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1 Star Wars

The Star Wars theme was written purposely on the same key as the 20th Century Fox fanfare (that used to appear before the movie started) so that there will be a continuous feeling and a smooth entry to the film for the viewers.

2. In the movie ‘Lord of War’ starring Nicolas Cage, the production team bought 3,000 real SA Vz. 58 rifles to stand in for AK-47s because they were cheaper than prop movie guns.

3. An art historian watching the movie ‘Stuart Little’ in 2009 recognized a prop in the background as a lost painting by the Hungarian artist Róbert Berény. The film’s set designer had found the work at a California antiques store for $500. It eventually sold at auction for €229,500.

4. Disney’s “Enchanted” film was originally written as an R-rated comedy princess movie with borrowed elements from “American Pie” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” that focused heavily on sex and profanity. Disney also hoped to cash in on merchandising with a Giselle doll, which was the studio’s first to be modeled on a real person and not a cartoon, but Disney’s lawyers discovered that they’d have to pay Amy Adams to license her image for the rest of her life, so the doll was dropped from the Disney Princess line and this is why Giselle is rarely seen at Disney’s Parks.

5. Daniel Radcliffe’s parents initially turned him down for the role of Harry Potter in “The Philosopher’s Stone” because the initial plan was to shoot six films in Los Angeles. They accepted the role after filming was moved to the UK and the contract reduced to 2 movies.

6 What We Do in the Shadows

Stu, the IT guy from “What We Do in the Shadows”, is in fact an IT guy named Stu in real life. He thought he was on set to help with IT related tasks and had no idea how big his part in the movie was until filming was almost wrapped.

7. The United States Government was in full support of the movie Independence Day [1996] offering real military uniforms and even jets until the film makers refused to remove Area 51 from the movie. Then the government withdrew all support.

8. After replacing River Phoenix (untimely death) for the role of Daniel Malloy in the movie Interview with a Vampire, Christian Slater donated his entire salary to Phoenix’s favorite charitable organizations.

9. “The Shawshank Redemption” remains one of the most valuable assets in Warner Brothers catalog (which has several multi-billion dollar movie franchises) and actor Bob Gunton who played the warden in the movie still makes six figures a year from it.

10. The Motion Picture Academy refused to nominate Tron for a special-effects award because, according to director Steven Lisberger, “The Academy thought we cheated by using computers.”

 

 

11 Borat

Despite playing an anti-Semitic Kazakhstani man, Sasha Baron Cohen is actually speaking Hebrew throughout the entire movie “Borat.”

12. Dr. Seuss’ widow disliked “The Cat in the Hat (2003)” so much that she banned Hollywood from making live action movies of Seuss’ characters.

13. The movie “Coco” was originally about a Mexican-American boy coping with the death of his mother, learning to let her go and move on with his life. As the movie developed, Pixar realized that this is the opposite of what Día de los Muertos is about.

14. William Shatner directed ‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’ because of a clause in his contract dating back to the original series ensuring that whatever Leonard Nimoy got, he did too. So after Nimoy directed ‘Star Trek IV’, Shatner insisted that he get a turn at directing a movie.

15. Despite bringing in just $462 million at the box office, the 2006 movie “Cars” earned $10 billion in merchandise sales over the next 5 years.

 

 

16 Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks financed and produced the movie ‘The Elephant Man’, but didn’t take any credit because he didn’t want audiences mistaking it for a comedy.

17. The Nakatomi Plaza which was featured in the movie “Die Hard” was actually 20th Century Fox’s headquarters and they charged themselves rent to use it.

18. In the movie “Dumb and Dumber”, Jim Carrey’s chipped tooth is genuine, resulting from a fight with a classmate in his childhood, but he had since had it capped. He simply had the crown temporarily removed from that tooth to portray Lloyd.

19. “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Daddy’s Home” were funded using money stolen from a Malaysian government investment fund.

20. The Senate Majority Leader in 1939 decried the Academy Award-winning movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, saying the movie “showed the Senate as the biggest aggregation of nincompoops on record!”

21 Blues Brothers

Over 60 old police cars were purchased for the making of the 1980 movie Blues Brothers’ chase scenes, and none of them survived.

22. In the 1964 movie “A Distant Trumpet”, many of the Navajo Native American actors went off script and would joke around in their language. No one bothered to translate what they said until the 2009 documentary Reel Injun did just that.

23. Jonah Hill was hospitalized with bronchitis after shooting for “The Wolf of Wall Street” ended. He had been snorting Vitamin D for close to seven months since the movie involved several scenes of coke snorting.

24. In 1974, the 1946 movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” fell into public domain because the studio failed to renew its copyright. As a result, it was aired a lot, which explains why it became so popular even though it flopped in theaters. The studio got rights to the movie again in 1993.

25. Although being a giant box office success, movie theater business was less enthused about the movie “A Quiet Place” because the ambiance of the movie was such that any type of loud eating was shamed leading to people not buying any food. Cinemas normally earn more from food than tickets.

