Everyone loves a good movie, but sometimes it's not until we rewatch a production again and again, and see all the little details that went into making it, that we can really appreciate the film. Some of us, however, don't have the time nor the knowledge of how to gather Easter eggs and dig out trivia. Luckily, there's an online community dedicated entirely to that.
Appropriately titled r/MovieDetails, the subreddit is relatively young—it was created in June 2017. But the content on it is so good, over 2 million people have already joined it. Bored Panda covered it about half a year ago, but the subreddit deserves all the attention it can get, so we just have to release an update. From Men in Black to Inglourious Basterds, here are some of the most popular discoveries movie detectives have recently uncovered. For more, you will have to join r/MovieDetails!
In Maleficent (2014), The Young Aurora Was Played By Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Vivienne. The 5-Year-Old Got The Part Because She Was The Only Child Who Wasn’t Terrified Of Jolie In Her Maleficent Makeup. Several Other Younger Children Auditioned And Wouldn’t Go Near Her
Reddit user Niiue, one of the moderators of r/MovieDetails, thinks the subreddit has become so popular because it just has a really neat premise. "People like hearing about these types of small details in movies, and there wasn't really a subreddit for that before. In the words of a famous misquote... 'If you build it, they will come," they told Bored Panda.
There are 6 types of posts people share on the subreddit: Easter Egg, Prop/Costume, Trivia, Continuity, Foreshadowing, and Actor Choice. Although there isn't an easy way to calculate how many posts belong to these categories, Niiue believes Trivia posts are definitely the most popular, with Easter eggs as a close second. "In my experience, those types of details are also the most common."
In Kingpin (1996) Bill Murray Plays The Infamous Pro-Bowler Ernie Mccracken. In Addition To Improvising Nearly All Of His Lines, Murray Actually Bowled Three Strikes In A Row On Camera To A Live Audience In One Take. Their Thunderous Applause Was Real
One of their colleagues, who remained anonymous, had similar thoughts. "In my opinion, the most popular posts are Easter Eggs. It's easily the most well-known type of detail. On our subreddit, we have a list of 'common reposts' and most of them are easter eggs," they said. "Trivia posts are the second most popular. Although, it depends on the popularity of the movie/actor that the post is about. For instance, we get a lot of posts about comedians such as Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler going off script and improvising some of the more hilarious moments in their movies."
Both moderators think that all of these details, however, only enrich a movie, as noticing them brings so much satisfaction when you're watching them. "It shows the dedication and affection that the director and film crew have for their craft," Niiue's colleague said. "It also feels like they're rewarding the audience for being perceptive."
Men In Black (1997) - The Language These Aliens Speak Together Is ‘Huttese’, The Language Jabba The Hutt Speaks In The Star Wars Films
Michael Palin Came Up With The Idea To Use Coconuts In Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) Because The Film Couldn't Afford To Use Actual Horses
In Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002), Lucius Malfoy Slaps Draco's Hand Onto His Cane. Jason Isaacs Didn't Know There Were Small Fangs On The Top, So Tom Felton's Pain Was Genuine
The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001). The Script For Sean Bean's Council Of Elrond Speech Was Rewritten The Night Before Filming. Bean Taped His Lines To His Knee So He Could Read Them When Needed. Some Of The Characters Frustrated Expressions In The Scene Are Actually The Actor Glancing At His Lines
Watching Deadpool 2 (2018) And Noticed A Certain Supreme Court Justice’s Headshot In The Squad Interview Scene. None Other Than Ruth Bader Ginsburg In Consideration For A Spot On X-Force
When Liam Neeson Was Asked To Play The Antagonist In A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014) (Directed By Seth Mcfarlane) He Accepted Due To A Scene In Family Guy Where Peter Says “Imagine Liam Neeson In A Western! Ha! With That Funny Accent Of His!”
