Sunday, November 18, 2012

Strange But True Facts About Movies

The only physical damage made during the filming of National Lampoon’s Animal House was when John Belushi made a hole in the wall with a guitar. The actual Sigma Nu fraternity house (which subbed for the fictitious Delta House) never repaired it, and instead framed the hole in honor of the film.

 The word “dude” in The Big Lebowski is used approximately 161 times in the movie: 160 times spoken and once in text (in the credits for “Gutterballs” the second dream sequence). The F-word or a variation of the F-word is used 292 times. The Dude says “man” 147 times.

 American Graffiti’s budget was exactly $777,777.77, and it was delivered on time – and on budget.

  In the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, Tippi Hedren was actually cut in the face by a bird during the shooting of one sequence.

 Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond film.

 The Munster’s House on Colonial Street was originally built for the 1946 production, So Goes My Love.

Johnny Depp dropped out of school at age 15 with hopes of becoming a rock star.

 According to reports, during some of the Russian roulette scenes in the movie The Deer Hunter, a live round was put into the gun to heighten the actors’ tension per Robert De Niro’s suggestion. It was checked, however, to make sure the bullet was not in the chamber before the trigger was pulled.

 Jack Nicholson hates giving interviews so much that he has not appeared on a talk show since 1971.

 When Bela Lugosi, star of the monster classic, Dracula, died in 1956, he was buried wearing a black silk cape similar to the one he wore in the film.

 Wes Craven first proposed the script for A Nightmare on Elm Street, one of the most successful horror films of all time, in1981, but no one was interested

 Neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had drivers’ licenses or even learners’ permits before production of the film in Fast and the Furious.

 John Carpenter was a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan. Two characters in Halloween (1978), were named after characters in Hitchcock films -Tommy Doyle, from Rear Window (1954), and Sam Loomis, from Psycho (1960).

 Jim Carrey was Tupac Shakur's favorite actor. While in prison,Carrey would write letters to Tupac to help him smile and laugh.

  In the movie Field of Dreams, both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the thousands of extras in the Fenway Park scene.

  In the coliseum scenes in Gladiator, only the bottom two decks are actually filled with people. The other thousands of spectators are computer-animated.

 In the infamous shower scene in Psycho, the sound of the knife-stabbing actress Janet Leigh was made by plunging a knife into a melon.

 About 25% of the film Jaws was shot from water level so audiences could better relate to treading water.

 Steven Spielberg nicknamed the mechanical shark in the movie Jaws, “Bruce.”

 The first American film to show a toilet flushing on screen was Psycho.

 The 1932 film Scarface was one of the first films to feature the Thompson submachine gun, known historically as the “tommy gun.”

 In the film Pillow Talk, Tony Randall was supposed to fake a reaction to being decked in the face by one of the restaurant patrons. However, during filming, the actor overestimated and actually knocked out Randall. The shot was so well done— it was used in the film.

Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.

Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

 The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

  Wayne's World was filmed in two weeks.

 In Mel Brooks' 'Silent Movie,' mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.

 Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)

 The Hollywood star who played the most leading roles in feature films was John Wayne (1907-1979), who appeared in 153 movies. The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

 In The Godfather (1972), John Marley’s (Jack Wolz) scream of horror in the horse head scene was real, as he was not told that a real horse head, which was obtained from a dog food company, was going to be used.

 The first nude scene in a major motion picture was of swimmer and actress Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) in A Daughter of the Gods (1916).

 To Have and Have Not (1945) is the only instance when a Nobel prize-winning author (Ernest Hemingway) was adapted for the screen by another Nobel-winning author (William Faulkner)

 Thomas Edison invented the first moving pictures, which were small film images that could be viewed in a box. Initially, he was opposed to showing movies on the big screen because he thought one-on-one viewing would be more profitable.

The first movie to be filmed in Technicolor was Becky Sharp (1934).

David O. Selznick was fined $5,000 for the line “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” in Gone with the Wind (1939). The Catholic Legion of Decency gave the movie a B rating, citing that the film was “morally objectionable in part for all.

 The first movie to gross over $100 million was Jaws (1975)

 The first African-American Oscar winner was Hattie McDaniel who was awarded the 1939 Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

 The first feature film created solely with Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was Toy Story (1995).

The laser swords in Star Wars (1977) were actually fiberglass rods coated with a highly reflective material. Light was reflected onto the rods by mirrors in front of the camera lens and color was later enhanced by animation.

Girl-next-door actress Doris Day rejected the role of Mrs. Robinson, the middle-aged sexpot with a penchant for younger men in The Graduate (1967).

 Planet Vulcan in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) is actually Yellowstone National Park.

The famous “burning of Atlanta” scene in Gone with the Wind (1939) consisted of burning the old sets from King Kong (1933), The Last of the Mohicans (1936), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).

 There were 124 midgets hired to play munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939). One midget fell into a studio toilet and was trapped there until somebody finally found him.

 The scene in which Judy Garland sings “Over the Rainbow” in The Wizard of Oz (1939) was almost cut from the movie. Assistant producer Arthur Freed is credited with convincing MGM exec Louis B. Mayer to keep the scene.

The largest number of fatalities ever in a production of a film occurred during the shooting of the 1931 film Viking. Twenty-seven people died, including the director and cinematographer, when a ship they were shooting from exploded in the ice off the coast of Newfoundland.

 The greatest number of takes for one scene in a film is 324 in Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City Lights

 The largest make-up budget was $1 million for Planet of the Apes (1968), which represented nearly 17% of the total production cost.

 The first Hollywood stunt man was ex-U.S. cavalryman Frank Hanaway who was cast in The Great Train Robbery (1903) for his ability to fall off a horse without hurting himself.

 The first film to receive an X rating under the Motion Picture Association of America system of classification was the anti-establishment Greetings (1968) with Robert de Niro, though it later received an R.

 During the “chest bursting” scene in Alien (1986), director Ridley Scott had the actors unexpectedly showered with actual entrails bought from a nearby butcher shop so that their screams of horror would be real.

 The Oscar statuette is not made of gold. It is a pewterlike alloy called brittanium, which is 93 percent tin, 5 percent antimony and 2 percent copper. It is then plated with gold.

 Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards ceremony a record 18 times.

 The most Oscar wins by a woman is eight, by costume designer Edith Head.

 Peter O'Toole holds the record for the most best actor nominations without a win: eight.

Katharine Hepburn won the best actress award a record four times.

 Meryl Streep is the queen of best actress nominees, with 14, and total acting nominations, with 17.

Deborah Kerr is the queen of best actress losers, with six forced smiles.

Walter Brennan won best supporting actor a record three times.

 The only X-rated film to win best picture was "Midnight Cowboy" (1969).

 Disney turned down the chance to make Back to the Future claiming the mother/son relationship was too risqué.

 In the Stephen King novella for The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman's Red is described as a white Irishman. The script sees Red sarcastically quip, “Maybe it's cause I'm Irish” as a nod to the change.

 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.

 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.

James Caan improvised the, now immortal, phrase “Bada-Bing” on the set of The Godfather.

 Dooley Wilson, Sam in Casablanca, was a professional drummer who couldn't play the piano. He simply mimed along, copying an offscreen pianist.

 South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut only uses the f-word 199 times.

 While Casino clocks up a breathtaking 398 uses of the f-word , Nil By Mouth and Summer of Sam chuck over 400 F-bombs

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