Cool Observations About BATTLESHIP and Tidbits From THE AVENGERS

by on May 19, 2012

in Entertainment

Cinema Static - TV News, Movie News and other Entertainment OpinionAfter having seen both Battleship and The Avengers, there were a couple of things that stood out for me from both of these movies. In one movie, there was something about the cast that I found myself appreciating and in the other movie, there was something that caught my eye, that was one of many interesting tidbits from the movie.

In Battleship

In Battleship, one of the characters was a physical therapist for the disabled military veterans. They took a moment to scan a room of veterans and they stayed on one particular vet, who became part of the story.

It was double amputee by the name of Gregory D. Gadson, who played the big man, named Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales.

Director Peter Berg reached out to him to cast him in the role.

I think it’s pretty awesome that Berg had a platform showing off the might of the U.S. military and then used that platform to also give some veterans screen time.

Very cool Mr. Berg.

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In The Avengers

This really isn’t anything huge, and can’t really be called an easter egg in The Avengers, but here’s something that someone made note to me the other day:

As the closing scenes are being shown, we watch Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Paltrow) going over plans for the new Stark hi-rise. The camera then pans back from the building. If you recall, the logo on the side of the building did say Stark something or other, but as the battle ensued around the building, all the letters but one were torn off the side of the building.

Avengers 'A' Logo from movie looks like A left on the side of Stark Towers

Conveniently, it was the ‘A’ of Stark. It looks a lot like the ‘A’ logo forThe Avengers. I thought that was a cute and subtle reference.

Next time you see the movie (as if you aren’t!) keep your eye out for it!

(Now let’s see how many other sites notice it too!)

Another Avengers Bit or Two:

After the fight, Tony Stark mentions a great little shawarma place down the street.

Thanks to Joss Whedon or Downey Jr. throwing that line in there, it would seem that in various cities across the country, shawarma places are starting to sell out. Los Angeles restaurants saw an 80% increase in sales.

Generally speaking, Joss Whedon did an excellent job spreading the wealth across ALL the characters in The Avengers. The time spend on screen for the characters were generically broken down a bit. Check it out:

  • Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner): 12:44;
  • Thor (Chris Hemsworth): 25:52;
  • Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo): 28:03;
  • Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson): 33:35;
  • Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.): 37:01;
  • Captain America (Chris Evans): 37:42.

Not every second was timed, but this was a quickie stopwatch test conducted during the movie.

Suggestion/idea: A group of people ought to get together and hit up the movie with stopwatches. Each person should have a character assigned to them and they should time their character and get a better idea of screen time.

It could be something fun to do.

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Damage to NYC

Someone had to do it, right? Sooner or late at least. Kinetic Analysis Corporation was hired to model the costs of the damage done to New York City during the battle with Loki and the Chitari.

The estimates:

Physical damage: Up to $70 billion

Economic and Cleanup impacts: $90 billion

Total… $160 billion.

The Avengers Featurette - Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evens) Pictured

Check out this Featurette, titled “Teamwork”

At the time that I wrote this, The Avengers has nabbed 26 different box office records.

resources:

slashfilm.com: shawarma sales

vulture.com: screen time per character

hollywoodreporter.com: damage costs

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Jhanell May 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

Bruce,

Loved Avengers! Havent had a chance to see Battleship. It’s so funny that you pointed out the reference to Shawarma restaurants. I couldn’t help but think that sales at spots in NYC would see an increase in patronage.

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