Curling up on the sofa with some hot cocoa and a really good movie playing- pure relaxation bliss. But while films are pure entertainment, the making of these films also can unravel another world of curiosity. Read on to discover some of those facts about your favorite movies we can bet you had no clue about!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Seems like Vin Diesel’s voice had been over utilised in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchisee. A mere three words to connote a world of interpretations and ‘I am Groot’ have had to be delivered in its varying moods. Vin Diesel had to in fact repeat the iconically impactful dialogue more than 1000 times to cretae the impact.
Director James Cameron was so hell bent on not letting the concentration break that he kept a nail gun with him on the sets of Avatar and would nail cell phones that rang during a take to the wall.
It seems not only the common man are tortured by overtime. Robert Downey Jr faced the same ‘exploitation’ during the filming of David Fincher’s Zodiac. But he chose not to bear the torture in his ‘wicked’ style. Rather, he chose to get around by leaving jars of urine around the set in protest.
The Wizard of Oz
The cult wizardry movie of the times was a cinematic delight all right but it also proved to be a torture of sorts for actor Buddy Ebsen. The tin man in the movie, Ebsen nearly died because of the aluminum based makeup that he had to put on to perfect the tin glazed look.
Ebsen mentioned in his autobiography that he suffered debilitating symptoms, his finger and toes curling and stiffening, his knees bending the wrong way, and an inability to breathe. Quite a hefty deal to be a wizardry delight even in the reel world!
Snow has always been supposed to turn every thing into so much of magic that its difficult to imagine that the makers of the film had asbestos flaking as the white delight. Now this is what we call wizardry!
The making of the 1997 movie Titanic was worth more than the cost of the actual ship.
A candied sting of the bees? That’s exactly what Candyman actor Tony Todd had to endure during the course of the film. Todd filled his mouth with live bees and got 23 stings over the course of the three movies.
Gone With the Wind
Almost 1,400 actresses were interviewed to play the part of Scarlett O’Hara in the cult 1939 movie.
The conviction of Leonardo di Caprio’s terror when Jack Nicholson pulled out a gun on him came from the gun being a real one!
The Dark Knight
We have all feared the Joker and his menacing look as he towers with that sadistic smile of his. The Dark Knight actor Michael Caine was also no exception. Caine who starred as Alfred in the movie was so frightened by his co star Heath Ledger’s appearance that he forgot his lines!
The 1976 film has been just not an iconic film of all times, but quite remarkable also in that it took just 28 days for the shoot to be completed!
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
We have always known squirrels to be tough nut crackers. But Tim Burton literally had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts in the film rather than use CGI. Delectable choco stuff and delightful squirrels just make this film so much of a treat!
The Bond films aren’t just classy shows of detectivegiri. The spectacular introductory shot in all of these movies were filmed through the barrel of a gun.
A science fiction film deceiving us with something as simple as sushi recipes is pure treachery. The green coded symbols trailing down in the film aren’t complicated algorithms. Far from that. In fact, these happened to be scanned symbols of sushi cookeries, manipulated to create the seemingly brain wracking code.
Dallas Buyers Club
For a film with a budget as low as USD 5 million, Dallas Buyers Club had a meager amount of $250 allocated for makeup. But talent obviously needs no hefty allocation, as this film proved by claiming an Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling.
The Phantom Of The Opera
Emmy Rossum played a person as well as a mannequin in the film. Rossum also portrayed the doll in the Phantom’s lair that was supposed to resemble her. Waxy makeup and a very, very still Rossum pulled off a very convincing
The 1980 Italian cannibal horror film was so gory that director Ruggero Deodato had to prove in court that the actors were still alive and didn’t get killed during the filming.
Jamie Foxx might have won the Best Actor Oscar for the Ray Charles biopic but it sure didn’t come easy. For his role in the film, Foxx had his eyes glued shut for 14 hours at a time when filming! Now that’s dedication.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
E.T.’s face in the 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was modeled after Albert Einstein, Carl Sandburg and a pug.
Slum and millionaire may not go together but chocolate and peanut butter sure does! Jamal discovered it the best way possible when the pile of dump he had to jump into was actually a mound of this deliciousness!
Actor Jack Nicholson’s onscreen nemesis in Chinatown was John Huston. Interestingly, at the time Nicholson was dating Huston’s daughter Anjelica. However, far more interesting was when Anjelica chose to drop by on set the day her father’s character had to ask Jack “Did you sleep with my daughter?”. Now that’s the real masala of the reel world!
Swingers did a #thuglife when a casino scene had siren voices blazing all over and the sirens were actually police on their way to stop the film makers who were shooting without a permit.