Majestic, The Easter Egg - Items from Other Movies

One of the themes in Jim Carrey's "The Majestic", is that movies and movie theatres are magical, timeless things. I found several Eggs just from seeing it at the theatre, that appear to reinforce this (there will likely be more):
1) The characters go to a club called the "Coco Bongo (from Carrey's movie "The Mask").
2) In a clip from a movie that Carrey's character wrote, a character gets conked on the head with a rather ugly idol (the same one Indiana Jones grabbed at the beginning of "Raiders of the Lost Ark").
3) In the same in-movie film clip as #2, the hero of the film (which is admitted to by Carrey's character to be a "B-movie") is Bruce Macdonald, who is literally today's "King of B-movies".
4) Carrey's character suffers through two meetings while off-screen voices plan horrific changes to his movie; in one scene a character is renamed "Floyd", and in the next, to "Haywood" (both names are hated by the off-screen voices). Haywood Floyd is the name of the protagonist in Stanley Kubrick's "2001, a Space Odyssey".
5) Carrey's character is mistaken for someone named "Albert Lucas Trimble", whom everyone calls "Luke" for short... a reference to George Lucas and his alter-ego, Luke Skywalker?

As I said, there may be more that would appear with repeated viewings!

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Contributed By: dngnmastr on 01-09-2002
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Kap writes:
Actually, the B-movie king that you are referring to in #3 is Bruce Campbell of the Evil Dead series of movies (which includes Army of Darkness). Also, in number 4, you talk about Haywood Floyd as being a character in 2001: A Space Odyssey. I doubt this is necessarily who Director Frank Darabont is referring to. If you recall Darabont's debut The Shawshank Redemption, two of the characters are named Heywood (William Sadler) and Floyd (Brian Libby).
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pr_frink writes:
I don't know if the Indiana Jones idol is really an egg because they thank Stephen Spielberg in the credits for use of the idol. But, at the end of the movie **minor spoiler** when Jim Carrey is selling tickets in the box office of the Majestic, the movie that is being shown is Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The movie was a thinly veiled reference to communism, which Jim Carrey's character is accused of being.
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Brian writes:
Speaking of Bruce Campbell, one of the movies shown at the Magestic is 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.', which 'Army of Darkness', also staring Bruce Campbell, plays an homage too, as referenced elsewhere on this site.
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Cappy Ahab writes:
The idol in the Sand Pirates movie is most definitely an egg, even though Spielberg is thanked in the credits. In fact, this the first movie that I can recall whose plot is almost entirely egg driven. Although you can take the story on its surface, the eggs throughout this film underscore or highlight key points, and serve as doors between the myths made in movies and the myths believed in the streets and executive boardrooms of the real Hollywood, California. For example, the bar that Jim Carrey (as Appleton) goes into is the Coco Bongo, which is also the bar that Jim Carrey (as the Mask) frequented in Carrey's breakout performance in The Mask. The bar scene in the Majestic is the key scene to set up Appleton "assuming" the identity of another. So the Mask film reference underscores the rising issue of identity crises that the Appleton character is about to face. Another key moment is when Appleton, mistaken for a memoryless Luke Trimble, finally makes a cognitive connection with Luke's old flame, Adele Stanton. She confesses that her inspiration to become a lawyer stems from a scene she saw in a movie as a little girl. The movie was The Life of Emile Zola. Both Appleton (as Luke) and Adele have a crucial courtroom scene from the movie memorized, and it is the first "memory" that Appleton can recall. The egg is this: Laurie Holden plays Adele. The actresses real-life grandmother is Gloria Holden who portrayed Mme. Zola in The Life of Emile Zola. This real-world connection (the "egg") underscores the scene: linking to the past, linking to family, connecting with the passion that really matters. Luke Trimble (not Carrey, but the "real" but deceased Luke Trimble) died as a member of the 101st Airborne in WWII. His voice is heard in a voiceover, reading a letter sent to Adele shortly before his disappearance. The actor chosen to perform the voice over is none other than Matt Damon, who starred in Saving Private Ryan...a member of the 101st Airborne in WWII. The word S-T-O-R-Y is clearly seen in a critical scene in the graveyard. The movie's theme is on the fact that the Story and Storytelling is dead in Hollywood, but maybe everywhere else, too.
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dudezippo writes:
Bruce Cambell not McDonald is the "King of B Movies". Look up the book.
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sveardze writes:
I like the 2001 egg. I noticed the "Haywood" part in the beginning but missed the "Floyd" one. I kept muttering, "Haywood, haywood. Haywood? 2001?" thinking it was coincidence.
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OandA Rules writes:
The "King Of B Movies" is Bruce Campbell, Not Bruce McDonald.
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Those last couple are stretching it...Really.
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