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.
One of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, Jack Nicholson, celebrates his eighty-sixth birthday. With a life full of surprises and unconventional choices, from his upbringing to his iconic roles on-screen, Nicholson has done some impressive and quirky things as well. So, to honor him, we decided to take a closer look at some of the most interesting facts about his life and career.
Guess why they chose a singer for the role. Spoiler: the Joker sequel will be a musical! This time Lady Gaga created some buzz among her fans and fashion lovers as well. It wasn’t just an outfit of the day though. We’re going to see her on the big screen as Harley Quinn. We bet the critics will have to make the difficult decision — which Harley is better? In any case, we’ll enjoy watching them both.
Lady Gaga is synonymous with glitz and glamour. From her meat dress to her other unconventional accessory choices, she knows how to always make a splash. Her song, “Hold My Hand,” from the soundtrack of Top Gun: Maverick was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2023 Oscars. This time around, her statement was about simplicity and natural beauty, as she performed her song in the most stripped-down public appearance yet.
Being an actor is about giving your heart and soul to a film. It takes months of preparation and, in some cases, even years to study a role. The more character work, the greater the naturalness with which the actor interprets it, and the more emotions are aroused in the audience. However, when actors get so into character, it transforms them forever. These are some stories in which there is a before and after when playing a demanding role.
Sometimes the tables suddenly turn in cinematography. The audience starts rooting for the villain or loving the sidekicks more than the most important character in the movie. There might be something in the protagonist’s behavior or acting that makes people roll their eyes. The film directors probably didn’t expect it, yet, here we are. At least the movies blew up.
Experienced teams of makeup artists and hairstylists are available on movie and TV show sets, and practical effects, such as prosthetics makeup, are always within reach in today’s day and age. However, a few talented names from cinema and television still prefer to change for the role physically. Some actors seem to have mastered the art of making chameleon-like transformations, whether they lose tons of weight, bulk up, or decide to go completely bald.
From one film to another, movie creators continue surprising viewers with their talent. And some of the most amazing people in the industry are makeup artists. Using simple and complex makeup, they don’t just create a certain appearance, they also convey the feelings and the mood of the characters. While we mostly know popular actors and directors, makeup artists are often sidelined. So, we decided to find out who’s behind the appearance of our favorite movie characters.
At this point, there are so many memorable fictional characters that we’ve lost count. Many of those characters have been portrayed by incredible actors, and some not by one, but multiple. It’s understandable that as generations change, our favorite heroes need newer versions, and we’re all here for it. Check out our list of unforgettable movie characters that have been brought to life by several actors (and some that we’ve yet to witness) over the years.
Being an actor means playing the most unpredictable roles and transforming not just your weight, but even your gender sometimes. Some actors are incredible at it, like Jared Leto, whose roles have ranged from the Joker to Paolo Gucci.
Movie directors and the audience can be so fond of particular characters that they keep bringing them back on the big screen in new films. It’s only fair that some roles get recast, as getting a new actor can bring a new twist to a character or be good for when the story needs to be retold completely. This is the case with Lara Croft: the reboot expanded on the character’s backstory and moved away from the “dated ideas” the original movies had.
We often believe that the lives of the stars are all about glamour, limousines, private jets, and other luxuries that we common people don’t really have access to. But the reality is that many celebrities choose to live their lives in a “normal” way, like the rest of us. With new technologies and smartphone cameras, anybody can become a paparazzo for a few minutes and immortalize that moment when they shared a bus with a Hollywood star.
We appreciate actors for their talented transformations and truthful emotions. But sometimes, fitting into a role might not be that easy — the character can be ambiguous or the life position of the character might be the opposite of the life view of the actor. There are also cases where the actors have to sacrifice one of their main professional tools, their beauty, for the sake of one role.
While shooting movies, actors, directors, cameramen, and special effects creators go through many things and do a lot to create their long-awaited masterpiece. Directors, perhaps, have to work the hardest because they’re on point for watching the other side of the shooting process with all of its unsightly components.
During the New Year holidays, many of us have this unexplainable wish to summarize the 12 months of the past year and recall all the good and bad things to come to some conclusions and set new goals. 2020 finished the entire decade and it’s another reason to look back and recollect the brightest of memories.
Gladiator is an epic action film from what is sometimes referred to as the sword-and-sandal genre. It stars Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen. It was released on May 5, 2000 in the United States and soon after became not only a box-office hit but also a great success in many ways. It actually contributed to the revival of the epic genre of films set in antiquity. The film won several awards, including 5 Oscars, most notably Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.
Real movie lovers know that directors sometimes sneakily hide details, inside jokes, or hidden messages during filming to reward their eagle-eyed fans. Some are more obvious, like the cameo in Saving Mr. Banks (2013) of the Oscar that Walt Disney won, but some are such gems only die-hard fans and detectives can spot them.
Costume designers are the genius people that work behind the scenes and send us messages through their creations. They help us understand the mood of every character through little details and they make the visuals of the film look stunning. Also, costume designers make the movie characters appear more real.
Of course, it is extremely difficult to perfect every last detail in a film. But viewers hope that they won’t see really obvious bloopers, like times when a costume appears in the wrong time period or when objects mysteriously appear and disappear. Of course, some people think it’s not a big deal, but we still don’t like it when we see these things.
On February 9, we’ll find out who the lucky ones are that are going to receive the most prestigious award in the film industry. There is still some time to check and see if you’ve watched everything and share your opinion about those who you think definitely deserve it.
During their work, actors often have to break out of their comfort zones and expand the borders of their own ideas of what is possible and what is not. And they also have to look natural, because viewers are not supposed to suspect anything. In order to fully dive into a role and be convincing on screen, they have to do some weird and unpleasant things. Very often, this dedication is worth it because people enjoy their films, but sometimes, it is a nightmare for all the participants of the shooting process.
In the movie industry, actors often look much different on film than they do in real life. They cut and dye their hair, gain or lose weight, and spend many hours with makeup artists every day to transform into someone else. The magic of Hollywood is that actors look so convincing in their roles that we forget that these people we see on the screen don’t actually exist in real life. And sometimes it may leave us in shock when we find out how actors who played our favorite characters look in person.
Growing up with Belle, Pocahontas, and Alice we laughed and cried with them and sometimes even tried to look like them. As it turns out, many of our favorite heroes were actually based on very real people. For example, Conrad Veidt’s creepy smile became one of the most recognizable features of the Joker, Irene Bedard gave Pocahontas her Native American facial features, while John Nettleship shared his whole appearance and passion for chemistry with Severus Snape.