Do you think you know everything about your favorite movies? Check out this list of movie secrets that you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest movie buff can always learn something new.
During the filming of Stephen King’s It, Tim Curry sat through long makeup sessions and costume fittings to make his appearance for his role as Pennywise the evil clown as frightening as possible. One thing he didn’t have to sit through however, was wig fittings. Pennywise’s trademark creepy red hair is actually Curry’s real hair.
Batman Returns (1992)
Ever wonder how Michelle Pfeiffer was able to squeeze into that skin-tight leather bodysuit for her role as Catwoman in Batman Returns? Turns out, she didn’t actually have to endure such a daunting (and seemingly impossible) task after all. Rather, the costume was vacuum-sealed on. She must have been relieved with the news.
Sylvester Stallone looked pretty badass in the film’s famous running scene, didn’t he? Too bad that all ended when Stallone was wheelbarrowed to the hospital after pulling a tendon in his leg while shooting the scene.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
As all fans of John Hughes‘s classic hit, The Breakfast Club, know, the 97-minute-long film is set in only one Saturday detention session. What you may not know is that the it only took Hughes 2 days to write the screenplay for the movie. Damn, he lives life in the fast lane.
Toy Story (1995)
In Toy Story, the carpet in Sid’s house is the same as the one in the hotel in The Shining (1980). The creators were very sneaky in slipping this bit of creepiness into the beloved family Disney-Pixar film.
This scene depicts what could be the worst day of somebody’s life. In reality though, this scene actually depicts the best day of actor, Ewan McGregor’s, life, as the unknown brown substance in and around the outside of the toilet is actually chocolate. McGregor gets to star in a film and eat all the chocolate he wants while he works!
Staying on the topic of toilets…the one that appears in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, was the first toilet flushing to ever be seen in a movie.
You can imagine s how loud the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was just by watching the film on the big screen. Jennifer Lawrence however, knows first hand about the movie’s booming sound effects. Filming on the set of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, left Lawrence temporarily deaf in one ear.
8 Mile (2002)
Although Eminem‘s 8 Mile was a huge hit among audiences, he didn’t give himself enough credit. Eminem skipped that year’s Oscars because he thought he had no chance of winning an award. Turns out, he couldn’t be more wrong.”Lose Yourself”, the still-popular hip-hop song that was featured in the film won “Best Original Song”.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Chances are, you’re little one hasn’t seen the Disney classic, Mary Poppins. However, chances are, your little one has seen the 2013 Disney children’s film, Frozen. Therefore, children (and most adults) are unlikely to notice this particular connection between the films: Olaf’s dance with the seagulls in Frozen is a tribute to Dick Van Dyke’s dance with the penguins in Mary Poppins.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
If you’ve seen The Big Lebowski, you’ve probably noticed that the word “man” is said quite a few times throughout the movie. In fact, “man” is used 147 times (almost 1.5 times per minute).
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Like in The Big Lebowski, Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed crime drama Pulp Fiction uses another certain word throughout the movie. The word however, is a bit more explicit than Lebowski’s “man”. In Pulp Fiction, the “F-word” is said 265 times.
Kill Bill (2003)
Tarantino seemed to have cleaned up the language in one of his later movies, Kill Bill. While the F-word was used in Pulp Fiction in 1994 265 times, the F-word was used in Kill Bill only 17 times. This was the Tarantino’s first directed film to have fewer than 100 uses of the F-word.
If you don’t know or speak any Spanish, you probably had no idea that the name of the Mexican restaurant isn’t one that’s likely to bring in tons of customers. The restaurant’s name on the sign translates to “We Spit in Your Food”.
Evil Dead II (1987)
If you’ve ever actually noticed this, then you are truly a devout Freddy Krueger fan (and a very observant one). The glove in the background in this scene actually belongs to Freddy Krueger. This appearance isn’t exactly the most exciting cameo, but it’s still pretty cool.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Even if you haven’t actually seen Ferris Bueller, you’re probably familiar with Ben Stein’s famous “Bueller…Bueller…Bueller…” school lecture scene. The scene was done in one take and was improvised.
Back to the Future (1985)
In early drafts of Back to the Future, Marty’s mode of transportation was very different than the one that appeared in the film. Originally, instead of the sweet DeLorean he time-travelled in throughout the movie, Marty time-travelled in a refrigerator.
Hugh Jackman was supposed to have a cameo as Wolverine in the action-adventure movie. However, the plan was squashed – and for one simple (and odd) reason: his costume got lost. This seems like a poor excuse to nix the cameo from the film, but what it comes down to is, Wolverine doesn’t look very intimidating in a polo and jeans.
The battle scenes in Braveheart needed to be reshot because several extras were wearing wristwatches and sunglasses. If the director didn’t catch this barely-noticeable blooper, the scenes would have contrasted with the 13th century time period that the film was set in.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
As seen in the above photo, a decent amount of cars were destroyed during the filming of The Blues Brothers. The exact number was 103, number was high enough for the film to set a 103-wrecked-car world record.
District 9 (2009)
Ever wonder how the crew of District 9 created the unique sound of the language spoken by the aliens in the film? Here’s a sound-making method that you probably never even thought could be a sound-making method: rubbing pumpkins together. Why spend extra money on expensive sound effects when you can just go pumpkin picking ?
A Christmas Story (1983)
On Christmas day each year, we get to enjoy a 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon on television. Remember lovable Ralphie? You know…the boy who pined for a “Red Ryder B.B. Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.” Well, Peter Billingsley, who played the role of “Ralphie” in the film, appeared in yet another Christmas movie 20 years later. Billingsley played one of Santa’s elves in the 2003 family comedy, Elf.
Fight Club (1999)
Meat Loaf didn’t actually have to pack on the pounds for his role as Bob Paulsen. The extra weight we see him carrying in Fight Club is from the fat suit he’s wearing…which is filled with over 100 pounds of birdseed.
Darth Vader’s name was changed to “Lord Fener” in Italy because the word ‘Vader’ in Italian sounds too similar to the word ‘toilet’. The change is understandable. “Darth Vader” would give the character a very different vibe.