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25 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Famous Movies

19 February 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

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You know the movies well, but do you really know these facts?


1. Sin City


Because of the way the movie was shot, Mickey Rourke (Marv) and Elijah Wood (Kevin) never met until after the film was released.


2. No Country for Old Men


When Joel Coen and Ethan Coen approached Javier Bardem about playing Chigurh, he said “I don’t drive, I speak bad English, and I hate violence.” The Coens responded, “That’s why we called you.”


3. The Godfather: Part 2


Francis Ford Coppola considered bringing Marlon Brando back to play Vito Corleone as a young man, convinced that he could play the role at any age. As he worked on the script, though, he remembered Robert De Niro’s exceptional audition for The Godfather and cast him without offering the part to Brando.


4. Pulp Fiction


Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he ended up reading her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role.


5. Argo


Ben Affleck had to fire several actors after he found out they didn’t actually know Farsi and were merely pretending to speak it.


6. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King


A normal major motion picture averages about 200 effects shots. This film had 1488.


7. Lincoln


The first draft of Lincoln was 550 pages and covered his entire presidency.


8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day


Because of the amount of makeup Arnold Schwarzenegger had to wear for the climax, he was blinded in one eye and had no depth perspective.


9. Les Misérables


Every song was sung live on set. The actors wore ear pieces which fed the sound of a live piano being played off-stage to keep their singing in key.


10. The Green Mile


When Stephen King visited the set he asked to be strapped into Old Sparky to see how it felt. He didn’t like it and asked to be released.


11. Fantastic Mr. Fox


535 puppets were made for the film.


12. The Dark Knight Rises


Though not shown in the final cut, the fight scene on Gotham City Hall steps included an explosion that cleared the steps of all the fighters still alive. When filming the actual explosion, the heat triggered a fire alarm that went directly to the authorities; which caused production to stop for more than 30 minutes while the film staff cleared everything with the police and fire marshal when they arrived.


13. RoboCop


The RoboCop suit was so hot and heavy that Peter Weller was losing 3 lbs a day from water loss. Eventually, an air conditioner was installed in the suit.


14. Goldfinger


Shirley Eaton underwent two hours of make-up application which involved being gild painted to become a gold painted corpse. A doctor was on set at all times in fear of possible skin suffocation, and her stomach left bare for the same reason.


15. The Dark Knight


While filming both the bank and police department scenes at the post office, an unrelated fire broke out in a top floor mechanical room and many onlookers believed that the smoke and fire was related to the filming.


16. Psycho


During the filming, Alfred Hitchcock placed the prop used as Mrs. Bates’ corpse in Janet Leigh’s dressing room without her knowledge. He did this to test the fear factor of the prop.


17. Raiders of the Lost Ark


The original name of the lead character in the script was Indiana Smith. His name was changed to Jones on the first day of production.


18. The Avengers


In the commentary, director Joss Whedon reveals the arrangement of the monitors on the helicarrier bridge were arranged to resemble the wings of the SHIELD logo. The eagle head can actually be seen at the foot of the conference round table at the end of the film when repairs are being made.


19. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope


The original name of the main character in this film was Luke Starkiller, and that was the character’s name when filming began in Tunisia. Later, when filming moved to Elstree Studios in London, George Lucas had second thoughts and changed the name to Skywalker. This did not cause a problem, as Luke’s last name had not been used in the scenes already shot.


20. Hellboy II: The Golden Army


Guillermo Del Toro turned down many movies to direct Hellboy II, including I Am Legend, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the Halo movie.


21. The Blues Brothers


During the filming of the opening scene, security guards of the prison fired shots at the helicopter filming the overhead shots, thinking that the helicopter was attempting to spy on the structure.


22. Jackie Brown


In the novel, Jackie Brown (originally Jackie Burke) is white. Quentin Tarantino changed her race solely for the purpose of getting to work with Pam Grier.


23. The Dark Knight Rises


Anne Hathaway has revealed that during her audition, she thought that she was auditioning for The Joker’s on again-off again girlfriend/partner-in-crime Harley Quinn. it was only after she had a discussion with Christopher Nolan that she found out that she was auditioning for Catwoman.


24. Inception


Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed all but one of his own stunts during the fight scene in the spinning hallway.


25. Titanic


After filming, the remains of the full-size set were sold as scrap metal.



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