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57 Cool And Bizarre Movie Facts You Probably Never Knew Before

Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and recorded 85% of his lines before his death, so Mike Myers insisted they rewrite the entire script before agreeing to replace him.

Throughout the years, we've asked the BuzzFeed Community for the coolest and wildest movie facts they know. Here are the fascinating and true results.

🚨 Spoilers ahead! 🚨Also, not all submissions are from Community users.

1. In Now You See Me, Isla Fisher almost drowned in front of the entire cast and crew while filming a scene with an underwater magic trick.

Isla Fisher trapped submerged in water in a cage in "Now You See Me"
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In the scene, Fisher's character was chained and submerged in a tank of water. Her cuffs had quick-release magnetic chains, which should have given her an easy escape. However, "the chain that went between my legs couldn't be broken, and it got stuck." Fisher said the crew didn't catch on right away because "everyone just thought I was doing fabulous acting."

2. Flynn Rider's appearance for Tangled was designed during a "Hot Guy Meeting" where women from the studio picked out their favorite physical attributes from pictures of Hollywood's leading men.

A side-by-side of Flynn Rider and a post-it note from Disney's "hot guy" meeting
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Directors Nathan Greno and Bryon Howard described the whole process, saying, "When we were designing the character, we were trying to get the look down, so one of the things we did was bring a lot of the females in from the building. We wanted this guy to be really, really handsome, so we put up photos all over the walls of the most handsome men in all of Hollywood history and sort of picked out which features sort of worked best. We just listened and let the women have at it. In the end, we put all this stuff together, so he's this very handsome fellow."

3. Julie Andrews was actually flung into the mud every single time the helicopter passed her while filming that iconic hilltop scene in The Sound of Music.

Julie Andrews on "The Tonight Show" talking about the opening shot of "The Sound of Music"
NBC / 20th Century Fox

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A camera operator was strapped to a helicopter in order to get the shot. It had been raining all day, and they shot the scene half a dozen times. Julie Andrews revealed that "every time the helicopter had finished, it went around me, but the downdraft from the jet engines just flung me into the grass."

4. In Joker, Joaquin Phoenix lost 52 pounds to play the role of Arthur Fleck.

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Joaquin Phoenix consulted with the same doctor who helped him lose weight for his performance in The Master. He lost a total of 52 pounds to play the Joker, and when filming ended, he quickly gained 25 pounds back.

5. In The Incredibles 2, Frozone's wife (Honey) was set to finally make an appearance, but they unfortunately cut her scene for two key reasons.

Frozone and a drawing of what his wife was supposed to look like
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According to writer-director Brad Bird, the scene with Honey (which would have occurred in the opening fight sequence) was cut because "one, we felt like we stayed away from the big action scene too long and that we were killing the momentum we were gaining by having the big action scene; and two, we decided the off-camera-ness of it is part of the joke, and then Honey can kinda be anyone you imagine her to be."

6. Gene Wilder read the script for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and only agreed to play the part if his character could limp out of the factory and then do a somersault.

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Wilder loved the script but felt like something was missing, and he thought he had the perfect solution: "If I play that part, I want to come out with a cane and there's something wrong with my leg and I come down the stairs slowly and then have the cane stick into one of the bricks that are down there and then get up, start to fall over, then roll around and then they all laugh and applaud." His reasoning for this was simple: "I knew that from that time on, no one would know if I was lying or telling the truth."

7. In It: Chapter Two, a record 5,000 gallons of fake blood (the most for any movie ever) were used to shoot that iconic bathroom scene.

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To get the shot just right, Jessica Chastain basically had to bathe in a kiddie pool of fake blood, which she said was freezing.

8. Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek, and he even recorded most of his lines for the movie before his death.

