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50 Amazing Behind the Scene Facts about Your Favorite Movies

1Joseph McCarthy

A complaint among test audiences for the film "Good Night and Good Luck" was that the actor playing Joseph McCarthy was too over the top and wasn't believable, not realizing that the film used actual archive footage of McCarthy himself. - Source


2. In the film Dogma, Kevin Smith warned Jason Mewes that he needed to be on point due to the involvement of "real actors," such as Alan Rickman. As a result, Mewes memorized his, and every other character’s dialogue in the screenplay because he "didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude".


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3. Cartman from South Park described independent films are just about "gay cowboys eating pudding" a full 7 years before the independent film "Brokeback Mountain" came out. - Source


4. In the entire Lord of the Rings film trilogy, no two female characters ever speak to each other. - Source


5. Charles Lyne, a British filmmaker, raised $8486 to force two people to watch a 10-hour 7-minute movie of paint drying. Those two people were employees of the BBFC, responsible for classifying movies, and the stunt was done to protest the BBFC's power of censorship. - Source


6Lord of the Rings trilogy

The Lord of The Rings trilogy was nominated for 800 awards for the entire series and won 475 of them, making the movies the most awarded film series in cinematic history. - Source


7. Kung-Fu Panda (2008) was so successful in China that it caused a national debate on why Westerners made a better film about Chinese culture than the Chinese themselves. - Source


8. Washington Post's movie critic said Groundhog Day would "never be designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress." In 2006, the film was designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress. - Source


9. NBC renewed 'The Office' for a second season, despite mediocre ratings for the first season, because they anticipated that Steve Carell's film, 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', would make it a rating success - which it did. - Source


10. In responding to why he starred in Jaws: The Revenge, Michael Caine said: "I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."


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11Steven Spielberg and Tom Sizemore

Steven Spielberg promised Tom Sizemore a role in Saving Private Ryan as long as he never failed a drug test while shooting. If he failed once, even on the last day, Spielberg promised to kick him out of the movie and reshoot all of his scenes with a new actor. - Source


12. Beck Hansen wrote and composed the music played by the fictional band S*x Bob-omb in the movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World". - Source


13. After Norway banned "Life of Brian" for blasphemy, it was marketed in Sweden as "The film that is so funny that it was banned in Norway!" - Source


14. While directing Jurassic Park, when Spielberg saw CGI of T. rex, he said to stop-motion animator Phil Tippett, "You're out of a job," to which Tippett replied, "Don't you mean extinct?". Spielberg later incorporated this dialogue into the movie. - Source


15. Alan Tudyk has had a role in every Disney animated film since "Wreck-It Ralph, including the Duke of Weselton in "Frozen", and a character named Duke Weaselton in "Zootopia".


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16The Man From Earth

After the 2007 movie "The Man From Earth" was illegally shared via BitTorrent, the producer publicly thanked the file sharers because it "lifted the profile of the film far beyond the financier's expectations." - Source


17. Samuel L. Jackson has a clause in his film contracts that allows him to play golf during film shoots whenever he wants. - Source


18. Due to budget issues, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was briefly planned as one film. Helm's Deep and Saruman were cut, Rohan and Gondor merged with Éowyn as Boromir's sister, etc. Upset by the idea of "cutting out half the good stuff," Peter Jackson left Miramax and went to New Line Cinema. - Source


19. The real owners of Buffalo Bill's house from “The Silence of the Lambs” tried to sell the house for almost a year but couldn't. The house still looks like it did in the film and comes with a signed copy of the book and a thank you note from the film crew. - Source


20. Stephen King never cashed the $5000 check he received for the rights of turning Shawshank Redemption into a movie. Instead, years after the movie came out, he framed the check and gave it back to Mr. Frank Darabont (Director) with a note: "In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve". - Source


21Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton movie was never played in Compton because the city has no movie theaters. - Source


22. When Uwe Boll (German filmmaker) tried to obtain filming rights for a World of Warcraft movie, Blizzard said: "We will not sell the movie rights, not to you…especially not to you." - Source


23. In Interstellar, they actually planted hundreds of acres of corn just for the sake of the movie and it ultimately cost nothing because they made all of the money back when they sold the crop. - Source


24. WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper broke down in Mickey Rourke's arms after watching a screening of The Wrestler, due to the film's accurate portrayal of the lives many older and independent professional wrestlers live. - Source


25. The film Saving Private Ryan (1998) was so realistic that not only did veterans leave theaters during the opening scene, but visits to PTSD counselors rose and the Department of Veteran Affairs set up a nationwide hotline for veterans affected by this film. - Source

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