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    23 Interesting Facts About "Matilda" That Will Make You Want To Watch The Movie All Over Again

    There's nothing like a good book and even greater facts!

    It's been 26 years since Matilda debuted in theaters and took the world by storm, so we're going to celebrate with some cool facts you may or may not know about the movie!

    1. Matilda was almost prohibited from being made.

    A poster for the film

    2. Danny DeVito did more than star in the film.

    Danny DeVito stands next to a camera

    3. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were considered for the role of Matilda.

    The twins sitting on a couch as their picture is taken

    4. Mariska Hargitay and more were in line to play Miss Honey.

    Mariska, Winona Ryder and Rosie O'Donnell

    5. Robert De Niro and other big names were also in line to play Harry Wormwood.

    De Niro, Tim Allen, and John Goodman

    6. Miss Trunchbull had the completely opposite effect on kids when the cameras weren't rolling.

    Pam as Trunchbull leaning against a car

    7. Mara Wilson got extra creative on set.

    Matilda in bed holding the doll

    8. Speaking of dolls, the name behind Miss Honey's little companion holds a special meaning.

    Miss Honey's doll amid tree branches

    9. Harry's hat was held down by his own weight.

    Danny DeVito as Harry sitting in a chair and wearing a hat as Matilda looks on

    10. Producers used detachable braids during the hair-spinning scene between Miss Trunchbull and Amanda Thripp.

    11. Transforming Pam Ferris into Miss Trunchbull was a challenge for the makeup artist.

    Close-up of Pam as Trunchbull

    12. Bruce Bogtrotter ate a lot of cake on set.

    13. And all that that cake eating almost didn't make it into the film.

    14. Mara Wilson's mom died before Matilda was released.

    15. DeVito showed Wilson's mom an unofficial copy of Matilda before she died.

    DeVito pointing at Wilson in the movie

    16. The portrait of Miss Honey's dad is actually of a real person.

    Miss Honey and Matilda looking at a portrait resting on its side

    17. Wilson was really nervous to film the "Little Bitty Pretty One" dance scene.

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    “I’ve never been really comfortable dancing, so I felt very nervous about doing the dancing scene," Wilson told Uproxx. "So I went up to Danny and I told him, ‘Look, I feel really nervous about this scene,’ and he said, ‘Okay, the deal is that day, if you’re on set today, you have to dance. Everybody has to dance.’ So the whole cast and crew was dancing, everybody was dancing, as soon as the music went on, and it was just like they were having a big dance party. Even my mom was dancing on the sidelines.”

    18. The squint Matilda did before she used her powers had a special name on set.

    Close-up of Mara as Matilda

    19. The chalk really was floating in the air during the blackboard scene.

    A blackboard with writing on it, including "Agatha, this is Magnus; give my little bumblebee her house and her money"

    20. Ferris almost lost part of her finger while filming.

    Mrs. Trunchbull pointing at Amanda

    21. Ferris went on to play another villainous character involved with kids who had special powers.

    Aunt Marge inflated

    22. Arnold Schwarzenegger almost made a cameo.

    Arnold smiling

    23. Lastly, Matilda actually loses her powers in the book.

    Mara sitting in a large chair while holding the book

    Which fact were you most surprised by? Tell us in the comments below!

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