A Prairie Home Companion behind the scenes gags

2022-03-21 08:01
  1. George Clooney, who was the first choice for private investigator Guy Nou, agreed to play the role, but had to withdraw due to a conflict between the shooting schedule and another film.
  2. Fearing that 81-year-old Robert Altman would be unable to make the film due to some "unexpected circumstances", the distributor brought in Paul Thomas Anderson as a backup director.
  3. The film was all shot inside the Fitzgerald Grand Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, the home of the real-life "A Prairie Home Companion."
  4. The voices of the singing and musical instruments were recorded synchronously on the spot, not pre-recorded, and then synthesized into the film later, and the performers were all the staff of the Grand Theater.
  5. Meryl Streep's Midwestern accent in the film was taught by her mother-in-law   .
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Extended Reading
  • Lexie 2022-03-26 09:01:14

    After reading it, I realized that Meryl was actually born in a class. Robert can do anything.

  • Reese 2022-03-21 08:01:05

    Typical Robert Altman-style network narrative: multiple characters, multiple clues, multiple plots, methodically placed in a sprawling script with surprising clarity. As a posthumous work, it is more gentle than sarcastic, which is normal.

A Prairie Home Companion quotes

  • Dusty: Can you tell potato face here that his butt is too big for his pants and people can see his crack and it ain't nothin' any normal person would ever care to look at?

    Lefty: Where?

    Dusty: In the back. That's where your crack is.

  • Rhonda JohnsonYolanda Johnson: [singing] All the world, Is so sad and dreary, Everywhere I roam...

    Yolanda Johnson: Oh, oh, oh

    Rhonda JohnsonYolanda Johnson: Oh, Mama, How I missed the prairie...

    Yolanda Johnson: E-e-e-e!

    Rhonda Johnson: Ha ha.

    Yolanda Johnson: Ha ha.

    Rhonda JohnsonYolanda Johnson: And my Minnesota - home...

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