100 Strangest Or Interesting Movie Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
There are many famous movies that have a ton of strange or interesting facts that the audience is not aware of. For example, did you know that Jack Nicholson pulled a real gun on Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed? Did you know that the most famous line from Jaws was actually improvised? Or that the sound of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park is actually the sound of tortoises mating? Or that Chris Pratt stole his costume from Guardians of the Galaxy to visit sick children in the hospital as a Star-Lord? How about the fact that in the movie Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins, who plays serial killer Hannibal Lecter, never blinks? What about 16-year-old Judy Garland who was put on an insane diet while filming The Wizard of Oz that consisted of chicken soup, coffee, pills, and 80 cigarettes per day?
In today’s article, we bring you a list of 100 strangest or interesting facts about famous movies that are very interesting to read. Let’s get started.
What Are Some Of The Strangest Or Interesting Facts About Famous Movies That Will Blow Your Mind?
1. Jack Nicholson pulled a real gun on Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed
During the “I smell a rat” scene in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Jack Nicholson thought the scene wasn’t intense enough. So he improvised and pulled a real gun on Leonardo DiCaprio even though it wasn’t in the script.
2. Horse’s head in The Godfather was real
Remember that shocking scene from The Godfather with a horse’s head in the bed? During rehearsals, they used a fake horse’s head but director Francis Ford Coppola decided to swap it with a real one for the actual shot, which means the reaction from actor John Marley was genuine.
3. Judy Garland was on an insane diet that consisted of chicken soup, coffee, pills, and 80 cigarettes per day while filming The Wizard of Oz
During the filming of The Wizard of Oz than 16-year-old Judy Garland was put on an insane diet that consisted of chicken soup, coffee, pills, and 80 cigarettes per day to reduce her appetite.
4. Gregory Peck took the role in The Omen because his son had recently killed himself
Gregory Peck took the role in Richard Donner’s The Omen (1976) because he was dealing with his “personal demons” as his son had recently killed himself.
5. Jack Nicholson was fed only cheese sandwiches on The Shining which he hated to get him into the right mood
During the shoot of The Shining Jack Nicholson was fed only cheese sandwiches which he hates to get him into character and in the right mood. This movie also made it on our list Most Terrifying Or Unsettling Movie Lines Uttered By a Villain.
6. Alan Rickman was dropped a second earlier than planned in Die Hard to get his true reaction
At the end of John McTiernan’s action classic Die Hard, the main villain Hans Gruber, played by late Alan Rickman, was dropped from the Nakatomi Plaza a second earlier than planned to get a more realistic reaction from him. And did you know that Alan Rickman is one of the actors with the most iconic set of roles off all time?
7. Isla Fisher almost drowned while shooting Now you See Me
Actress Isla Fisher almost drowned for real while shooting an underwater magic trick in Now you See Me.
8. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was almost stopped shooting as Steve Carell’s character looked like a serial killer
Steve Carell’s and director Judd Apatow’s first big-screen success 40-Year-Old Virgin was almost forced to stop shooting after only five days of shooting by the studio Universal Pictures as they were concerned that Steve Carell’s character looked like a serial killer.
9. Anthony Hopkins never blinks in The Silence of the Lambs
In one of the best thrillers of all time, The Silence of the Lambs, actor Anthony Hopkins, who plays serial killer Hannibal Lecter, never blinks. In our humble opinion, The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best movies about serial killers in which Anthony Hopkins uttered some pretty terrifying or unsettling lines.
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant during a break in full Terminator makeup with a missing eye
During a break on The Terminator (1984), Arnold Schwarzenegger went to a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch but forgot that he was still in Terminator makeup, with an exposed jawbone, missing eye, and burned flesh.
11. Chris Pratt stole Star-Lord costume from Guardians of the Galaxy to visit sick children in the hospital
Chris Pratt reportedly stole his costume from Guardians of the Galaxy to visit sick children in the hospital as a Star-Lord.
12. George Miller used his car in Mad Max as they were running low on funds
Director George Miller’s debut Mad Max (1979) was a low budget movie starring than relatively unknown Mel Gibson. During the filming they ran low on funds, so Miller used his own vehicle for one of the crash scenes.
13. Sound of doors in Star Trek is actually sound of toilet flushing
The sound of the automatic doors opening and closing in Star Trek is actually the sound of the Russian train’s toilet flushing.
14. Jaws’ line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” was actually improvised
Probably the most famous line from Spielberg’s Jaws, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” wasn’t in the script but was improvised by main actor Roy Scheider.