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Chris Farley recorded about 85% of his lines before dying in December of 1997. There was talk about having someone impersonate Farley for the remaining 15%, but they ultimately brought in Mike Myers to do his own version: "We spent a year banging our heads against the wall until Mike Myers came on board. Chris’s Shrek and Mike’s Shrek are really two completely different characters, as much as Chris and Mike are two completely different people. Myers asked that the script be completely rewritten so that he wouldn’t be starring in the Chris Farley version of the film.”

9. In La La Land, writer-director Damien Chazelle actually incorporated Ryan Gosling's worst audition experience into the movie.

Emma Stone during an audition in "La La Land"
Summit Entertainment

Gosling revealed that he once auditioned in front of a group of people who were so uninterested in his emotional scene — tears were literally coming down his face during the performance — that one of them answered a phone call in the middle of it and walked out. Chazelle put that into the script, to which Gosling responded: "It’s wonderfully realized by Emma. It was actually cathartic to see up there.”

10. Sylvester Stallone wanted to make sure the boxing scenes looked so real in Rocky IV that he instructed Dolph Lundgren to actually hit him. A punch to the chest left Stallone in the ICU for nine days.

The end fight of Rocky vs. Drago in "Rocky IV"
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During the shoot, Stallone pulled Lundgren aside and said, "Just go out there and try to clock me." Lundgren listened, and later that day Stallone knew something was wrong. He played back the footage and realized one of Lundgren's uppercuts did him in. According to the doctors, the punch was so powerful that it "caught the ribs and hit the heart against the ribcage."

11. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Samuel L. Jackson improvised the iconic "Bitch, please. You've been to space" rebuttal after Peter claimed he was just a neighborhood Spider-Man.

Peter Parker talking to Nick Fury in "Spider-Man: Far From Home"

Jackson was specifically asked about this line in an interview because it was so good, and he couldn't 100% verify if it was in the script or not, but then Jake Gyllenhaal chimed in and said, "It was improvised. I'm here to attest that was improvised."

12. Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds' dancing so much while filming Singin' in the Rain that she once hid from everyone under a piano, crying.

Debbie Reynold's singing and dancing with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in "Singin' in the Rain"

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Reynolds only had a few months to learn what Kelly had been doing his whole life, yet he "came to rehearsals and criticized everything I did and never gave me a word of encouragement." She also worked so hard that her feet literally started bleeding.

One day, she had enough and hid under a piano on the studio lot, crying, and Fred Astaire found her. He started working with her on the dance routines: "I watched in awe as Fred worked on his routines to the point of frustration and anger. I realized that if it was hard for Fred Astaire, dancing was hard for everyone."

13. In Call Me by Your Name, Timothée Chalamet wore an earpiece while shooting the fireplace scene so he could listen and react to the song that was played in the actual movie.

Elio staring at the fire and crying at the end of the movie
Sony Pictures Classics

In the DVD commentary, Chalamet revealed that he had an earpiece in his right ear that was ultimately CGI'd out. He said it was "a little bit like an acting exercise to be playing what the music is making you feel," which helped him mirror the structure of the scene. The song he listened to was "Visions of Gideon" by Sufjan Stevens.

14. Jackie Cooper couldn't make himself cry while filming a particular scene in Skippy, so the director threatened to have Cooper's dog killed if he couldn't produce tears.

Jackie Cooper crying at the end of "Skippy"
Paramount Pictures

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The film's director, Norman Taurog, was also Cooper's uncle. Cooper wrote in his autobiography that the whole exchange was traumatizing for him: "I could visualize my dog, bloody from that one awful shot. I began sobbing so hysterically that it was almost too much for the scene. [Taurog] had to quiet me down by saying perhaps my dog had survived the shot, that if I hurried and calmed down a little and did the scene the way he wanted, we would go see if my dog was still alive.”

Cooper earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in 1931. He was 9 years old. To this day, he's still the youngest nominee for Best Actor in the history of the Academy Awards.

15. In Candyman, Tony Todd had to fill his mouth with real bees during that trademark scene, and he got stung several times because of it.

