Daily Trivia – 4/26/11

Question: Can you fill in the blank: “Nothing comes between me and my ______.”

Last Question: In what movie did Michael Keaton play the title character that only appeared in the movie for about 17 minutes?

Answer: Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice (whose name was really spelled Betelgeuse. The movie title was the phonetic spelling of the character’s name.

The movie was directed by Tim Burton, with a $13 million budget. The movie went on to make over $73 million, making it a huge success. Burton went on to direct Batman after this, which also starred Michael Keaton as the title character.

In Beetlejuice, Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitland die in a car accident. When they go back to their house as spirits, they find that their house was sold, and there is an obnoxious people living there. The new family consists of Charles (Jeffrey Jones), aspiring sculptor and Charles’ second wife Delia (Catherine O’Hara), and Charles’ goth daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) from his first marriage.
Lydia is the only one who able to see able to see Adam and Barbara, and they become friends. But, the ghostly couple wants the crazy family out of the house. So, they hire Betelgeuse, a freelance “bio-exorcist” ghost, to scare them away. But Betelgeuse becomes more interested in marrying Lydia so that he can re-enter the land of the living. Things got out of control, and the Maitland’s and Lydia finally defeated Betelgeuse and banished him permanently to the afterlife.

I love this movie, and it has a lot of great quotes, such as:

Adam: What are your qualifications?
Betelgeuse: Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the Excorcist 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it. Not to mention the fact that you’re talking to a dead guy! Now what do you think!? You think I’m qualified?

Betelgeuse: We’ve come for your daughter, Chuck. Wah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Betelgeuse: (kicks over tree in graveyard) Nice F*ck*n model (as he grabs his genitals)

Betelgeuse: I’m the ghost with the most, babe.

Lydia: They don’t want to come down.

Otho: Why not?

Lydia: I think the reason is that they were trying to scare you away, and you didn’t get scared.

Delia: Please, they’re dead. It’s a little late to be neurotic.

Betelgeuse: Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.

[why he can’t tell Lydia his name]
Betelgeuse: Because if I tell you, you’ll tell your friends, your friends are callin’ me on the horn all the time, I gotta show up at shopping centers for openings and sign autographs and shit like that and it makes my life a *hell*. Okay? A living hell.

[Head spins wildly and begins shrieking]
Betelgeuse: Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Preacher: Do you take this woman do be your wedded wife?
Betelgeuse: [Runs off to the side mumbling to himself] Oh geez, I don’t know. I mean, it’s kind of a big decision isn’t it? I mean, I always said if I ever did it, I was gonna do it once and that was it.
[Runs back to the altar and stands next to Lydia]
Betelgeuse: Sure, yeah. Go ahead.

Betelgeuse: [to Lydia, about the owner of the finger he pulled out of a wedding ring] I’m tellin’ ya, honey, she meant nothin’ to me. Nothin’ at all!

Betelgeuse: It’s Showtime!!

[last lines]
[in the waiting room, Betelgeuse is sitting next to a witch doctor, who is next in line]
Betelgeuse: Pardon me. Did you do that?
[points to explorer with shrunken head]
Betelgeuse: That’s very nice work. Let me ask you something. How do you get them so sma… Hey, there goes Elvis! Yo, King!
[as the doctor looks away, Betelgeuse switches numbers]
Betelgeuse: Well, looks like I’m next. Good thing, too. I gotta do a photo shoot for GQ in about an hour and a half. Yeah, they’ve been after me for months. Doin’ some underwear deal. I don’t know what…
[the witch doctor sprinkles some powder on Betelgeuse’s head; it starts shrinking]
Betelgeuse: [voice getting higher as head gets smaller] Whoa, hey! What are you doing? Hey, stop it! Hey, you’re messing up my hair! C’mon! Whoa! Whoa! Stop it! *Whoa!*… Hey, this might be a good look for me.

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