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    A Stunt In "Casino Royale" Accidentally Broke A World Record, And 21 Other Times The Action In A Movie Was Surprisingly Real Instead Of CGI

    I can’t believe how the zero gravity scenes in Apollo 13 were filmed!

    CGI is pretty common in movies nowadays, which makes pulling off convincing practical effects even more impressive. In fact, some are so convincing that you might've thought they were actually CGI.

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    Here are 22 movies scenes I can't believe aren't CGI:

    1. During the cafeteria scene in Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire caught all the items on the lunch tray himself — and it took 156 tries!

    Peter Parker balances a lunch tray in one hand and Mary Jane in the other
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    In the DVD commentary, Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane, said, "[There's] no CGI, that’s all Tobey, they put sticky glue stuff to stick his hand to the tray."


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    2. For the zero-gravity scenes in Apollo 13, director Ron Howard borrowed a reduced-gravity plane — aka the Vomit Comet, which was used to train astronauts — from NASA, but it could only make the actors weightless for 25 seconds at a time.

    a crewmember floats up a tunnel to check the controls
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    The initial idea came from Steven Spielberg. Astronaut Jim Lovell, who worked as a consultant on the film, helped convince NASA to let Howard use the plane.

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    3. The instant portion bread that Rey makes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens started as an inflatable bread that was deflated under the liquid, then it was slowly inflated as the liquid was pumped out.

    Rey's portion bread rises and bakes instantly
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    In total, it tooks three months to develop. Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould told MTV News, "It started off with the mechanics of getting the bread to rise and the liquid to disappear...but the actual cosmetic side took a lot longer."

    If you want to try the bread yourself, you can try the official recipe.

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    4. Additionally, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 was a real prop, which evolved from a cute sketch director J.J. Abrams drew on a napkin to an expressive puppet to a small army of BB-8s for different purposes.

    BB-8 peaks at the other droids
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    While the various models were used for shooting, the team continued to develop a remote-controlled, fully functioning BB-8. Eventually, they created their screen-accurate BB-8, and they debuted him at Stars Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015. 

    Two dedicated Star Wars fans created an in-depth website explaining exactly how BB-8 works.

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    5. For the scene where Harry accidentally uses an Inflation Charm on Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the production team spent four months creating a 50-pound inflation suit for actor Pam Ferris to wear.

    Aunt Marge inflates like a balloon and floats to the ceiling
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    In total, the suit consisted of three stages of prosthetics, pumps and de-gassing chambers for each layer, and expandable rubber bladders for her face.

    Digital effects were only used for some of her floating as well as wire removal.

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    6. For the White House explosion scene in Independence Day, the crew built a 1:24 scale model, filmed it at 300 frames per second instead of the standard 24, then slowed it down for the final cut.

    the White House implodes in a fireball
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    In a behind-the-scenes interview, effects supervisor Volker Engel said, "When the actual explosion takes place, it's over in a second. ... The whole thing looks 12 times slower in the end."

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    7. The Lord of the Rings trilogy used the optical illusion of forced perspective to make the hobbits look smaller than the other characters and creatures.

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    Director Peter Jackson utilized different-sized props for different actors, and he also positioned the actors playing hobbits at a specific angle to make them look smaller on camera. Additionally, the production team created moving sets, which moved in sync with the cameras to keep the same perspective throughout a shot. 

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    8. For the nut sorting room scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, director Tim Burton wanted 100 real-life squirrels, but he settled for 40, which animal trainers spent 19 weeks training.

    the squirrels sit on stools and sort nuts
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    Most of the squirrels came from animal rescues. Each one was given a name, such as Peter, Louise, Fred, and Slowpoke.

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    9. In Mad Max: Fury Road, the flame-throwing guitar that Coma the Doof warrior wields was both a fully operational flamethrower and a playable guitar, and the amp truck was also functional.

    the Doof warrior blasts fire from his guitar as he balances on the front of the Doof machine
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    iOTA, the performer and actor who played Coma, spent six weeks getting used to playing the guitar while blinded by makeup and tied with bungee cords as the truck drove at full speed. 

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    10. For Casino Royale, the stunt team wanted to emulate a rally car crash they'd seen online, so they set up an 18-inch ramp and fitted the car with a gas cannon to help it flip over — and the stunt driver broke the world record for most cannon rolls in a car.

