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7 Recently Confirmed Truths You Didn’t Know About Famous Movies –

 

 

It’s fair to say that most movies are comprehensively dismantled, dissected and analysed to death in the first few weeks or months following their release, to the extent that precious few new ideas, theories or revelations are made thereafter.

However, every so often fans will be blessed with a surprising morsel of official information randomly dropped, often unassumingly, many years after the fact. In the case of these seven movies, they lend unexpected, amusing and highly intriguing new context to a hit movie, and perhaps even upend what viewers assumed to be true.

At their best, these nifty reveals allow fans to view the movies through a whole new lens, if not have a greater understanding of the behind-the-scenes madness necessary for their creation…

7. The Matrix Code Originates From A Japanese Cookbook

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One of the most iconic aspects of The Matrix franchise is, of course, that flowing green computer code which has been such a pervasive component of both the movies and their marketing.

It’s known that the code is a jumble of Japanese hiragana, katakana, and kanji characters, but the precise origin of the code has been a mystery for two decades.

Last year, however, the code’s creator Simon Whiteley dished the dirt on the inspiration for the design, and as it turns out, the code originated from his wife’s Japanese cookbook. Whiteley scanned all of the book’s characters into a computer and digitally manipulated them to achieve the snazzy end result.

Whiteley said of the light-bulb moment, “I like to tell everybody that The Matrix‘s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes. Without that code, there is no Matrix.”

6. Universal Shut Down The 40-Year-Old Virgin Because Steve Carell Looked Like A Serial Killer

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Though Steve Carell has firmly proven himself to be a capable dramatic actor in recent years, back in 2005 he was still labelled a “funnyman”, and as such the tone of his performance in the broad studio comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin caused quite a few headaches over at Universal.

The studio rushed the movie into production after hearing writer-director Judd Apatow’s pitch, though temporarily halted shooting just five days in after Universal executives saw early footage and felt that Carell’s character was too unsettling to be funny. Carell said, “the dailies of my character just looked too creepy. They said I looked like a serial killer.”

Carell and the crew had to plead with Universal to let production resume, which they eventually did, and it’s just as well, because the movie released to both rave reviews and a mighty $177.4 million box office haul.

5. Keanu Reeves & Winona Ryder Got Married For Real While Filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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During the recent press tour for Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves’ new romantic drama Destination Wedding, Ryder confessed that she believes she accidentally got married to Keanu Reeves on the set of Bram Stoker’s Dracula back in 1992.

Ryder claims that while shooting the scene where Mina (Ryder) and Jonathan (Reeves) get married, director Francis Ford Coppola hired a real Romanian priest and shot it in a Greek Orthodox Church.

Because Coppola filmed a master shot of the wedding scene – that’s a full, unbroken take where the entire scene is performed – Ryder and Reeves literally had an interrupted, not-so-fake wedding with a real priest in a real church.

To make things even funnier, the scene was apparently filmed on Valentine’s Day, and upon learning of this revelation from Ryder, Reeves simply quipped, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.”

Coppola himself backed up Ryder’s claim, adding, “When we were all done, we realised that Keanu and Winona really are married as a result of this scene and this ceremony.”

Considering how many of their fans continue to “ship” them in real life, isn’t that just lovely?

4. Heather Donahue Feared The Blair Witch Project Was A Snuff Film

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In the lead-up to the release of 2016’s Blair Witch reboot, the star of the original movie, Heather Donahue, was interviewed about her experiences working on the iconic 1999 original.

She confessed that she had some concerns about the mysterious, low-fi nature of the production. “I brought a giant knife because everybody who loved me was telling me, ‘You should not do this. This sounds like a snuff film. Why are you going into the woods with a bunch of guys you don’t know?'”

Considering that Donahue was working with a no-name cast and crew and was the only prominent woman in the film, the concerns were certainly reasonable. Donahue added, “My mom was like, ‘Please get their social security numbers. We really don’t want you to do this.’ Nobody wanted me to do this.”

Though the movie’s marketing ingeniously leaned into the faux-authenticity of the found footage style, The Blair Witch Project of course ended up becoming an ultra-successful pop-culture phenomenon – and most certainly not a snuff film – which benefited from Donahue’s suitably hysterical performance.

3. Scooby Doo Originally Had An R-Rating

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Scooby Doo is about as kid-friendly as entertainment gets, right? Well, for the 15th anniversary of the live-action Scooby Doo movie last year, writer James Gunn – yes, of Guardians of the Galaxy fame – confirmed that the film originally scored an R-rating from the MPAA.

Gunn said of his experience making the movie, “I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into a clean cut children’s film. And, yes, the rumours are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend.”

Considering how much cleavage Linda Cardellini’s Velma flaunts in the final film regardless, you really have to wonder just how blatant it originally was.

Elaborating further on the objectionable content, Gunn added that the R-rating was due to “some line of dialogue the MPAA thought referred to oral sex”, though sadly didn’t reveal exactly what the salacious line was.

Though Gunn did lament that the film didn’t turn out how he originally planned, he doesn’t seem too hurt by it all things considered. “Such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.” Nice.

2. Every Scene In Inception Featuring Michael Caine Is Reality

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Christopher Nolan’s Inception is without a doubt one of the most fiercely debated films of the last decade, with fans agonising over which parts of the movie are reality and which, in fact, are a dream.

While Nolan has flatly refused to lend any on-the-record insight, star Michael Caine recently told fans that Nolan did privately give him a heads-up. “When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him, ‘I don’t understand where the dream is’. I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’ He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene it’s reality.’ So get that – if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream.”

Considering that this isn’t merely Caine’s own conjecture but effectively the Word of God itself, fans can pretty much take this as gospel. It probably won’t stop all the passionate debate, though.

1. Padme Almost Killed Anakin In Revenge Of The Sith’s Original Ending

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Though Revenge of the Sith is certainly the best of George Lucas’ three Star Wars prequels, there’s little denying that it’s an incredibly rough-around-the-edges climax to Darth Vader’s origin story.

Pretty much ever since its 2005 release, fans have speculated about alternate versions of Episode III which never made it to the big screen in an attempt to deal with their disappointment.

Last year, Lucasfilm concept artist Iain McCraig went into detail about some initial plans for the movie’s wildly divisive third act which Lucas and co. have kept suspiciously quiet.

While the final film ends up painting Padme (Natalie Portman) as a rather pathetic, agency-free victim of Anakin’s (Hayden Christensen) wrath, originally she was supposed to become a Rebellion leader after witnessing Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. The original finale on Mustafar even featured a beat where Padme holds a knife to Anakin’s throat and very nearly kills him, though ultimately relents.

McCraig reiterated that the spine of the story was very much the same as the final release, with Padme still dying at Anakin’s hand, but clearly it gave her a far meatier and more assertive role ahead of her demise. What a shame.

 

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