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From the Earth To the Moon
|While a great deal of technical accuracy was maintained in the making of this series, the casting department allowed themselves the luxury of letting some actors into the series who would have been rejected from the Apollo program itself. On what basis would they have been rejected?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
They were too tall. It's clearly stated in the series that no one taller than six feet even is permitted into the Apollo program, but Adam Baldwin (who plays Fred Haise), Tim Daly (who plays James Lovell), and several other actors in the series are well over six feet tall. There's that artistic license again.
|More than once in the series, we see Apollo astronauts showing short animated films explaining the upcoming missions to members of various organizations. What cartoon character is featured in these short films?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Woody Woodpecker. Woody and his pal from the Walter Lantz studio, Chilly Willy, "dumb down" the Apollo missions for easy public consumption.
|A cast member from 'Murphy Brown' was featured prominently in one episode of 'From the Earth To the Moon.' What role did he or she play on 'Murphy Brown'?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Miles. Grant Shaud, who played Miles Silverberg on 'Murphy Brown,' played engineer Bob Carbee in episode 5, 'Spider.'
|Exactly one actor from the regular cast of a 'Star Trek' series made an appearance in 'From the Earth To the Moon.' To the cast of which 'Trek' series did he or she belong?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
'Star Trek: Voyager'. Ethan Phillips, who played the Talaxian 'morale officer' Neelix on 'Voyager,' played the eccentric Stanley Craig in episode 8, 'We Interrupt This Program.' Craig was interested in sending a manned probe to Neptune!
|In another link between 'Apollo 13' and 'From the Earth To the Moon,' one actor played a different Apollo astronaut in each project. He played Frank Borman in 'From the Earth To the Moon.' Whom did he play in 'Apollo 13'?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Pete Conrad. David Andrews has the distinction of playing not one, but two Apollo astronauts in less than four years.
|The final episode of 'From the Earth To the Moon' presented two different eras in history, and featured two distinct voice-over narrators. One of them is Tom Hanks. The other narrator is related to which celebrity?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Gwyneth Paltrow. Tom Hanks provides the narration for the segments of the episode relating to the shooting of the film 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune,' while Blythe Danner narrates the rest of the episode, which addresses both Apollo 17 and a retrospective of the entire Apollo program. Danner is Gywenth Paltrow's mother.
|In episode 3, the preparation for the Apollo 7 mission is captured on film by a documentary filmmaker. Which actor-director plays the role of this documentarian?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Peter Horton. Peter Horton, perhaps best known for acting in and directing many episodes of 'Thirtysomething,' plays documentarian Frank Burns.
cameraman. Hanks plays Jean-Luc Despont, the cameraman on the early French film 'Le Voyage Dans La Lune,' in the final episode of the same name.
|During most of episode 6, 'Mare Tranquilitatis,' Buzz Aldrin (Bryan Cranston) is at odds with Neil Armstrong (Tony Goldwyn). Why is this?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Buzz wants to be the first to exit the capsule. Much is made of the fact that Aldrin has issues with being the SECOND man to walk on the moon.
|In the movie 'The Right Stuff,' Alan Shepard was constantly imitating popular 60's comedian 'Jose Jimenez,' who often pretended to be an astronaut. But in 'From the Earth To the Moon,' Shepard never references Jose. Which astronaut does?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Wally Schirra. Schirra, played by Mark Harmon, apes 'Jose' just before Apollo 7 makes its historic launch in episode 3, 'We Have Cleared the Tower.'
|Of all the Apollo astronauts who got screen time, one was portrayed by an actor who was not American, but British. Which astronaut was this?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Michael Collins. Collins, the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 11, was played by Englishman Cary Elwes (perhaps best known as Westley in 'The Princess Bride') in 'Mare Tranquilitatis.'
|There are several close ties between the movie 'Apollo 13' and the mini-series 'From the Earth To The Moon.' The most obvious visual link, perhaps, is the fact that one actor plays the same role in both the movie and the mini-series. What is that actor's name?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Clint Howard. Clint, the brother of 'Apollo 13' director Ron Howard, played virtually the same role in 'Apollo 13' and 'From the Earth To the Moon.' In the former, he was known simply as 'EECOM White.' In the latter, he got a name: Paul Lucas.
