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What are some weird facts about movies?


Charles Chaplin

  • When Charlie Chaplin wanted to make The Great Dictator (1940), a movie mocking Hitler, he had to make it with his own money because Hollywood was afraid of losing money if they took a stand as USA hadn’t entered the war yet then.
  • In the biopic about his life Chaplin (1992), his daughter Geraldine Chaplin, played her own grandmother, Hannah Chaplin.
  • In 2015, the first Oscar he ever won for the movie The Circus (1928) was stolen from the Parisian office of Chaplin Association during a break in. The Oscar is valued at US$1 million and hasn’t been recovered since.
  • When he received an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972, he received a 12 minute standing ovation, a record which hasn’t been matched since.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  • Three different Cairn terriers were used to play ‘Toto’ but the first two ran away and one returned to the same MGM lot two years after filming ended.
  • In one scene, they showed apples on a tree and they were originally green (as in the novel) but they didn’t show up well on film and had to be repainted in red. Nobody thought to tell Judy Garland when she took a bite out of one.

The Godfather (1972)

  • The word “mafia” is never mentioned in the film because the actual mafia demanded it.
  • The infamous dead horse scene on the bed was an actual head of a horse.
  • The actors researched their roles by hanging out with real mobsters. Brando prepared for his role by meeting with a Bufalino gangster. Pacino, Caan, and Duvall have all acknowledged meetings with mobsters, as well, with Caan becoming especially familiar with Carmine “The Snake” Persico and noting “how they’re always touching themselves. Thumbs in the belt. Touching the jaw. Adjusting the shirt. Gripping the crotch.”
  • Marlon Brando did not memorize most of his lines and read from cue cards during most of the film.[1] When he auditioned for the part he stuffed his cheeks with cotton to give him a distinctive look. During the filming of the movie, he had a dentist make him a mouth piece to simulate that effect.
  • He also modeled his speech after mob boss Frank Costello whom he saw testifying in a trial on TV. Brando also played pranks on the set all the time; one of them was he put weights under him when he was being carried into the house, up the stairs, on a stretcher. The actors who had to carry him were not amused.

The Exorcist (1973)

  • The character of the priest, Father Dyer, is played by William O’Malley, an actual priest who taught at Fordham Prep, a Jesuit high school, until 2012.
  • The radiologist’s assistant was played by Paul Bates, who was a convicted murderer. He dismembered and killed several gay men in the late 1970′s.
  • Mercedes McCambridge swallowed raw eggs, drank whiskey, and smoked copious amounts of cigarettes in order to produce the demon voice.
  • The scene where Regan projectile vomits at Father Karras was intended to hit Jason Miller in the chest, but the plastic tubing misfired, hitting him in the face. His reaction of shock and disgust while wiping away the vomit is genuine, and Miller later admitted in an interview that he was very angered by this mistake.

Carrie (1976)

  • It was Stephen King’s first novel to be adapted into a movie and he was only paid US$2,500 for it. On hindsight of the film’s success, King expressed no regrets as it was his first time and he had a lot to learn about the whole experience.
  • Stephen King’s name was misspelled in the trailer as ‘Steven’, not ‘Stephen’.
  • Brian De Palma and George Lucas did their casting for both this movie and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) at the same time. As the two directors were good friends, they decided to hold joint auditions which was rather unorthodox and ended up becoming a bit confusing. De Palma liked Amy Irving for the lead role in this movie but she also ended up being considered for the role of Princess Leia before De Palma finally cast her as ‘Sue Snell’ for this movie. William Katt, who played Irving’s boyfriend, Tommy Ross, in the movie, also auditioned for Luke Skywalker and the two of them dated briefly in real life. Also in the running for the title role of Carrie was Carrie Fisher, who would, of course, play Princess Leia.
  • It was John Travolta’s big screen debut. Prior to this movie, audiences had only known him from the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Series 1975–1979) but he was such a big star that his name was second billed even though he had only a minor supporting role.
  • Sissy Spacek wasn’t De Palma’s first choice for the title role who only agreed to give her an audition as a favour to her husband, art director Jack Fisk. She showed up at her audition in an old dress she hadn’t worn since grade school and with her hair slicked back with Vaseline and waited in the parking lot while her husband reviewed her audition with the rest of the production team. After Fisk came out to tell her that the part was hers, “We sped off before anybody could change his mind,” Spacek said. She also spent most of the production isolated from the rest of the cast to fully embrace the part but did explain to everyone before the start of the production so as to avoid any offence to anyone.
  • Spoilers: The scene where a hand reaches out from Carrie’s grave to grab Sue Snell, Spacek insisted on doing it even though they already had a stunt person ready on hand. Spacek ended up being buried for the shoot.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