In The Matrix (1999) The Way Neo And Morpheus Attack Each Other With The Same Move, Their Clothes And Head/Hair Forms The Ying-Yang Symbol
In Knives Out (2019), K Callan, Who Plays Great Nana Wanetta, Is Actually Six Years Younger Than Christopher Plummer, Who Plays Her Son Harlan
In Rocky (1976), When He Runs Through The Italian Marketplace, The People's Amused Expressions As They Look On Is Genuine, As They Had No Idea Why A Man Was Running Back And Forth Being Followed By A Van. The Man Who Throws Him The Orange Was Completely Improvised
In Event Horizon, Sam Neill Requested That The Union Jack On An Australian Flag Patch Should Be Replaced With An Aboriginal Flag; The Way He Thought It’d Look In 2047
In Asterix Conquers Rome (1976): Asterix Shows Obelix That They Are In The Fourth Floor By Forming A Roman Iv With His Fingers Instead Of Just Holding Up 4 Fingers
In 12 Monkeys (1995) Director Terry Gilliam Was Afraid That Brad Pitt Wouldn't Be Able To Pull Off The Nervous, Rapid Speech. He Sent Him To A Speech Coach But In The End He Just Took Away Pitt's Cigarettes, And Pitt Played The Part Exactly As Gilliam Wanted
In Troy (2004), Brad Pitt And Eric Bana Did Not Use Stunt Doubles For Their Epic Duel. They Made A Gentleman's Agreement To Pay For Every Accidental Hit. $50 For Each Light Hit, $100 For Each Hard Blow. Pitt Ended Up Paying Bana $750. Bana Didn't Owe Pitt Anything
In Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007). Dumbledore's Army: All The Girls Are Wearing Skirts Except Ginny (3rd From Left) Who Is Wearing Pants; Probably A Hand-Me-Down From Her Brothers. (Good Going Costume Department)
In Interstellar (2014) The Black Hole Was So Scientifically Accurate It Took Approx 100 Hours To Render Each Frame In The Physics And Vfx Engine. Meaning Every Second You See Took Approx 100 Days To Render The Final Copy
In 1989’s Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Anyone With A Lapel Flower Tries To Kill Indy. Indy Even Signals Elsa Is Bad By Giving Her A Flower When They Meet
In The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Bruce Did Not Wear A Mask During The Masked Ball Scene. This Is Because He Considers Batman As His True Identity And "Bruce Wayne" As His Disguise In Public. When Selina Asked Him "Who Are You Pretending To Be? " He Replied "Bruce Wayne, Eccentric Billionaire"
In Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005), Charlie’s Father Works At The Smilex Toothpaste Factory. Smylex Was The Name Of The Poisonous Gas Created By The Joker In Batman (1989), Also Directed By Tim Burton
In Order To Prevent The Twist Of Vader Being Luke's Father Being Spoiled In The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Line Written In The Script And Spoken During Filming Was "Obi-Wan Killed Your Father", With It Later Dubbed Over. Of The Main Cast, Only Mark Hamill Was Informed Before Release
In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011). One Of The Giants Weapon, In The Battle Of Hogwarts, Is A Broken Quidditch Goal Post
For Her Contribution To The Wizard Oz (1939), Terry The Dog (Toto) Earned $125 Per Week, While The Actors Playing The Munchkins Were Given Just $50 A Week
In Rango (2011), Actors Actually Performed Just Like In A Live Movie And This Was Later Referenced By Animators In Animating The Film
In The Incredibles (2004), Director Brad Bird Wanted To Give Dash A Realistic Out-Of-Breath Voice In Certain Scenes So He Made Actor Spencer Fox Run Four Laps Around The Pixar Studio Until He Got Tired
Whilst Filming Scream (1996) Drew Barrymore Accidently Called 911 For Real Several Times. The Prop Master Had Forgotten To Unplug The Phone Before Filming. Barrymore Would Call, Scream And Hang Up. In The Middle Of One Take The Police Rang Back In Confusion To Ask Why They Kept Calling
In Inglorious Bastards (2009), Colonel Landa Checks Each Of The Daughters Pulses To Assess Their Anxiety When He Conducts His Investigation Of The House
In Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Actor Mackenzie Crook Had To Wear Two Contact Lenses On Top Of One Another, To Portray His Characters Wooden Eye. He Said: “It’s Uncomfortable…but Not Painful. And It Helps The Character, Because Without It, I’m Just Any Other Pirate.”
In Moana (2016) During The Song "We Know The Way" None Of The People Have Tattoos. It's Not Until After They Find Their Island Home That We See Characters With Tattoos. This Is Because They Never Had The Resources To Figure Out A Tattoo Technique While They Were Traveling
In 'Dumb And Dumber' (1994), Lloyd's Chipped Tooth Is Real. A Kid Jumped On Jim Carrey's Head In Detention When He Was A Child And He Had The Cap Removed To Look Dumb
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