23 Super-Interesting Authentic Movie Details That Prove It's Not All Movie Magic
I still can't believe that was actually Jamie Lee Curtis rocking the electric guitar.
Obviously, most of the time, people are happy to suspend a certain amount of disbelief when we go see a movie.
But sometimes, films take care to look super authentic. Sometimes, they even go the extra mile to be authentic.
1. Like in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when they used real Nazi uniforms.
2. This _Titanic _scene actually mimicked a real photograph from the Titanic.
In Titanic (1997) there is a scene showing a boy playing with a spinning top on deck. This is actually a recreation of a real photo taken onboard the ship on April 11th, 1912 by Francis Browne. It shows 1st Class passenger Frederic Spedden and his 6 year old son Douglas. Both survived the sinking. from MovieDetails
4. Jamie Lee Curtis was really playing the guitar in the Freaky Friday "Take Me Away" scene.
5. And Russell Crowe really learned to play the violin for_ Master and Commander._
6. In Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks based his southern drawl on the real southern actor who played the younger version of him.
7. The people talking about dust storms at the start of Interstellar were actual witnesses of the 1930s Dust Bowl.
In the opening scene of Interstellar (2014), with the exception of Ellen Burstyn, the people shown reminiscing about dust storms were not actors, but real-life witnesses to the actual Dust Bowl event that occurred in the 1930’s. The footage was excerpted from Ken Burns’ documentary The Dust Bowl. from MovieDetails
9. In Cars, "The King" was played by the real-life racing "King" Richard Petty — and they even paid tribute to his last race.
In Cars (2006), “The King” Strip Weathers crashes in his final race, but makes it to the finish line. In 1992, NASCAR’s “King,” Richard Petty (the voice of Strip Weathers in the Cars movies), crashed in his final race but was able to finish the race thanks to repairs by his race team. from MovieDetails
10. The woman who had her head shaved in _The Wolf of Wall Street _really had it shaved.
11. Russell Crowe was actually talking about his own home when his character talked about home in Gladiator.
12. The doctors in RoboCop were actual ER doctors, according to the film's commentary.
In RoboCop (1987), the group of doctors that work to save Murphy when he is brought to the hospital were an actual ER trauma team from a Dallas hospital. Although they had scripted dialogue, they were allowed to ad-lib because director Paul Verhoeven thought they sounded more authentic. from MovieDetails
13. And_ E.T. _also used real-life doctors in the scene where doctors treated E.T.
14. And in Captain Philips, a real navy medic treated Tom Hanks's character.
15. Al Martino had real-life mob connections that helped him get a role as a mobster in The Godfather.
16. Robert De Niro used real money in Goodfellas.
In Goodfellas (1990), Robert De Niro didn’t like how fake money felt in his hand and insisted using real money. So the prop master withdrew several thousand dollars of his own money to use. At the end of each take, no one was allowed to leave the set until all the money was returned & counted. from MovieDetails
17. Bill Murray actually did bowl three strikes in a row in Kingpin, and the applause was real.
18. Director Edgar Wright cast CJ Jones, who is actually deaf, as Joseph in Baby Driver after feeling uncomfortable auditioning actors faking being deaf.
Baby Driver (2017), Joesph, was written as a deaf African American man in his 80s. CJ Jones was the only performer to audition who is actually deaf. Edgar Wright said "I started auditioning other very good actors who were pretending to be deaf, it made me feel immediately uncomfortable.” from MovieDetails