  • The legendary movie is perhaps the most family friendly fare ever but when it was released, it was banned in a few countries in Scandinavia. One of the cited reasons was how it featured ‘adults being enemies of children’. When Scandinavia banned E.T. for the under-11s.
  • The candy E.T. eats was supposed to be M&M’s, but Mars (M&M’s manufacturer) turned down Spielberg’s request to use it in the film. Spielberg then approached Hershey’s, who allowed him to use its Reese’s Pieces. This product placement of course skyrocketed Reese’s sales after the success of the movie.
  • Harrison Ford, already a good friend of Steven Spielberg, plays a cameo as the principal of Elliott’s school in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). So as not to distract audiences from the main principal actors of the movie, his role was filmed in silhouette. Some edits of the film deleted the scene completely.

Poltergeist (1982)

  • The corpses in the rainy Poltergeist pool scene were real skeletons. It was supposedly cheaper than fabricating fake ones, and the actress who starred in the scene, JoBeth Williams, wasn’t told they were real until after shooting.
  • In the scene where Robbie (played by Oliver Robins) gets choked by the clown, he almost turned purple before the director realised he was being choked for real.

The Terminator (1984)

  • James Cameron was homeless when writing the movie “The Terminator,” and sold the rights for US$1, on the condition he could direct it.
  • O.J. Simpson almost played the Terminator, but James Cameron thought his persona was “too pleasant”to portray such a dark character.
  • Schwarzenegger was paid approximately US$21,429 for every word he said in Terminator 2 (1991).
  • In Terminator 2 (1991), Linda Hamilton’s twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren, played her twin in the scene with the two Sarah Connor’s.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

  • Indiana Jones was based on a real archaeologist named Otto Rahn who was openly gay.
  • The Indiana Jones movies inspired a lot more young people to take up archaeology. Universities reported a sharp increase in the intake for the archaeology department after the movies premiered.
  • Harrison Ford’s stunt double for all three movies was Vic Armstrong whom the rest of the cast and crew kept mistaking for Ford. Ford once remarked to him “if you learn to talk, I’m in deep trouble”.

Jurassic Park (1993)

  • The dinosaur noises were made from recordings of tortoise sex.
  • Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption were all in theatres at the same time in October1994.

Titanic (1997)

  • Isidor Strauss, together with Benjamin Guggenheim and Jacob Astor were three of the most powerful men in USA at the time and they all perished in the Titanic. They were also the same men who opposed the creation of the Federal Reserve which has given rise to the conspiracy theory that the ship was sabotaged on purpose by the Rothschilds who were determined to proceed with it.
  • James Cameron wanted to show a reproduction of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in a scene in which Kate Winslet is seen unpacking it. When the ship goes down, the painting is shown sinking below the waves but the Picasso estate decided that it could not authorize the inclusion of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in the film because the painting has been on display at the Museum of Modern Art for well over 60 years and it wouldn’t make sense for it to be on the ship. Despite being refused permission, Cameron included it in anyway and they spotted it and the filmmakers had to negotiate a substantial fee, which included a hefty penalty.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio’s (in)famous line “I’m the king of the world!” was improvised and wasn’t in the original script.
  • 29 days after the Titanic sank, a movie about it was released titled Saved from the Titanic (1912) starring Dorothy Gibson, an actress who was one of the survivors of the sinking. It was a one reel short film and it was her last before she retired from acting and moved to Europe. She lived in Italy and France and was even suspected of spying for the Nazis during World War II. She died in Paris of a heart attack just as the war had ended.