Tony Todd with bees all over his mouth and face
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Todd also wore a mouth guard to keep the bees from crawling down the back of his throat.

16. In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher was basically forced to be in the sequel by the head of Universal Studios.

Cher in "Mamma Mia 2" and her winning her Oscar for "Moonstruck"
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She recalled the events, saying, "I’ve never planned a single thing in my entire life. It’s like this ABBA album. I did the film. I didn’t ask to do it. My friend Ronnie Meyer (the then-president of Universal Studios) called and said, 'You’re doing Mamma Mia!' and hung up.'"

17. Cleopatra was one of the most expensive movies to ever be made. It had an original budget of $5 million, but after two years the film still wasn't finished, and more money kept being put into it, totaling over $370 million by today's standards.

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The movie almost bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Filming began in September of 1960, but "two years later the film was not yet finished, and Fox executive Darryl F. Zanuck said the cost was $35 million, though Variety later estimated that the true figure was closer to $44 million."

18. For A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper spent six months with a dialect coach trying to imitate Sam Elliott's voice...before he even knew Elliott was going to be cast as his onscreen brother.

Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott in "A Star Is Born"
Warner Bros. Pictures

Bradley Cooper worked on his character's voice for four hours each day. When Sam Elliott agreed to be in the film, Cooper responded, "Thank god he said yes, because I would have had to rewrite the whole thing. Six months of work on my voice would have gone down the drain."

19. Buster Keaton fractured his neck while performing a stunt in Sherlock Jr., but he didn't realize it until years later.


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In the scene, a flood of water was supposed to fall on him from a water tower. The force was so strong that he literally broke his neck.

20. Writer-director Jordan Peele revealed that the single leather glove each Tethered person wore in Us was a nod to three key figures: O.J. Simpson, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Jackson.

Lupita Nyong'o in "Us" as the character Red
Monkeypaw Productions

21. In Thor: Ragnarok, the "He's a friend from work!" line was actually improvised by a kid from Make-a-Wish who was visiting the set that day.

Thor recognizing Hulk in "Thor: Ragnarok"

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You probably know that a lotttttt of Thor: Ragnarok's dialogue was improvised, but one of the most famous lines from the film was actually ad-libbed by a child. Chris Hemsworth recalled the event, saying, “We had a young kid, a Make-a-Wish kid on set that day. He goes, ‘You know, you should say, ‘He’s a friend from work!'” Everyone loved the suggestion, and the rest was history.

22. Lon Chaney, who played the title characters in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, did his own makeup for the roles.

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Chaney acted in more than 150 films and was also recognized as one of the best makeup artists in the business. He even wrote the entry for 'make-up' in the 1929 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

23. The Princess Diaries was actually produced by Whitney Houston.

The credits of "The Princess Diaries" and an interview between Whitney Houston and Anne Hathaway
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And the movie's sequel was even co-written by Shonda Rhimes.

24. In Home Alone, that picture of Buzz's girlfriend was actually a picture of the art director's son wearing a wig.

Kevin looking at a picture of Buzz's girlfriend and being grossed out
20th Century Fox

Devin Ratray, the actor who played Buzz, admitted that the girl in the picture was actually the son of the movie's art director: "[They] decided it would be unkind to put a girl in that role of just being funny-looking. The art director had a son who was more than willing to volunteer for the part. I think if he had known it would become the highest-grossing family comedy of all time, he might have had second thoughts about it."

25. For Moonlight, Naomie Harris had only three days to shoot all of her scenes because of visa issues. Still, her performance was so good that she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Naomie Harris on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show

In an interview, Harris revealed that she "couldn't get a visa to come and film [in America], so that was a problem." It was ultimately resolved at the last minute, and she claimed this actually helped her performance: "I didn't have any time to kind of get in my head. I was just doing it. I wasn't, like, waiting around in my trailer, thinking, 'Oh my god, I've got an emotional scene to do today.' I just had to get on and do it and work."