    Bond swerves to avoid hitting Vesper
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    Initially, they only built an 8-inch ramp, but the Aston Martin DBS that had been custom made for the film was too stable, so they had to quite literally raise the stakes. 

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    11. In Interstellar, the robot TARS was a 200-pound mechanical puppet that voice actor Bill Irwin hauled around set.

    TARS interrogates Cooper
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    Visual effects supervisor Scott Fisher told Business Insider, "There’s a lot of trial and error as we built him to see what Bill could do and what he could handle and on different surfaces. ... In Iceland, we had to walk through...almost two feet of water. Each [surface] kind of had a different challenge. Some were kind of slippery. It was hard to move on those. He just had to figure out what was the right kind of tool for each situation."

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    12. Additionally, for Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan planted $100,000 worth of corn in western Canada to serve as a backdrop, then sold the crops for a profit.

    Joseph parks his truck outside the cornfield
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    He got advice on growing corn from fellow director Zack Snyder, who'd previously planted cornfields for Man of Steel.  

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    13. In Jurassic Park, the sick triceratops that Ellie Sattler interacts closely with is a gigantic puppet with hand-sculpted skin and control rods beneath its flanks.

    the team tends to a sick dinosaur that's laying on its side
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    In fact, most of the dinosaurs were created using practical effects, such as puppets and animatronics. In total, CGI was only used for six minutes of the film.

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    14. For the scene where Pepper Potts installs a new arc reactor in Tony Stark's chest in Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow performed the operation on a prosthetic chest while Robert Downey Jr. sat at a different angle to make it look like it was his actual body.

    Pepper reaches into the hole in Tony's chest and pulls out the old arc reactor
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    The light on the fake chest was used to mask the edges and create shadows to make it appear realistic. 

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    15. During the beach fight scene in Mission Impossible 2, the knife that Ambrose gets super close to Ethan Hunt's eye was real, and the only thing keeping it away from Tom Cruise's eye was a steel cable.

    the tip of the knife is so close to Ethan's eyeball that it could trim his eyelashes
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    The cable was measured to make sure it would stay an inch away from the actor's eyeball. 

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    16. For the views outside the Sky Tower in Oblivion, DP Claudio Miranda and director Joseph Kosinski created a projection system that involved 21 projects and a 500-foot screen.

    Jack tells Vika that they've been lied to
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    Miranda told Definition, "It’s the whole background and all in-camera which is something that is very unusual for this type of movie. Most people think that outside the Sky Tower is blue screen, but this is all in-camera projection."

    Check it out in the background of this scene:

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    17. In order to flip the semi truck in The Dark Knight, the visual effects team constructed a rig with a steel piston that — when triggered by a small explosion — would shoot out the back and flip the truck's bumper over its cab.

    the Joker's semi flips over in the middle of downtown Chicago
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    The piston was triggered by seasoned stunt driver Jim Wilkey, who sat in the steel-lined cab. Additionally, since the movie was filmed in Chicago, the team had to find a part of the street that didn't have any drains or wires that the truck could potentially damage.  

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    18. For the opening scene of The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan got permission to drop a real plane into the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland.

    what remains of the CIA plane falls as Bane hangs from his mercenaries' plane
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    The prop plane replaced the real South African EMB-110 that was used as the CIA plane in the scene. The stunt performers dropped down to the prop plane, which was towed by the mercenaries' plane.

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    19. The magic bathtub that Mary Poppins disappears into in Mary Poppins Returns had a slide hidden underneath the bubbles.

    Mary Poppins slides into the bubble bath
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    Emily Blunt fell into the tub backward, went down the slide, then landed — covered in bubbles! — on a mat.

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    20. The train chase scene in Skyfall was filmed on top of a train that was actually moving — and Daniel Craig and Ola Rapace did their own stunts.

    Bond holds Patrice down on the roof of the speeding train
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    They were attached to the train, which sped ahead at 40 mph, with safety wires.

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    21. For the Paris café explosion scene in Inception, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould set up air cannons to launch debris across the set.

    the debris flies across the café at Ariadne's command
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    Using a special camera, the scene was filmed at 1500 fps then seriously slowed down in post-production.

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    22. And finally, the hallway fight scene in Inception was filmed using a huge centrifuge that continually rotated the set.

    Arthur kicks off the wall as the hallway turns
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt spent two weeks getting used to the set and training with the wires. During filming, he sang Bach inside his head to help him hit the right marks.

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