Rocky (1976)

  • Sylvester Stallone was so poor, he had to sell his dog for $50. A week later, he sold the script for Rocky and bought him back for $3,000.
  • United Artists offered Stallone up to US$340,000 to sell them the rights to the screenplay of Rocky if he agreed to not star in the movie. He refused.
  • Sylvester Stallone wrote the script in 3.5 days by hand with a bic pen.
  • The movie was made for a budget of US$1 million, a record for a Best Picture winner which was only broken by the movie Moonlight (2016), 40 years later.
  • The movie was shot in 28 days.
  • Rocky’s pet turtles were played by the same two turtles in both this movie and Rocky Balboa (2006).

Star Wars – Wikipedia

  • Yoda was modelled after Albert Einstein.
  • After watching Star Wars, James Cameron decided to quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry.
  • The sounds of the light saber was made by combining the hum of an idle film projector and the buzz from an old TV set.
  • Depending on which Star Wars movie you’re watching, Yoda has a different number of toes.
  • While filming in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, Peter Mayhew (who plays Chewbacca) was warned not to wander off set as they were afraid his 2.21 m height would get him mistaken for a forest animal and get shot.
  • All the door frames for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) had to be rebuild due to Liam Neeson’s height (6′ 4″ (1.93 m)). The changes racked up an additional $150,000 in production costs.
  • In 2013, Star Wars was dubbed in Navajo, making it the first major film to be dubbed in a Native American language.
  • Carrie Fisher became iconic as Princess Leia but regretted taking the role as nobody took her seriously as an actress afterwards and she had trouble finding good roles for herself.

Candyman (1992)

  • Eddie Murphy was almost cast but lost out as he wasn’t considered tall enough to be the menacing figure his character was supposed to be.
  • Tony Todd, who played Candyman in the film by the same name, had actual bees in his mouth while filming the climactic scene. He wore a throat guard for protection and was stung 23 minutes with a bonus given for each sting he received.Virginia Madsen’s face was also showered with live bees.
  • Virginia Madsen was supposed to have played the role of Bernie but the actress who was supposed to have played Helen got pregnant and had to drop out of the movie. Although Ms Madsen earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Sideways (2004), she says she is still recognised for her role in this movie.
  • The role of Helen was almost given to Sandra Bullock but she was still an unknown then and lost out to the more recognisable Virginia Madsen.
  • Though the Chicago-based legend of Candyman is a work of fiction, there was an actual serial killer known as “Candyman” or “The Candy Man.” Between 1970 and 1973, Dean Corll kidnapped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 young boys in the Houston area and earned his sweet nickname from the fact that his family owned a candy factory.

Scream (1996)

  • The mask is mostly based on the painting “Scream” by Edvard Munch.
  • At the tenth minute mark, when the killer smashes his head through a window, Casey (Drew Barrymore) hits him in the face with the phone, it was actually director Wes Craven playing the killer and the hit on his face was real.
  • Courteney Cox was riding high on the success of Friends (TV Series 1994–2004) and had difficulty convincing the producers of this movie that she would be perfect for the role of bitchy journalist Gale Weathers. She convinced them that BECAUSE nobody would expect her to play such a vicious role and auditioned so many times that they were finally won over.
  • For her role as Tatum Riley, Rose McGowan dyed her hair blonde to differentiate herself between co-star and lead actress Neve Campbell. McGowan also discovered that she could fit into a pet door in real life.
  • The high school scenes were supposed to be shot at Santa Rosa High School in California but the school board had mistakenly thought they were shooting a comedy and realised their mistake very close to the shooting date and denied permission at the last minute. Production had to be moved to another location to Healdsburg, California, which infuriated director Wes Craven and he included under the “Special Thanks” section, “NO THANKS WHATSOEVER TO THE SANTA ROSA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD.”
  • This film has been credited for the triple fold increase of the sale of caller ID’s.
  • The actor whose voice is used to play the killer, Roger Jackson, did not meet any of the actors until filming ended so as to maintain the intensity and mystery of the movie.
  • Wes Craven directed all three sequels of this movie, something which has never been done before in the slasher horror genre where the director of the first movie goes on to direct the sequels of the franchise.
  • The party scene near the end of the film runs forty-two minutes long and was shot over the course of twenty-one days from sundown to sunrise. It proved to be so arduous that when the film shoot finally ended, the crew had t-shirts made that read ” I SURVIVED SCENE 118″ (which was the name of the scene during shooting). The cast and crew jokingly called it “The longest night in horror history.”
  • This movie is the highest grossing movie in the slasher horror genre.

