It has been 20 years since the release of Memento. It has laid the career of one of the biggest filmmakers working today. Let’s go back in time and see some behind-the-scene facts from Memento.
- Christopher made the film even before the short story was written from which it is inspired. Christopher Nolan came from Chicago to Los Angeles with his brother Jonathan Nolan on a road trip to Hollywood. On their way, Jonathan shared an idea for a short story with him, and Christopher decided to write a script on it. Both of them wrote their version of the story and Christopher’s vision turned into Memento.
- Originally it was Jonathan’s idea but, Christopher was able to finish it before Jonathan got his version published, which we now know as Memento Mori.
- Memento had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2000 and was released on March 16, 2001, whereas Memento Mori was published for the first time in the March 2001 issue of Esquire magazine.
- Brad Pitt’s interest in Memento helped the movie to come through. Christopher shot the movie on weekends in England for a year, meanwhile, he visited some festivals. He was trying to sell Memento though he had no Hollywood influence. But Brad Pitt was interested in it and helped the Memento to come up. There were rumors that Brad Pitt was going to work in Memento, which was later cleared by Christopher.
- Was Stephen Tobolousky suffering from short-term memory loss? Stephen Tobolousky is best appreciated for his roles in Groundhog Day and Memento, where he played the role of Sammy Jankis, who suffered from a kind of memory loss condition in the movie. The actor recently told on The Lone Star Plate podcast that he actually experienced amnesia.
- Christopher Nolan has a fixed list of actors he repeatedly works with including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Thoman Lennon. Thomas Lennon has appeared in multiple films including Memento, where he played the role of the doctor treating Sammy Jankis.
- Nolan says that Memento is a linear story, whereas people refer to it as non-linear. This is what makes it a unique experience that the director has attempted to make the audience relate to Leonard’s mindset by using various lenses and shooting techniques.
These are some of the facts that many of Memento’s fans didn’t know. We hope you enjoyed reading these facts about your favorite movie. Stay tuned with us for more such updates.