21 Easter Eggs That Only True Fans Found in Classic Movies
We saw them at the cinema. We saw them again when they were on TV, and even then, we missed many details of our favorite movies. Some of the 21 fun facts explained in this article left us thinking for a while. And with that feeling you get when you “connect a couple of loose threads,” everything makes sense.
1. Ryan’s Deadpool 2 T-shirt
You probably didn’t notice, but in the second Deadpool movie, Ryan Reynolds wears a t-shirt with the caption “Olivia and Meredith. Best friends forever.” It is a garment with a photo of the cats of singer Taylor Swift, who is a very close friend of the actor and his wife, Blake Lively.
2. The names of the Frozen characters
This detail indeed escaped many of us, but there is a hidden message in some characters of the Frozen saga. It turns out that when we quickly pronounce the names of Hans, Kristoff, Anna, and Sven, we can hear the name “Hans Christian Andersen,” author of the book The Snow Queen, which served as inspiration for the movie.
3. The glint in Galadriel’s eyes in The Lord of the Rings
For The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson, the director, used white Christmas tree lights to create sparkles in Galadriel’s eyes. It was a simple technique used to film the scene in which the elf, played by Cate Blanchett, sees the light from the Two Trees of Valinor.
4. Flynn Rider’s origins
When creating Flynn Rider’s character, the filmmakers gathered all the women on the team and asked them what the perfect man would look like and what would make him attractive. They gathered all their opinions on hair color, eye color, figure, personality traits, and so on, and sketched the character.
5. Squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The film’s director, Tim Burton, actually had 40 real squirrels trained to crack and drop nuts on a conveyor belt. They were not animated or added with 3D editing; in the scene, we actually see the hard work of 40 real squirrels.
6. WALL-E’s origin and some sudden changes
Some people say that during a brainstorming session for future projects, one of the writers asked what would happen if we humans left Earth and someone forgot to turn off a robot. Fourteen years later, they answered that question with this movie.
Also, the original spaceship crew members would be some sort of green, gelatinous-looking aliens. Finally, it was decided to make obese humans to generate more connection with the audience.
7. The connection between Pretty Woman and The Princess’s Diaries
Garry Marshall directed Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway. He repeated the same scene in both films and with the same actor. At one point, the same waiter appears and utters the same line, “It happens all the time.”
8. The true legend of Mulan
In the true Chinese legend that inspired the story of Mulan, the young girl completes her missions on the battlefield and returns home. Her companions discover she is a woman much later when they pay her a surprise visit to her village.
9. The Truman Show’s plan and two interesting characters
Robert and Daryl Davis, the founders of Seaside, the town where the film was shot, appear in a short scene. They agreed to give permission to film on location in exchange for a cameo. In addition, the director, Peter Weir, wanted to install cameras in the movie theaters so that people would appear on the screen at some point in the film.
10. Some fun facts about Monsters, Inc.
Making Sullivan’s animation frames was very complicated. It took more than 12 hours to complete each frame since the monster had 2,320,413 hairs, which had to be animated individually. Also, George always gets a sock stuck on his back because, as we see in the second film, he cheats on a test and never learns how to stop this from happening to him.
11. The fight that never happened in Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford has a long duel with the swashbuckler in one of the fight scenes in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, in the end, the actor was too sick from food poisoning, so he suggested to Steven Spielberg, the director, that the dispute ended with a gunshot. That was the scene that remained in the film.
12. Big Heroe 6 and its connection with Frozen
In Big Hero 6, after turning the main character into a superhero, all the characters get to practice with their new armor. While training their aim, Baymax breaks a statue that turns out to be none other than Hans, Anna’s boyfriend in Frozen.
13. The hidden reason behind the Joker’s tic
In Batman: The Dark Knight, there is a real reason why the Joker is constantly licking his lips. As we figured, the scars are fake. They were prosthetics that slipped out of place too often during filming.
So, to keep them where they were supposed to be, Heath Ledger, who played this character, had to lick his lips. That’s how the iconic twitch came about.
14. Hades almost saves Hercules
In Hercules, James Woods was obsessed with his role as Hades. He enjoyed it so much that he asked to be called every time Disney had to do something related to the character since he would be happy to play him again. Also, when the budget was tight to finish filming, he suggested not taking his salary for the last few months.
15. Real reactions in Die Hard
During the film, the real challenge was to achieve the real effect of many of the action scenes. Not least of all, Alan Rickman’s reaction of fear when he fell into the void was real. The stunt crew told him they would drop him on the count of three. Instead, they dropped him when they got to two.
16. Real villain on the loose in Up
The film’s villain, Charles Muntz, was inspired by Charles Mintz. He was a former Universal Pictures company executive who, in 1928, stole the production rights from Walt Disney and used them in his own animated show called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which featured a character very similar to the mouse of the famous franchise.
17. Robot speed in Terminator 2
In the iconic film, Robert Patrick played the evil robot T-1000. It turns out that the actor trained his breath control and speed runs so effectively that they had to reshoot the scene where he was chasing John Connor, the protagonist, who was riding a motorcycle, several times. Robert could easily catch up with the vehicle, so he had to run slower on purpose.
18. The iconic Tarzan cry
Believe it or not, Tarzan’s iconic scream comes from the same person who voiced Clayton, the villain in the 1999 animated film. When Tony Goldwyn (voice of Tarzan) didn’t leave the directors happy with his scream, Brian Blessed suggested they let him try it. When the directors refused, he screamed at the top of his lungs and convinced them.
19. E. T., the extraterrestrial in real-time
This amazing movie was filmed chronologically. This is another of the great ideas of its director, Steven Spielberg, to help the child actors understand the development of the film. That way, he could capture the most genuine emotions at the end since it would be the last time they would all be together.
20. The inspiration for Moana’s characters
It’s unclear who inspired some of Moana’s characters. People say Dwayne Johnson’s maternal grandfather, Peter Maivia, may have inspired a major character in the film: according to The Rock, Maui is based on his relative. Other sources suggest that the tattoos on Tui’s torso (Moana’s father) are the same ones that Peter had.
21. Leonardo DiCaprio and his true feelings
During the filming of the movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio shot a scene with a flamethrower. He said, “Okay, it’s too hot, is there anything we can do with that?” That was actually his genuine reaction to the actual flamethrower. The film’s director, Quentin Tarantino, thought it was funny and added it to the movie.