17 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Sets Of Iconic Action Movies That Sound Too Wild To Be True — But, Somehow, Are
Lights, camera, ACTION.
Sigourney Weaver made the "impossible" basketball shot for real in Alien Resurrection (1997).
Samuel L. Jackson only agreed to star in Snakes on a Plane (2006) because of the title.
Michelle Yeoh tore her ACL during a stunt gone wrong in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), but continued to perform her own stunts.
Tom Cruise improvised that now-famous kiss in Top Gun (1986).
The delicious-looking egg sandwich in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) was actually made using duck eggs — not chicken eggs — because Margot Robbie is allergic to chicken egg whites.
Vin Diesel had a fake Dungeons and Dragons tattoo put on him in the xXx franchise because he loves D & D.
Sean Connery had his wrist broken by an intense (and, now, famous) instructor while working on Never Say Never Again (1983).
Killmonger's "Hey, Auntie" line in Black Panther (2018) was improvised on the spot by Michael B. Jordan.
Brendan Fraser was almost hanged for real while filming The Mummy (1999) during a stunt gone very, VERY wrong.
The title for Independence Day (1996) was chosen as a literal marketing ploy to force the studio to release the film during the summer.
Chris Evans almost had a cameo in Deadpool 2 (2018) — but not as Captain America.
And speaking of titles, John Wick (2014) was originally titled Scorn, and the only reason the title was changed at all was because Keanu Reeves kept saying it wrong.
Tom Cruise insists on doing all his own stunts (including flying his own helicopters), but severely injured his ankle while filming Mission: Impossible — Fallout (2018).
Cary Elwes was actually knocked out during a scene in The Princess Bride (1987) when he was supposed to just pretend he was knocked out.
Thor's epic entrance on the battlefield in Wakanda at the climax of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was originally written to be Captain America's big reveal.
And finally: "You're going to need a bigger boat" was actually an inside joke made up during the filming of Jaws (1975).
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