But hey, r/MovieDetails isn't only good for movie details (I know!) — this singular subreddit also happens to house a lot of absolutely incredible fan-found behind-the-scenes facts! My favorite type of facts!!!
So, I decided to take a deep dive and tease out some of the strangest, weirdest, most out there behind-the-scenes facts shared, and compile them all into one easy-to-read post for your viewing pleasure!
All righty, let's get goin':
Rightfully so, after each take, no one on set was allowed to leave until every single dollar was returned to them. TBH, I would've demanded my money get a cameo credit in the film's final credits, but that's just me!
Nolan wasn't fond of the idea of using CGI to create the very important corn farm used in the movie, so instead, he grew one. This meant taking quite a risk — a $100K risk, to be exact — because they needed to essentially grow a cornfield from scratch in Western Canada, where the film was shot.
But, as you can see in the final film, it worked! And, to add hilarity to the story, not only did it pay off in the movie...it literally paid off in real life! Nolan and company ended up selling the corn, with Nolan noting, "In the end, we got a pretty good crop, and we actually made money on this."
At the end of the six-day long shoot for their scene, Pitt owed Bana $750 and Bana owed Pitt absolutely nothing.
Unfortunately, they never provided the public with a breakdown of how many of those hits were worth $50 and how many were $100, but either way, that's too many hits if you ask me and my expert "not-loving-getting-hit-by-a-sword" opinion.
She shot one where Dafoe's detective was positive that Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman was guilty, one where he merely suspected it, and one where he believed him to be totally innocent.
In editing, they then spliced all of the various takes together so that you never truly knew what was going on, resulting in a marvelously manic performance from Dafoe.
According to the movie's director's commentary, James Cameron noted that he wanted the Terminators to "blink as little as possible," so Patrick underwent weapons training to avoid blinking while firing his weapons. However, he himself even admits that he couldn't successfully do that 100% of the time.
Also, I bet you're now hyper aware of how often you yourself are blinking. I'm so sorry about that, but if it makes you feels any better: same.
In the scene referenced, Catwoman threatens to swallow the Penguin's live bird (like ya do) before releasing it from her mouth.
Hill has noted that he has a fear of birds, so when a parrot unexpectedly flew towards him — even momentarily landing on him — while shooting a scene for the film, his screams of terror were very much real.
"That was not acting," he said on the film's commentary track, once again stating: "I don’t like birds."
Apparently, due to a power surge on set, the prop master was unable to successfully unplug the phone before filming, which resulted in Barrymore — a true method actor, if you ask me — actually calling 9-1-1, screaming repeatedly, and then hanging up, which I'm sure the dispatcher loved. (Listen, I worked in customer service before BuzzFeed, so I'm used to people calling me, screaming, and then hanging up, am I right?!)
Anyway, the police eventually called back — in the middle of a take, mind you — to ask what in the sweet heck was going on, and the crew was forced to explain themselves.
In the documentary I Am Heath Ledger, it was revealed that the facial scar prosthetics used on Ledger would get loose whenever he spoke, so, in order to keep them in place, Ledger began continuously licking his face to keep them on.
And, as you well know, the tic ended up becoming one of Ledger's Joker's most iconic and recognizable mannerisms, which only goes to show how seamlessly he was able to work a behind-the-scenes "problem" into his character!
Director Matt Reeves said of the character's inspiration: "The premise of the movie is that the Riddler is kind of molded in an almost Zodiac Killer sort of mode, and is killing very prominent figures in Gotham. And they are the pillars of society. These are supposedly legitimate figures. It begins with the mayor, and then it escalates from there."
As noted in the Reddit post, the most glaring example of this inspiration is the Riddler's introduction being "This is the Riddler speaking" which is how the Zodiac Killer began their greetings to the police.
For those who have never seen the seminal and iconic film, Spider-Man (which, if you haven't, stop reading this immediately and go watch it. We'll all wait, I promise): as Spider-Man is coming into his powers, he decides to try his hand at underground fighting in order to earn some money to buy a car to impress Mary Jane (like ya do), where he is faced with Bone-Saw, played to machismo perfection by the one and only: Macho Man Randy Savage.
This ended up finishing off a delightful full-circle moment. As noted on WWE's website, Macho Man debuted in 1973, not as "Macho Man," but as a character named "The Spider," who he'd modeled to look like Spider-Man! Kismet!!!
The story goes that Russell was never meant to end up in the pool, but when a dancer clipped her, she was knocked in with them. She said of the incident: "It was an accident, and we had to go back and re-shoot the whole number. I wasn’t supposed to end up in the pool at all, but it turned out better the way it happened."
Director Howard Hughes ended up liking that specific take so much, he ended up keeping it in the final cut of the film! But, more importantly, I want to know what make-up brand Russell is wearing here because she got straight dunked underwater and yet somehow there's not an eyelash out of place.
Towards the end of the film, a theater filled with Nazis is brought up in flames as one of the lead character's plans comes to fruition, leading to a shot of a large steel swastika falling to the ground in a moment of symbolism. However, the fictional plan proved to be a little too effective, and the swastika falling was by pure accident.
"We almost got incinerated," Eli Roth, who played the "Bear Jew," said. "The fire comes up. They thought it was going to burn at 400 degrees centigrade, but it burned at 1,200. That’s, like, 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit! You see the swastika fall. It was not supposed to. It was fastened with steel cables; the steel liquefied!"
It all started in 1977 when Craven featured a torn Jaws poster in the background of a scene in his film, The Hills Have Eyes, as Craven's way of insinuating that Jaws wasn't all that scary in comparison to his own work.
Then, Raimi decided to one-up Craven when making The Evil Dead by including a torn-up poster for The Hills Have Eyes in the background of one scene. After this began an all-out silent Easter egg war between the two, in which each director would include a reference to the other's work in their ongoing films!
So, when filming Godzilla, Emmerich opted to name the city's inept mayor character "Mayor Ebert," and his assistant "Gene." The resemblence is...yeah, not subtle. (Oh, and, for the record, they gave Godzilla one and a half stars, so there's that.)
Well, there you have it! Which of these behind-the-scenes tidbits was your favorite? Do you know of any more weird-but-fun behind-the-scenes facts not listed here? Share in the comments below! I love reading this stuff! And I love you all! It's true, I do!
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