20 Facts About Iconic Movies Even True Fans May Not Know
There are a lot of interesting things happening behind the scenes of our favorite films, but not all of them stay secret.
Bright Side has found some interesting facts that will surprise even those who know almost everything about these hit movies. And at the end of the article, stay tuned for a bonus feature about everyone’s favorite Disney cartoon.
- One of the biggest sets ever built in movie history was the main hall of the Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter series. It took 20 weeks to build, and it was so big that around 50 double-deckers could fit inside.
- The cartoon, The Lion King was originally named King of the Jungle. But during production, the title was changed. The reason is simple: lions don’t live in the jungle, they live in the Savannah.
- Do you remember the transmitter that Qui-Gon Jinn used in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace? The creators decided not to make a fuss about it and took a Gillette razor and upgraded it a little bit.
- After Scream was released, phones with caller ID started selling 3 times more. The main character of the movie was a phone maniac.
- The movie Whiplash about a young and talented drummer impressed a lot of people with how selfless the main character was. In order to make the movie more realistic, the director didn’t stop the shooting process during rehearsals to make Miles Teller exhausted.
- In The Shawshank Redemption, you can see a rejected parole request with a photo of Alfonso Freeman, the son of Morgan Freeman.
- Stephen King tries to support young directors when selling movie rights: most of his contracts read, “$1”. For example, he sold the rights for “Shawshank Redemption” to Frank Darabont. King received a check but never used it. Several years after the movie was released, King found the check, put it in a frame and sent it to the director with a note that said, “If you ever need money to get out of jail, here it is!”
- The first part of Die Hard is the adaptation of the book, Nothing Lasts Forever. It had a first part called “The Detective”. It was shot in 1968 and the main role was played by Frank Sinatra. He was offered the role of John McClane in Die Hard, but he turned it down because he was already 73 years old. So Bruce Willis got the role and became a Hollywood star.
- Actress Sophie Turner who portrayed Sansa in Game of Thrones adopted the dog that was her direwolf in the first season.
- Pulp Fiction cost only $8 million. It’s funny that $5 million of that was paid to the actors.
- According to the creators of Alien, the role of Ripley was originally for a man. But in the end, they made Ripley a woman because it would be really unexpected that a woman would be the only survivor.
- Edvard Munch’s The Scream inspired the creators of the famous poster for Home Alone.
- Once, during the shooting process of The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger went to have lunch at a restaurant and realized that he was still wearing his scary makeup leaving him without an eye, a broken jaw and burned skin.
- The plot of Yes Man is based on the autobiographical book by Danny Wallace, a British writer and journalist who spent 6 months always saying “yes”. The writer had a cameo in the movie.
- Jony Ive created the design and image of EVE from WALL-E. Jony Ive is the man who made iPod, iMac, and iPhone the way we know them today.
- On the set of Reservoir Dogs, Tim Roth sometimes had to spend so much time in artificial blood that it dried and he couldn’t move.
- The word “mafia” was never mentioned in The Godfather. The real mafia insisted on it.
- In Moulin Rouge!, Nicole Kidman wore the most expensive necklace in cinema history. It had 1,308 diamonds in it and cost around $1 million.
- Martin Scorsese wanted to make Gangs of New York as realistic as possible. That’s why Cameron Diaz had to hit Leonardo DiCaprio on the face for real. Later, the actor complained that Diaz was so strong that after several takes, his face became numb and he felt dizzy.
- On the set on Rain Man, Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman doubted the movie would earn any money and called it “2 Schmucks in a Car”. But the movie was incredibly successful and according to some sources, it was one of Princess Diana’s favorite movies.
Bonus: The Pride Rock from The Lion King
The creators of The Lion King were inspired by a variety of things when modeling the landscapes in the cartoon. For example, some of the areas were based on the Samburu District in Kenya. Many people thought that the rock in the right photo (from Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya) was the prototype for the Pride Rock in the cartoon. However, according to Lion King’s co-director, Roger Allen, the Pride Rock was designed completely from scratch.
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