27 Behind-The-Scenes Facts That Are So Pure And Wholesome, You'll Want To Send Them To Your Mom
Stan Lee was literally the purest human.
1. The opening airport scene of Love Actually featured real couples genuinely embracing.
In Love actually (2003), the opening montage was real footage of passengers meeting their loved ones at the airport, shot with hidden cameras. Richard Curtis said that that when something special was caught on camera, they would rush up to people and ask for their permission to use it in the movie. from MovieDetails
3. And Michael Bay also gave his dog a cameo in his film Pearl Harbor.
4. Director James Gunn put his own parents in a quick cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and named them "weird old man" and "weird old man's mistress" in the credits.
5. In a kind of silly cameo, Truman Capote briefly appears in Annie Hall as a guy who looks like Truman Capote in the park.
6. Zootopia writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston and producer Clark Spencer cast Kristen Bell in a bit role as a sloth in Zootopia because of her famous Ellen segment obsessing over sloths.
7. Voice actor James Hong's father owned a noodle shop when Hong was growing up, which Hong used to work in as a kid. Filmmakers reportedly used this info in Kung Fu Panda, and made Hong's character, Mr. Ping, own a noodle shop that his son works in!
8. According to a DVD featurette, Paris Hilton was nervous to scream in her House of Wax death scene, so she asked the crew to join her — they obliged.
9. The Rock's character in Moana, Maui, had his appearance partially modeled on The Rock's grandfather, Samoan wrestler Peter Maivia. Maivia was known for his tribal tattoos, much like the ones Maui has in the movie.
10. The What We Do in the Shadows commentary revealed that they cast a woman they found in a real retirement home as Katherine. The woman, Ethel Robinson, who was thrilled to be included in the film, had fangs put in her dentures.
11. Mary Gibbs was only 2.5 years old when she started recording for Monsters Inc. — to get her lines, director Pete Docter chased her around the studio with a mic and recorded things she said. According to Gibbs, if they wanted her to say something specific, they'd use a Cookie Monster puppet to talk to her.
For Monsters Inc. (2001) due to Mary Gibbs who played Boo being so young, it was difficult to get her to stay in the recording booth to perform her lines. So they decided to follow her around with a microphone and cut her lines together using the random things/noises she say whilst playing. from MovieDetails
12. Kevin Smith, who wrote and directed Mallrats, wrote a cameo for Stan Lee where he talked about a past love that got away. Lee was worried his wife would be upset at the scene, and only agreed to do it if Smith added a scene where he said he was joking.
13. Another Stan Lee one for ya — he re-created an old outfit from the '70s for his cameo in the 1970 segment of Avengers: Endgame.
14. The baby Carmine kisses in American Hustle is his real-life baby, who was visiting set with her mother.
15. Royd Tolkien, J. R. R. Tolkien's great-grandson, had a cameo in The Return of The King. Production lent him Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn wig for the shoot.
16. You can spot a few extras doing web-shooting motions around Tom Holland in this Cherry scene. According to a supposed extra, they were just told to act "weird and chaotic."
17. Paul Rudd has said that the KU hat he wore in Clueless was his own hat. He asked if he could wear it, and the director said it was fine as long as he gave it to wardrobe after so he wouldn't lose it. They ended up losing the hat.
18. Nolan North was given a small role in Star Trek Into Darkness because J.J. Abrams and his son are big fans of the video game Uncharted, which Nolan voice acted in.
19. Christian Slater stole a Star Trek costume when he had a cameo in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country because he was a big fan of the series. He also supposedly never cashed the $750 check, framing it instead.
20. Director Ivan Reitman had most of the kids ad lib about their real dads' jobs in this Kindergarten Cop scene.
21. Jeff Anderson refused to list pornographic titles in front of child actor Ashley Pereira and her mother in Clerks. This is why you can't see them in the shot — however, they were later read the lines by someone else for reaction shots.
22. Harold Ramis made Rita's favorite drink in Groundhog Day sweet vermouth because it's what his wife drinks.
23. Stunt assistant Jade Olivia played Draco's wife in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue — she was also actor Tom Felton's girlfriend at the time.
24. And the woman rejecting Robert De Niro's character's advances in Taxi Driver was his real-life girlfriend and future wife.
25. Michael Bay revealed in his commentary for The Island that the line "that tongue thing is amazing" came from something he actually told a girl back when he was a "geek."
In The Island (2005), Lincoln says “That tongue thing is amazing” after Jordan french kisses him. This line was added by director Michael Bay, because it’s what he actually said to the first girl who ever French kissed him. On the commentary he said: “Imagine what a geek I was when I said that.” from MovieDetails
26. Nev Schulman knew the artist who did the paintings for Bird Box, Lily Morris, and modeled for her along with his wife. The painting of the famous couple ended up in the film.
27. And finally, the Chinese restaurant scene in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was filled with people who were a part of Rogers' life and his show.
In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), in the restaurant Fred says “Let’s just take a minute and think about all the people who love us into being.” Extras shown in this scene are people who were close w/ the real Fred Rogers, including Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood cast/crew + his wife Joanne from MovieDetails