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50 Behind the Scene Facts about Famous Movies

 

Pan’s Labyrinth


The English subtitles for Pan’s Labyrinth were translated and written by director Guillermo del Toro himself. He no longer trusts translators after having encountered problems with his previous subtitled movies.

 

2. The skeleton found by Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly inside the wrong coffin at Sad Hill cemetery, was a real human skeleton. A deceased Spanish actress wrote in her will she wanted to act even after her death.

3. After a screening of the film The Elephant Man, studio executives recommended the surreal scenes be cut. Producer Mel Brooks responded: “We screened the film to bring you up to date as to the status of that venture. Do not misconstrue this as our soliciting the input of raging primitives.”

 

4. While filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the live rabbit they used for the “monster” scenes were covered in what they assumed was a washable red dye. But when they had trouble cleaning it off, they had to stop filming to desperately clean the rabbit before its owner arrived.

 

5. Braveheart has been described as one of the most historically inaccurate modern films. One historian took particular exception to the costumes and compared it to, “a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th-century business suits, but with the jackets worn back-to-front.”

Das Boot


The cast of the critically acclaimed “Das Boot” were not allowed to see sunshine during the entire year the movie was filmed. This was done in order to maintain their unhealthy pallor and contributed to their realistic portrayal of a “journey into madness.”

 

7. In Saving Private Ryan, all main actors went through army training except Matt Damon so that the other actors would show resentment for him.

8. A Gladiator sequel script had Maximus reincarnated by the Roman Gods and returned to Rome to defend Christians against persecution; then transported to other periods including World War 2, the Vietnam War, and finally being a general in the Pentagon. It was rejected for being too far-fetched.

 

9. When Forrest Gump gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, and you cannot hear him, he says, “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”

 

10. In 2012, ‘V for Vendetta’ was broadcast in China without any censorship, surprising many viewers.

11 No Country for Old Men

While shooting ‘No Country for Old Men’ on-location in Marfa, Texas, the movie There Will Be Blood (2007) was shooting nearby. One day, while filming a wide shot of the landscape, directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen had to halt shooting for the day when a gigantic cloud of dark smoke floated conspicuously into view. The Coens resumed filming the next day, when the smoke finally dissipated. A year and a half later, both films were the leading contenders at the Academy Awards.

 

12. The original version of the French film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, was lost in a fire. The master negatives were found 53 years later in a Norwegian mental institute by a janitor in a closet.

13. 2 versions of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ were made: a PG-13 version and an R-rated version. Test audiences preferred the R-rated version, so that’s what was released.

 

14. The 3 timelines shown in The Grand Budapest Hotel were each shot in a different aspect ratio, to reflect the cinematic history of the period being depicted.

 

15. Clark Gable nervously munching on carrots in “It Happened One Night” was the inspiration for Bugs Bunny’s continual munching on carrots.

16 Life of Brian


Monty Python’s Life of Brian was mainly financed by George Harrison after EMI withdrew their funding. Harrison put up the money for it as he “wanted to see the movie” (this was later described by Terry Jones as the “world’s most expensive cinema ticket”).

 

17. The Lion King was originally called “King of the Jungle”… until the Disney team remembered that lions don’t live in the jungle.

18. The Big Lebowski secured rights for the song Dead Flowers (closing credits) when rights owner and Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein, who was asking $150,000 heard the line “I hate the f*ckin’ Eagles, man!” Klein stood up and said, ‘That’s it, you can have the song!’

 

19. If the story told in the animation “Finding Nemo” was real, when Nemo’s mum and siblings got eaten, Nemo’s dad would have developed female gonads and formed a breeding pair with Nemo.

 

20. During the filming of the Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill took revenge on Leonardo DiCaprio by giving him food poisoning. By improvising a line, Hill made DiCaprio eat the last piece of raw yellowtail sushi. DiCaprio had to repeat this 70 times. Only Hill and Martin Scorsese found it funny.

21 Taxi Driver


During the filming of Taxi Driver, De Niro asked Cybill Shepherd out on a date. She turned him down, and he did not speak to her, except in character, for the rest of the filming. She later said that she regretted turning him down.

 

22. While the “Shining” was playing in New York and Los Angeles, Stanley Kubrick ordered projectionists to cut the original final scene from the film by hand, and mail the deleted filmstrips back to Warner Bros. The original ending has never been released since.

23. Charlie Chaplin, while directing his movie “City Lights”, made actress Virginia Cherrill re-do a scene where she says “Flower Sir”? 342 times. The movie was a silent film.

 

24. The “Funny how? Like a clown?” scene in Goodfellas is based on an actual encounter Joe Pesci had with a mobster while working in a restaurant as a young man.

