13 Facts About Famous Movies That Are Even More Interesting Than The Films

Sometimes, the behind-the-scenes facts about famous movies are even more interesting than the movies themselves. Moviemaking is a magical process and you can bet that a trillion fascinating things are happening behind the curtains. These stories can be about the actors, the lines, or the dangers on the movie set that the audience never knew.
So without further ado, here are 13 facts about famous movies that can instantly spice up your favorite flicks. How many of these facts did you know?

1. Lord Of The Rings Fellowship Of Ring

facts about famous movies Lord Of The Rings Fellowship Of RingSource: New Line Cinema/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

During the making of Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of Ring, the actors had to fly to very high, mountainous isolated areas by helicopter. Sean Bean, who portrayed Boromir, was afraid of flying. So instead of getting on the helicopter, he would spend two hours a day climbing the mountain dressed as Boromir.

2. Interview With The Vampire

facts about famous movies Interview With The VampireSource: Warner Bros./ Courtesy of Everett Collection

Before the cameras started rolling, the actors of Interview With The Vampire had to hang upside down for 30 minutes. Their blood would rush to their heads, which made their blood vessels start to protrude on their faces. The makeup artists would use the actors’ swollen veins to apply the makeup correctly and create the terrifying look of the vampires.

3. The Theory of Everything

facts about famous movies The Theory of EverythingSource: Universal Pictures/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

Eddie Redmayne shed about 15 pounds in preparation for his lead role in The Theory of Everything. For four months, he trained to bend his body to move like people with the same motor neuron illness. Redmayne would spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting his facial movements. He was also hunching over between takes. According to his osteopath, the actor eventually changed the alignment of his spine.

4. Captain Phillips

facts about famous movies Captain PhillipsSource: Sony Pictures Releasing/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

Barkhad Abdi’s line “Look at me! I’m the captain now!” was 100% improvised by the debutant actor. That was why Tom Hanks looked genuinely surprised in the movie. Thanks to his amazing performance in this film, Abdi was nominated for the Best-supporting Actor.

5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

facts about famous movies Terminator 2: Judgment DaySource: TriStar Pictures/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

The scene where Linda Hamilton’s character escapes from the mental hospital by opening locks with paperclips is real. Hamilton had to learn the skill just for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

6. Alien Resurrection

facts about famous movies Alien ResurrectionSource: 20th Century Fox/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

For Alien Resurrection, Weaver had to train with a basketball trainer for 3 weeks. In the end, she was able to throw a basketball ball into the basket while standing far away with her back turned to it. The actress felt like this was one of the best moments in her life, ranked only after her wedding day and the birth of her daughter.

7. Speed

facts about famous movies SpeedSource: 20th Century Fox/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

The bus in Speed really did take off. It reached a speed of 61 mph and flew 109 feet up in the air. The bus’s front part was going out of the frame because its front wheels suddenly reached an altitude of 20 feet off the ground. Nobody expected that to happen, including the cameramen.

8. Baby Driver

Baby DriverSource: Sony Pictures Releasing/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

The studio originally wanted to use original Michael Myers masks from Halloween. However, they couldn’t get legal permission to do it, so they decided to use the next best thing: Mike Myers masks. The producers called Mike Myers to ask for his permission to use masks that looked like his face. The actor was amused and said yes.

9. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Raiders Of The Lost ArkSource: Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

For the Well of Souls scene, Raiders of the Lost Ark producers scouted every zoo shop in
London and the south of England. They wanted to collect as many snakes as possible. However, they still didn't have enough snakes for the scene after all the snakes were delivered to the movie set.
So Steven Spielberg came up with the idea to cut several hoses into pieces and placed them among real snakes. You can tell the difference between real and fake snakes if you look closely.

10. I Am Legend

I Am LegendSource: Warner Bros. Pictures/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

In I Am Legend, some mannequins in the video shop were actually played by real people. You can spot their movements if you pay close attention to the scenes in the shop.

11. The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears PradaSource: 20th Century Fox/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

During Miranda and Andy’s last car ride in Paris, the filmmakers used a special car to help the cameramen capture the perfect angles. They cut an S-class Mercedes in half and used it for the shot.

12. Fight Club

Fight ClubSource: 20th Century Fox/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

There was a scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt and Edward Norton’s characters were making soap. It was real. The actors learned to make soap onset.

13. Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog MillionaireSource: Pathé/ Courtesy of Everett Collection

During the scene where a young Jamal falls into a hole in the public bathroom, the pile of waste was filled with a mix of peanut butter and chocolate. It looked disgusting on film but sounded delicious in real life!
Are there any other facts about famous movies that you know and want to share? Speaking of cool details in iconic movies, you probably don’t know about these Easter eggs that can spice up your favorite flicks. Check them out here!
Share this article

Join our conversation

Join us!


Also on Buzz Plus