26. In A Quiet Place, Millicent Simmonds made onscreen father John Krasinski cry with a simple suggestion to the script: signing "I have always loved you" instead of "I love you" before his character gets killed.

Jonh Krasinski's character using ASL at the end of "A Quiet Place"
Paramount Pictures

In an interview, Simmonds explained why she thought the change was necessary, saying, "At the end when he signs, ‘I love you,' I said I think he needs to say, ‘I’ve always loved you.’ Because that covers the difficult period. Then when I suggested that, he cried.”

27. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Chris Pratt had a full-circle moment because the movie (which earned him $10 million) was filmed in Maui, Hawaii, and just 20 years earlier he was living in a van.

Side-by-side of Chris Pratt with his van and then him in Hawaii shooting "Jurassic World 2"
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Chris Pratt talked about the whole thing during an interview and said that he and another person lived together in a van for almost a year, and going back to film the Jurassic World sequel was "so surreal and one of those weird, full-circle things that happens in life."

28. Henry Golding almost turned down the main role in Crazy Rich Asians because he thought it called for a "legitimate actor," and that just wasn't him.

Henry Golding in "Crazy Rich Asians"
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Golding was a host on travel shows for seven years. Crazy Rich Asians was going to be his first movie ever, so when they offered him the chance to audition, he thought, "Oh my god. I've heard of this, but it's for someone else who's a legitimate actor that the studio is going to gamble on."

29. In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Michael Caine insisted that the only way he'd play Scrooge was if he pretended like the Muppets were real people and that he was acting in the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Scrooge confronting a Muppet in his office
Buena Vista Pictures / Jim Henson Productions

Before shooting, director Brian Henson (Jim Henson's son) met with Michael Caine to talk about how he might portray Scrooge in the film. Caine said, "I'm going to play this movie like I'm working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I will never wink. I will never do anything Muppet-y. I am going to play Scrooge as if it is an utterly dramatic role and there are no puppets around me."

30. Jason Statham almost drowned at the bottom of the Black Sea after a stunt went wrong while filming The Expendables 3.

Jason Statham telling the story on "The Tonight Show"

He was driving a giant truck for a stunt, and the brakes didn't work. He went over the edge of a cliff inside the truck, and water started pouring through the open windows. Luckily he made it out alive.

31. In Hostel, writer-director Eli Roth came up with the premise for the film after discovering a Thai website where people can pay to torture and kill another human.


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Roth was talking to a friend about the worst, sickest things they'd ever seen on the internet. "He told me about this website, in Thailand, where for $10,000 you could shoot someone in the head...I thought it would be a great subject to do a documentary on, but I thought, ‘Do I want these people knowing where I live?’ If it’s real, they’ve got my address, and if it’s fake, they’ve probably run off with my credit card!"

32. Tiffany Haddish turned down Jordan Peele's offer to audition for Get Out because she refuses to be in scary movies.

Tiffany Haddish on Stephen Colbert's talk show and Betty Gabriel in "Get Out"
CBS / Blumhouse Pictures

Tiffany Haddish had worked with the writer-director before, so he sent her the script and asked her to audition for the movie. Her response was pretty simple: "I don't do scary movies, dog. I don't do that. You know, that's demonized kind of stuff. I don't let that in my house...I don't want to get no curses. People already curse me out enough as it is."

33. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark's entire death scene was completely made up on the spot.

Pepper saying her final goodbye to Tony Stark

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Tom Holland revealed in an interview that only a few people were on the set to film Stark's death scene: Kevin Feige (Marvel's president), the Russo brothers (the directors), Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., and himself. They showed up to the set and were given a loose outline of what was going to be shot: "They kind of told us what was going to happen — or what they wanted to happen — and then we just sort of improvised." Holland said it was a "really, really interesting way to shoot such a pivotal scene in the movie."

