drawing having gone down with the ship, and whilst nobody but her knew about Jack she needed that reminder that he really existed and really loved her and was gunning for her in life. She likely brought it along to the wreck site opportunistically, since she knew she would never get another chance to return it to there in person. Returning it to the symbolised several things: one, that was where the constricts of her former life and of that era all died, thus freeing her - in other words, it belonged to the same world as the Titanic, and not to the modern world; two, it symbolised that she had found closure with regards to Jack's death, and that she didn't need trinkets anymore to hold onto him in her heart; and three, it was a physical symbolisation of her letting go of a huge emotional millstone that had been on her shoulders for years, as you can see from her face and demeanour immediately after having dropped it in. She couldn't have let that load go if she hadn't finally had a chance and an ear to tell her story. Probably nobody ever realised she'd been on the Titanic after the disaster, as her post-sinking name was never associated with it.

Question: What are the torches in the tunnels under Trinity church made out of that they light instantly after how many tens or hundreds of years?

Sheri Hartman

Chosen answer: Oil soaked linens, like most torches in such environments, I would suppose.

Phixius Premium member

Question: With all the talk about whether or not the book/movie is about the editor of Vogue, was the fact that Madonna's song "VOGUE" is heard in the film done on purpose or did the producers just pick the song because it sounded good?

Jason Feng

Chosen answer: In the director's commentary they say that they picked Madonna because she is the "real sound of fashion" and "so inside of fashion. Vogue is obviously one of Madonna's greatest songs about fashion. The song's title was influenced by the magazine's name, but its use in the movie had more to do with Madonna than with the magazine.

Question: Here's something I've wanted to know. I know that Gotham is a fictional city, as is Metropolis, but both are within the same universe (DC). So how is it that The Statue of Liberty resides in both Metropolis and Gotham? The Statue is in Metropolis Harbor in the Superman movies, but Two-face's chopper crashes into it in Gotham in Batman Forever.

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Mainly because the filmmakers, who operated totally separately, weren't too worried about being consistent, either with each other or with the comic universe. In the comics, New York exists alongside Gotham and Metropolis, so the Statue of Liberty is found there. The filmmakers presumably decided that they wanted to have something recognisable appearing, so decided that the statue would be located in the city that they were dealing with.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: After Andy left Runway, she got a job at the New York newspaper. But then she seemed to have made up with Nate, who is moving to Boston. Did she leave her job (again) to live with Nate?

Jason Feng

Chosen answer: Andy stays in New York, but both agree they will work out some way to still see each other.

raywest Premium member

Question: Brenda reports her car has been carjacked with her son in it. Since this was a lie, and there was no carjacking, what happened to Brenda's car?

marfbody

Chosen answer: She's a drug-addled, crazy trailer-trash woman. It's unlikely she ever HAD a car.

Question: In the scene where Goldie Hawn nearly gets her head run over by the car, how do they get that effect? It just looks far too dangerous to be an actual stunt, but it looks too real to be a bluescreen / split screen effect either.

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: It is a composite shot, with the actor's head added to the scene. They just did a particularly good job on the scene.

Jason Hoffman

The One With The Video Tape - S8-E4

Question: In episode 'The One With The Videotape' we get to know the story 'how Ross and Rachel got bonus night'. What I wonder is does anyone know the whole 'Western Europe' story or is it (unfortunately) one of those stories that doesn't have ending at all, because there's no need of one?

Chosen answer: There is no ending. The DVD commentary includes the writers saying they never wrote the whole story, only the set up.

Question: What is all this about "Muscrat" or something like that? Dina keeps saying "Muscrat" when Jack is a bit rude to Greg, but I don't understand the whole point of that.

Chosen answer: It's a "safety signal", a word they have agreed she should say to remind Jack to keep his cool. Like most such words, they have chosen one that will not come up in a normal conversation, as it would then not have the impact needed to remind Jack to calm down. One can only guess as to where they picked up this technique, but it does not seem unlikely that Jack has had to have some anger management courses.

Twotall

Question: Early in the film the hotel manager mentions that the Overlook was built on an old Indian burial ground and that builders had to repel several Indian attacks during construction. Indian attacks? During the 20th century? And why mention this detail, since it was never mentioned again or became part of the story.

Chosen answer: "Indian attacks" just means attacked by Indians who owned the land. It does not necessarily mean Indians with warpaint/horses/etc., just that the attack came from the tribe who owned the land. As for him mentioning it to Jack, he is just giving him a brief history of the Overlook Hotel, as Jack will be the caretaker and might want to know about the history surrounding the Overlook.

Jazetopher

Question: On Alcatraz, who was the mutant that teleported around like Nightcrawler?

Chosen answer: That was Callisto, a morlock in the original comics. Rather than teleporting as such, she is just moving very fast. This is why she could only get to a flying storm from jumping off the roof (if she was teleporting she may as well have gone straight there).

Question: Has anyone verified that Christopher Guest has six fingers on his right hand in every scene? There are a few shots (other than the one showing off all the fingers) where his right hand is visible, but the black gloves make a finger count difficult.

Chosen answer: Not meaning to shoot down your idea, but since he is wearing gloves, even if the gloves only had five fingers, it would still not be a mistake as he could easily tuck his two smallest fingers into one of the glove's fingers. I would guess that this is why he wears gloves throughout the film, as the director would surely not have gone to the trouble of making 6-fingered gloves, and the actor does not really have 6 fingers.

Jazetopher

Question: When Ruby is talking to the woman from Child Services, she says "You're writing everything down, now everything will be written down twice". But when was the first time that stuff was written down?

Chosen answer: The first time the information was written down was more than likely when Alvin Begleter (the trust attorney) initially contacted the Child Services rep, as it was through him that she found out about Ruby and Rhett's situation in the first place. At the time, the social worker would have written down what Mr. Begleter was telling her so that she could a) have something to refer to when she later visited Ruby and b) so that she could compare the two versions to make sure there were no discrepancies between the story she got from the attorney and the version from Ruby.

Question: I collected comics for years and read every Mutant title related to the X-men that there was. As I understood Kitty Prydes power it was to phase through objects, her molecules as well as anything she touched/carried would pass through and around the molecules of the object. The molecules of the object weren't displaced or shifted out of time or anything like that. If she therefore left anything/anybody in an object their molecules would now be grafted into the object for lack of a better way of saying it. So a person/Juggernaut left from say stomach down in a floor would be killed by such a massive shock to the system. Have things changed that I've missed or did no-one catch this at all?

Chosen answer: In the comics, yes, Juggernaut would probably have been in a world of hurt at that point, from the intermingling of the molecules, although given his invulnerability, the precise result cannot really be determined. However, the filmmakers aren't under any actual obligation to follow the comic rules. In their version, Juggernaut survived the experience unscathed; whether this is because of his abilities or differences in hers from the comic version is open to debate.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When Crane tells Falcone that there is a lady in the D.A's office (Rachel) who is getting suspicious about what he (Crane) is doing with the convicted criminals, Falcone offers to get rid of her, to which Crane tells him that it is not necessary. Why does he turn down Falcone's offer?

Chosen answer: No, first Falcone suggests to bribe her to which Crane replies that it won't be possible (as Rachel would never take a bribe). Then Falcone says "Well, there's an answer to that too" and Crane replies "I don't want to know", meaning that he knows Falcone will then get rid of her but he doesn't want to know how as he's meant to be an upstanding member of society so should keep his distance. Later in the movie, Falcone's thugs try to carry out his orders but are stopped by Batman.

Andreas[DK]

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