The Matrix (1999)

  • The movie took five years to write.
  • The green falling code is just loads of sushi recipes.
  • Keanu Reeves gave US$80 million of his US$114 million salary to the special effects and makeup staff whom he felt were the ones to have made the movie the success it was.

Oldboy (2003)

  • Min-sik Choi had to eat four whole living octopi on camera before the director captured the perfect shot. Min-sik is also a Buddhist, and would pray for forgiveness after each take. As he was in every shot of the movie, it completely exhausted him and in scenes where he had to lie on the ground, he would simply fall asleep between takes and the crew had to wake him up.
  • Chan-wook wanted to show how the epilogue had taken place after some time had passed which necessitated a change of seasons but South Korea didn’t have any snow then so they had to move the filming to New Zealand, which was the next nearest place in the Southern Hemisphere to have snow at the time.
  • When they arrived in New Zealand, the airline lost their luggage including their cameras and costumes. As New Zealand had a prominent filming industry, they didn’t have too much trouble securing the necessary equipment but the costumes took much longer and more effort was they had been carefully made from scratch back in South Korea.
  • A lot of CGI is used for the movie and one of them is the scene where Dae-su hallucinates ants crawling out of his arm and then swarming his face. Both the ants and the arms were fake as it was determined that it would be easier to create the effect digitally than to have a live action one. The left hand which flicks the ants away is real though.
  • At the Cannes Film Festival in 2004., it won the Grand Prix, which is second place having been beaten out by Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. Quentin Tarantino was jury president that year and he was a huge fan of the movie and had been enthusiastic about his support for hi. Rumours abound that Oldboy lost the top prize by a single vote but the Cannes jury have never confirmed it.
  • The scene where Dae-su’s rich, enigmatic tormenter, Lee Woo-jin, does yoga in his penthouse apartment was created by Park using wires to help Woo-jin create that pose. The actor, Yoo Ji-tae was 26 years old at the time and was agile and fit but even the extreme Locust pose was too much for him.
  • Chan-wook has stated that the name ‘oh Dae-su’ was chosen as it was similar to ‘Oedipus’ which he specifically chose to remind the viewer of the mythical Greek king of Thebe. “I was thinking of Greek myth or the classics.” If you remember your classics, you’ll recall that Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex concerns a man who inadvertently marries his own mother”.
  • Chan-wook’s film made just $700,000 in its limited USA release but made US$14.2 internationally and is the fifth top grossing movie in its native South Korean. Hollywood remade it (of course) but the remake flopped and made just US$4.8 million internationally.

Hostel (2005)

  • Hostel began life as a documentary about an underground extreme thrill-seeking practice director Eli Roth discovered online whereby participants pay $10,000 to kill someone. The practice was supposedly not illegal because people volunteered to be murdered, specifically extremely poor people from rural communities who sacrificed themselves so their families could have money. Afraid of incurring the wrath of the people running the place, Roth decided to turn it into a movie instead. Despite his efforts, a member of the Slovak parliament Tomas Galbavy said he was “offended by this film. I think all Slovaks should be too”.
  • As the film was set in Iceland, director Eli Roth asked the President of Iceland for an official pardon for making Icelanders look like drunken sex maniacs with the character of Oli. The president was amused by it and gladly gave the pardon and stated that it represented a side of Iceland not really shown in films. Roth also issued a formal apology to the Icelandic Minister of Culture, for all the damage the movie may cause to Iceland’s reputation.
  • Jan Vlasák who played The Dutch Businessman, didn’t speak a word of English; he learned his lines phonetically.
  • In the Unrated DVD version of the film, the word “fuck” is spoken 128 times.
  • The scenes in Amsterdam weren’t shot in Amsterdam itself but in a city in Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov, where most of the filming locations took place.
  • Cesky Krumlov, the film location where most of the film was shot actually has a museum of torture.

