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Dec 2, 2019

17 Bizarre Movie Facts That'll Change How You See Your Favorite Films

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Throughout the decade, we've asked the BuzzFeed Community for the most bizarre and interesting movie facts they know. Here are the wild and true results.

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

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Phoenix consulted with the same doctor who helped him lose weight for The Master. After filming ended on Joker, he gained 25 pounds back.

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2. In Now You See Me, Isla Fisher almost drowned in front of the whole cast and crew while filming an underwater magic trick in one scene.

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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." Luckily they were able to help.

3. 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.

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Jackson was specifically asked about this line in an interview, 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."

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4. 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.

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5. 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.

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Cooper worked on his character's voice for four hours a day. When 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."

6. 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.

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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."

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

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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 called and said, 'You’re doing Mamma Mia!' and hung up.'"

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

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9. 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 would be played in the actual movie.

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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 was listening to was "Visions of Gideon" by Sufjan Stevens.

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10. 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."

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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.”

11. 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.

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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 it, and the rest was history.

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12. 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 Maui...in a van.

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Pratt talked about the whole thing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying 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."

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

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Golding was a travel host 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.

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

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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."

15. For Get Out, Tiffany Haddish turned down Jordan Peele's offer to audition for the film because she refuses to be in scary movies.

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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."

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

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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.

The four cast members 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."

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

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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.”

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