Some Sport Film Tidbits

Cool Runnings

A good sports film alway guarantee to shed a tear and spread a cheer in equal measures.  We all love to see an underdog, and we all want to win.  And we all want to win with Titanbet Sports too.  We wanted to look at some facts behind some of these much loved films:

Cool Runnings

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonoured coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.  One of the other bobsled teams lent the Jamaican team a back-up sled so they could qualify.  The crash scene we see at the end of the movie is actually the real footage taken from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.  Awesome.


Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.  Rocky was the first sports film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.  Cher was considered for the role of Adrian, but the part went to the wonderful Talia Shire.  Butkus, the dog was actually Sylvester Stallone’s very on dog.  Adrian!


A star bowler whose career was prematurely “cut off” hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.  The scene where Ernie McCracken bowled three strikes in a row was real.  According to the Farrelly brothers, Woody Harrelson was an absolutely awful bowler.  The advert Ernie McCracken does for the children, was completely ad-libbed by Bill Murray.  And Jim Carrey was first choice to play Ernie McCracken.  Strike!

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.  Ben Stiller broke three cameras while filming one scene.  The hardest part of filming the dodgeball scenes was not flinching when they knew they were about to be hit.  Dodge!

The Karate Kid

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.  I’m talking about the original and best one, the 1984 film…  Both Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn turned down the role of this iconic character.  When he originally auditioned for the role of Miyagi, Pat Morita faked his Japanese accent and was rejected the part. After a little coaching from his uncle who taught him, he auditioned for a second time and got the part!  Wax off!

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