A long preparation was necessary for the famous scene of the piano, during which Tom Hanks and Robbert Loggia interpret a piece on a giant keyboard, in front of delighted customers.
Tom Hanks spent several months rehearsing while his accomplice had to be dubbed. However, when the time came to shoot, Robert Loggia preferred to go ahead himself.
The scene was finally validated after only one take. A dance performed not on the piano then in place at FAO Schwarz but on a larger model, covering three octaves, built especially for Big.
The success of the film prompted the manufacturer to sell the same model to individuals.
The price? “Only” $15,000. Since then, and until the store closed in 2015, thousands of customers came to try to replicate the act built around Hoagy Carmichael’s Heart and Soul.
That’s how many Oscar nominations the film has won. One for Tom Hanks and the other for Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg for Best Original Screenplay. Unfortunately, he didn’t win either of them.
Formerly the world’s largest toy store, FAO Schwarz left the iconic 5th Avenue in 2015 and was reborn in Rockefeller Center three years later.
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Fanspots Stories New York
Discover the secrets of the cult places of the greatest masterpieces of pop culture in New York!
The world capital of pop culture, New York embodies unbridled creative freedom. The city that never sleeps has been the muse of a large number of directors, actors, screenwriters, singers, musicians, cartoonists and writers…
Many have passed on their fascination for the city to the general public and made some of its places famous worldwide, making them into the legend of pop culture. These are the secrets of a hundred of them revealed in this first volume of the Fanspots Stories collection.
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Directed by a team of pop culture specialists and embellished with many anecdotes, Fanspots Stories New York tells more than just a story: these are some of the most fascinating stories in pop culture.
Fanspot Stories New York
100 pop cults
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Discover all the places Big on our map
By Gilles Rolland
Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.