34. In Die Hard, Bruce Willis's role was actually offered to 73-year-old Frank Sinatra first. Sinatra was contractually obligated to get first dibs because he starred in the film's prequel in 1968.

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In 1968, Frank Sinatra starred in a movie called The Detective, which was based on a book. Over a decade later, a sequel to that book was published. That new book was the inspiration for the 1988 movie Die Hard, which technically made it a sequel to Sinatra's movie. Because Sinatra starred in that first movie, he was contractually obligated to get first dibs on the sequel. He was 73 at the time, so he graciously turned down the role.

35. While filming on location for The African Queen, everyone on the set (including Katharine Hepburn) got dysentery from drinking contaminated water...

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They all took huge precautions to avoid getting sick...all the water came from bottles, and it was also boiled and treated with water purifier tablets. However, people still got sick.

36. ...Well, everyone except Humphrey Bogart and director John Huston, simply because they drank nothing but scotch on set.

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In Huston's autobiography, he said he and Bogart seemed to be immune to the illness. He accredited it to the fact that they "always drank scotch with our water."

37. Stanley Kubrick destroyed almost all of his props and sets from 2001: A Space Odyssey because he didn't want them to be used in any lesser science fiction films.

The Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle landing in "2001: A Space Odyssey"

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A model of one of the shuttles from 2001: A Space Odyssey was bought for $344,000 at an auction in 2015. According to the auction house that sold the prop to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was so expensive because "it’s one of the few props left from the 1968 film. Director Stanley Kubrick reportedly destroyed almost all of the props, sets, models, and costumes so that they could not be used in other productions."

38. Megan Mullally was fired from her role in Finding Nemo for refusing to do her high-pitched Karen Walker voice from Will & Grace.

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According to Mullally, the studio originally agreed that she could do whatever voice she wanted for the undisclosed character, but as time went on they kept requesting the one she used for Will & Grace. She refused, so they fired her.

39. In Batman Returns, Michelle Pfeiffer literally had to be vacuum-sealed into her Catwoman costume, which made it very difficult to move and breathe.

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She described the process as one of the most uncomfortable things she's ever done: "They had to powder me down, help me inside, and then vacuum-pack the suit. They'd paint it with a silicon-based finish to give it its trademark shine. I had those claws, and I was always catching them in things. The face mask was smashing my face and choking me."

40. Ralph Nelson, the producer-director for Lilies of the Field, had to use his house as collateral in order to get the movie made.

Sidney Poitier talking to a nun in "Lilies of the Field"
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United Artists, the production company, would only give him $250,000 to make the picture. Because of this, Nelson managed to shoot the whole thing in just 14 days.

41. Additionally, Sidney Poitier gave up his usual salary in exchange for a percentage of the movie's profits in order to make Lilies of the Field.

Side-by-sides of Sidney Poitier in "Lilies of the Field" and him accepting his Oscar on stage
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This worked in Poitier's favor, ultimately earning him an Academy Award for Best Actor. He was only the second Black person to ever win an Oscar, the first being Hattie McDaniel for Gone With the Wind.

42. Jodi Benson recorded "Part of Your World" for The Little Mermaid in a dark, isolated sound booth to help produce a more lonely and intimate tone in her voice that Ariel would be feeling in the scene.

Jodi Benson singing in the recording booth
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This was actually a pretty intense and frustrating process because they wanted to get the emotion behind her voice justttt right.

43. In Get Out, most of that iconic "Give me the keys, Rose!" scene was made up that day while shooting.

Chris yelling for the car keys in "Get Out"
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In an interview, Daniel Kaluuya revealed that there was actually a good amount of improvisation in Get Out, especially in the scene with the major plot twist: "I couldn’t do that scene the way it was scripted, really. That was something that we kind of made up. When he was asking Rose to give me the keys, all that stuff was made up in a day. It just felt natural because what was scripted didn’t feel right in the space it was in, and Jordan [Peele] allowed us to do that. He was open enough to see that."

44. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were consistently forced to take "pep pills" and sleeping pills so they could work three days straight and then crash for a few hours before filming more scenes.

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney as teens together, then them as adults together

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This unfortunately happened with a lot of Old Hollywood actors, but most people associate it with Judy Garland. As her star power grew, the MGM studio doctors started prescribing her pills to "control both her weight and her energy levels."

Garland told biographer Paul Donnelley that the studio gave her and Mickey Rooney the pills "to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted, then knock us out with sleeping pills, then after four hours they’d wake us up and give us the pep pills again so we could work 72 hours in a row. Half of the time we were hanging from the ceiling, but it was a way of life for us.”

45. In Hocus Pocus, the main role of Max almost went to Leonardo DiCaprio, but he backed out to film two other movies.

Leo DiCaprio in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and Omri Katz in "Hocus Pocus"
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Director Kenny Ortega recalled Leo's audition, saying, "He’s just the most sincere and most centered and a wild child at the same time. He was feeling awkward and was like, ‘I just feel really bad being here because I’m up for two other movies and I really want them both and I don’t want to lead you on.’" DiCaprio ended up booking both of those films (This Boy's Life and What's Eating Gilbert Grape), resulting in his first Oscar nomination. The role of Max in Hocus Pocus went to Omri Katz.

46. In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell's chest was waxed for the very first time, and he didn't think it was going to hurt, so all of his reactions were genuine.

Steve Carell getting his chest waxed
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Before shooting the scene, he said, "I'm sure most of what I'm going to be doing out there is acting and not reacting...I'm not going to try to imagine the pain, because I'm sure what I can imagine will be worse than what I'm going to experience." He was wrong.

47. In Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, live birds were tied to Tippi Hedren and also thrown at her while filming that infamous attic scene.

A scene from "The Birds" where Hedren's character gets pecked and attacked in the attic
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Hedren was originally told that the birds would be fake, but there were mechanical issues, so real birds had to be swapped in. Upon visiting the set and seeing the filming circumstances, Cary Grant said to Hedren, "You’re the bravest woman I’ve ever seen."

48. In Black Panther, Winston Duke randomly decided to make barking sounds to assert M'Baku's power when Martin Freeman's character tried to step in.

M'Baku sitting on his thrown and making barking noises

Director Ryan Coogler said in the DVD commentary that the improvised animal sounds were a perfect ad-lib because the character of Ross was "very powerful where he's from, so there's this idea to kind of get in there and talk and mix it up, but this was M'Baku's way to say 'nah, I'm not talking to you right now.'"

49. Due to a miscommunication on the set of The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell accidentally smashed a 140-year-old antique guitar instead of the prop.

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In the scene, you can see Jennifer Jason Leigh break character and scream and look at the crew because she was in disbelief when the antique guitar – which was supposed to be swapped out with a prop in between takes – got smashed.

The old guitar, which was made in 1870, was actually on loan from a museum. Dick Boak, the museum's director, changed their policy because of this mishap and said, "As a result of the incident, the company will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstances."

50. A lot of Tiana's personal quirks and physical features in The Princess and the Frog were actually based on Anika Noni Rose, who voiced and sang for her in the movie.

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According to Mark Henn, one of Disney's supervising animators, some of Tiana's looks were based on Jaimie Milner, an intern in the post production department (they even took pictures of her to help get the hair just right, for reference). But when it came time to actually develop more prominent features and the likeness of the character, the animators looked directly at Anika Noni Rose. For example, they gave Tiana dimples and even made her left-handed because Rose has dimples and is left-handed.

51. The Conquerer was filmed extremely close to nuclear testing grounds, but the government said it would be safe to shoot there. Years later, many of the cast and crew developed some type of cancer from radiation exposure.