15. Actor Tony Todd put real bees in his mouth in Candyman
In 90’s horror Candyman, actor Tony Todd filled his mouth with real bees and for each sting he received (a total of 23), he got a $1,000 bonus.
16. Leonardo DiCaprio really cut his hand in Django Unchained
In one scene of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio smashed a glass on the table accidentally cutting himself. He started bleeding but he ignored it to stay in his character.
17. Multiple cast and crew members of The Passion of the Christ were struck by lightning
During the shooting of Mel Gibson directed The Passion of the Christ, multiple cast and crew members, including Jim Caviezel, were struck by lightning.
18. Keanu Reeves performed about 95 percent of the fight scenes himself John Wick: Chapter 2
Keanu Reeves trained for three months and performed about 95 percent of the fight scenes himself In John Wick: Chapter 2.
19. Taxi Driver was voted as one of the 25 most dangerous movies
After the premiere of Marin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver in New York, it was voted as one of the 25 most dangerous movies.
20. Brad Pitt broke his arm during the chase scene in David Fincher’s Se7en
During the scene where Pitt’s character David Mills chases serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey), Pitt broke his arm so the injury was added to the script.
21. James Cameron nailed cell phones to the wall with a nail gun while shooting Avatar
While shooting Avatar, James Cameron kept a nail gun with him and nailed cell phones to the wall that rang during a take.
22. Many extras in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest were real mental patients
In Milos Forman’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, many extras seen in the background were actually real mental patients.
23. Michael Caine forgot his lines the first time he saw Heath Ledger In The Dark Knight
In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which is probably the best superhero movie of all time, Michael Caine was so frightened by Heath Ledger’s Joker that he forgot to say his lines during the scene where Joker crashes the party. It was the first time he saw Heath Ledger in character.
24. That redneck in Deadpool 2 was Matt Damon
In Deadpool 2 in the scene where Cable (Josh Brolin) appears, two rednecks are talking about toilet paper. One of them is actually Matt Damon in prosthetic makeup.
25. Edward Norton hit Brad Pitt for real in Fight Club
In Fight Club, during their first fight scene, director David Fincher (Se7en, Social Network, Zodiac) told Edward Norton to hit Brad Pitt in the head for real. Pitt was actually expecting a phony punch, so when Norton hit him in the ear, Pitt’s reaction was genuine.
26. The sound of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park is actually the sound of tortoises mating
Remember that sound of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park? That was actually the sound of tortoises mating.
27. Actor Paul Bateson in The Exorcist is an actual serial killer
Actor Paul Bateson, who played a hospital technician in The Exorcist, was actually a serial killer. He was charged for killing six gay men in 1970’s New York. He was released from prison in 2004.
28. Jodie Foster was terrified of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs and never spoke to him
Anthony Hopkins gave an unforgettable performance as terrifying Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Actually, during the making of the movie Jodie Foster was afraid of Anthony Hopkins that she avoided him and never talk to him until the last day of filming.
29. The DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future was originally a refrigerator
Yes, you read it right – iconic DeLorean in Back To The Future was originally a refrigerator. In early drafts of the script, the time machine was a refrigerator but fearing kids would trying to replicate this idea and get trapped inside the refrigerator, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg decided to switch it with DeLorean. Steven Spielberg later used the idea in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as Indiana Jones hides in the refrigerator at the beginning of the movie.
30. Christian Bale based his performance in American Psycho on Tom Cruise
Christian Bale gave an excellent performance in American Psycho. But did you know that Bale actually based some parts of Patrick Bateman on his fellow actor Tom Cruise when he saw Cruise’s appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1993?
31. The connection between Pulp Fiction and Twins
Yes, we are talking about that Twins from director Ivan Reitman starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. You see, characters of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction were named Vincent and Jules. Characters of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in Twins were named Vincent and Julius and this was actually not a coincidence as Danny DeVito was one of the producers on Pulp Fiction.
32. Benicio Del Toro kept farting during the line-up in The Usual Suspects
The line-up scene in The Usual Suspects was originally meant to be serious and the reason why no one could keep a straight face was Benicio Del Toro. He couldn’t stop farting so they all laughed – Kevin Pollak said that Del Toro farted 12 takes in a row.
33. Scream was loosely based on real events
Wes Craven’s surprising hit horror movie Scream was actually loosely based on real events that took place in Florida in the 1990s.
