23 Completely Random Movie Facts You Didn’t Know You Needed In Your Life.
People on Reddit were asked: "What's the greatest movie behind-the-scenes fact you know?" These are some of the best answers.
1/23 While filming Guardians of the Galaxy, they had to do several takes of some scenes because Chris Pratt kept making the pew pew sounds when he fired his raygun.
2/23 In Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason Segel, when breaking up with Kristen Bell, was actually completely naked the whole time, even though the plan from the beginning was to have the shot cut off above his waist.
3/23 The actors of Saving Private Ryan were put through basic training before filming, EXCEPT Matt Damon so that the other actors would build some sort of unconscious resentment towards his character.
4/23 Fight Club was filmed in chronological order, and throughout the filming Edward Norton put himself on a near-starvation diet and avoided the sun, while Brad Pitt spent a lot of time at the gym and in tanning salons. The end result is we see Tyler Durden getting stronger and healthier while the narrator withers away.
5/23 In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the snakes, being cold-blooded, went towards the thrown torch, causing the director to complain at the snakes, "you're ruining my movie!"
6/23 In Life of Brian, the line after "yes, we're all individuals", "I'm not!" was ad-libbed, bumping the extra up in pay for now having a distinct speaking role.
7/23 In The Shawshank Redemption, there's a scene where a guy feeds a maggot to a crow.
The American Humane Association made them find a maggot that had died of natural causes to feed to the crow. They wouldn't have given the "no animals were harmed in the making of this film" at the end if they hadn't.
8/23 While filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Bella, the Neapolitan mastiff that played Fang, got very protective of Daniel Radcliffe, and would jump in front of him whenever the animatronic spider for Aragog would come out to defend him, resulting in then having to re-film the scene multiple times.
9/23 During the filming of the Lord of the Rings, Christopher Lee corrected Peter Jackson on the sound of being stabbed in the back.
From the DVD commentary: "When I was shooting the stabbing shot with Christopher, as a director would I was explaining to him what he should do... "And he says, 'Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when hes stabbed in the back?' And I said, 'Um, no.' And he says 'Well, I have, and I know what to do.' "
He had been involved in some super secret operations for the British during WWII, which is presumably where he knew that from.
10/23 In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when Aragon, Gimli, and Legolas are approaching the pile of smouldering and dismembered corpses looking for Pipin and Mary, Vigo Mortensen kicks a helmeted Orc head and screams, thinking the hobbits are dead and gone.
It's a really good scream and 100% authentic. When Mortensen kicked the head/helmet he broke two of his toes. He used the pain and stayed in character. They kept the scene for the movie.
11/23 In The Shining, the kid didn't know they were making a horror movie.
12/23 Two people were struck by lightning during the filming of The Passion of The Christ.
13/23 In Goodfellas, the spaghetti they're eating was cooked by Scorsese's mother.
14/23 While filming Total Recall, Schwarzenegger noticed the Michael Ironside was constantly on the phone between takes. When he broached the subject with Ironside, he was told the he was phoning his sister and that she was currently suffering from cancer. Arnold immediately brought Michael to his trailer and they had an hour long 3 way conversation with the sister about what exercises to do and what kinds of foods she should be eating and really lifting her spirits. Ironside has never forgotten Schwarzenegger's kindness and neither has his sister.
15/23 In Alien Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver really did make that no look, over the shoulder basketball shot. Ron Perlman almost blew the take because he was so surprised!
16/23 While looking for a tattered coat for the character playing The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, a costume assistant bought one from a second hand store. When the actor put the coat on he turned the pocket inside out - written in the pocket was the name L.Frank Baum who is the author of The Wizard of Oz books. Baum's widow later identified the coat as actually having belonged to her husband.
17/23 In A Knight's Tale, the scene where Mark Addy says "Yayyyy" because the audience gives no reaction to Chaucer was improvised by Addy because the extras didn't speak English (they were Eastern Europeans) and had no idea when to cheer.
18/23 In Hitchcock's Rope, which is composed of just a few very long takes, the dollycam (which is extremely heavy and on rails) ran over a crew member's foot, breaking it. This was pretty deep into a good take from what I recall, so another stagehand just covered his mouth and dragged him off set rather than let his screams of pain ruin a lot of work.
19/23 From Predator: Jesse Ventura was delighted to find out from the wardrobe department that his arms were 1" bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger's. He suggested to Schwarzenegger that they measure arms, with the winner getting a bottle of champagne. Ventura lost because Schwarzenegger had told the wardrobe department to tell Ventura that his arms were bigger.
20/23 I like the one about Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy shoots the sword fighter. He was supposed to fight him in a shoot that would've taken 3 days. However Ford was really sick from dysentery and so convinced Spielberg to do it this way.
21/23 Anyone who fell asleep on the set of Inglorious Basterds was photographed with a giant dildo next to them.
22/23 In Django Unchained, when DiCaprio finally snaps and starts slamming on the table, his hand starts to bleed profusely. The blood was real because he shattered a glass when he slammed his hand down, but he kept going with it.
23/23 The big reveal that Darth Vader is Luke's father was a crazily guarded secret--even the actor who played Vader didn't know. As most people know, Vader's body was played by David Prowse, and his voice was James Earl Jones. During filming though, Prowse did say his lines. During that scene, what he actually says is "Obi-Wan killed your father." Hamill was only told moments before what the actual line was going to wind up being and none of the other actors knew--no one knew except Lucas, the director, and some producers.
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