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Question: How exactly do the producers "remove" Gary Sinise's legs? Is it through computer imaging, or does Gary bend his legs, creating the illusion of amputation?

Answer: Mostly by computer - they wrapped his legs in "blue screen" fabric, then the computer replaced that color with shots of the same scene taken without his legs.

Myridon

Question: This applies to a lot of war films, but what is a klick?

Answer: It's American military slang for a kilometre.

Hamster Premium member

Question: Which villain is Harry Osborn supposed to become? I know Dr. Connors is the Lizard and Jameson is responsible for bringing Venom into the scene, but what's being hinted at with Harry?

Answer: Harry Osborn is also going to be the Green Goblin - comic book fan sites will refer to this as Green Goblin II. John Jameson finds a red gemstone on the moon that turns him into the Man-Wolf. Spiderman finds the Venom suit/symbiote himself on Battleworld, so that's not John's fault.

Myridon

Question: We see Jack in the picture at the end of the film which was painted in 1921 which I guess means that Nicholson was either possessed or reincarnated...but does anyone have a definite answer? Or does Kubrick just want us to decide for ourselves?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: The idea is that Nicholson's soul has been around for a long time, and that each time he is reborn he returns to the Overlook Hotel and goes on a murder spree. This is facilitated by the evil, restless spirits residing in the hotel. The movie definitely drops some hints that Jack is a reincarnation in the following scenes: After they have been at the Overlook awhile, Wendy talks to Jack upstairs in the bedroom after she brings him breakfast. Jack tells Wendy that he feels like he has been at the Overlook before and upon being given the initial tour of the hotel, he almost knew what was around every corner. According to Delbert Grady during the chilling bathroom scene, Jack has always been the caretaker, which most certainly suggests he is a reincarnation.

Phoenix

Question: I just saw the movie on DVD and I was kind of surprised when I saw that the ending was different than what I heard. In the movie, the ending was that Evan goes back and dies in his mothers stomach. However, I have heard from a friend and read in magazines that Evan lives and meets up again with the girl. I was wondering, why did i watch a different ending? Is it maybe cause i live in Europe?

Answer: The DVD has two sides, here in the US. One side is the Director's Cut with 6 additional minutes of footage (including the fortune teller scene), with the ending you saw. The other side is the Theatrical Cut, which was released in the cinemas here. SPOILER: The ending is that he goes back to when he first meets Kayleigh and says something to make her dislike him, therefore going to live with her mom and never see him again. At the very end, he passes her on the street, but they don't "get together".

Macalou

Question: How old is Peter, Mary Jane and Harry in the original, and then in this movie?

Answer: They all graduate together in the first movie and then end up celebrating the next Thanksgiving together, so they are probably 18-19 years old. In the second movie Aunt May mentions that it's been two years since Ben died, so they are about 20-21.

Question: In the scene where aunt Marge gets blown up and floats away, what is the music being played? It made the scene a whole lot funnier.

Question: Can anyone point me to a website or explain what all is involved / symbolism, etc., of the wedding ceremony between Wallace and Murron?

Answer: The kneeling is customary for a Catholic wedding ceremony. The only real 'symbolism' is when the priest wraps their hands in a tartan. Today, a groom would put his family's tartan around his bride's shoulders to show she is now part of his family. You can see in the next scene in the town, when Wallace asks to see Murron that night, he pulls the tartan out from under the neck of her dress. The wrapping of the hands is left over from the Celtic culture. Before Christianity came to the Celts, they would be handfasted, literally tied together at the hand and wrist. Usually this was done with a string, but here was shown with Wallace's clan tartan. Once the Scots became Christians, they still kept several old pagan rituals and incorporated them into their new-found religion. So, even though the priest performs this part of the ceremony, it was perfectly acceptable. The priest 'ties' the hands together and performs the rest of the marriage ceremony; once the marriage ceremony was over, he would untie them.

Question: On the balcony of Minas Tirith, Gandalf told Pippin that "no living man can kill" the Witch King of Angmar. Does that mean that the Dead or The King of the Dead can kill the Witch King now that he is not anymore 'living'?

