23 Random And Useless Movie Facts You Probably Never Knew Before

1. In The Incredibles 2, Frozone’s wife (Honey) was set to finally make an appearance, but they unfortunately cut her scene for two key reasons.

According to writer-director Brad Bird, the scene with Honey (which would have occurred in the opening fight sequence) was cut for two key reasons: “1. We felt like we stayed away from the big action scene too long and that we were killing the momentum we were gaining by having the big action scene, and 2. We decided the off-camera-ness of it is part of the joke, and then Honey can kinda be anyone you imagine her to be.”

2. In A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper spent six months with a dialect coach trying to imitate Sam Elliott’s voice… before he even knew Sam was going to be cast as his on-screen brother.

Bradley Cooper worked on his character’s voice for four hours a day. When Sam Elliott agreed to be in the film, Cooper responded, “Thank god he said yes, because I would have had to rewrite the whole thing. Six months of work on my voice would have gone down the drain.”

3. In Us, Jordan Peele revealed that the single leather glove each Tethered person wore was a nod to three key figures: O.J. Simpson, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Jackson.

—annakopsky

4. In A Quiet Place, Millicent Simmonds made on-screen father John Krasinski cry with a simple suggestion to the script: signing “I have always loved you” instead of “I love you.”

In an interview, Simmonds explained why she thought the change was necessary, saying, “At the end when he signs, ‘I love you,’ I said I think he needs to say, ‘I’ve always loved you.’ Because that covers the difficult period. Then when I suggested that he cried.”

5. In Crazy Rich Asians, Henry Golding almost turned down the main role because he thought it called for a “legitimate actor,” and that just wasn’t him.

Golding was a travel host for seven years. Crazy Rich Asians was going to be his first movie ever, so when they offered him the chance to audition he thought, “Oh my god. I’ve heard of this, but it’s for someone else who’s a legitimate actor that the studio is going to gamble on.”

—sarahwainschel

6. In Home Alone, the prop department originally created a fake tarantula to put on Daniel Stern’s face, but the director made them use a real one. Also, the tarantula’s name was Barry.

While prepping for the scene, the animal trainer on set said, “Just don’t make any sudden, threatening moves, and you’ll be fine.” Daniel responded, “But I’m going to be screaming in Barry’s face. Do you think he’ll feel threatened by that?!” The animal trainer simply said, “Barry doesn’t have ears. He can’t hear. Relax.”

—ashleyl31

7. In Miracle on 34th Street, actor John Payne, who played Fred Gailey, loved the movie so much that he actually wrote a sequel to it when he was older.

 

In Maureen O’Hara’s autobiography, she said, “We talked about it for years, and he eventually even wrote a screenplay sequel. He was going to send it to me but tragically died before he could get around to it. I never saw it and have often wondered what happened to it.”

—spenceralthouse

8. In The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. always hid snacks around the set for when he got hungry. One day he randomlyoffered Chris Evans blueberries in the middle of a scene, and they kept it in.

Apparently RDJ hides snacks on pretty much every movie set he’s on. Luckily both Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo played along while shooting this Avengers scene.

—ashtonh46

9. In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the “candy” flower cup that Gene Wilder bit into was actually made of wax.

10. In The Exorcist, Paul Bateson, who played a radiologist’s assistant, was a convicted murderer who dismembered and killed gay men in the late ’70s.

Bateson was also an X-ray technician in real life. He was convicted of murdering Addison Verill in 1979, six years after The Exorcist was released.

—sentienthouseplant

11. In Hostel, writer-director Eli Roth came up with the premise for the film after discovering a Thai website where people can pay to torture and kill another human.

Roth was talking to a friend about the worst, sickest things they’d ever seen on the internet. “He told me about this website, in Thailand, where for $10,000 you could shoot someone in the head… I thought it would be a great subject to do a documentary on, but I thought, ‘do I want these people knowing where I live?’ If it’s real, they’ve got my address, and if it’s fake, they’ve probably run off with my credit card!”

—a4e75e5402

12. In Schindler’s List, director Steven Spielberg refused to collect a paycheck from the movie’s profits. He said it would have been “blood money” and that all profits should be returned to the Jewish community.

The film made over $320 million at the box office. It was also nominated for 12 Oscars, winning seven of them.

