Did you know? Amazing Movie Facts.
Another set of these man.
After penning the original article on Amazing facts about life, I decided to do a sequel because the first was so popular among my readers.
In this hub, I focus on fun facts about MOVIES.
If you're someone like me who enjoys movies (especially classic ones), it amazes you to know all the little behind the scene tidbits about how they're made.
Oh boy, I know you guys are excited! Fun things everyone and their mother should know right? These are going to be random movies in general, let's see how many you might actually know.
Star Wars Wilhelm Scream
- Darth Vader......you know that guy who sounds like he has a bad case of emphysema and is one of the most well-known and popular characters in cinema history? Turns out in the original Star Wars, he only ended up having around 12 whole minutes of screen time. I guess they figured out who was going to be a shining star in the later movies!
- In the Empire Strikes Back, during the asteroid chase scene with the Millennium Falcon, one of the asteroids flying by is actually a potato!
- The famous "Wilhelm scream" has been used in every single Star Wars movie to date. I actually found this one quite fascinating. This scream has been used in over 225 movies and several tv shows thus far. Check the video to the right.
- In Episode 6, when Emperor Palpatine gives the "Order 66" to exterminate the Jedi everywhere, it was based on a historical event. On Feb. 20, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 1066, which in turn interned Japanese Americans into camps until the end of World War 2. On a related note, George Takei, who most famously portrays "Captain Sulu" in the original Star Trek movies was interned as a young boy in one of these camps and is now actively spreading the word to remember what happened.
The death of Saruman.
LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
This insanely popular movie trilogy is also one of my personal favorites.
- Not only is it one of the most popular, it's got one of the longest runtimes. The DVD extended editions run 158 minutes longer than the theatrical releases. Extended edition time: 718 minutes, Theatrical release time: 560 minutes.
- The giant spider "Shelob" is based on an actual New Zealand spider called the "tunnelweb". I lived in New Zealand for a good chunk last year and these things exist.
- In the second film "The Two Towers", Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) actually broke his toe when he kicked a helmet across the screen during the Uruk-hai destruction in Rohan. So when you see him fall to his knees screaming out, it's real.
- Saruman (the white wizard gone bad) ends up being stabbed in the back by his henchman and dies an awful death. Well, if you watch the extended edition "making of the movie", Christopher Lee, who portrays Saruman, actually describes to Peter Jackson the type of sound a man makes who's been stabbed in the back. The reason Christoper Lee knows this is because he served as an undercover agent for British Intelligence during World War 2. Any of you James Bond fans out there, that should perk your ears up a bit. Don't mess with Christopher Lee.
Speaking of James Bond......
Sean Connery as Bond
- James has killed over 150 men and slept with over 44 women. STD City man.
- Liam Neeson actually turned down the role of James Bond when it was offered to him in 1995 because he didn't want to star in "action movies". Hmmmmm.....has anyone seen his movies lately, like for example? Just curious. TAKEN
- Sean Connery has the reputation for being a tough guy and for good reason. He once put the beatdown on an ex-marine named Johnny Stompanato for showing up on a set he was filming on and pointing a gun at him. He disarmed the dude, beat him to the ground, then proceeded to pick him up and fling him out the door. There are many to this day who understandably think that Connery was the best Bond.
Okay, besides the newest one, most people would agree that the original trilogy is one of the greatest ones of all time. Who can forget all the snarky one-liners, world-traveling, and whip cracking of the Indy movies?
- In the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the famous scene where Indiana is facing down a sword swinging Barbarian was actually a re-write from what it originally was supposed to be. In the original screenplay, Indiana Jones is supposed to use his whip to take the sword out of the guy's hands, but Harrison Ford had caught dysentery and was so weak that he decided to just shoot him. Take a look at the video and you'll even see he looks sick.
- Sean Connery plays Indiana Jones' father during "The Last Crusade". What's really funny about this is that they are only 12 years apart from each other in age.
- Also during "The Last Crusade", when Harrison and Sean are onboard the Zeppelin talking face to face, they aren't wearing any pants because it was so hot onset.
- The violence in "The Temple of Doom" actually led to the creation of the first PG-13 rating.
- You know how the swords started sparking in the movie Highlander when Connor McCloud and Kurgan clashed in the final battle? The actors had wires running down their sleeves that were actually connected to car batteries to cause this special effect. They couldn't have many takes doing this because the swords kept getting too hot! Whatever you gotta do for special effects man!
- The very first movie to actually show a toilet flushing in America is the movie Psycho! This was considered, at the time, to be a very filthy thing to show onscreen. Oh myyyyyyy, how the times have changed.
Are you a fan of any of these movies?
Well guys, I hope you enjoyed the tour down Memory movie lane! Hit me up with your insights and memories in the comments below!
Kasman will return with another hub soon.
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