Here is part 4 of 25 Interesting Behind the Scene Facts About Famous Movies.
1-5 Behind the Scene Facts
1. The Terminator (1984) – One afternoon during a break in filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch and realized all too late that he was still in Terminator makeup, with a missing eye, exposed jawbone and burnt flesh.
2. Zodiac (2007) – According to David Fincher, Robert Downey Jr. was so exhausted while making Zodiac because the film was shot digitally (leaving them with fewer resets and fewer breaks) that he decided to leave jars of his urine around the set as a form of protest.
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) – For his screen test for Star Trek Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch recorded it at his best friend’s kitchen using an iPhone.
4. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – The homeless people who worked as extras received a full day’s pay at minimum wage ($8.62/hr) and free catered meals. For some it was the first money they’d made in a while.
5. Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott found a practical solution to lighting the aliens’ egg chamber by borrowing blue laser lighting from The Who, who were rehearsing their stage show in the soundstage next door.
6-10 Behind the Scene Facts
6. Home Alone (1990) – Buzz’s girlfriend is actually a boy in a wig. Director John Hughes thought the joke would’ve been too cruel if it was a girl.
7. Inception (2010) – The running time of 2 hours 28 min is a reference to the original length of Édith Piaf’s song “Non, je ne regrette rien”, which lasts (on its first recorded edition) 2 minutes 28 seconds.
8. The Great Escape (1963) – The cast includes one genuine WWII PoW in Donald Pleasence, who had been shot down during a raid on Agenville and imprisoned for a year in a Stalag Luft, where he produced and acted in plays.
9. Poltergeist (1982) – The production crew used real human skeletons in the pool because they were cheaper to purchase than plastic ones. JoBeth Williams was hesitant about shooting the swimming pool scene because of the large amount of electrical equipment positioned over and around the pool. In order to comfort her, Steven Spielberg crawled in the pool with her to shoot the screen. Spielberg told her, “Now if a light falls in, we will both fry.” The strategy worked and Williams got in the pool.
10. Jaws (1975) – During a set visit, George Lucas put his head in Bruce the Shark’s mouth and Steven Spielberg closed the jaws. The prank backfired when the prop malfunctioned and Lucas got stuck.
11-15 Behind the Scene Facts
11. The Godfather (1972) – Although popular myth suggests that Marlon Brando padded his cheeks with cotton wool to play Vito Corleone, he did so only for the audition. Before the actual filming began, he had a mouthpiece specially created by a dentist.
12. Spider-man (2002) – The car driven by Uncle Ben is Sam Raimi’s lucky Oldsmobile Delta 88, which appears in all of the director’s films.
13. Predator (1987) – The actor who flew ‘da choppa’ away in the last scene of Predator, Kevin Peter Hall, also played the role of The Predator.
14. Thelma And Louise (1991) – Ridley Scott had vetoed the idea of Louise kissing Thelma at the end, but Sarandon did it anyway without telling him. It was the last shot on the last day, and Scott had no choice but to use it.
15. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours to achieve a suitably wasted look for his cameo as a drugged-up felon.
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17. Groundhog Day (1993) – Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti-rabies injections because the bites were so severe.
18. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – The FX bods at Industrial Light & Magic had fun at George Lucas’ expense by including random objects into the asteroid field, including a potato and a shoe.
19. Psycho (1960) – First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.
20. The Shining (1980) – The number of the spooky room in Stephen King’s novel, 217, was changed in the film to 237 at the request of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, which provided the exteriors for the Overlook Hotel and was worried nobody would want to stay in its actual Room 217.
21-25 Behind the Scene Facts
21. Jurassic Park (1993) – Hurricane Iniki ravaged the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, where the movie was shot, but Richard Attenborough managed to sleep through it. When questioned how by Steven Spielberg, Dickie replied: “Dear boy, I survived the blitz!”
22. Rocky (1976) – The scene where Rocky Balboa points out a mistake in the poster at the match venue was unscripted; Sylvester Stallone was forced to add the line because the art department made a genuine mistake.
23. Blade Runner (1982) – The title has nothing to do with the Philip K. d*ck’s story the film is based on. Instead, it comes from Alan E. Nourse’s 1974 novel about the supply of black market medical supplies in a dystopian future.
24. The Big Lebowski (1998) – Allen Klein, the author of the song used in the closing credits of The Big Lebowski, wanted $150,000 for its use. He was persuaded to watch the film first and got as far as the scene where The Dude says, “I hate The fu*kin’ Eagles, man!” At which point, Klein stood up and told them they could have the song for free. Because ‘fu*k The Eagles.’
25. Black Swan (2010) – Natalie Portman dislocated her rib during production and discovered that the film’s budget was so low they couldn’t afford a medic. The actress gave up her trailer so one could be hired.