82 mind-blowing movies facts you probably didn’t know

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1. Sean Connery wore a wig in every single one of his Bond performances.

2. Some Wookie suits were made from human hair.

3.  Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid approximately $21,429 for every one of the 700 words he said in, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

4. Star Wars was originally prefixed by the definite article ‘The’.

5. The original raw footage of Apocalypse Now consisted of 1,250,000 feet of film which is over 230 hours’ worth.

6. Walt Disney refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because he had made “that disgusting movie Psycho.”

7. Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho (1960) was the first American film ever to show a flushing toilet.

8. For Dr. Strangelove, Peter Sellers was paid $1 million, 55 percent of the film’s budget.

9. There is a sound effect called the Wilhelm Scream that has been used in over 200 movies and TV shows since 1951.

10. Django Unchained is the first time in 16 years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get the top billing.

11. Samuel L. Jackson used the word mother-fucker to overcome his stammer/stutter.

12. Jim Caviezel was struck by lightening while he was on the cross in, Passion of the Christ.

13. Michael Myers mask in Halloween is just a Captain Kirk mask altered slightly and painted white.

14. The director of Cannibal Holocaust had to prove in court that the actors were still alive and didn’t get killed during the movie

15. Courtney Love insists that the role of the drug dealer, Lance, in Pulp Fiction was offered to Kurt Cobain.

16. The carpet in The Shining and the second floor of Sid’s house in Toy Story are almost identical.

17. Ryan Gosling was cast as Noah in The Notebook because the director wanted someone “not handsome.”

18. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn failed his driving test eight times.

19. Barbie in Toy Story is voiced by Jodi Benson, best known for her role as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

20. Pornstar Asia Carrera plays the flatmate of Tara Reid in Logjammin’, the film within the film in The Big Lebowski.

21. Sigourney Weaver actually made that ‘impossible’ basketball shot in, Aliens: Resurrection.

22. Fox passed on The Watchmen because they thought the script was “one of the most unintelligible pieces of shit they had read in years.

23. The original cut of The Wolf of Wallstreet had over four hours worth of content so had to be cut further.

24. Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon agree that if they’re ever confused for one another, they will just go along with it.

25. Sam Raimi has a lucky car that is in all of his films, including his pre-automobile western, The Quick and the Dead.

26. Morgan Freeman’s line, in Shawshank Redemption “Maybe it’s ’cause I’m an Irish” is not a joke. In the novel ‘Red’ really is Irish.

27. Viggo Mortensen had no intention of working on The Lord of the Rings until his son begged him to do it.

28. Pierce Brosnan was contractually forbidden from wearing a full tuxedo in any non-James Bond movie from 1995-2002.

29. The ornaments that Marv steps on in Home Alone are actually candy

30. In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours to achieve a suitably wasted look for his cameo.

31. Fantasia (1940) was originally a short called The Sorcerers Apprentice, but Walt Disney overspent on the score and decided to make it feature length film rather than waste money.

32. Sean Connery turned down roles in The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones 4 and Blade Runner.

33. Dan Aykroyd’s first script for Ghostbusters was set in the future and Ghostbusters were completely normal, like paramedics and firemen.

34. Within’ three days, The Hunger Games became the highest grossing film for Lionsgate Movies.

35. In an alternate ending for Alien: Resurrection, Ripley finally makes it back to earth.

36. To thank Robin Williams for his work on Aladdin, Disney sent him a late Pablo Picasso painting.

37. Darth Vader only has 12 minutes of screen time in the original Star Wars.

38. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indy shoots the Arab swordsman, he was originally meant to fight him, but Harrison Ford was too ill to fight ‘properly.’

39. Saw was filmed in 18 days

40. Carrie Fisher never wore a bra with this costume.

41. The charcoal drawing of Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s, Titanic was actually drawn by James Cameron.

42. In Harry Potter, Alan Rickman was the only person other than J.K. Rowling to know Snape was defending harry because he was in love with Lily Potter to make his performance genuine.

