Strange Movie Trivia From Classic Movies
Strange Movie Trivia From Classic Movies
-James Caan improvised the, now immortal, phrase "Bada-Bing" on the set of The Godfather.
-Alan Rickman was dropped a second early to get his true reaction to falling from the Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard.
-Sean Connery wore a wig in every single one of his Bond performances.
-Disney turned down the chance to make Back to the Future claiming the mother/son relationship was too risqué.
-Some Wookie suits were made from human hair.
-The idea for the poster for The Usual Suspects came before any script or story.
-Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid approximately $21,429 for every one of the 700 words he said in, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
-Paul Schrader wrote Taxi Driver in five days. It is rumoured he kept a loaded gun by his desk for "inspiration and motivation".
-Star Wars was originally prefixed with 'The'.
-In 1994, during one famous lunch at Pixar, filmmakers John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft came up with ideas that would eventually become A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Monster Inc. and Wall-E.
-The original raw footage of Apocalypse Now consisted of 1,250,000 feet of film which is over 230 hours' worth.
-George Lucas' dog was named Indiana.
-Walt Disney refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960's because he had made "that disgusting movie, Psycho".
-Paramount super producer Robert Towne was adamant he wanted Francis Ford Coppola to make The Godfather even though the director was uninterested in the project. Coppola acquiesced when he decided to make it a film about American capitalism and not "the mafia".
-Alfred Hitchcock's, Psycho (1960) was the first American film ever to show a flushing toilet.
-Among Patrick Bateman's neighbours in the novel of American Psycho is one Tom Cruise.
-For Dr. Strangelove, Peter Sellers was paid $1 million, 55 percent of the film's budget.
-Stanley Kubrick would reportedly call Stephen King at 3am to ask him questions about The Shining. According to King, one famous exchange had the director ask the author "Do you believe in God?". When he replied in the affirmative Kubrick yelled "I knew it!" and slammed the phone down.
-There is a sound effect called the Wilhelm Scream that has been used in over 200 movies and TV shows since 1951.
-In the penultimate Ian Fleming 007 novel, You Only Live Twice, James Bond's parents are revealed to be Scottish and Swiss. His formative years were spent in Germany and France.
-Django Unchained is the first time in 16 years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get the top billing.
-Robert Ludlum, the creator of the Jason Bourne series, died while the first Bourne film was in post-production.
-Samuel L. Jackson used the word mother-fucker to overcome his stammer/stutter.
-Author Peter Benchley plays the role of a TV reporter in Jaws. Benchley was reportedly thrown off set after continually arguing with Spielberg about the film's ending.
-Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning while he was on the cross in, Passion of the Christ.
-Fight Club and Choke author Chuck Palahnuik can be glimpsed ever so briefly in the final scene of the latter. He's sitting next to Sam Rockwell on the plane.
-The director of Cannibal Holocaust had to prove in court that the actors were still alive and didn't get killed during the movie.
-Novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby is brother-in-law to novelist and screenwriter Robert Harris.
-Courtney Love insists that the role of the drug dealer, Lance, in Pulp Fiction was offered to Kurt Cobain.
-Ronald Reagan was originally announced as the lead for Casablanca. The proclamation turned out to simply be a ruse to keep the actor's name in the press.
-The carpet in The Shining and the second floor of Sid's house in Toy Story are almost identical.
-There's a 20 year age gap between Sam Neill and Laura Dern in Jurassic Park, with Laura aged only 26 during filming.
-Ryan Gosling was cast as Noah in The Notebook because the director wanted someone "not handsome".
-Only 12 years separates father/son duo Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise.
-Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn failed his driving test eight times.
-Ripley's daughter in the Special Edition of Aliens is played by Sigourney Weaver's mum.
-Barbie in Toy Story is voiced by Jodi Benson, best known for her role as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
-Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp were all considered for the part of Ferris Bueller.
-Pornstar Asia Carrera plays the flatmate of Tara Reid in Logjammin', the film within the film in The Big Lebowski.
-James Woods fired his agent upon learning -after the movie was shot- that Quentin Tarantino wanted him for a part in Reservoir Dogs.
-Sigourney Weaver actually made that 'impossible' basketball shot in, Aliens: Resurrection.
-Bill Murray was almost Batman. Until Tim Burton came on board Murray was top of the list.
-Film studio, Fox, passed on The Watchmen because they thought the script was "one of the most unintelligible pieces of shit they had read in years.
-The bridge blown up by Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was prematurely detonated by a Spanish Army Captain. Upon learning of his mistake the Captain ordered his troops to rebuild the bridge, only for it to suffer another explosion once complete.
-The original cut of The Wolf of Wall Street ran over four hours' so had to be cut further.
-Director David Fincher asked a stuntman to fall down the stairs 12 times in Fight Club for the fight between Norton and Pitt. He used the first take.
-Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon agree that if they're ever confused for one another, they will just go along with it.
-Christian Bale based elements of his performance in American Psycho on Tom Cruise after seeing an interview with the diminutive star. According to director Mary Harron, Bale said he saw "this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes".
-Sam Raimi has a lucky car that is in all of his films, including his pre-automobile western, The Quick and the Dead.
-Orson Welles directed much of Citizen Kane from a wheelchair, after injuring himself on set.
-Morgan Freeman's line, in Shawshank Redemption "Maybe it's 'cause I'm an Irish" is not a joke. In the novel 'Red' really is Irish.
-Shooting for No Country For Old Men was interrupted for a day due to a smoke cloud from the set of There Will Be Blood, which was also filming in the area.
-Viggo Mortensen had no intention of working on The Lord of the Rings until his son begged him to do it.
-When filming Chinatown Jack Nicholson was dating Anjelica Huston, the daughter of his screen nemesis John Huston. She visited the set on the day that her father's character asked Nicolson's Jake Gittes "Did you sleep with my daughter?"
-Pierce Brosnan was contractually forbidden from wearing a full tuxedo in any non-James Bond movie from 1995-2002.
-The sirens heard in the casino scene in Swingers were police on their way to stop the film makers who were shooting without a permit.
-The ornaments that Marv steps on in Home Alone are actually candy.
-In order to credibly portray a rock band, the members of Stillwater in Almost Famous rehearsed for four hours a night, five nights a week, for six weeks.
-In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours to achieve a suitably wasted look for his cameo.
-Franz Ferdinand were the original choice to play the band at the Hogwarts Yule Ball.
-Fantasia (1940) was originally a short called The Sorcerer's Apprentice, but Walt Disney overspent on the score and decided to make it feature length film rather than waste money.
-Enya was James Cameron's first choice to compose the music for Titanic.
-Sean Connery turned down roles in The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Indiana
Jones 4 and Blade Runner.
-While Casino clocks up a 398 uses of the word 'fuck' and Nil By Mouth and Summer of Sam cranks out over 400, a 2005 documentary called 'Fuck' takes out the top spot. South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut only uses the f-word 199 times. Fuckers.
-Dan Aykroyd's first script for Ghostbusters was set in the future and Ghostbusters were completely normal, like paramedics and firemen.
-Dirk Diggler's penis in Boogie Nights measured 13 inches, half an inch more than its inspiration, John Holmes.
-Within' three days, The Hunger Games became the highest grossing film for Lionsgate Movies.
-Showgirls still holds the record for most Razzie (anti-Oscars) nominations with 13. Paul Verhoeven was the first director to collect the award for Worst Picture in person.
-In an alternate ending for Alien: Resurrection, Ripley finally makes it back to earth.
-The Dark Knight made more money in its first six days in the US than Batman Begins made in its entire domestic run.