Nostalgia movies: when Seven and Showgirls are … 25 years old!

Nostalgia movies: when Seven and Showgirls are ... 25 years old!

Who would have thought that it was possible to mention Seven and The Girls of Las Vegas ( Showgirls ) in the same sentence? To celebrate their 25th birthday, here are some facts to know about these two films …

Seven

Released on September 22, 1995 and directed by David Fincher, Seven stars Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey.

  • Denzel Washington turned down the role of Brad Pitt, who therefore did not participate in Apollo 13 .
  • Guillermo del Toro did not want to direct the film, which he found too dark, and David Cronenberg also passed his turn.
  • Still in terms of refusals, Christina Applegate said “no” to the main female role, while Robin Wright was told “no” after her audition.
  • Brad Pitt having broken his arm during filming, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker added this detail to the script. The author was also inspired by his beginnings in New York while trying to break into the film industry.
  • The studios wanted a different ending (hush! Nothing to say!) Different, but Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt refused to promote the feature film if the ending was changed.
  • It was Kevin Spacey who suggested he shave his head. When he spoke to David Fincher about it, the filmmaker replied that he would follow his example. The two men therefore had the ball at zero during the shooting!
  • All buildings in the opening scene are numbered 7.
  • Morgan Freeman's son plays the fingerprint technician.

Las Vegas Girls ( Showgirls )

Arriving in theaters on September 22, 1995, The Girls of Las Vegas is considered one of the great turnips of the past 30 years. Back to a feature film that shocked when it was released.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas (the two interviewed over 200 dancers before filming), the film stars Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon. Some lines of the film are taken directly from these interviews, which is why Paul Verhoeven forbade any improvisation during filming.

  • Joe Eszterhas got the idea for the story while on vacation in Hawaii. The studios gave him an advance of $ 2 million to write the screenplay and he then received $ 1.7 million when production began, making him, at the time, the highest paid screenwriter in the world. the story.
  • Les girls de Las Vegas , produced for between $ 40 million and $ 45 million, only grossed $ 37.8 million at the box office.
  • Before Elizabeth Berkley accepted the lead role, the production had met with outright refusals from Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore. Denise Richards had also been approached, but ended up starring in Space Patrollers , Paul Verhoeven's next film.
  • Elizabeth Berkley was paid 100,000 US dollars for her performance.
  • The film has been banned in Ireland!
  • The feature film has the dubious honor of having received no less than seven Golden Raspberry Awards, the Razzies which “reward” the worst films of the year.
  • The documentary You Don't Nomi , released in 2019 and directed by Jeffrey McHale, asks the question of whether The Girls of Las Vegas is not a turnip, but a vitriolic critique of a system that exploits women.
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