—quentin93

13. In Batman Returns, Michelle Pfeiffer literally had to be vacuum-sealed into her Catwoman costume, which made it very difficult to move and breathe.

She described the process as one of the most uncomfortable things she’s ever done: “They had to powder me down, help me inside, and then vacuum-pack the suit. They’d paint it with a silicon-based finish to give it its trademark shine. I had those claws, and I was always catching them in things. The face mask was smashing my face and choking me.”

—indy1989

14. In Mammia Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher was basically forced to be in the sequel by the head of Universal Pictures.

She recalled the events, saying, “I’ve never planned a single thing in my entire life. It’s like this Abba album. I did the film. I didn’t ask to do it. My friend Ronnie Meyer called and said, ‘You’re doing Mamma Mia‘ and hung up.

—kaylayandoli

15. In It’s a Wonderful Life, writer-director Frank Capra helped create a new type of artificial snow because the current movie method (using Cornflakes that were painted white) was too noisy when the actors had to walk in scenes.

This new technique made filming a lot easier for Capra, rather than having to film the picture and audio separately and dub it in later. It also earned Russell Shearman and his team a special Technical Achievement Award at the Oscars.

—amigad

16. In Candyman, Tony Todd had to fill his mouth with real bees during that trademark scene, and he got stung several times because of it.

He also wore a mouth guard to keep the bees from crawling down the back of his throat.

—adamjunrein

17. In Last Holiday, the deluxe hotel where Queen Latifah’s character visited (the Grandhotel Pupp) was actually a real hotel in the Czech Republic.

The Grandhotel Pupp was also featured in Casino Royale.

—parisannstork

18. In Move Over Darling, James Garner picked up Doris Day while shooting a scene and accidentally broke two of her ribs.

Doris Day said that James Garner was so big and strong that he “picked me up under his arm a little too enthusiastically and cracked a couple of my ribs. I made that movie mummified with adhesive tape, which made it difficult to breathe and painful to laugh.” The two remained friends for years, and she even joked about the incident with him later on, saying: “Jim, if we don’t speak for a while, I forgive you for breaking my ribs. Both of them. Don’t give it another thought.”

—lindsayw434f7

19. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Chris Pratt had a full-circle moment because the movie (which earned him $10 million) filmed in Maui, and just 20 years earlier he was living in Maui… in a van.

Pratt talked about the whole thing on The Ellen Show, saying that he and another person lived together in a van for almost a year, and going back to film the Jurassic World sequel was “so surreal and one of those weird, full-circle things that happens in life.”

—k4d8

20. In Jingle all the Way, the whole movie was actually inspiredby the Cabbage Patch Kids craze from the Christmas season of 1983.

—Kimmie Rodriguez, Facebook

21. In Hocus Pocus, the main role of Max almost went to Leonardo DiCaprio, but he backed out to film two other movies.

Director Kenny Ortega recalled Leo’s audition, saying, “He’s just the most sincere and most centered and a wild child at the same time. He was feeling awkward and was like, ‘I just feel really bad being here because I’m up for two other movies and I really want them both and I don’t want to lead you on.’” DiCaprio ended up booking both of those films (This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), resulting in his first Oscar nomination.

—spenceralthouse

22. In Singin’ in the Rain, Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds’ dancing so much that she once hid from everyone under a piano, crying.

Reynolds only had a few months to learn what Gene Kelly had been doing his whole life, yet he “came to rehearsals and criticized everything I did and never gave me a word of encouragement.” She also worked so hard that her feet literally started bleeding.

One day she had enough and hid under a piano on the studio lot, crying, and Fred Astaire found her. He started working with her on the dance routines: “I watched in awe as Fred worked on his routines to the point of frustration and anger. I realized that if it was hard for Fred Astaire, dancing was hard for everyone.”

—lindsayw4

23. And in Thor: Ragnarok, the “He’s a friend from work!” line was actually improvised by a kid from Make-A-Wish who was visiting the set.

You probably know that a lotttttt of Thor: Ragnarok‘s dialogue was improvised, but one of the most famous lines from the film was actually ad-libbed by a child. Chris Hemsworth recalled the event, saying, “We had a young kid, a Make-A-Wish kid on set that day. He goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work!’” Everyone loved it, and the rest was history.

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