43. When Edward Norton first fights Brad Pitt in Fight Club, he was asked to actually hit Pitt. Pitts reaction is genuine and Norton was trying to stop himself from laughing during the scene.

44. Heath Ledger almost broke Jake Gyllenhaal’s nose by grabbing his head and kissing him too hard in Brokeback Mountain.

45. The scene with Jenny on the ground outside her house in Forrest Gump is similar to painting, Christina’s World.

46. Ridley Scott used The Who’s blue laser lighting to light the Alien egg chamber because they were in the next studio. Ingenuity +1

47. Pixar’s, UP was the first ever animated film and 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival.

48. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all 11 Academy Awards it was nominated for.

49. Fritz Lang’s, Metropolis (1927) was reportedly one of Adolf Hitler’s favourite films.

50. William Goldman’s original script title for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy. The names were reversed when Paul Newman took on the role of Butch

51. When Harry Met Sally: Meg Ryan laughed at the Pecan Pie improv and looked at the director who told her to keep going.

52. Peter O’Toole was nominated for eight performance Oscars and didn’t win a single one.

53. When filming My Left Foot, Daniel Day-Lewis had to be lifted around the set and spoon fed as he would never leave his wheelchair.

54. David Patrick Kelly’s infamous “Warriors, come out to play” line in The Warriors (1979) was completely improvised.

55. Sharlto Copley had not acted professionally before District 9 and had no intention of pursuing acting.

56. Each frame of the CGI scenes in James Cameron’s, Avatar (1/24 of a second) took an average of 47 hours to render.

57. Spirited Away is the only non-western animated film to win an Academy Award for best animated feature.

58. 28 Days Later was filmed on a Canon XL-1 DV camera using mini-DV tapes instead of 35mm film.

59. The word “Nigger” is said exactly 113 times in Quentin Tarantino’s, Django Unchained.

60. Paranormal Activity cost $15000 to make and has grossed $210 million so far.

61. Danny Dyer has only ever starred in British made films.

62. The ‘Bong’ sound/musical cue in Inception is actually the song Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf slowed down.

63. The Shawshank Redemption, #1 on imdb was the 51st highest grossing film in 94′, way behind Street Fighter (1994).

64. Michael Fassbender is to produce and star in an Assassin’s Creed movie.

65. After a slew of drug related offences, Robert Downey Jr. was a semi-blacklisted celebrity until Kiss Kiss Bang Bang reignited his career

66. Quentin Tarentino was originally going to use the song Wise Man by Frank Ocean in Django Unchained but chose not to

67. The childish snickering during The Usual Suspects iconic line-up was genuine, caused by Benicio Del Toro’s persistent flatulence.

68. Hasbro denied Pixar the use of GI Joe in Toy Story when found that the GI Joe doll was going to be blown up by Sid.

69. C.S. Lewis reviewed The Hobbit in 1937 saying, ” The Hobbit may well prove a classic.”

70. The floating pen in Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn’t done with CGI, but camera trickery using glass and tape.

71. Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) voiced Unicron in The Transformers Movie (1986), his penultimate film role.

72. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) played a minor role in Spielbergs 1998, Saving Private Ryan.

73. Bender from Futurama was named after John Bender from The Breakfast Club.

74. Ron Jeremy, the pornstar was an extra in Ghostbusters.

75. In 2002, Steven Spielberg finally finished college after a 33-year hiatus. He turned in Schindler’s List for his student film requirement.

76. On the set of one of the Pirates of the Carribbean films, Johnny Depp spent £40,000 on 500 coats for the cast and crew.

77. On the set of 1982′s The Thing, the whole cast and crew was male.

78. On the first day of filming the exorcism sequence in The Exorcist , Linda Blair’s delivery of her foul-mouthed dialogue so disturbed the gentlemanly Max von Sydow forgot his lines.

79. In Iron Man/Avengers, J.A.R.V.I.S is an acronym for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.”

80. Peter Ostrum, Charlie from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, never acted in another movie after that and is now a veterinarian.

