22 Baffling Movie Facts We Hardly Knew About (Spoiler: Elon Musk Has a Cameo in Iron Man 2)

There are so many interesting things that stay behind the scenes of our favorite movies. For example, do you know that Elon Musk appears in Iron Man 2 and that Will Smith wanted to take his onscreen 4-legged companion home?

Bright Side has collected the most surprising secrets about some of the most popular films. Enjoy!

  • Gal Gadot was 5 months pregnant while filming Wonder Woman (2017.) To hide the actress’s belly, filmmakers had to cut a section out of the front of her costume and replace it with green cloth so her figure could be altered in post-production.

  • You probably hadn’t noticed that in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (2017), the door in Luke’s dwelling is made out of a part of the wing of his own starship.
  • Only the most attentive people have noticed Elon Musk in Iron Man 2. By the way, many fans consider him to be the real Tony Stark prototype. They meet in a restaurant before a race.
  • In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), a horse named Elk plays Thranduil’s deer.
  • Stephen Hawking allowed The Theory Of Everything (2014) filmmakers to use his own voice (that is actually copyrighted), his thesis, and his Presidential Medal of Freedom. Later, in his letter to the film director, Hawking expressed that he was so impressed with Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of him on the big screen that at times he mistook the actor for himself.
  • In The Truman Show (1998), in the scene where the main character comes to a travel agency, the employee meets him wearing a makeup cloth. It was the character’s first real working day since Truman had never wanted to travel before.
  • In The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), based on Chris Gardner’s life, we actually see Gardner himself. At the end of the film, Will Smith, playing the main character, actually meets the real Gardner.
  • There’s a funny moment in Django Unchained (2012). In the scene in Candyland, Django meets a character played by Franco Nero who asks him to spell his name. Django spells out his name and comments that the “D” is silent. Nero’s character replies that he already knows because Franco Nero played the original Django back in 1966.
  • The time that The Titanic (1997) film runs isn’t accidental. The movie features 2 hours and 40 minutes of scenes. This is the exact amount of time the Titanic took to sink. The film also has 37 seconds between the iceberg warning and the actual collision, which is the same amount of time that transpired in real life.
  • Will Smith got so used to being with his 4-legged buddy during the I Am Legend (2007) shoot that he wanted to take him home in real life. But the actor didn’t manage to persuade the owner of the dog.
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), the hero’s costume lenses were designed by a company that developed glasses for soldiers and astronauts.
  • For the sake of spectacular scenes, 270 cars were destroyed on the set of Furious 7.
  • The scene when the cars are dropped from a plane 10,000 feet in the air is real. Jack Gill, stunt coordinator and director for Furious 7, was responsible for this dangerous moment.
  • Stuart Freeborn created the image of Yoda from Star Wars and decided to mix 2 faces: his own and Albert Einstein’s. This is how one of the most memorable characters came to life.
  • Keanu Reeves proves to us yet again that he’s one of the coolest Hollywood actors around. In John Wick: Chapter Two (2017), the actor performed almost all the stunts on his own. To increase his skill set, he had to practice martial arts and use a gun for 3 months.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Ron’s chess set is an exact replica of the Lewis Chessmen. The famous chess set made of walrus bones was found on one of the Outer Hebrides.
  • Actors, Christopher Walken who played a horseman in Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Martin Landau, weren’t paid for taking part in the movie. They both just wanted to work with Tim Burton.
  • In Gladiator (2000), there’s a scene where Russell Crowe’s character gets wounded on his cheek. This wound was actually real. The actor’s horse was startled and backed him into some tree branches.
  • In 300 (2007), the oracle dancing scene was performed by an actress dancing underwater. Well, the effects look pretty gorgeous.
  • From time to time, the Israeli company Yes launches a separate channel to broadcast Game of Thrones videos, behind the scenes clips, interviews, and many other features dedicated to the series.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera (2004), filmmakers failed to create a mannequin that looked like Christine, Emmy Rossum’s character (the doll was to appear in the Ghost’s lair). The actress found a solution: she put a wedding gown on and played the part herself.
  • To make the main characters look kind of wild and primeval in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), their wigs were made out of human hair mixed with goat and yak hair.
  • Actor Eddie Redmayne who played Newton Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) once admitted that he’d always wanted to enter into J.K Rowling’s world. He auditioned to play a young Voldemort or a member of the Weasley family but failed and didn’t get a callback. In the end, we think that it was for the best.

Have you ever noticed anything interesting in your favorite movies? Tell us in the comments.

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