34. Steven Spielberg co-directed one scene in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street
Steven Spielberg showed up on a set of Wolf Of Wall Street during the making of the Steve Madden scene. Spielberg ended co-directing the scene, suggesting camera angles, and giving advice to actors but wasn’t officially credited.
35. Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid around $21,429 for every word he spoke in Terminator 2: Judgement Day
In James Cameron’s action SF masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke only 700 words and was paid $15 Million. That means that Schwarzenegger was paid around $21,429 for every word he spoke in the movie. His iconic line “Hasta La Vista Baby” cost around $85,000.
36. ‘Funny how’ scene from Goodfellas was inspired by a real event that happened to Joe Pesci
The “Funny how?” scene from Goodfellas is actually based on something that happened to actor Joe Pesci. While he was young, Pesci worked in a restaurant. Apparently he gave a compliment to a mobster telling him that he was funny, which was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response. Pesci told Scorsese about this, who then decided to include it in the film. By the way, that scene made our list of Most Terrifying Or Unsettling Movie Lines Uttered By a Villain.
37. Sean Connery wore a toupee while playing James Bond
As Sean Connery started going bald at a very young age, he wore a toupee in all of his James Bond movies.
38. The snow in The Wizard of Oz was actually asbestos
One more shocking fact about The Wizard of Oz is that the snow they used was actually asbestos. If you’re not familiar, asbestos is a mineral that can cause lung cancer and poisoning if inhaled.
39. During the chestbursting scene in Alien, the actors’ reaction was genuine
In Alien (1979) only director Ridley Scott and the camera crew knew what was going to happen in the chest-burster scene. The actors weren’t aware of what’s in store for them so when alien burst from the chest they were actually terrified and their shocked reaction was genuine.
40. Psycho was the first movie to feature a flushing toilet
Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was the first movie to feature a flushing toilet?
41. Jack Black almost played Green Lantern
Yes, you read it right. Although Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds was a pretty awful movie, I can’t imagine how terrible the end product would be if Jack Black played the role of Green Lantern as he was the first choice.
42. Sean Connery and Harrison Ford are only apart by 12 years but still played father and son in Indiana Jones
Sean Connery played Professor Henry Jones, Indiana Jones’ father in the third installment of Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Funny thing is, they are only 12 years apart as Connery was born in 1930 and Ford in 1942.
43. The Poltergeist films are cursed
The Poltergeist films are believed to be cursed as four actors died shortly after filming, including 12-year-old Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol Anne, and 22-year-old Dominique Dunne, who was strangled by her ex-boyfriend.
44. Russell Crowe almost played Wolverine
Did you know that the role of Wolverine was first offered to Russell Crowe, but he, fortunately, refused the offer and recommended Hugh Jackman for the role? Thank God.
45. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean wasn’t supposed to be that funny
One of the most famous characters in the last 20 years, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, played by Johhny Depp, wasn’t supposed to be as funny. It was Depp’s idea to play the character that way and Disney initially didn’t agree and many crew members thought Depp was really drunk all the time. But fortunately, they went ahead with this approach to the character and the rest is history.
46. There is a coffee cup in every scene of Fight Club
According to director David Fincher, every scene in Fight Club (1999) has a coffee cup, usually from Starbucks.
47. Brad Pitt approached Guy Ritchie for a role in Snatch
Brad Pitt was a big fan of Guy Ritchie’s debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). So he approached Ritchie and asked for a role in Snatch. Ritchie accepted but when he found Pitt couldn’t master a London accent, he gave him the role of Mickey the Gypsy.
48. Iconic tracking shot through the Copacabana from Goodfellas exists because Scorsese couldn’t get permission
That famous long tracking shot from Goodfellas through the Copacabana nightclub exists because Scorsese couldn’t get permission to go in the shorter way – restaurant told Martin Scorsese that they could only enter from the back. So Scorsese filmed the sequence in one unbroken shot to symbolize Henry’s life.
49. Most lines of dialogue in Goodfellas was improvised
Martin Scorsese collaborated on the screenplay for Goodfellas with Nicholas Pileggi and they received an Oscar nomination. But did you know that much of the dialogues was improvised by the cast?
50. Director of the infamous Cannibal Holocaust had to prove in court that the actors are still alive
Ruggero Deodato, the director of the disturbing 80s exploitation movie Cannibal Holocaust had to prove in court that all the actors from the movie were still alive.
51. The briefcase in Pulp Fiction was initially supposed to contain the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs
Remember that mysterious briefcase from Pulp Fiction? Well, initially the briefcase contained the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs but in the end, Quentin Tarantino decided to leave it vague and make it more interesting.