|In episode 5, 'Spider,' engineer Tom Kelly (Matt Craven) does something physical when he's trying to think out a problem. What does he do?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
He bounces a small rubber ball off a wall (He shoots free throws, He swims, He juggles). By the time the project is completed, several dozen rubber balls can be seen up on the roof of the building Tom has been bouncing them against for almost seven years.
|One episode featured neither NASA nor the astronauts, but the American press as its primary focus. Which Apollo mission was shunted to the sidelines in order to train the spotlight onto the press?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Apollo 13. Since the events of the Apollo 13 mission had been meticulously detailed in the film 'Apollo 13,' Tom Hanks cleverly avoided repeating what had come before, and spotlighted the American news media in episode 8, 'We Interrupt This Program.'
|Tom Hanks served as executive producer for this series. What actor or actress who has appeared in at least one film with him wound up directing an episode?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Sally Field. Sally Field was in 'Punchline' and 'Forrest Gump' with Hanks. She directed (and acted in) episode 11, 'The Original Wives' Club.'
|In the first episode, 'Can We Do This?', Pete Conrad calls Jim Lovell by what is obviously a tongue-in-cheek nickname. What does he call him?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Shaky . Obviously, the nickname is a joke -- the last thing a pilot as reliable and accomplished as Lovell would be called by a fellow pilot is 'shaky.'
Deke Slayton. Deke Slayton (Nick Searcy), the Director of Flight Crew Operations for NASA, appeared in almost every single episode of the series.
Pete Conrad. Pete Conrad was played by Tom Hanks' 'Bosom Buddies' cohort Peter Scolari in the first and second episodes, but when the episode featuring Apollo 12 ('That's All There Is') aired, we suddenly saw a new face (and bare behind) for Pete Conrad -- Paul McCrane, perhaps best known as Dr. Robert 'Rocket' Romano on the hit TV series 'ER.'
|While several real-world TV journalists are quoted and shown throughout the mini-series, a fictional TV journalist was created for reasons of artistic license. What was the name of this character?||HBO's 'From the Earth To the Moon'
Emmett Seaborn. Seaborn was played by Lane Smith, and appeared in quite a few episodes of the series.
Take a picture. The man promised his kid that he would get a picture with his hero, but was too star struck to ask at first. He got his picture with him kneeling behind Al while Al was getting sick.
Ambushed Sweigert's parents at the airport. He was a real slime-ball, going after the families and kids the way he did.
Cameras. It started off with his pointing the TV camera at the sun and frying the "Vitacon tube". Then he couldn't find the timer to take a special picture of himself and Pete Conrad. Finally, he forgot to take a camera out of its mounting bracket after the parachutes opened, which knocked him out when it hit his head.
Took Communion. He was impressed by the crew of Apollo 8 reading from the book of Genesis, and had his priest bless a small vial of sacramental wine and a host that he took up with him. Neil Armstrong did not know this was going to happen, but Deke Slayton did.
Little rubber balls. To relieve stress, Tom would try to hit the flashing on the top of the building with the red rubber ball...many of which wound up on the roof.
Jim Lovell. Lovell flew to the moon on Apollo 8 with Frank Borman, and as commander of the ill fated Apollo 13. Alan Bean was the fourth man to step foot on the moon, his rookie flight. Buzz Aldrin flew with Lovell on Gemini 12, and was the second man to step foot on the moon.
Jolly Wally. Their nurse, Dee O'Hara, called him that when telling the film crew about his "gotcha games", and how he dropped off his urine sample on her desk in a five gallon jar.
Joe Shea. He kept saying that he wished he had been in the capsule when it caught on fire. Everyone thought he meant he wished he was dead too. His reasoning was that where he would have been laying, he would have seen the fire when it started, and might have been able to put it out.
A loose washer. He gave it a playful flick in zero gravity to watch it spin as it floated around.
HBO. They aired one episode a week for 12 weeks. It was great wondering what was going to happen next, even though I knew the entire space race.