Sometimes so much effort goes into making a movie, it isn't enough to just watch it over and over again. To truly appreciate it, you have to know the details about how it was made.

In order to better understan filmmaking, Reddit user Crying_Hyena submitted a question to the platform, asking "What's the greatest movie 'behind-the-scenes' fact you know?"

And if there's one thing cinephiles love more than gathering trivia on their favorite productions, it's sharing it.

People immediately started responding to the post, sharing interesting lesser-known facts about movies of all genres. From Fight Club to The Room, continue scrolling and check out some of the most upvoted entries!

#1

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

It was the author's way of giving his blessing :)

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Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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.

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

Arnold is the best!

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Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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 refilm the scene multiple times.

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

Good girl!

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#4

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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.

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

Pew pew

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#5

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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 he’s 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.

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

Christopher Lee is true legend

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#6

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts In Scrubs the Janitor almost never read his script and just improvised his role. Bill Lawrence actually said that in the scripts, he had "whatever Neil says" on his lines.

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

i loved The Janitor :)

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#7

An actual robber was fleeing a drug store (or some such similar establishment) and turned the corner onto the set of the finale of Leon (The Professional), in which Leon's building is completely surrounded by cops. Upon seeing an army of actors dressed as policemen, the robber immediately surrendered.

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Ian Koch
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2 months ago

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#8

In Apollo 13, they filmed in NASA's "vomit comet", a plane that flew at high altitudes and would create parabola movements to simulate a short period of low gravity. They built the Apollo spacecraft set inside the plane and almost every scene featuring zero gravity was filmed in the plane. They flew over 500 times in the parabola. From the time that low gravity simulation would start, they would only have 23 seconds to unstrap from restraints, set up a shot, roll, and then strap back in. They completed all of these flights in 13 days. THE MOST UNDERRATED MOVIE FACT OF ALL TIME! The only movie ever to film in actual Zero Gravity.

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago

Aha, so thats why the no gravity effects are so damn great in that movie

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#9

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

I love this movie!!

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#10

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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.

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago

Ok, this is my favorite movie fact of all time. No contest.

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#11

Monty Python's Life of Brian stirred so much controversy that production company EMC pulled the funding just days before filming was set to begin.

George Harrison heard about this and paid for the entire production of the film with his own money.

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago (edited)

Ah yes, Life of Brian. That movie was banned in Norway lol.

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#12

During the filming of The Princess Bride, Mandy Patankin's (Inigo Montoya) father died from cancer. When he came back from the funeral, they had to shoot the scene where he kills the six fingered man. It gives him a special fire in his eyes when he says "I want my father back, you son of a b*tch".

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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2 months ago

It's also the only line that he says without a Spanish accent.

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#13

In avengers, Robert Downey Jr would hide food around the sets and eat them while filming. The crew would attempt to find his stashes but never(?) did. All those times he was eating on screen were unscripted.

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Micheal With A B
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2 months ago

Blueberries?

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#14

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts One of my favorites is 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."

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

sneaky

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#15

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when Aragon, Gimli, and Legolas are approaching the pile of smoldering 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.

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Linus Nilsson
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2 months ago

You bet they kept the scene, I don't think he would be willing to kick anything again with broken toes.

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#16

In Requiem for a Dream, there is a scene where Ellen Burnstyn gives a monologue about how terrible it is to grow old and useless (a scene credited for her Best Actress nomination). Unlike the rest of the movie where every shot is very carefully planned and framed, the camera here goes all shakey and off center.

This was not planned or intended, and director Darren Aronofsky started to throw a fit as soon as the scene was cut, because Ellen Burnstyn had just delivered an amazing performance and the cinematographer had screwed it all up.

As it turns out, the filming was screwed up because the cinematographer was so moved by Burnstyn's performance that he was crying uncontrollably - he couldn't hold the camera still, and couldn't see because his crying fogged up the eyepiece.

They used that cut in the final film.

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Michael Vickery
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2 months ago

Ellen Burstyn, not Burnstyn.

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#17

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts When Coppola and Lucas (close friends and filmmaking buddies) were planning Apocalypse Now (which George Lucas was originally supposed to direct) they gave a small role to their carpenter, Harrison Ford, in return for Ford's work on a desk for Coppola's office. Ford also got a role in Lucas' American Graffiti a few years prior this same way.

