"She borrowed it off one of the Roman soldiery in 'Hail, Caesar.' Seemed to want it for something. Well, good-bye, all," said the assistant director.
P.G. Wodehouse, "The Juice of an Orange."*
But I'd like to think the Cohen Brothers are serious Wodehouse fans.
*Alright, you need the context: "The Juice of an Orange" is one of Wodehouse's "Mulliner" stories, told by Mr. Mulliner to the regulars in the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest. Some of those stories reflect Wodehouse's experiences in Hollywood in the '30's (or so). The "she" in the quote above is Hortensia Burwash, prize star of Perfecto-Zizzbaum studios, and she has gone on a rampage because she is displeased with some aspect of her newest movie. When I read the story again the other night I got to this quote and thought, "Hmmmmmm....." But I've found absolutely nothing so far to say it wasn't pure coincidence. Of course, if there's a gorilla, or even an orange, in the film.....