Hollywood film industry is curious and enthralling! They take us to an imaginative distant world and makes us often forget that the magic is not real. The celebs playing mythological characters are actually just people, and the fiction world is a film set. From having a low budget for the film to costars catching nasty infections or being afraid of flying to remote locations, things do get real behind the scenes of most iconic movies because the creation of any movie is a full-time job for cast and crew.
In this post, we have listed 30 surprising facts of your favorite blockbuster movies that you didn’t know before.
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1 Guardians Of The Galaxy
Chris Pratt apparently stole his Star-Lord costume from the set, for the sole purpose having it available so he could show up in costume to visit sick children in the hospital, who might want to meet Star-Lord.
2 Dallas Buyers Club
The film's budget was so low that the makeup budget was $250. The film's artists were able to work with that, and the film's Makeup and Hairstyling won an Oscar.
3 The Godfather
The cat held by Marlon Brando in the opening scene was a stray that Coppola found while on the lot at Paramount, and was not originally called for in the script. So content was the cat that its purring muffled some of Brando's dialogue, and as a result, most of his lines had to be looped.
4 The Matrix
Kung Fu choreographer Woo-Ping Yuen initially refused to work on the film and hoped that by asking for an exorbitant fee, it would turn off the Wachowskis. It didn't. He next formulated what he considered an impossible request. He said that he'd agree only if he had complete control of the fight and that he trained the actors for four months before they shoot. The Wachowskis compiled with his request.
5 Django Unchained
When Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio) smashed his hand on the dinner table, DiCaprio accidentally crashed a small stemmed glass with his palm and really began to bleed. He ignored it, stayed in character, and continued with the scene. Quentin Tarantino was so impressed that he used this take in the final print, and when he called cut, the room erupted in a standing ovation.
After finding out that she had to be naked in front of Leonardo Dicaprio, Kate Winslet decided to break the ice, and when they first met, she flashed him.
7 The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The cast often had to fly to remote shoot location by helicopter. Sean Bean (Boromir) was afraid of flying, and would only do it when absolutely necessary. When they were shooting the scene of the fellowship crossing the snowy mountains, he'd spend two hours every morning, climbing from the base of the mountain to the set near the top, already dressed as Boromir. The crew being flown up could see him from their helicopters.
8 The Dark Knight
In preparation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks. During this extended stay of seclusion, Ledger delved deep into the psychology of the character. He devoted himself to developing The Joker's every tic, namely the voice and that sadistic-sounding laugh.
9 John Wick: Chapter 2
Keanu Reeves performed 95% of the fight scene himself. To prepare for the role, Keanu trained for three months. His training consisted of Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Juitsum, marksmanship, and driving.
10 Pretty Woman
Edward (Richard Gere) snapping the necklace case down on Vivian's (Julia Roberts) fingers, was improvised by Gere, and Roberts's reaction (laughter) was totally natural. The filmmakers liked it so much, they decided to leave it in.
11 The Terminator
One afternoon during a break in filming, Arnold Schwarzenegger went into a restaurant in downtown L.A. to get some lunch and realize all too late he was still in Terminator makeup with a missing eye, exposed jawbone and burned flesh.
12 Star Trek
The sound of the automatic doors opening on the U.S.S. Enterprise is a Russian train's toilet flushing.
13 Jurassic Park
The sound the Velociraptors make when communicating is the same sound tortoises make when having sex.
14 I Am Legend
Will Smith grew so enamored of the canine co-star, Abbey, that he tried to adopt her when filming was finished, but the dog's trainer could not be persuaded to give her up.
15 The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio chose to devour a raw slab of bison's liver, even though he is vegetarian. He also had to learn to shoot a musket, build a fire, speak two native American languages, and study with a doctor who specializes in ancient healing techniques. DiCaprio calls it the hardest performance of his career
16 The Martian
Matt Damon admitted that the scene where Mark was getting emotional upon hearing Commander Lewis voice was genuine. The other actors had wrapped and gone home, and their pre-recording voices were actually being played to Damon from inside his spacesuit. When Damon began to think about how his character had been all alone on stars who had already finished their scenes, he began to tear up. Ridley Scott was so impressed with Damon's performance, that he only did one take of the scene when was used in the film.
17 Man Of Steel
Henry Cavil refused to take steroids to muscle up for the role. He also refused any digital touch-ups or enhancement to his body in his shirtless scenes. He said it would have been dishonest of him to use trickery while playing Superman, and he wanted to push his body to the limits, to develop his physique into one that was worthy of the character.
Angelina Jolie admitted that she scared little kids while in costume on the set of Maleficent, with one kid actually saying, "Mommy, please get the mean witch to stop talking to me." She adds that her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, who played young Aurora, was the only child who was not scared of her.
19 Fight Club
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton both really learned how to make soap.
20 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Wand school was obligatory for several of the cast members. The actors and actresses would attend a boot camp, in order to be instructed on how to move and use a wand properly.
21 Iron Man
Paul Bettany has never seen the film and is unfamiliar with the plot. He said J.A.R.V.I.S. was the easiest job ever, and it was almost like a robbery, since he only worked for two hours, go paid a lot of money, then went on vacation with his wife.
22 Black Swan
Natalie Portman not only trained for a year as a dancer to prepare for the role but paid for the training out of her own pocket until the film found investors. Aronofsky attributed the film's getting mate at all to Portman's dedication and enthusiasm.
23 The Maze Runner
The production had to hire snake wranglers to make sure the areas they were filming were snake free. Before filming began the wranglers found 25 venomous snakes. The biggest one they found was a 5-foot rattlesnake.
24 The Mummy
Brendan Fraser nearly died during a scene where his character is hanged. Rachel Weisz remembered, "He stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated."
25 Captain America: The First Avenger
Hayley Atwell surprisingly touching Chris Evan's chest, as he emerged from the pod upon turning into Captain America, was very much improvised, and the surprise on her face is genuine, as she admitted in interviews she was very taken by Chris physique and nearly broke character and ruined the take that made it into the film, as a result.
26 The Theory Of Everything
In an email to doctor James Marsh about the portrayal by Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Hawking Said there were certain points when he thought he was watching himself. In addition to his copyrighted voice, Stephen Hawking also lent the filmmakers his Companion of Honour medal and his signed thesis to use genuine props in the film.
NASA shows this film during its management training program. New managers were given the task of trying to spot as many errors as possible. At least one hundred and sixty-eight have been found.