John Wayne in "The Conquerer"
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The movie was filmed near a nuclear weapons testing site in the Utah desert, and even though the government said it would be safe, the cast and crew were still exposed to radiation. It also didn't help that 60 tons of dirt from the location were later shipped to Hollywood for reshoots.

There were about 220 cast and crew members on location. Ninety-one of them developed some type of cancer within the next two decades, People magazine reported in 1980, and 46 died from the disease, including John Wayne. "In a group this size, you’d expect only 30-some cancers to develop. With 91, I think the tie-in to their exposure on the set would hold up even in a court of law," a university director of radiological health said to People.

52. Angela Lansbury recorded the song "Beauty and the Beast" in a single take, even after staying up all night on a flight.

Angela Lansbury singing on stage for the ballroom scene in "Beauty and the Beast" / Disney

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Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle, revealed what happened in an interview, saying: “I remember the day we were in the recording studio with the amazing Broadway singers in the background chorus and the amazing orchestra. And then Ms. Lansbury – who I have admired my whole life – came in after being up all night...and was a trooper. We were all worried she would be too exhausted, and then she comes out and sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in one take.”

53. In order to make The Nightmare Before Christmas, it took the 120-person crew an entire week to produce just one minute of stop-motion footage.

Someone on set holding the Jack Skellington puppet
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Henry Selick, the director of the film, revealed that it took over three years to shoot everything, and they used 20 different sound stages: "I was on the film for three-and-a-half years. The stop-motion animation took about 18 months, but with pre-production, where you storyboarded every single shot, it did add up. At its peak, it was about 120 people working on it, and we had between 12–17 animators on the job."

54. In Jingle all the Way, the whole premise of the movie was actually inspired by the Cabbage Patch Kids craze from the Christmas season of 1983, when parents were literally fighting at stores to get their children these dolls.

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In 1983, parents were camping out at stores to make sure they got their children Cabbage Patch Kids for Christmas. When doors opened to stores, adults would get into physical fights over the dolls, and some people were even trampled on, resulting in broken bones.

55. While filming Move Over Darling, James Garner picked up Doris Day from the ground and accidentally broke two of her ribs.

James Garner picking up Doris Day in the movie
20th Century Fox

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Doris Day said that James Garner was so big and strong that he "picked me up under his arm a little too enthusiastically and cracked a couple of my ribs. I made that movie mummified with adhesive tape, which made it difficult to breathe and painful to laugh." The two remained friends for years, and she even joked about the incident with him later on, saying, "Jim, if we don't speak for a while, I forgive you for breaking my ribs. Both of them. Don't give it another thought."

56. Steven Spielberg refused to collect a paycheck for Schindler's List, saying it would have been "blood money" and that all profits should be returned to the Jewish community.

A shot of the little girl in her red coat from "Schindler's List," and a shot of Spielberg accepting his Oscar
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Spielberg said that he always planned on giving away the money he made from Schindler's List to help support the Jewish community: "I'm committed to Holocaust education. But I wanted to strengthen the Jewish community as it is today, to engage Jewish youth, to support the arts, to promote tolerance, and to strengthen the commitment to social justice."

57. And finally, the Genie from Aladdin was literally created for Robin Williams. They even animated Williams as the character to help convince him to accept the role.

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Directors Ron Clements and John Musker wanted so badly for Robin Williams to play the Genie that they literally wrote the role with him in mind. They even animated lines from one of his old comedy albums as if the Genie was performing them as a way to convince Williams to accept the role.

Eric Goldberg, the supervising animator for Genie, said that the character totally embodied Robin Williams. In fact, Williams took the script and made it his own, often going off-book: "We didn't expect him to come back with all the celebrity impressions the first time we recorded him, so we re-adapted. We incorporated Robin's riffs into the fabric of the film."

After Robin Williams' death in 2014, Goldberg tearfully reminisced about his relationship with Williams on the film, saying, "He was a real-life Genie, and, boy, did he grant our wishes."