 

25. The entire movie “Chinatown” is portrayed subjectively through the eyes of the main character, Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), who appears in every scene. In fact, in one scene when Gittes is knocked unconscious, the film fades to black and fades back in only when he awakens.

26 The Great Escape


During the filming of the Great Escape’s famous motorcycle chase, Steve McQueen not only did most of his own motorcycle stunts but also did it as one of the Nazis chasing his character. Thus, through the power of editing, Steve McQueen is actually chasing himself.

 

27. In 2014, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar was the only film in the top 10 worldwide box office to be completely original.

28. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, they limited the onscreen blood from gunshots during the truck chase by using fine red dust instead of liquid fake blood. Unfortunately, the only red dust available for the squibs was Cayenne Pepper, which caused a lot of suffering for the stunt crew.

 

29. Harrison Ford and Sean Connery filmed their conversation scenes onboard the Zeppelin in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade without pants on, because of the hot set.

 

30. To get into character as The Bear Jew in Inglourious Basterds, Eli Roth listened to Hannah Montana songs and thought about what it’d be like if he was Hannah Montana because it took him “to a place of insanity.”

31 2001: A Space Odyssey


After seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the astronauts of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to leave Earth’s orbit, were tempted to radio back reporting the appearance of a black monolith.

 

32. During the filming of ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ Malcolm McDowell suffered cracked ribs when an actor kicked him in the chest. He also almost drowned when his head was held underwater and got a scratch in the cornea of his eye. Kubrick said, “Let’s carry on, I’ll favor your other eye.”

33. During filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O’Toole added foam rubber to his camel saddle to increase comfort. This eventually spread across the Middle East and O’Toole was called the “Father of Rubber.”

 

34. For the film “Psycho” Alfred Hitchcock insisted theatre managers to put “no late admission” policy so that audience either see the film from the very beginning, or they don’t see it all.

 

35. The scene in Matrix Reloaded when Trinity hacks into a power station’s computer is actually an accurate portrayal of a hack exploiting a real SSH vulnerability.

36 Django Unchained

During the filming of Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio stopped mid-scene because he was having “a difficult time” using so many racial slurs. Samuel L. Jackson then pulled him aside telling him, “mother f*cker, this is just another Tuesday for us.”

 

37. Grave of the Fireflies is based on the author’s own experiences as a child and was written as a personal apology for not being able to save his younger sister Keiko who died of malnutrition in Fukui.

38. As an experiment, a copy of Casablanca’s screenplay was submitted to 217 agencies under the title “Everybody Comes to Rick’s”. Out of the 85 that read it, only 8 recognized it specifically as Casablanca, and only 3 declared it as commercially viable.

 

39. For each word he said in Terminator 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $21,429.

 

40. In the original Japanese version of Spirited Away, all of Chihiro’s character development is lost in the end, as she forgets her adventure in the Spirit World when she returns to Earth.

41 Fight Club


In the movie “Fight Club” Tyler Durden was originally going to recite a workable recipe for home-made explosives as he does in the novel. But in the interest of public safety, the filmmakers decided to substitute fictional recipes for the real ones.

 

42. The film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was shown in Swedish theaters for 11 years straight.

43. During the making of “The Silence of the Lambs”, Jodie Foster was so terrified of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter that she avoided him and never actually spoke to him until the last day of filming.

 

44. The train scene from Inception was not a CGI. The crew fitted a tractor truck to look like a diesel locomotive and smashed cars with it.

 

45. While filming “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg would put Robin Williams on speaker phone to cheer up the cast and crew.

46 The usual suspects


The famous line-up scene from “The usual suspects” was scripted to be a serious one. Director Bryan Singer became infuriated when none of the actors could keep a straight face because Benicio Del Toro farted close to 12 takes in a row. After a full day, he gave up and used the funniest takes.

 

47. The prison used for filming ‘The Green Mile’ was also used for filming ‘Ernest Goes to Jail’ and imprisoned James Earl Ray and Johnny Cash. The abandoned prison is located in Tennessee.

48. The movie ‘Infernal Affairs’ was a 2002 Hong Kong film, which Martin Scorsese watched. He loved the story so much, he directed an American version: The Departed which was ‘The Best Picture winner’ of 2006.

 

49. Marilyn Monroe was terrible at learning lines. It took her 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar”, in ‘Some Like it Hot’.

50. After the release of the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, tourists came to Thailand to see the fictional bridge. Since there never was a bridge on the Kwai, the Thai renamed a portion of the Mae Klong river containing a bridge to satisfy the tourists.

 

 

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