MOVIE TRIVIA FACTS

  • Pulp Fiction

    One famous Pulp Fiction scene was filmed backward...

    When Uma Thurman’s character is having an overdose, it looks like John Travolta sticks a needle in her to revive her. Actually, Travolta pulled the needle out, and the film was run backward to reverse the action.

    The Godfather

    The cat in The Godfather was a stray

    Director Francis Ford Coppola found the cat in the studio and handed it to Marlon Brando before the shot. This next movie trivia fact is so cute—the cat loved the actor so much that it stayed in his lap and purred so loudly that the crew was afraid the noise would drown out the dialogue.

    Monster Inc

    The voice actress of Monster Inc.’s Boo was an actual toddler

    At two and a half, Mary Gibbs had trouble sitting still through the scenes, so the crew would follow her around with a microphone. They’d tickle her or take candy away to make her laugh or cry, so the emotions are as real as they sound.

  • Indiana Jones

    R2-D2 and C-3PO appear in Indiana Jones

    Look closely at the scenery in Raiders of the Lost Ark and you’ll notice hieroglyphics with the robots’ likeness in two scenes.

    James Bond

    Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie

    If you think the dreamy 007 seemed too good to be true, you’re right. Sean Connery started balding at age 17.

    Fight Club

    There’s a Starbucks cup in every Fight Club scene

    Director David Fincher thought the Starbucks shops popping up on every block of LA in the late ‘90s was “too much of a good thing,” so he poked fun of the coffee chain in Fight Club. He’s claimed to have sneaked a Starbucks cup into every shot, with the permission of the chain—with one exception. Starbucks didn’t want its shop destroyed on film, so that scene uses the made-up Gratifico Coffee instead.

  • Jurassic Park

    Some of the velociraptor noises in Jurassic Park are actually tortoises mating

    At least that’s what the sound designer used when the raptors were communicating. Other scenes of the species used horse breathing and goose hisses.

    Gone With the Wind

    Gone With the Wind’s fire scene is old sets being burned

    The filmmakers had to get rid of the old sets to make room for the new movie’s scenery anyway, so burning them and filming it as “Atlanta” going down in flames accomplished both. The filmmakers are lucky it worked—they shot the blaze even before the movie’s cast was confirmed.

    ET

    E.T. and Poltergeist started from the same script

    Steven Spielberg was going to produce filmmaker’s John Sayles’ Night Skies script about a rural family invaded by aliens that could kill with a touch of the finger but decided to go a more family-friendly route with the story by creating E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Sayles wouldn’t rewrite the script, but Spielberg kept the idea for Poltergeist.

  • Halloween

    Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is William Shatner’s face

    Or specifically, his Star Trek character, Captain Kirk. There wasn’t money in the 1978 horror film’s budget to create a custom mask, so the art director bought a clown and a Captain Kirk mask. The crew spray-painted it white and adjusted the eyes and hair to create the terrifying mask.

    Toy Story

    Toy Story’s Woody was originally a ventriloquist dummy

    Even in later versions, he was written as a “sarcastic bully” trying to rally the other toys against Buzz. Luckily, the studio decided to transform him into a more lovable character.

    The Terminator

    O.J. Simpson was considered for the lead in The Terminator

    Director James Cameron rejected the choice because he didn’t think the “this likable, goofy, kind of innocent guy” could pull off a cyborg assassin.

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