30 Mind-Blowing Facts About Hollywood’s Most Popular Blockbusters
Everyone has that one movie. That movie that you can watch 100 times over and still love every second. Well, even those movies have some wacky, behind-the-scenes story that never makes it to the big screen. Here, we look at some mind-blowing facts from your favourite Hollywood blockbusters. Lets goo!
1. Inspired by real-life serial killers, Anthony Hopkins almost doesn't blink at all in Silence of the Lambs, saving his blinks for very specific moments. When researching the part, Hopkins noticed that serial killer Charles Manson hardly ever blinked when he spoke, he chose to do the same for Hannibal Lecter.
2. The role of Neo in The Matrix was almost played by Will Smith, who declined the role to work on "Wild Wild West". Can you imagine anyone else but Keanu Reeves in the sci-fi film? No, the answer is no.
3. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon put a gay sex scene in the original Good Will Hunting script, just to see whod actually read it. Harvey Weinstein noticed the out-of-place scene, and was thus hired.
4. The movie 'Titanic' (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship (Titanic) that sank. The movie cost $200 million. The actual costs to construct the ship from 1910 to 1912 were $7.5 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be around $116 million in 1997 (assuming a 3.2 per cent consumer price index annual increase).
5. 'Inception' drops a lot of hints that the entire movie may be a dream. The hotel room where Mal and Cobb spend their anniversary has the number 3502. All this could mean that the entire movie may be Cobb's dream. He's seeing the same set of numbers again and again.
Edith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien" - which is featured heavily in the movie 'Inception', has a duration of 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Inception has a runtime of 2 hours and 28 minutes - a deliberate reference. In fact, the song plays a very significant role in the movie.
6. The big scene in Pulp Fiction where Vincent stabs Mia in the heart with a needle was actually shot in reverse. So really, John Travolta was pulling the needle out of her.
7. In 'Terminator 2', Arnold Schwarzenegger only spoke about 700 words and for that he was paid $15 Million. So the iconic dialogue "Hasta La Vista Baby" cost around $85,000.
8. In 'The Dark Knight' where Joker asks Harvey Dent to kill him or join his rank, he actually places his finger such that even if Dent had pulled the trigger hammer would not work. Dent never had any option other than joining his rank. This shows the brilliance of joker who once said during the movie "Do I really look like a guy with a plan?" Just another reason why 'The Dark Knight' was pure genius.
9. Number of 'f*ck' or 'f*ck' derivative words used in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013 movie) is 569. If were gonna get technical, it comes out to be approximately Pi (3.14) number of f*cks per minute.
10. The character Nemo from 'Finding Nemo' appeared in the movie 'Monster's Inc.', two years before 'Finding Nemo' was released.
11. Morgan Freeman's line, "Maybe it's 'cause I'm an Irishman" in the classic 'The Shawshank Redemption' was not written to be a joke. In Stephen King's novella, the character 'Red' is actually Irish.
12. The funny creature in the movie 'Ice Age' is a 'scrat' which has combined characteristics of a squirrel as well a rat. The voice of the 'scrat' in the movie is that of Chris Wedge, who is also the director of the movie.
13. 'The Schindiler's List' is the most expensive Black and White film made till date. The budget of the movie was around $22 million USD.
14. Zoe Saldana nearly broke Chris Pratts ribs while filming a fight sequence in Guardians of the Galaxy. During training, Pratt and Saldana would wear protective gear so they could actually hit each other. However, when the day came to film the scene, Pratt forgot to wear his protective gear and did not tell Saldana because he thought she would hold back if she knew. Saldana (under the impression he was wearing the gear like he usually did) kicked him square in the ribs, which made Pratt fall to the ground. According to Pratt, he had a bruise for the remainder of filming.
15. The 80s action movie 'Die Hard' was actually originated from the failed script of 'Commando 2'.
16. At the end of the movie Blown Away", starring Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones and Forest Whittaker, there is massive ship explosion as Bridges and Whittaker run down the pier to escape the maelstrom. The explosion was so powerful that it shattered 8000 windows in East Boston!
17. Jemmy Renner was trained by the Olympic archers for his role as the agent Clint Barton in the movie "The Avengers".
18. Marla Singer from 'Fight Club' and Teddy aka John Gammel from 'Memento' have the same phone number.
19. Alfred Hitchcock has made a stunning 39 cameo appearances in his 52 major movies like appearing in photographs, crossing a building etc. This is a scene from 1963 movie 'The Birds'.
20. Titanic. When James Cameron re-released the 3D version of 'Titanic' in 2012, he made a minor fix to the film. When he was asked about this scene revision, he was quoted as saying "Oh, there is one shot that I fixed. It's because Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the US' leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said, 'All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I'll put it in the movie.' So that's the one shot that has been changed."
21. At the beginning of the movie 'Fight Club', after the traditional copyright warning, there is a second warning that flashes for a second.
22. The man shown at the end of the movie 'The Pursuit Of Happyness' is Chris Gardner on whom the story is based.
23. In 'Iron Man' (2008), as Tony Stark is removing his suit you'll notice a workbench in the left-hand side of the frame upon which lies what appears to be a prototype version of Captain America's shield!
24. Shirley Henderson, the girl who played Moaning Myrtle (the ghost in the bathroom) was actually 37 years old when she played the character in the Harry Potter series.
25. The stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe was paralyzed in the last Harry Potter movie, so Daniel created a fundraiser to pay for his college education. Here is Daniel talking about his friend David Holmes.
26. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. George Henley (the little girl) was brought to the lamp-post on the film sets in a blindfold. The look of awe and surprise on her face is real because it was for the first time she had seen the set.
27. One third of Back to the Future was filmed with Eric Stoltz as the lead before the production was canned as the director felt the film wasnt working. They then started production over again with Michael J Fox as the lead.
28. 'Casino Royale' was the first ever Bond Movie to be approved of Chinese censors. Also in one of the car roll scenes 3 "Aston Martin DBS" cars of $3,000,000 were destroyed.
29. Did you know that Disney character Aladdin was modeled after Tom Cruise?
30. In Fight Club there's a Starbucks cup in every scene. In a movie about extreme consumerism this is a nice touch.