52. Stanley Kubrick destroyed almost all of sets and props from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick didn’t want that his props and sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey to be used in any other science fiction movies of questionable quality so he destroyed almost all of them.
53. In Home Alone Joe Pesci actually did bite Macaulay Culkin
In one scene near the end of Home Alone, Joe Pesci, who played Harry, accidentally bit Macaulay Culkin’s finger leaving a scar.
54. Marla from Fight Club and Teddy from Memento have the same phone number
Two great movies directed by two of the best directors working in Hollywood in the last 30 years, David Fincher’s Fight Club and Christopher Nolan’s Memento have one thing in common. Marla Singer from Fight Club, played by Helena Bonham Carter, and Teddy aka John Gammel from Memento, played by Joe Pantoliano have the same phone number – 555-0134.
55. The staff pranked Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven and put a ton of hot sauce on the burger Pitt eats in the last scene of the movie
In Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven Brad Pitt’s character Rusty eats something in nearly every scene he’s in. At the end of the movie, he’s waiting for Danny Ocean (George Clooney) to be released from prison and was supposed to eat a burger in that scene. Allegedly the staff pulled a prank on him and put a ton of hot sauce on the burger which surprised Pitt but he stayed in character although his mouth was on fire.
56. Darth Vader appears for only 12 minutes in the original Star Wars
Darth Vader is one of the most famous villains of all time, but did you know that he only has 12 minutes of screen time in the original Star Wars?
57. The fight scene in Skyfall was filmed on top of a real moving train
Did you know that the train fight scene in the opening of Skyfall was actually filmed on top of a real moving train?
58. Liam Neeson’s communicator in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is actually Gillette Sensor Excel Razor for women
Liam Neeson’s character Qui-Gon Jinn uses a communication device in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. But did you know it was just a redecorated Gillette Sensor Excel Razor for women?
59. E.T.’s face was actually modeled after Albert Einstein, a pug dog, and poet Carl Sandburg
In Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, one of the biggest hits of the 1980s, the face of E.T. was actually modeled after Albert Einstein, a pug dog, and poet Carl Sandburg.
60. Titanic was the first movie with two actors nominated for Oscar for portraying the same character in the same movie
In James Cameron’s megahit Titanic, Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart played the same character, Rose. Winslet played a young version while Gloria Stuart played an old version of the character. Both were nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same character in the same movie – Winslet for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Gloria Stuart for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. After Titanic, Winslet experienced the same thing in 2001 in the movie Iris. You can read more on this subject in our article Different Actors Who Won an Oscar For The Same Role.
61. Michael Myers mask in Halloween is actually modified Captain Kirk mask
Michael Myers’ mask that he wears in the Halloween franchise is actually a modified mask of Captain Kirk (William Shatner).
62. Jules’ wallet in Pulp Fiction that reads “Bad Motherfucker” actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino
The character of Jules played by Samuel L. Jackson has a wallet in Pulp Fiction that reads “Bad Motherfucker”. That wallet actually belonged to the Quentin Tarantino who bought it because of its reference to the movie Shaft (1971). Six years later Samuel L. Jackson will play the character of Shaft in the 2000 remake.
63. Casino Royale (2006) is the first James Bond movie approved by the Chinese censors
Daniel Craig’s first, which is also the best 007 adventure, Casino Royale (2006) is the first James Bond movie that was approved by the Chinese censors.
64. Christopher Nolan grew about five hundred acres of real corn for Interstellar
Remember that cornfield chase scene from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar? Well, Nolan’s crew grew about five hundred acres of real corn which was later sold and they actually made a huge profit out of it.
65. Robert Downey Jr. left jars of his urine around the set of Zodiac as a form of protest
While working on David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) Robert Downey Jr. was so exhausted so he left jars of his urine around the set as a form of protest.
66. Jackie Chan and his stunt team are blacklisted by insurance companies
Jackie Chan is known for performing his action scenes and his stunts are deemed so dangerous that the insurance companies are refusing to insure him or his stunt team. So Chan agreed to pay the medical bills himself when somebody in his movies gets hurt.
67. Lord Of The Rings trilogy is the most awarded film series in history
Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy not only made a ton of money but was also nominated for 800 awards winning 457 awards. This makes it the most awarded film series in history.
68. Brandon Lee was shot and killed while filming The Crow
Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee played the main role in The Crow (1994). A stunt gun that was supposed to be filled with blanks was actually loaded with real ammo so when the gun fired, Lee was shot which resulted in his death later that night.
