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Updated on Jul 28, 2020. Posted on Oct 21, 2018

13 Random AF Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Movie Sets That Sound Made Up But Aren't

This post has everything from PCP-spiked soup to a dead body in a lake.

1. The cast and crew were drugged with PCP while filming Titanic (1997).

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On the LAST DAY of shooting the present-day scenes in Nova Scotia, the cast and crew ate chowder that had been spiked with PCP. "The crew vans came, picked everybody up, and took us to the Dartmouth General Hospital," crew member Marilyn McAvoy said. "Some people were having a really hard time. I think maybe the people who had more experience with drugs were having flashbacks and bad trips." And, to make this story even more unbelievable, the culprit was never caught.

2. Tom Felton's candy sneaking forced the wardrobe department to sew all of the students' pockets shut during the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

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If you ask the actor, the most magical part of the Harry Potter set was the food and all the ways he could steal it. "The robes had these huge pockets. The rumor was that they sewed them up after the third film because I was sneaking food and drink onto set. I want to clear this up because...that is absolutely TRUE," Felton said. "I think the other kids started following suit. Wardrobe would put their hand in and find chocolate and sweets."

3. Literally everyone was constantly vomiting while filming the original version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).

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As terrifying as this movie is to watch, it was even more disgusting to film. "The last day of shooting went on for like 26 or 27 hours. Maybe even longer. The lights were so damn strong that the bones [they were using as props] started cooking," director Tobe Hooper said. "So every time I’d say 'cut,' everyone would run to the window and puke. A doctor had to come out and administer Dramamine to help settle people’s stomachs."

4. Director Stanley Kubrick destroyed most of the props after filming 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).


If you worry that you're being too petty, always remember that you'll never be as petty as Kubrick was when he wrapped filming on 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is reported that, after this iconic sci-fi film finished shooting, the director purposely destroyed nearly ALL of the film’s props. The rumor was that this was his attempt to keep them from being used on “lesser” science fiction films in the future.

5. Dan Aykroyd saved Carrie Fisher's life while filming The Blues Brothers (1980).

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While hanging out on the set in then-boyfriend Aykroyd's trailer, Fisher "inhaled" a Brussels sprout while eating too quickly. "He thought I was laughing, and then he saw that I was dying, and he did the Heimlich maneuver," Fisher said. "Then, like 10 minutes later, he asked me to marry him, and I thought, I better marry him. What if that happens again?'" (Ultimately, they did not get married, although they were engaged.)

6. Director Randal Kleiser had major beef with Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty while filming Grease (1978).

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So it turns out that the two iconic actors didn't much appreciate hearing a bunch of people singing all day long. Nicholson and Beatty had offices across from Paramount's Stage 24, where many of the movie's musical numbers were filmed. "They were yelling at us to shut up," Kleiser said. "Because they were trying to write, and we were making so much noise down there."

7. There was no cellphone signal during the filming of The Revenant (2016).

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Director Alejandro Iñárritu is known for being intense, but he really took it to the NEXT LEVEL when shooting this film. Not only did he demand that the entire thing be shot with natural light, but he also wanted to film on location in freezing-cold Alberta, Canada (we're talking like -22 degrees Fahrenheit kind of cold). This led to various obstacles, one of the most aggressive being that there was ZERO cellphone service on the set, and they relied on snowmobiles that went back and forth to carry messages.

8. Director Christopher Nolan and crew planted over 800 acres of corn for real because they didn't want to use a CGI farm while filming Interstellar (2014).

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Part of the screenplay required a cornfield on a farm near mountains...which is not a normal location for corn. "We really wanted to get some sense that this corn was being farmed somewhere that it shouldn't be," Nolan said. "And they don't farm a lot of corn in Calgary, [Alberta,] because the wind out of the mountains can kill it very easily." This led the team behind the film to utilize a nearby farmer's land and plant 350 acres of corn in one location and 500 acres in another, JUST for the film.

9. The production team regularly ran out of money and had to ask for more while filming The Evil Dead (1981).

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You typically assume that when a movie is already in production, it must be fully funded; however, that was NOT the case for this low-budget cult classic. “We’d reach stretches where we’d run out of money and have to stop, put on our suits, get our briefcases, cut our hair short and shave, and go around knocking on doors asking for more money," director Sam Raimi said. “Robert Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and myself all dropped out of school. We worked as waiters, bus boys, cab drivers.”

10. A dead body appeared in a lake on set during the filming of The Amityville Horror (2005).

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It's bad enough to try to get through a horror tale while the camera is turned on, but to experience a real-life horror behind the scenes is another story. This was the case for the cast of this 2005 remake. "We were filming, and the police came by and said they were around the water because they said they had discovered a dead body floating around," actor Melissa George said. "So it was very eerie. We were like, 'Awesome, now I'm much more comfortable shooting this movie.'"

11. Sean Bean had to tape the script for a rewritten scene to his knee while filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

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This franchise was filmed over three years, so naturally the screenplay was constantly evolving over that time. This presented a unique hurdle for the actors, which caused Bean to get creative. "Sean handled it very cleverly — if you look at the movie during that scene, you'll see he occasionally has his head bowed, as if dealing with the emotional weight of the horrors of Mordor," director Peter Jackson said. "In actual fact, the new script page had been taped to his knee!"

12. "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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“[Richard] Zanuck and [David] Brown were VERY stingy producers,” story editor Carl Gottlieb said. “Everyone kept telling them, ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat.’ It became a catchphrase anytime anything went wrong: If lunch was late or the swells were rocking the camera, someone would always say, ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat!'” Then actor Roy Scheider improvised the inside joke into the film at the perfect moment, and the rest is history.

13. And finally, Brad Pitt was so miserable on the set, he almost quit in the middle of filming Interview With the Vampire (1994).

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If you think Pitt's character in this film seems as if he doesn't want to be there, turns out it wasn't acting. “Six months in the dark. Contact lenses, makeup, and I’m playing the 'bitch' role,” Pitt said. “One day it broke me. I called David Geffen, who was a producer. I said, ‘David, I can’t do this anymore. How much will it take to get me out?’ And he goes, very calmly, ‘Forty million dollars.’” Needless to say, Pitt was convinced to continue after that pricey realization.

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