One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1) In the scene where Andy arrives in the library as Brooks’ assistant and Brooks’ crow Jake is squawking, Tim Robbins had to time his line, “Hey, Jake. Where’s Brooks?”, so that the crow wouldn’t squawk over his line, since the bird could not be trained to squawk on cue. Robbins was able to adapt to this and time his line perfectly from learning the bird’s patterns in squawking, for which Director Frank Darabont praised him. Robbins’s improvisation is noticeable, and we can see that when he walks into the room right up to the crow, he waits a short moment for it to squawk while looking at it, and then proceeds with his line after it does so.
2) Filming for the scene where Andy escapes through the sewage pipe happened to occur on April Fool’s Day, so director Frank Darabont decided to play a joke on Tim Robbins by telling him that instead of a standard brown stage goo made of oatmeal and food coloring, the simulated waste would actually be made of German cake icing and black rum, two of Robbins’s favorites. It wasn’t until after Robbins had eaten his fill that Darabont stopped laughing long enough to tell him that it was actually baboon diarrhea.