Answer: It's a prophecy and as such it doesn't always mean what it seems to say on the surface. Eowyn kills him because she's not a man, she's a woman. The same would probably apply to anyone dead as well.

Myridon

Question: When Forrest is introducing the members of his Platoon in Vietnam all of the character names are the names of cities, he then tells where each solider is from but their hometown is different then their nick name. (for example "Dallas from Phoenix") why would each person have a name of a city as their name?

Answer: This is just a bit of incidental humor. For example: Dallas is the young man's real name. Why would his parents name him Dallas if he was from Phoenix? Same with Cleveland.

Macalou

Theyre just nicknames aren't they? Like Bubba.

Show generally

Question: What happened to Carol's clinic? It stopped running just after she left, but she wasn't actually running it at that point?

Answer: Carol stopped being involved with the clinic in Season 5 - The Storm (2) so that it wouldn't be shut down because of her "borrowing" some equipment. Her last episode was Season 6 - Such Sweet Sorrow, that's 22 episodes later which would be a long time for a sub-plot to last with none of the major characters having any involvement in it.

Myridon

Answer: It's an instrumental version of "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Dream Academy. The original song is by The Smiths.

Myridon

Question: This is actually to do with the book. When Sam finds that Frodo is dead he says: 'Gilthoniel A Elbereth. A Elbereth Gilthoniel o menel palan-diriel, le nallon sí di'nguruthos. A tiro nin, Fanuilos'. What does this mean?

Answer: O Elbereth Star-kindler, from heaven gazing afar, to thee I cry now in the shadow of death! O watch over me, Everwhite!

Myridon

Out of Mind (1) - S2-E22

Question: This goes for 'Into The Fire' as well. Where did Hathor get her Jaffa? In 'Hathor' she breathed on the men. That doesn't work on Jaffa. Where / how did she get her Ship?

Answer: Once a Goa'uld defeats another, the winner claims all the loser's worlds, ships, Jaffa, etc. Hathor either had a ship hidden or killed another system lord (through treachery most likely) and took over his resources.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Forgive me for being stupid, but what's the point about Sam's salt box in the extended cut? Was it originally going to be Galadriel's gift to Sam (he receives one in the book) and then they changed it? That part seems a little useless to me as it is.

Answer: It's to show that he's still holding on to something from home, that he still has hope for their mission. Peter Jackson mentions this on the commentary. He was always intended to get rope from Galadriel.

Nick N.

Question: What is it that Yen is stacking up when he is sitting on the diving board?

Question: Did anyone notice that the sky during the scene where Fait and Ling are driving across a bridge is particularly deep blue? I can't decide if that's a really deep blue sky or it's a blue screen without the sky added in.

Answer: The whole scene shows them driving on the bridge obviously shot from a helicopter. The whole sky is blue, so unless they had a very large blue screen, then I would say NO. Besides that scene is supposed to represent night-time. Therefore it's supposed to be the glow of the moon.

XIII

Question: The character of Pie Mei: what does his name mean?

Answer: Pai Mei means "White Lotus", though some sites seem to think it means "White Eyebrow." He's a character that appears in a lot of '70's Kung Fu movies and is played by Gordon Liu (who also plays the first of the large group of Crazy 88's (the one who runs in and yells) in Vol. 1).

Myridon

Answer: Faramir's personality is completely different from Boromir's. It would not be in his nature to seize it by himself.

scwilliam

Question: I doubt whether if this is a movie mistake or not so I better ask this question first: Where does the "lightning effect" come from in the Mount Doom sequence? Is this just a filmmaking technique to make the scene scary and climactic? As you can notice from other movies like Titanic where Jack and Rose where running along the flooded corridors of the ship and saving a child, there are broken electric wires that create this effect (lights flashing on and off continuously). In horror movies, there are always thunderstorm to justify that the "lightning effect" come from a real lightning. And now in ROTK, especially when Frodo is having his last look on the Ring before he says 'The Ring is mine.', there are "lightning effects." I don't think it's from the lava nor a thunderstorm and not certainly from a broken electric wire.

Answer: It's a big volcano jam-packed full of Sauron's wild magical power flashing around, also the volcano must have some sort of magic power in and of itself if it can be used to forge/unforge magical rings.

Myridon

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