69. Tom Sizemore was fighting drug addiction while filming Saving Private Ryan
Did you know that actor Tom Sizemore (Heat, True Romance, Strange Days) was actually fighting drug addiction during the production of Saving Private Ryan? Director Steven Spielberg told him that they will test his blood every day, and if he failed the test he would be fired.
70. Tom Cruise almost played Iron Man
Tom Cruise was offered the role of Iron Man but he had to refuse as he worked on a War of the Worlds with Steven Spielberg. Although Robert Downey Jr. is one of the biggest movie stars today, did you know that only 15 years ago the situation was very different? He was a problematic actor without big hits, and the studio wasn’t interested in casting him as Iron Man. Only after Cruise refused and director Jon Favreau insisted, the studio agreed to hire him for one movie. After Iron Man became a huge success starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he could dictate the terms and is now one of the highest-paid Hollywood actors.
71. Emily Blunt almost played Black Widow
Emily Blunt was offered the role of Black Widow but she refused because she didn’t find female roles in superhero movies that interesting as male actors did all the action.
72. Heath Ledger stayed in a motel room for six weeks to prepare for the role of Joker
To prepare for the role of Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger locked himself in a motel room for around six weeks to develop Joker’s voice, evil laugh, and tics.
73. Pulp Fiction scene in which Vincent (Travolta) stabs Mia (Thurman) in the heart with a needle was shot in reverse
The famous scene from Pulp Fiction in which Mia (Thurman) overdoses so Vincent (Travolta) stabs her in the heart with a needle was actually shot in reverse. So John Travolta was pulling the needle out of her.
74. Indiana Jones was named after George Lucas’s dog
A beloved archaeologist Indiana Jones was named after George Lucas’s dog’s whose name was Indiana.
75. Warner Bros digitally removed the Henry Cavill’s mustache for the Justice League and spent $25 million
A couple of years ago, Henry Cavill was working on Warner Bros’ terrible Justice League and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Cavil grow a mustache for the latest Mission: Impossible movie and Warner Bros scheduled reshoots of Justice League during the production of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. As Paramount didn’t let Henry Cavill shave his mustache, Warner Bros spent $25 million on digitally removing Henry Cavill’s mustache for Justice League. The final result was so bad that it looked like the work of a complete amateur who was paid $50 and not $25 million.
76. Sylvester Stallone was hospitalized after being hit by Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV
While filming Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone decided that he and Dolph Lundgren should punch one another for real. Unfortunately, Lundgren punched him so hard in the chest and Stallone’s heart had slammed up against his breastbone and began to swell, cutting off the blood supply and restricting the oxygen flow. Stallone had to spend four days in intensive care.
77. Brendan Fraser nearly died while filming The Mummy
In The Mummy (1999), Brendan Fraser almost died in a scene where his character is hanged. Rachel Weisz said that Fraser stopped breathing and had to be revived.
78. Charlize Theron fell on her neck and was almost paralyzed
While filming Aeon Flux (2005) Charlize Theron did a backflip and landed on her neck. She suffered a herniated disc and was told she might end up paralyzed. Thankfully, she recovered.
79. James Cameron drew the sketch of naked Kate Winslet in Titanic
Remember the sketch of naked Rose (Kate Winslet) that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) drew? It was actually drawn by the director James Cameron and the hands that are shown drawing it are also Cameron’s.
80. Androids in Alien movies are alphabetized
You probably didn’t notice it, but androids in the Alien franchise are actually alphabetized – Ash, Bishop, Call, and David.
81. Gene Hackman almost played Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs
Gene Hackman bought the rights to The Silence of the Lambs and planned to direct it and play Hannibal Lecter. He withdrew after watching a clip of himself in Mississippi Burning (1988) as he decided that the role was maybe too dark for his taste.
82. D-Day battle scene from Saving Private Ryan triggered PTSD among WWII veterans
Saving Private Ryan had its share of problems but that 30-minute depiction of D-Day at the beginning of the movie is one of the most brutal, realistic, and unforgettable battle scenes in the history of cinema. In fact, it caused or triggered PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) among WWII veterans when they watched the movie.
83. Budget for the movie Titanic was bigger than the cost to build the actual ship
The budget for James Cameron’s Titanic was $200 million while the actual cost to build the ship from 1910 to 1912 was $7.5 million. Even adjusted for inflation (around $116 million in 1997), the cost to build the ship is smaller than the budget of the movie.
84. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Nicolas Cage almost played Neo in The Matrix
What do Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Nicolas Cage have in common? They were all offered the role of Neo in The Matrix.
85. Actress JoBeth Williams swims through a pool filled with real dead bodies in Poltergeist
Remember the scene from Poltergeist where JoBeth Williams swims through a pool filled with skeletons? They were actually not fake but real dead bodies.
86. Jamie Foxx wore eye prosthetics to make him blind for 14 hours a day for his role in Ray
Jamie Foxx really committed to his character in the Ray Charles biopic as he wore eye prosthetics to make him blind for 14 hours a day. It paid off as Foxx won a Best Actor Academy Award.
87. The famous gun barrel sequence from James Bond movies was actually filmed through the barrel of a gun
Gun barrel sequence featured in the introduction of James Bond movies was actually filmed through the barrel of a gun.
88. Ryan Gosling got the part in The Notebook because the director wanted someone that is not handsome
Director Nick Cassavetes wanted someone that is not handsome for the role of Noah in The Notebook. So he cast Ryan Gosling in the role.
89. All of the main cast in Saving Private Ryan went through boot camp except Matt Damon so the cast would resent him
In Saving Private Ryan, all of the main cast, including Tom Hanks, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Ed Burns, Barry Pepper, Tom Sizemore, and Adam Goldberg went through boot camp. The only exception was Matt Damon, as Spielberg hoped that the cast would resent him and give more believable performances.
90. Godzilla’s iconic roar is actually the sound of leather gloves rubbing against the strings of a double bass instrument
In 1954, the sound effects team who worked on Godzilla tried to create a roar by using animal sounds. They failed but Japanese composer Akira Ifukube had the idea to use a musical instrument to create Godzilla’s roar – they actually took a leather glove and rub it against the string of the double bass to create that famous shriek.
91. The directors of Despicable Me actually wrote a language for the minions
The directors of Despicable Me wrote a language that the minions speak in the movie which they called “minion-ese”. Apparently every word can be translated into English.
92. Tom Hanks didn’t get paid for Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks was not paid for Robert Zemeckis’s movie Forrest Gump. Hanks agreed to take a percentage from the overall profit and when a movie became a huge blockbuster, Hanks earned forty million dollars.
93. Michael J. Fox almost hanged himself while filming Back to the Future III
In Back To The Future III, there is a scene where Michael J. Fox has a rope around his neck. But Fox didn’t get his hand into the right place and he accidentally hanged himself until someone on set spotted him choking and rescued him.
94. Toy Story 2 was almost deleted
Someone accidentally deleted 90 percent of the work the Pixar team did on Toy Story 2. Unfortunately, the backup system had failed but the film’s technical director had a copy on her computer so much of it was restored.
95. Interstellar was shot without green screens
Director Christopher Nolan and his team shot Interstellar without green screens. All the scenes, except the ones involving space, were shot in real environments.
96. Kids in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas didn’t know much about the Holocaust
The filmmakers of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas thought that the children would better portray the innocence of the characters if they didn’t know much about the Holocaust. So they cast Asa Butterfield and Jack Scanlon who knew some, but not a lot about the Holocaust.
97. In Elf, Will Ferrell, director Jon Favreau, and a cameraman actually ran through New York and interacted with random people
Remember that “Buddy discovers New York” sequence from Jon Favreau’s Elf? Actually Favreau, Will Ferrel, and one cameraman ran through New York and interacted with random people on the streets.
98. Leonardo DiCaprio ate a raw bison’s liver in The Revenant, even though he is vegetarian
Leonardo DiCaprio really wanted that Oscar. Although he is vegetarian he chose to eat a raw bison’s liver in The Revenant.
99. Shia LaBeouf pulled out his tooth, cut his face and didn’t shower during filming Fury
While filming David Ayer’s Fury, Shia LaBeouf allegedly didn’t shower, pulled out his own tooth, and cut his face to add realism to his performance.
100. Christopher Nolan based the roles of a team in Inception on the roles used in filmmaking
Christopher Nolan once told Entertainment Weekly that he based the roles of the team in Inception on roles used in filmmaking. So, Cobb is the Director, Ariadne is the Production Designer, Arthur is the Producer, Eames is the Actor, Saito is the Studio, and Fischer is the Audience. Also, it took Nolan almost 8 years to write the script.
As you can see, there were a lot of interesting or strange facts about famous movies and we didn’t even cover all of them. What do you think? Do you agree with our list? What are the strangest or interesting movie facts in your opinion?
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