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18 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 2018 Movies That Sound Fake, But Aren't

From heart attacks to Lady Gaga, this list has everything.

1. Christian Bale's intense method acting on the set of Vice might have saved director Adam McKay from a heart attack.

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"We finished the movie and [while working out] my stomach starts going queasy. I remembered, when we shot one of the heart attack scenes, Christian Bale asked me, ‘How do you want me to do it,’ and I go, ‘It’s a heart attack. Your arm hurts, right?’" McKay said. "He says, ‘One of the common ways to tell is that you get really queasy and your stomach hurts.’ I called my wife who called 911.”

2. Bradley Cooper improvised the "ugly" line during the argument scene in A Star Is Born, and it "devastated" Lady Gaga.

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“That wasn’t an actor trying to get something out of another actor,” Cooper said. “That was two characters. What Jackson does to her in that moment is go to her most vulnerable place. That’s what she shared with him early on at the cop bar, so it’s part of their story.”

3. Lara Jean's lock screen in To All The Boys I Loved Before was not planned, and was actually a picture taken on set of Lana Condor and Noah Centineo napping together.

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"That was actually one of our crew members who took that photo. The two of them were in the green room on set at the high school location," director Susan Johnson said. "They actually were sleeping on the couch like that, so we just stood over them and took that picture and it’s so friggin’ cute. So yeah, we just borrowed it from our crew member."

4. While Elsie Fisher landed the role (and a Golden Globe nomination) for Eighth Grade, she didn't get cast in a production at her own high school shortly after filming.

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"She graduated 8th grade in real life, a week later we shot the movie, then a week after she went to her freshman year of high school and she didn't get cast in her school play," director Bo Burnham said. "So I promised her I'd do this: Mr. Donia from [Fisher's] high school: Fuck you."

5. Thor's epic entrance on the battlefield in Wakanda at the climax of Avengers: Infinity War was originally written to be Captain America's big reveal.

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Everybody at Marvel, I think other than Joe and I, were mad at us because we were bringing him in the movie so late,” co-director Anthony Russo said. “We thought it was the right spot to do it, but after a while we kind of gave into everybody’s, ‘We need more Cap!’”

6. Toni Collette almost didn't do Hereditary because she was tired of doing "heavy" films all the time.

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"I had specifically said, 'I’m sick of heavy, I don’t want to cry all the time at work anymore. I want to make some funny movies,'" Collette said. "My agent called and said, 'I know what you said, but you need to read this.' And he was right. I loved it."

7. Millicent Simmonds suggested John Krasinski sign "I have ALWAYS loved you" instead of simply "I love you" at a climactic moment in A Quiet Place, and the suggestion made Krasinski cry.

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“I changed some signs, too,” Simmonds said. “At the end when he signs, ‘I love you.’ I said I think he needs to say, ‘I have always loved you.’ Because that covers the difficult period. Then when I suggested that, he cried.”

8. Joey King had filmed a scene eating burgers right before a scene playing soccer in The Kissing Booth, which caused her to get violently ill on set.

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"This burger scene was so amazing," King tweeted. "But I had a soccer scene right after and, after eating the equivalent of three burgers, I threw up while trying to film my soccer scene."

9. Frozone’s wife, Honey (who we never see on-screen), was originally going to make her first on-screen appearance in Incredibles 2, but creator Brad Bird decided against it.

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Mainly because he believed her jokes worked “funnier as a voice rather than a visual.

10. The corsets Emma Stone wore while filming The Favourite were so tight (and historically accurate) that her organs physically shifted.

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"For the first month I couldn't breathe, so I would smell menthol to make me think I was in a wide open space," Stone said. "But after about a month, my organs shifted...because they have to. It was only temporary, but it was gross."

11. Jude Law practiced a magic trick to make a card disappear and reappear in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald because he read it in the script, only to find out it'd be CGI'ed when he got to set.

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"There was a brief mention in the scene that Dumbledore makes a card appear and hands it to Newt. So, I was at a charity event and there was this incredible magician there and I thought, 'Hey, can you come over and teach me some slight of hand so I can maybe really make this card appear?" Law said. "So I practiced and practiced and I get there and they go, 'No, we CGI that part."

12. While Black Panther was the breakout hit of this year, Wesley Snipes actually tried to bring the hero to the big screen for the first time back in the mid-90s.

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"I think Black Panther spoke to me because he was noble, and he was the antithesis of the stereotypes presented and portrayed about Africans, African history, and the great kingdoms of Africa," Snipes said. "It had cultural significance, social significance. It was something that the black community and the white community hadn’t seen before."

13. After the release of the trailer for Spike Lee's true story film BlacKkKlansman, the REAL David Duke contacted the REAL Ron Stallworth because he was "concerned about his portrayal" in the movie.

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“He’s concerned about how he’s going to be portrayed in this film. He’s only seen the trailer and in the trailer, it makes him out to be a buffoonish, cartoonish idiot," Stallworth said. "In some areas, yeah, Spike made him look kind of stupid, but he was stupid in how this whole thing transpired 40 years ago.”

14. Tom Cruise insists on doing all his own stunts (including flying his own helicopters), but severely injured his ankle while filming Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

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"That's the stunt, I hit the side of the wall, then I'm supposed to run past the camera," Cruise said. "I didn't want to do it again, I knew instantly it was broken. I ran past camera, we got the shot, and both those shots are in the movie. I was just like, 'Sorry guys, it's broken, take me to the hospital.'"

15. Brad Pitt's cameo was one of the most talked about moments in Deadpool 2, but he was paid little more than a single cup of coffee for his time.

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“We just thought, ‘Oh my god, what a perfect idea for a celebrity cameo. Who is the hardest to get in Hollywood? Let’s call him,'" producer/writer Paul Wernick said. They decided on Pitt, who agreed to work for scale (the minimum amount of money designated by an actor’s guild) and a Starbucks coffee. “We got the coffee, Ryan [Reynolds] came in and gave it to him. It was hilarious because he kind of forgot that he asked for it."

16. Henry Golding originally turned down the opportunity to audition for Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians because he thought it called for "a legitimate actor."

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"It's my first ever movie. I've been a presenter in studios, I was a travel host for seven years, and I wasn't in that frame of mind," Golding said. "So when the offer came, I was like 'Oh my god, I've heard of this, but it's for someone else who's a legitimate actor that the studio is going to gamble on.'"

17. Cher was never asked to be in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again...she was TOLD she was going to be in it by the head of Universal Pictures.

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"My old agent who is one of my dearest friends became the head of Universal," Cher said. "He called me and he said 'Cher, you're doing Mamma Mia!' and he hung up."

18. And finally, Mary Poppins Returns is filled with many practical effects (aka stunts performed IRL rather than with CGI), and Lin-Manuel Miranda described performing one of these effects "the hardest 10 seconds" of his life.

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"There's one scene in this movie where I light a lamp, ride a bike, steal an apple from a cart, throw it to an orphan child, all while singing in a Cockney accent," Miranda said. "And that moment was the hardest ten seconds of my life. I'm sure there are takes of me just absolutely WHACKING orphan children with apples."

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