During the casting for Star Wars, Lucas needed someone to read Han Solo's lines while actor's auditioned for Luke. He quickly asked Ford to do it, and afterwards, one of the producers there came up to Lucas and pointed out that he already had his Han Solo in Ford. (Thus beating out Kurt Russell for the role).

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

I wish I could hire Harrison Ford to build me some furniture....

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#18

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts I think it was in the Shining, the kid didn't know they were making a horror movie.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

As he should. I've always wondered about the mental well-being of children in horror movies :/

Lyn Arnold
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2 months ago

It's standard practice to be very protective of minors in horror films. They have on-set tutors so they are usually studying when not shooting, and they rarely if ever know the full story or see a complete script. They just get the pages they need to know. It's quite structured.

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago

I think..? haha, would be kind of funny if it was wrong

Lyn Arnold
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2 months ago

He didn't. Everyone was quite protective of him. And the long tracking scene, when Duvall is running through the hotel clutching him to her chest - that was a doll. They didn't want the kid to have to do the scene.

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Hans
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2 months ago

Well, kids rarely watch horror movies and probably also do not get to see those that they shoot for in a while...

Rod Egret
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2 months ago

Kids never know when they shoot a horror movie.

Batwench
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2 months ago

A lot of child actors are often kept in the dark about the genre of the film if it is horror. Child protection and duty of care.

TimesNewLogan
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2 months ago

It was the Shining. Kubrick, of all people, wanted to make sure the kid wasn't scared, and told him Jack was shouting because he was worried about Danny being lost.

Kim Bush
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2 months ago

Isn't he a school teacher now?

Orionpax75
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2 months ago

So he thought it was a comedy when the chef from overlook D**k Hallorann was hacked to death with an ax?!?!?!?

Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

The kid wasn't in that scene. 'No reason for kids to know about scenes they're not in.

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similarly
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2 months ago

I've read as well that the actor didn't know it was a horror movie.

Tony James
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2 months ago

Kubrick has previous in this regard: legend has it that Slim Pickens didn't realise that Dr. Strangelove was a comedy when he was playing the role of Colonel Kong.

Marcellus the Third
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2 months ago

This is the kind of facts the USA was run on for four years. "You know, I heard this thing and I kinda want it to be true so I'm saying it's a fact", and so forth.

The cation
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2 months ago

thats so sad for the kid, i'd be terrified

H Edwards
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2 months ago

I think it means that they made the shoot so that it wasn't at all scary for the kid, not that they tricked him and scared the s**t out of him with a surprise horror movie!

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that's just sad

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#19

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago

ballsy

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#20

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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.

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago

Also! *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* Edward Norton actually plays both parts, he sat in the makeup chair for hours to look like Brad Pitt.

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#21

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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.

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Alex the awful German
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2 months ago

such a great scene, and the joke is perfectly timed.

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#22

This is a smaller one than the plethora of LOTR info already here, but still one of my favorites:

In the movie "The Holiday", there is a scene in a video rental store where Miles (Jack Black) is introducing Iris (Kate Winslet) to a variety of famous music from movies - Chariots of Fire, Gone With The Wind, etc. When he gets to "The Graduate", he starts singing "Mrs. Robinson", and the camera cuts over to Dustin Hoffman, shaking his head at their conversation.

Dustin Hoffman's cameo was completely unplanned - he knew the director, saw a bunch of equipment at the Blockbuster, stopped in to say hi, and they wrote his cameo in on the spot.

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

nice

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#23

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts Don't know if it's that great, but it's my favourite:

In the Dark Knight, whenever The Joker is leaving the hospital as it explodes and then pauses to fiddle with the detonator when the explosions stop, that wasn't supposed to happen and Heath Ledger fiddling with the detonator was ad libbed and Nolan decided to keep rolling and include it in the film

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Az
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2 months ago

He had to include it. The hospital could only blow up once.

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#24

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts In Goodfellas, the spaghetti they're eating was cooked by Scorsese's mother.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Authentic Italian!

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#25

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!

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

I even think it was first take.

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#26

In Die Hard, when filming the shot of Alan Rickman falling from the window, they gave him a countdown, and then dropped him as they said one.

The shock on his face as he's released is all real.

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shark172
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2 months ago

Always works

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#27

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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!"

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Thomas brennan
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2 months ago

"The director" ...you mean that unknown guy Steven Spielberg?

