The key role of Drew Barrymore and 9 curiosities of the ‘Donnie Darko’


There are actual events in the history of cinema that seem to be written by the best writers. The effect of surprise, the unexpected twist and the wonder collective, driving the invisible threads of a future so uncertain that it is able to convert what is a clear market failure in all a work of worship that it does not add fans with the passing of the years. A movement of contradiction and discovery that is located in ‘Donnie Darko’ one of his references more direct. And one of his most memorable examples.

Curiosities of ‘Donnie Darko’

1 Guilty direct

If there was a directly responsible for the project of ‘Donnie Darko’ to become a reality, that was Drew Barrymore. And is that, in addition to forming part of the distribution of the tape, the actress conducted a work key in the field of production, even to get on board with the movie performers as renowned as Patrick Swayze or Mary McDonnell.

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2 Choosing movie

At the time of selecting the film that the protagonists of ‘Donnie Darko’ would be in the cinema during a scene which became, without a doubt, in one of their moments to be remembered, the perpetrators of the tape proposed several titles. Finally, favoured, attention, ‘C. H. U. D. Cannibalistic Humanoid Ululantes Demonic’, even though they had to change at the last second in favor of the great ‘Posesión Infernal’ to get the license to use the classic Sam Raimi free of charge.

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3 Making his debut that day

‘Donnie Darko’ was the premiere in the big screen Seth Rogen and Ashley Tisdale, two performers who remember the film with fondness, being well aware of the cult that has obtained the tape with the passage of time, assumed a prominent section on their respective career paths.

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4 Nailing down times

We go for one of those amazing pirouettes of fate or coincidence: ‘Donnie Darko’ it was shot in 28 days, exactly the same time in which he spent his plot.

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5 Permissions blue

The director of ‘Donnie Darko’, Richard Kelly, got the precious official permission of Pierre Culliford, creator of the very Smurfsin order to carry out the scene from the movie which speaks about the sexual life of the legendary blue characters.

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6 Director economic

The screenwriter and director Richard Kelly charged only $ 9,000 for his work in ‘Donnie Darko’, and the figure is absolutely laughable in comparison with the salaries that are usually manage within the industry, even in the sectors that are most independent of the same.

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7 Luck music

The responsible of the soundtrack of ‘Donnie Darko’, Michael Andrews, had to manage to interpret each and every one of the instruments that shaped the music of the film, because the project budget did not allow hiring more professionals. However, Andrews managed to convince his friend Gary Jules to play a classic version of ‘Mad World’ Tears for Fears of face to use it in the final stretch of the tape. The result? The song was number one for several weeks.

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8 Classical influence

After being asked on numerous occasions, the director Richard Kelly ended up confessing that the unforgettable rabbit that appears in ‘Donnie Darko’ is directly influenced by the film ‘The invisible Harvey’, a classic of the fifties where the infallible James Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a character who goes everywhere accompanied by a rabbit giant imaginary which he calls Harvey. Another jewel of worship.

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9 Sequel failed

The sequel to ‘Donnie Darko’, centered on the character of the sister of Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal), was premiered directly on formed DVD eight years after the premiere of his famous predecessor. A second part that was reviled by critics and the public and on the not involved none of the members of the original cast, except for Daveigh Chase, or the screenwriter and director Richard Kelly.

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10 Failure and worship

With a budget of a little more than four millions of dollars, ‘Donnie Darko’ became after its premiere-in-all a commercial failure. At that time, their leaders pointed to the date in which the film came to the billboards, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, a point in time when the last thing they wanted the viewers to see was a story of tone is apocalyptic.

However, everything changed when a film, precisely, New York city decided to project the film during 28 months in a row at your session early in the morning. From there, and adding to the positive comments that were happening progressively on it, ‘Donnie Darko’ continued to grow until they burst definitely in DVD format, where, thanks to their sales has come to enter more than 10 million in revenue.

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And is that, from the first moment we premiered the tape was written and directed by Richard Kelly with a few numbers of collection close to the disaster is insurmountable, has not done more to grow the fervour and passion towards one of those films that seem destined to endure in the collective memory despite initial barriers. We speak of a strange proposal, exciting, complex, hypnotic, fascinating and deeply special. There is nothing that looks like ‘Donnie Darko’, and its influence, however, is still perceived in many later works.

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Is it that they have the histories that are built, raised and executed with the same dose of talent to that of affection. Is it that they have the characters drawn with verve and delicacy. Is it that they have the work to address subtle and epic at the same time, always situated at the edge of the same cliff. Is it that they have the interpretations, delivered and outstanding. Is it that they have, in short, those movies were born in the middle of the semi-darkness, but able to grow to infinity. Of the nothing to the classic.