I don’t know about you but I can’t think of anything better than curling up on the sofa with my husband, some snacks, and one of my favorite films playing on the TV.
Films are just the best because they can truly transport you to another time, another world, and even a whole new viewpoint!
They’re pretty incredible, and it’s understandable why the movie industry is as big as it is!
Making a good film requires a good cast, an excellent crew, good equipment, and a dedicated team of directors and producers.
With so much going on behind the scenes, it’s obvious that there’s going to be a few facts most people don’t know about!
So, to catch you up to speed with all your favorite films, here are a few behind the scenes facts you probably didn’t know about!
1. Fight Club
Unlike many other films, Fight Club was actually filmed in chronological order, and during filming actor Edward Norton near starved himself and didn’t go out in the sun.
However, Brad Pitt regularly took to the gym and tanning salon. They did this so we (the audience) would see the narrator withering away and Tyler Durden becoming healthier and stronger.
2. The Princess Bride
The tears Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patankin) had in the scene where he kills the six-fingered man were real. This scene was shot after the actor returned to the production after attending his father’s funeral, who died of cancer while filming took place.
3. The Exorcist
During breaks on set, William Friedkin would often fire a shotgun with blank shells unexpectedly on the soundstage.
Obviously, this terrified everybody and he was soon asked to stop doing it. However, they weren’t aware that their reactions to the gunshots were being filmed, and you can actually see those reactions in the movie! This authentic response to the gunshot sound became the character’s reaction to Regan making a sound from upstairs.
4. The Blues Brothers
On the set of The Blues Brothers, John Belushi was told to tell Carrie Fisher that she was doing too much coke.
5. Total Recall
In between takes, Michael Ironside would always appear on the phone, something that Arnold Schwartzenegger quickly took notice. When he asked about it, he found out that Ironside was calling his sister who had cancer.
Schwartzenegger took Ironside to his trailer where they had a very long three-way conversation with Ironside and his sister about how to care for herself during this difficult time.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
When they filmed the scene with Aragog (the giant spider), the dog who played Fang got very protective over Daniel Radcliffe. This brave dog would try to defend him from the animatronic. This scene was filmed over and over for this reason. How sweet?!
7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Everything in the Chocolate Room was edible – except for the teacup, which Gene Wilder still ate for the take!
The spaghetti the characters eating was actually made by director Martin Scorsese’s mother. Talk about keeping it in the family!
Will Ferrel is famous for being a funny guy to work with. During the filming of Anchorman, Ferrel would constantly make Rudd break out of character to laugh. So, Rudd was actively trying to make Ferrell slip up instead.
So he improvised the killer line “60% of the time, it works every time” line, but sadly Will didn’t miss a beat and came back with “that doesn’t even make sense” which only made Rudd laugh harder.
10. Inglorious Basterds
Those who fell asleep while on set were doomed to have their photo taken in an embarrassing situation.
11. The Lord of the Rings
Peter Jackson was schooled by Christopher Lee (Saruman the White) about the sound made when a man is stabbed in the back.
During World War Two Lee was involved with a few secret operations for the British, which is probably why he knew this.
Jackson recalled this moment in the DVD commentary:
“When I was shooting the stabbing shot with Christopher, 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.’”
12. Guardians of the Galaxy
Some of the scenes from this movie had to be re-shot because Chris Pratt making “pew pew” noises.
13. The Holiday
In this scene, Jack Black (Miles) introduces Kate Winslet (Iris) to well-known pieces of music from movies. Show-stopping tunes like Gone With the Wind and Chariots of Fire.
But when he introduces The Graduate, he sings a part of the song “Mrs. Robinson”, that’s when we see the camera cut to Dustin Hoffman who is shaking his head.
This cameo of Hoffman’s was entirely impromptu and was written in on the spot because Hoffman just popped by to visit his friend who was the director of The Holiday.
14. The Shawshank Redemption
The maggot that one of the guys feeds to a crow had already died of natural causes. They had to do this otherwise the American Humane Association wouldn’t have let them use the “no animals were harmed in the making of this film” in the credits!
15. Wayne’s World
The entire movie took less than a month to film The equipment they were using to film was actually borrowed and they needed to return it as soon as possible!
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