The Strangers (2008)

  • This sleeper 2008 hit was partially based on the director’s Bryan Bertino’s childhood experience. “At the door were some people asking for somebody that didn’t live there. We later found out that these people were knocking on doors in the area and, if no one was home, breaking into the houses.”.[2]
  • The movie was shot in chronological order using only hand-held cameras or steady cams. Every shot has some camera movement.
  • Many theaters across the United States were sent faulty reels of the movie, containing sound problems, which made a few minutes to several scenes of the movie filled with nothing but static. The fault added onto the feel of the dark overtone and loud background music in some scenes make the static seem part of the movie and added to the overall atmosphere of the movie.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

  • The stunt doubles for Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, Dayna Porter and Dane Porter fell in love on set and got married. Theron and Hardy themselves didn’t get along while on set but have since made up.
  • The flame-shooting guitar weighed 132 pounds and shot real flames.


  • Robin Williams was offered The Joker role when Jack Nicholson hesitated but when Nicholson finally agreed, Williams was unceremoniously dropped. Williams resented being used as bait and would later reject the role of The Riddler when offered to him even though many agree he would be perfect for the role.
  • When Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), she had to wear a latex suit which she had to be vacuumed into and it was so tight that she could only wear it for a limited no. of time for each take or she would pass out. Because of that too, she couldn’t really hear her own voice and Tim Burton had to direct her to talk loudly when she began speaking too softly.
  • The scene where Catwoman dismembers the mannequin heads with the whip was shot in one take. Michelle Pfeiffer rehearsed for weeks and did it perfectly in one try, prompting a rousing applause from cast and crew.
  • Nicholson had also warned Heath Ledger about playing the role when he took it up in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 adaption The Dark Knight (2008. Ledger would profess to being tortured by the role, eventually succumbing to an accidental overdose of a combination of prescription medications in January 2008. Heath Ledger’s father reveals dead actor’s ‘Joker diary’ written
  • Ledger was so good in that role that when Michael Caine (playing Alfred) saw him in the first scene they shared together, he (Caine) forgot his lines. Nolan liked his genuine reaction and kept it for the movie.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

  • This movie was a huge hit in Israel, in part because Borat’s “Kazakh” lines were all actually in Hebrew. (Lead actor Sasha Baron Cohen is Jewish)
  • It was initially heavily criticised by the Kazakh government but the movie inadvertently boosted tourism in the country and is now encouraged viewing by them.
  • The parody national anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie was accidentally played in the 2012 Olympics for a Kazakh gold medalist.
  • As much as the movie has been embraced in Kazakhstan, some of its lesser finer elements hasn’t been, namely, the fluorescent coloured mankini. In November 2017, 6 male Czech tourists were fined when they wore the mankinis when they were visiting Kazakhstan. Baron Cohen offered to pay their fines for them

Se7en (1995) & Contagion (2011)

Gwnyeth Paltrow’s severed head which was used in the final scene of Se7en (1995) was later used again in the autopsy scene in the movie Contagion (2011)

Manoel de Oliveira was the oldest living director when he died in 2015. He began directing movies in 1931 with Labor on the Douro River (1931) and didn’t stop working until he passed away at the age of 106. His last credit is a documentary short Um Século de Energia (2015) shot the same year he passed away.

Steven Spielberg

  • According to a study on Academy Awards speeches, Steven Spielberg has been thanked more than God.
  • He completed his degree course in 2016, 33 years after dropping out, by submitting Schindler’s List (1993) as his final project.
  • After being given the story of Schindler’s List, he waited 10 years to make the film as he didn’t feel mature enough at the time.
  • He had also declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said “It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.”

James Bond 007

  • Sean Connery wore a toupee in all of the James Bond movies because he started balding at age 21.
  • The deadliest James Bond was Pierce Brosnan, who killed an average of 33.8 people per movie.
  • James Bond is known as ‘Mr Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’ in Italy.
  • From Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, James Bond has killed 352 people and slept with 52 women.
  • Liam Neeson, now an action movie star, declined the role of James Bond in 1994 because he “wasn’t interested in starring in action movies.” His belief was compounded by his wife, Natasha Richardson, who had warned him against taking the role after Pierce Brosnan vacated it stating that she wouldn’t marry him if he took it. It was the belief that the James Bond movies didn’t hold any artistic value and had turned somewhat satirical which could cause some damage to any actor taking the role.

Footnote – Answer copied from another thread Melia Janssen’s answer to What are some awesome movie facts & details?

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[2] How Horror Movie The Strangers Is — and Isn’t — Based on a “True Story”