81. In Saving Private Ryan, all of the main cast were given basic military training except Matt Damon, in the hope that the cast would build a resentment towards him necessary for the role.

82. The Russians made a movie version of The Hobbit in 1985 and it’s available on YouTube.

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23 replies
  1. mikefromearth
    mikefromearth says:

    “56. Each frame of the CGI scenes in James Cameron’s, Avatar (1/24 of a second) took an average of 47 hours to render.”

    By my math: 178 (minutes in the film)*60(seconds per minute)*24(frames per second)*47(hours to render) will give you the hours it would take to render the film. Divide that by 24, then 365, will give you the years it took for rendering only. That calculates to 1375.23 years of rendering.

    Maybe this fact is a bit off, eh? Or maybe my math is off? Tell me if I’m missing something!

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    • Joel
      Joel says:

      Your math isn’t off. But happily there was more than one person working on the rendering, so you need to divide the 47 hours by the number of people working on it. Plus not all the scenes where CGI, so the total is less than 178 minutes.

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      • russell
        russell says:

        You also need to keep in mind that these are machine hours not artist hours. A render farm of many hundreds or thousands of CPUs distributes the work of rendering & compositing each frame simultaneously.

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      • macAndrew
        macAndrew says:

        “Rendering” normally refers to machine (i.e. computer) time to actually draw the complete frame from all the information generated by any number of artists. But the point is still valid, the time to render the movie depends on the number of machines. Also the film would have been rendered in chunks – shots – not all at one go, and probably any number of shots would have been re-rendered more than once to get the final desired result

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      • Jonathan
        Jonathan says:

        Actually, generally it wouldn’t be every frame rendered as they only need key frames to render, also it wouldn’t be divided by the people working on the film, it would be divided by the number of computers in the rendering farm (essentially a large set of powerful computers/graphics processors and around that time, in a lot of cases PS3 rendering farms, as at the time they were one of the most powerful graphics processing units around and easily hackable), the number of people working on it would only have to do with the time for the design work being done on the scene/frame.

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    • doug
      doug says:

      It was only the CGI scenes (yes there were a ton, but not the whole movie) and rendering is done on multiple machines, not just one.

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    • Prateek
      Prateek says:

      What your missing is:
      1. only shots where there is CGI
      2. also there are many computers that render parallely called render farms. So multiple frames get rendered simultaneously.

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  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    Not to mention that it’s not uncommon to have multiple computer processors rendering simultaneously. I have a friend who works on CGI animations and has a work stream going with 4 computers. 3 are continuously 24-hours a day rendering what was animated the previous day, the 4th computer is what he animates on real-time and it will also render overnight.

    Larger studios can afford much more elaborate set ups. For example, I’ve been told that at Pixar, EVERY computer on-site is linked to allow “idle” computer processor power to be used to render frames when they’re not in use by the person assigned to that computer. Not sure how true this is, but processor banks are not unheard of – so if you assume a bank of 500 processors rendering simultaneously for 24 hours a day, and let’s say 1/2 of the running time of the film have a CGI component (or enough to require 47 hours of rendering per frame) thats 1.37 years of rendering (it took 2 years from the time principle photography began until the film was ready for theaters; sounds about right).

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  3. blake
    blake says:

    Also, they have “rendering farms” which are basically giant rooms full of computers that do the rendering work. So, while each 1/24 of a second took 47 hours to render, there might be several hundred computers working at once. It’s tricky math.

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  4. Maz
    Maz says:

    “Tony Stark’s computer system is called JARVIS (standing for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System”). This is a tribute to Edwin Jarvis, Tony Stark’s butler.” IMDB

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  5. Chris
    Chris says:

    Wookie suits were NOT made of human hair. That is categorically wrong. They were made from YAK hair. PLEASE get your facts straight.

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    • Joel Willans
      Joel Willans says:

      And I quote, “In The Star Wars Holiday Special, Lumpy’s costume was created by makeup artist Stan Winston and two of his friends. The three constructed all three new Wookiee suits out of human hair.”

      We love researching stuff, so our facts are always straight. :)

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