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#28

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts In the flower shop scene in "The Room", when Johnny says "oh hi, doggy", that was a genuine reaction. He didn't realize that the dog was - in his own words - "a real thing".

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Ani Archeron
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2 months ago

This move is a goldmine of fun facts- like how all the picture frames are full of stock images of spoons

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#29

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts In Anchorman, during the Sex Panther scene, Paul Rudd was determined to make Will Ferrell laugh and break character since it was always the other way around. He thought that this would be accomplished with the "60% of the time it works, every time" line. Will fired back with "that doesn't even make sense" line without skipping a beat once again making Paul/Others break character yet again.

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Alex the awful German
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2 months ago

I love that movie

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#30

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts Apparently the scientists for Interstellar did so much theoretical physics to get the wormhole and black hole effects right that their work is going to be published into a scientific paper. Can't find a source on that right now though.

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S. Tor Storm
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2 months ago

Haha, I'm glad this part made it through: "Can't find a source on that right now though."

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#31

The famous scene of Vito Corleone holding a cat was not scripted. He just found a cat.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

No. The cat found him!

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#32

The movie Field of Dreams was based on the book Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. Throughout the entirety of the production, they had planned to call it Shoeless Joe. After the movie was shot and edited, the producers showed it to a focus group who loved everything about it except the name. They thought it sounded like a movie about a homeless guy. So the producers changed it to Field of Dreams and told the director, Phil Robinson.

Robinson was horrified and considered it the worst type of corporate business meddling. He vowed to fight them on this, and his first step was to get W. P. Kinsella to argue on his side. He made a phone call and mentioned the name change. Before he could give more details, Kinsella interrupted and said, "Oh, Shoeless Joe was my publisher's title. I wanted to call it Dream Field."

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Lion's Stare
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2 months ago

Such a great film. Credit to W.P. Kinsella for dreaming up the original story

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#33

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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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Hans
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2 months ago

Hard to believe with having seen all films now, but quite interesting!

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#34

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts 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 crewmember'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.

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2 months ago

That's dedication.

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#35

During the dream sequence in The Big Leboswki, Jeff Bridges is 'bowled' along the floor and comes to rest with his head between a standing cheerleader's legs, staring up at her personal area.

He breaks out in a huge grin - which is genuine and totally unscripted. This is because the girl in question was supplied with an elaborate pubic hair wig (or merkin, if you want to be technical) by the Coen brothers without Bridges being informed.

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Jayne Kyra
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TIL that a pubic hair wig is called a merkin.

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#36

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts When Andy Dwyer shows up at Ann's house naked in Parks and Rec, Chris Pratt is actually nude.

That is Amy Pohler's actual reaction.

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General kenobi
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2 months ago

I bet she was like, WTf?!

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#37

Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts Three people were struck by lightning during the filming of The Passion of The Christ.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Apparently all movies about Christ are cursed, especially for the actors playing Jesus

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Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts William Friedkin had a shotgun with blank shells that he'd shoot off on the sound stage during breaks, while filming The Exorcist. It scared the daylights out of everybody, and after a few times he was asked to stop. The actors didn't find it funny. What they didn't know was that their reactions were being filmed - and later inserted into the movie as their reaction when Regan made a sound upstairs.

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Jonathan
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2 months ago (edited)

I don't get all the fear surrounding that film, the only bit I ever got a bit of a fright at was the quick flash of the black and white demon, purely because it was so unexpected. I've heard stories of people refusing to own the movie or the book, like calm down it's just a story.

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Greatest-Movies-Behind-The-Scenes-Facts Apparently Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown's disbelief that an actor like him could become president, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address: "As they said in the film "Back to the Future", 'Where we're going, we don't need roads.'"

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Rod Egret
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2 months ago

Doc Brown was right, one of the worse presidents ever..

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#40

In "Soylent Green", when Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson) reads the Soylent Corporation Oceanographic Report from 2015-2019, he realizes that the oceans are dead and that Soylent Green HAD to be made from corpses. So he goes to a Euthanasia Parlor. When Thorne (Charlton Heston) catches up to him, and is talking to him about "things", Thorne has tears in his eyes. This is because he was the only one on the set that knew that Robinson was, in fact, dying of cancer, and died 12 days after the filming ended.

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2 months ago

SAD

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