20 Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Film Facts

This article is based on an AskReddit thread entitled, “What’s The Greatest Movie Behind-The-Scenes Fact You Know?” To see the thread in full, check out the link at the end of the article.

1/20. Inglourious Basterds

Anyone who fell asleep on set was photographed with a giant dildo next to them.


2/20. Anchorman

In the famous scene where Paul Rudd speaks to Will Ferrell about Sex Panther cologne, Paul Rudd was determined to make Will Ferrell laugh and break character since it was always the other way around. He thought that this would be accomplished with the “60% of the time it works, every time” line that he improvised. But Will fired back with, “that doesn’t even make sense” without skipping a beat, once again making Paul/others break character yet again.

– deleted

3/20. Goodfellas

In Goodfellas, the spaghetti they’re eating was cooked by director Martin Scorsese’s mother.


4/20. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

The only thing in the Chocolate Room that wasn’t edible was the teacup Willy Wonka eats. That was wax. Gene Wilder still ate it for the shot.

liimlsan5/20. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Bella, the Neapolitan mastiff that played Fang, got very protective of Daniel Radcliffe, and would jump in front of him to defend him whenever the animatronic spider for Aragog would come out. This resulted in having to re-film the scene multiple times.


6/20. Total Recall

Arnold Schwarzenegger noticed that Michael Ironside was constantly on the phone between takes. When he broached the subject with Ironside, he was told the he was phoning his sister and that she was currently suffering from cancer. Arnold immediately brought Michael to his trailer and they had an hour-long 3-way conversation with Ironside’s sister about what exercises she should do and what kinds of foods she should be eating. Ironside has never forgotten Schwarzenegger’s kindness and neither has his sister.

theboyd19867/20. The Blues Brothers

On the set of The Blues Brothers, they had to get John Belushi to tell Carrie Fisher she was doing too much coke.


8/20. The Exorcist

William Friedkin had a shotgun with blank shells that he’d shoot off on the sound stage during breaks. It scared the daylights out of everybody, and after a few times he was asked to stop. The actors didn’t find it funny. What they didn’t know was that their reactions were being filmed – and later inserted into the movie as their reaction when Regan made a sound upstairs.


9/20. The Princess Bride

During the filming of The Princess Bride, Mandy Patankin’s (Inigo Montoya) father died from cancer. When he came back from the funeral, they had to shoot the scene where he kills the six fingered man. It gives him a special fire in his eyes when he says “I want my father back, you son of a bitch”.


10/20. Fight Club

Fight Club was filmed in chronological order, and throughout the filming Edward Norton put himself on a near-starvation diet and avoided the sun, while Brad Pitt spent a lot of time at the gym and in tanning salons. The end result is that we see Tyler Durden getting stronger and healthier while the narrator withers away.


11/20. Wayne’s World

The movie “Wayne’s World” was filmed in less than a month, because the equipment was all borrowed from someone else.


12/20. The Shawshank Redemption

In The Shawshank Redemption, there’s a scene where a guy feeds a maggot to a crow. The American Humane Association made them find a maggot that had died of natural causes to feed to the crow. They wouldn’t have given the “no animals were harmed in the making of this film” at the end if they hadn’t.


13/20. The Holiday

In the movie “The Holiday”, there is a scene in a video rental store where Miles (Jack Black) is introducing Iris (Kate Winslet) to a variety of famous music from movies – Chariots of Fire, Gone With The Wind, etc. When he gets to “The Graduate”, he starts singing “Mrs. Robinson”, and the camera cuts over to Dustin Hoffman, shaking his head at their conversation. Dustin Hoffman’s cameo was completely unplanned – he knew the director, saw a bunch of equipment at the Blockbuster, stopped in to say hi, and they wrote his cameo in on the spot.


14/20. Guardians Of The Galaxy

While filming Guardians of the Galaxy, they had to do several takes of some scenes because Chris Pratt kept making pew pew sounds when he fired his raygun.


15/20. The Lord Of The Rings

During the filming of The Lord of the Rings, Christopher Lee, the actor who played Saruman The White, corrected Peter Jackson on the sound a man makes when he is stabbed in the back. From the DVD commentary:

“When I was shooting the stabbing shot with Christopher, I was explaining to him what he should do…And he says, ‘Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when he’s stabbed in the back?’ And I said, ‘Um, no.’ And he says, ‘Well, I have, and I know what to do.'”

He had been involved in some secret operations for the British during WWII, which is presumably where he knew that from.


16/20. Saving Private Ryan

The actors of Saving Private Ryan were put through basic training before filming,except for Matt Damon. This was so the other actors would build some sort of unconscious resentment toward his character.

– Naweezy

17/20. Alien Resurrection

Sigourney Weaver really did make that no look, over the shoulder basketball shot. Ron Perlman almost blew the take because he was so surprised!

– ryl00

18/20. Life Of Brian

In Life of Brian, the line after “yes, we’re all individuals”, “I’m not!”, was ad-libbed, bumping up the extra’s pay for now having a distinct speaking role.


19/20. The Passion Of The Christ

Three people were struck by lightning during the filming of The Passion of The Christ.


20/20. The Wizard Of Oz

While looking for a tattered coat for the character playing The Wizard in the Wizard of Oz, a costume assistant bought one from a second hand store. When the actor put the coat on he turned the pocket inside out – written in the pocket was the name L.Frank Baum who is the author of The Wizard of Oz books. Baum’s widow later identified the coat as actually having belonged to her husband.

– Naweezy


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