I love reading movie facts, especially when I discover something I have not heard of before. I love it, sometimes I just can’t get enough of them. It is also particularly interesting when I know I have seen the film, like, years and years ago, and I find out a fact I never knew about it. So here are my top ten movie facts I found today.
Coming in at Number 10….
Picture: The Usual Suspects.
The idea for the poster for the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ made in 1995 (I was twelve!) was thought of way before any script had been written. I thought that was a pretty cool one to start with. ‘The Usual Suspects’ definitely had one of the greatest twist endings of all time. I had to watch it three times before I worked out what was going on in the end myself. It is still one of my favourite movies ever. It is really cool to think they came up with a story from a picture of five silhouettes standing in a line up! I love it.
Dan Aykroyd’s original script for ‘Ghostbusters’, (it was Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis which I didn’t know until today, RIP Harold Ramis!) well it was set in the future, where their characters had ordinary jobs like a fireman or a doctor. Awesome. Ghostbusters in disguise! I still prefer how they did it anyway, but that sounded like it could have been an interesting idea for the movie too.
Benedict Cumberbatch recorded his own screen test when he auditioned for Star Trek: Into Darkness….in his best friend’s kitchen, using his iPhone. I love it. And I love Benedict Cumberbatch too, and the sound of his voice. You can just for a moment, picture him doing his audition on his iPhone in this friend’s kitchen. I wonder if his mate recorded it as well. That would be cool. The one day it could somehow wind up on youtube or something.
Picture: The Godfather.
In ‘The Godfather’ the actor John Marley’s scream of fright was actually real, because in the scene with the horse….well basically he had not been told that the decapitated horse’s head was real! To me, that whole thing sounds bloody horrific!!! I think I would be screaming as well.
Bela Lugosi’s face (aka Dracula) was used as the model for playing Satan in Walt Disney’s classic movie ‘Fantasia’ in 1940. That fact actually rings a bell to me. I reckon I may have perhaps read that at some point in one of my Total Film magazines. I think it is still pretty cool though.
It took fifteen people to operate the mechanical shark in Jaws. That I can definitely understand as I recall seeing some on set photos from the movie, in my Total Film magazine of course, and although it does sound rather an awful lot, that rubber shark was bloody huge. They had to make it realistic after all. Remember though, it is just a rubber shark! It is still safe to go in the water…..
This next fact actually doesn’t sound like it could be true, but I did read it on a Hollywood movie website. ‘The Muppet Movie’ was ‘cut and censored’ by New Zealand on the grounds that it was too violent! Are they having me on here?! Apparently not, but to be honest I don’t believe it. How can a ‘Muppet’ movie be classed as violent? I may decide to look into that one a bit further in the future, because honestly, I don’t believe it. Then again, stranger things have happened where Hollywood is concerned.
Whilst filming ‘The Hunger Games’, Jennifer Lawrence accidently kicked Josh Hutcherson in the head….ouch…not quite sure which scene, it didn’t say. And yes I would have thought that must have really hurt, but it turns out she actually knocked him unconscious for a whole fifteen minutes. He then had to go to hospital to be treated for a concussion. He was okay thankfully. I bet he had one hell of a headache though.
Picture: The Hunger Games.
For my number 2 spot, being a huge Stephen King fan as I am, I love that whilst ‘The Shining’ was being filmed legendary film director Stanley Kubrick would reportedly phone Stephen King up every night at 3am, and ask him questions about the book and the characters. Three o’clock in the morning…isn’t that ‘witching hour’? Anyway….When Kubrick asked King ‘did he believe in God?’ King replied “Yes”, and apparently, Kubrick just yelled “I knew it!” and slammed the phone down on him. I thought that was very random. But I like random!
And for my top spot….
Picture: The Breakfast Club.
Out of all of the movie facts I have read today, this one is by far my favourite. Another one of my favourite movies of all time is ‘The Breakfast Club’. I loved it because it was a simple idea which was turned into a great movie because of it’s incredible, top quality acting. I was a big Emilio Estevez fan back when I first saw this which was when I was probably about twelve or thirteen. Anyway, I have just found out that in the scene where all the characters are sat in a circle on the floor in the library and they have to tell each other why they are in detention, that iconic scene wasn’t actually scripted!! That for me has just made this movie more awesome than it already was! Director John Hughes just told them to improvise! No part of that scene was scripted at all, apart from the obvious sit down in the library part. Brilliant. That also just proves to me just how incredible all those actors were in that one scene. Plus the fact that they were still all pretty young at that point too. Definitely my favourite fact today.
Like I said, I love reading movie facts. Like the movies themselves, I never seem to grow tired of them.
Thanks for reading.