June 19th, 2005
|jimbojones||11:39 am - oh, those poor Chargers =(|
There's gonna be a Dukes of Hazzard movie... holy crap. I'm not entirely sure Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg and Johnny Knoxville as Luke are really true to the original spirit, but... it looks kinda entertaining anyway.
Interesting note: this movie couldn't have been done at all until recently... because the car jumps will HAVE to be largely CGI. The original show didn't end because of lack of viewers, it ended because they plain and simple broke so many Dodge Chargers filming those preposterous creek jumps that there just weren't any more to be found. (The best was when they'd leave the camera on the car a little too long after the jump and you could actually see the axles snapping... then camera cut and the General is haulin' balls like nothing's wrong.) When the show originally started, the Charger was the least expensive musclecar with the right "image" for the show - which was important, because you break one beyond repair everytime you do one of those jumps the show was so famous for. By the end of the run, it was by far the most expensive... because it was RARE.
Current Music: Joe Maphis - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Eh, sorta. Actually Katie Holmes did come up in the discussion - but she's about as close as you can get, and even there, in some ways she's kinda... I dunno, edgy. Catherine Bachman was sexy as hell back in the Dukes of Hazzard days, but no edge to her at all. Which every now and then is kinda nice to see, yanno?
We were also discussing whether or not Katie Holmes' marriage is a career move. I think so - she's got ten minutes of fame in terms of being the target of drooling internet fanboys' lust, but she isn't exactly overwhelming the Hollywood scene with her acting chops; Cruise is trying hard to mitigate a decline from his boyish-actor days and getting hitched to the sexy young thing all the boys know about puts him back in the limelight for a while...
I don't keep up with that stuff at all, but Eve was telling me that she saw something with the two of them getting grilled by the press right after announcing the marriage, and Cruise was wildly enthusiastic while she looked bored and didn't say a word. And apparently sometime later in a solo interview she got pinned down on the topic again and said something to the effect of "oh yeah, it's... great..." and still seemed like... err... the young starlet in the [young starlet / aging actor with connections and wealth] equation.
How many General Lees did they destroy making "The Dukes of Hazzard"?
The number I see popping up most often on the net (and other places) is 350.
BZZZZZZT! Wrong answer but thanks for playing. :-)
The actual number is 200 (give or take a car or two, I'm sure). But it's not 150 and it's not 350!
Update: I have an exact number now. Over the course of the series, they used 229 Chargers and 19 survived. So they destroyed a total of 210.
Update on update: Okay I've needed to update this information for quite a while. Better late than never! While the number still isn't 350, it is pretty close to 300. There were around 80 cars in addition to the 229 in WB's records.