Hollywood has presented us with some of the best movies in the industry. Whether you are a fan of action, sci-fi, thriller or comedy, actors manage to win our hearts through their outstanding performances. This prompts us to learn more about them and how they live their lives. While we certainly read about their private lives through news media or magazines, there are some things that happen on the sets or behind the curtains. Here, we have gathered some amazing movie facts, some of them which are sure to put a smile on your face.
1. In The Shawshank Redemption, when Andy goes to the library to begin work as Brooks’ assistant, Brooks’ crow, Jake, was constantly squawking. Tim Robbins had to learn the bird’s speech patterns and time his lines so that the crow wouldn’t squawk over him.
The Shawshank Redemption is undoubtedly one of the best movies to have ever been written and produced. It’s been 25 years since Andy Dufresne crawled through the wall towards his freedom and yet, the movie remains one of the internet’s favorite film. Released on Sept. 23, 1994, the movie was based on Stephen King’s novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. Some of the scenes throughout the movie took hours or even a whole day to be filmed. One such scene includes Andy and Brooks’ crow, Jake. The bird was squawking so much that it made filming almost impossible.
So, Tim Robbins had to learn the bird’s speech patterns and timed his lines perfectly, so that the crow wouldn’t squawk over him. Another interesting trivia is the fact that the scene where Andy first approaches Red to ask about a rock hammer took nine hours to film. During the scene, Morgan Freeman was playing catch with another prisoner, and kept throwing the baseball back and forth all day. The next day, Freeman showed up with his arm in a sling. (source)
2. Sylvester Stallone kept in touch with the two turtles from Rocky and they’re now 45-years-old.
Cuff and Link starred in the 1976 film Rocky and since then, Sylvester Stallone, 72, has kept in touch with his pals. The female turtles have been living with their “real life” pet store owner, Joseph Marks, who has been taking care of them all these years. Not only are Cuff and Link still alive, but they have made appearances in 2006’s Rocky Balboa and 2015’s Creed. While Creed 2 used a different pair of turtles, Stallone brought the “real” Cuff and Link back to the set, just for old times sake. (source)
3. The cat in The Godfather was not originally part of the script but in fact a stray that was found on the film lot.
Francis Ford Coppola wasn’t the first director Paramount Pictures had in mind for The Godfather. After landing the role as director, Coppola mentioned Brando as a possibility for Vito Corleone. The head of Paramount, Charles Bluhdorn, however, did not like Brando and said that he would “never appear in a Paramount picture”. The studio eventually agreed to allow Brando, which turned out to be the best decision they made. During his daily walks to the movie set, Coppola often saw a stray cat that was wandering around. Finally, when the scenes in Vito’s study were being filmed, Coppola decided to bring the feline in as a surprise guest and informed Brando to improvise. The cat however, loved Brando so much that it sat on his lap all day and purred. Much of Marlon Brando’s lines were inaudible due to the loud purrs and subsequently had to be re-dubbed into the scene. (source)
4. For Interstellar, Christopher Nolan planted 500 acres of corn just for the film because he did not want to CGI the farm in. After filming, he turned it around and sold the corn and made back profit for the budget.
While Christopher Nolan had to rely upon CGI for Interstellar’s space scenes, the English film director was adamant about not doing the same here on Earth. In order to make the movie look realistic, Nolan had production designer Nathan Crowley plant 500-acres of corn. According to the film crew, this was a risky move but the production team still managed to grow a corn field for Matthew McConaughey’s character’s farm. Once the scenes involving the corn field were filmed, they sold the corn to make profit. (source)
5. The sounds made by raptors in the movie Jurassic Park were actually made by tortoises.
Since the movie was made before the world of CGI and sound effects were at its best, the production team had to improvise. Gary Rydstrom, a Lucasfilm sound designer, was tasked with creating the sounds for dozens of dinosaurs. Rydstrom used various sounds from animals for the movie but for the velociraptors, he used the sound of tortoises. In fact, when the raptors bark at each other to communicate, it’s actually the sound of tortoises mating. According to Rydstrom, he recorded the sound at Marine World, where he had to sit for hours to record their sounds. (source)
6. During the filming of I Am Legend, Will Smith became so attached to his co-star (Abbey the dog), that he asked the trainer if he could keep her. The trainer refused, but offered to bring Abbey to Smith’s house every weekend.
During the filming of I am Legend, Will Smith had to win the trust of his co-star, Abbey the dog. Once they bonded, Will Smith fell in love with her, and Abbey even helped Will Smith overcome the pain of losing a canine friend. In fact, he became so attached to her that Will Smith asked Abbey’s trainer if he could keep her. In an interview with Today, Will Smith explains: “I was begging him. I was like, ‘Please let me have Abbey. Please, please, please let me have her.’ But you know, she has her own family now so it was just another one of those fleeting Hollywood romances. One of those set things that just happens and you know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. The trainer did offer to take Abbey to Smith’s house whenever possible. (source)
7. Sean Bean is terrified of flying. When The Lord of the Rings was being filmed, the cast had to fly to remote locations by helicopter, like the snowy mountains. Sean Bean however, travelled part of the way via ski-lift and then spent hours walking the remainder of the journey, in full Boromir costume.
Sean Bean has the fear of flying and when The Lord of the Rings was being filmed, the cast members had to be flown to remote locations. Bean however, did everything he could possibly do to avoid flying, including hiking across the countryside instead of hitching a ride. In an interview, he explained, “I used to be a bit terrified of flying. In The Lord of the Rings, we had to go up in helicopters and I had to walk the whole way, really. I was two hours behind everybody else on top of this mountain because I just didn’t want to get in any helicopters. I was terrified of them. But with planes, I’m used to them now. But I still get a bit dodgy with turbulence”. (source)
8. Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid for the three young lead actors from Slumdog Millionaire in a trust. The money will be accessible for them as soon as they turn 16. He also setup a driver to take them to school every day until they finish high school.
Released in 2008, Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, won eight Academy Awards, including those for best picture and best director, as well as several BAFTA awards and Golden Globe Awards. Although the main actors were paid for the outstanding roles, Danny Boyle made sure that the young actors would be able to enjoy their earnings when they are adults. According to IMDB, Boyle placed the money in a trust, that only makes it available to them when they turn 16. Boyle also hired a rikshaw driver to take them to and back from school. (source)
9. In the movie The Martian, Matt Damon admitted that the scene where Mark was getting emotional upon hearing Commander Lewis’ voice was genuine.
According to IMDB: “The other actors had wrapped and gone home, and their pre-recorded voices were actually being played to Damon from inside his spacesuit. When Damon began to think about how his character had been all alone on Mars for two years, alongside how he was only hearing pre-recorded voices of his co-stars who had already finished their scenes, he began to tear up. Ridley Scott was so impressed with Damon’s performance, that he only did one take of the scene, which was used in the film”. (source)
10. In 1994, director James Cameron wrote an 80-page treatment for Avatar. However, he had to wait for another 8-10 years because the technology to bring his movie to life did not exist. In 2002, when he saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, he was convinced that CGI effects had progressed enough to make his movie.
For more than 50 years, James Cameron had the idea for Avatar. In 1994, Cameron wrote an 80-page treatment for Avatar and even depicted the characters. However, the technology to bring the movie to life was non-existent during this time, so Cameron was forced to wait and work on Titanic instead. In 2002, after watching Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Cameron was convinced that the CGI effects had progressed enough. (source)