26 Batman & Robin

Rapper Coolio’s cameo in Batman & Robin was an Easter Egg setting up a fifth movie in the series. Coolio is uncredited as playing Dr. Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow who would’ve been the main villain in Batman Unchained.

27. In the Hobbit movies, Smaug is guarding 16,646,250 metric tons of gold. It would be worth approximately $676 trillion.

28. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis clashed during the filming of Groundhog Day. Murray wanted the movie to be more contemplative while Ramis saw it as more of a comedy. After filming was completed the two didn’t speak to each other for 21 years, only reconciling shortly before Ramis’ death in 2014.

29. American distributor of the movie ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ shortened it to 139 minutes, without the director’s involvement. That version was a critical and commercial flop in the US. Meanwhile, European Cut spanning 229 minutes has remained one of the best gangster movie ever made according to many critics.

30. Tom Hanks refused to get paid for his roles in Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, preferring to take percentages of the movies’ worldwide total gross instead. He got almost $60 million from Forrest Gump and between $30 million and $40 million from Saving Private Ryan.

31 Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail was originally planned to end with a massive battle between Arthur’s forces, the French knights, and the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. This was scrapped because the movie didn’t have a big enough budget for it.

32. While filming Mimic, director Guillermo del Toro’s father was kidnapped. The kidnappers demanded $1 million but del Toro had already put all his money into the movie. James Cameron came in and gave him the $1 million in cash while also recommending a negotiator.

33. In 1981, a 27-year-old James Cameron was working as a director on Pirhana II, when he was fired for failing to get a close-up of the lead actress. He then got food poisoning and during his illness had a nightmare about a robot sent from the future to kill him, which became the idea for ‘The Terminator.’

34. Russell Crowe was offered the role of Wolverine, but turned it down due to his role in Gladiator being associated with wolves, and he didn’t want to be typecast as “Mr. Wolfman”, believing Wolverine was based on a wolf. He recommended Hugh Jackman, who also researched wolves before being corrected.

35. Martial arts choreographer Woo-ping Yuen didn’t particularly want to work on The Matrix despite liking the script. He asked for a sky-high fee and insisted on 4 months of training for the cast and total control over the stunt scenes. To his surprise Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis agreed.

 

 

36 Tron

The computer game Tron actually came out after the movie did and it made more money in arcades than the movie did in theaters.

37. On the set of The Princess Bride, André the Giant once “let out a 16 second fart and brought production to a standstill.” Nobody said anything except director Rob Reiner, who said “Are you OK, André?” to which André replied, “I am now boss.”

38. Columbia Pictures refused to make E.T., saying it was “a wimpy Walt Disney movie.” The company was, however, allowed to retain 5% of the film’s net profits after selling the project to Universal Studios and later said “we made more on [E.T. in 1982] than we did on any of our films [that year].”

39. The plot to rob the Federal Reserve from Die Hard with a Vengeance was so detailed that the FBI interviewed the writer. Turned out it was all based on publicly available information, and accurate enough that such a plan would actually have worked. The facility’s security was improved as a result.

40. The 2009 hit movie Avatar required 4,000 servers, 35,000 CPU Cores, 104 TB of RAM, and 3 PB of Network Area Storage in a 10,000 sq.ft render farm to render the movies effects.

 

 

41 Jackass 3D

During the filming of Jackass 3D, Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, and the rest of the crew banned beer from the set to help Steve-O maintain his sobriety.

42. Because ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was filmed on a microscopic budget of $60,000, the cast and crew had to work 7 days a week, 12-16 hours a day in 115°F heat in a poorly ventilated farmhouse amid rotting roadkill being used as props to finish the film.

43. Warner Bros. allowed Bugs Bunny to appear in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ under the stipulation that he only appear opposite Mickey Mouse, and that the two receive the same amount of screen time. The resulting scene is the only time in film history that the two have shared the screen together.

44. For the film ‘Speed’, Joss Whedon was brought in a week before shooting began and he rewrote “98.9% of the dialogue”, added major plot points, and is credited with creating the “Pop quiz, hotshot” line.

45. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ had such a low budget that they had only $250 for the makeup. Film’s artists were able to work with that, and the film ended up winning an Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling.

46 Valkyrie

Prior to production of Valkyrie (2008), German Defense Ministry said that filming would not be allowed at the country’s military sites because Tom Cruise is a member of Scientology, which is viewed as a dangerous cult by the German authorities.

47. After T.J. Miller got accused of sexual misconduct and called in a fake bomb threat, Dreamworks hired an impersonator to dub over his lines in How To Train Your Dragon 3 to match his performance exactly (it had already been animated) in order to not change the film but still dissociate him from it.

48. Bill Murray hired an assistant who ‘was profoundly deaf and spoke only in sign language’ to make communication as difficult as possible between him, the director and the studio during the filming of ‘Groundhog Day.’

49. Billy Crystal’s character, Miracle Max, in the Princess Bride was so funny that it nearly stopped the production of the movie. One actor bruised a rib from clenching to try not to laugh.

50. The movie Starships Troopers was originally called ‘Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine’, and had no link to Robert Heinlein’s novel. When the director subsequently bought the book rights he only read 2 chapters, finding it boring.

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