12 Movie Facts Only True Fans Know About 5 2 3 29.7k Many people can’t imagine their lives without films, but only true fans know about the features of the cast, work peculiarities, funny moments, and other little and big secrets. For example, the first ever 3D film was shot in 1922, a dog called Indiana was Chewbacca’s prototype, and there’s a film that we’ll never see since it won’t be released until 2115. TrendsPoint shares some interesting movie facts that you probably didn’t know about.
Prop movie money isn’t allowed to be very realistic.
© Wojtek Laski / East News This rule varies from one country to another. For example, in the USA, fake cash has to be one-sided. The size also can’t be the same as real money: cash may be less than 75% or more than 150% of the size of a real bill. The risks of producing money that is too realistic were demonstrated during the filming of the 2001 movie Rush Hour 2 in Vegas. Some people attempted to spend the fake money they caught after the scene of an explosion at a casino.
There’s a Starbucks cup visible in every scene of Fight Club.
© Fight Club / 20th Century Fox This wasn’t just an example of product placement, it was also a hint that there were too many Starbucks coffee shops in Los Angeles. Filmmakers had nothing against Starbucks coffee, they just wanted to troll this successful company. By the way, Starbucks representatives got acquainted with the script and allowed them to use the brand in this way.
Most American films made before 1929 have been lost forever. The world’s first 3D film is among them.
© The Power of Love / Wikipedia Commons According to Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation (a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and the exhibition of restored and classic cinema), 90% of films made before 1929 are lost forever. And the world’s first 3D film, The Power of Love, is on this list of lost movies. In the picture above, you can see a shot from the film. It’s the only thing that we’ve managed to preserve. The film was made in 1922 with the help of the 2-camera, 2-projector Fairall-Elder stereoscopic format. The film utilized the red-and-green anaglyph system for the 3D experience and also gave the audience the option of viewing 1 of 2 different endings to the film by looking through only the red or green lens of the spectacles, depending on whether the viewer wanted to see a happy or tragic ending. Unfortunately, both versions are presumed lost.
There’s a belief that the Academy Award is named Oscar because the rear end of the statue reminded actress Bette Davis of her husband.
© Capital Pictures / East News © Michael Caulfield / ASSOCIATED PRESS / East News The award got its name in 1939. Before 1939, all winners used to get an unnamed statuette. Who came up with the “Oscar” name? There are several theories that answer this question. According to the first one, the name was granted in honor of one of Bette Davis’ husbands (you can see her in the photo.) Bette claimed she named it “Oscar” because the rear end of the statue reminded her of her husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson, when he got out of the shower in the morning. According to another version, former Academy librarian and later executive director Margaret Herrick took a look at the statue and said, “It’s my uncle Oscar!” In reality, Oscar Pierce was Margaret’s second cousin, not her uncle. The third version claims that the statue got its name thanks to columnist Sidney Skolsky who got tired of writing about “the gold statue of the academy” and decided to give it a name. By the way, this theory isn’t considered to be truthful since Walt Disney mentioned “Oscar” in 1934, a year before Skolsky’s article was published.
A real person inspired DreamWorks to create the image of Shrek.
© irvingpenn.org © Shrek/ Dream Works Pictures Maurice Tillet, also known as The French Angel, was Shrek’s prototype. He was born in 1903 in Russia. At the age of 17, he noticed swelling in his body and was diagnosed with a rare disease, resulting in bone overgrowth. The boy had an attractive appearance which is why he was nicknamed “The Angel.” What’s more, it’s known that he could speak at least 16 foreign languages. Stein’s original illustrations of Shrek didn’t draw comparisons to Tillet, but the final DreamWorks version did.
In cinema, there’s a term called “idiot plot.”
© Dumb and Dumber / New Line Cinema © Capital Pictures / East News The term “idiot plot” comes from literary criticism. The idiot plot is “a plot which is kept in motion solely by virtue of the fact that everybody involved is an idiot and where the story would otherwise be over if this were not the case.” There’s also the term “second-order idiot plot.” Damon Knight, a science fiction writer and the creator of the term, said, “The second-order idiot plot is a plot in which not merely the principals, but everybody in the whole society has to be a grade-A idiot, or the story couldn’t happen.”
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was against The Shawshank Redemption because of a worm.
© The Shawshank Redemption / Columbia Pictures / Warner Bros. © Capital Pictures / East News In the film, there’s a scene where the only animal of the film — a bird — is fed with a worm found on the plate of the main character. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the filmmakers they could only use an already dead worm that died of natural causes. In spite of the fact that wild birds don’t usually wait until worms die to eat them, the already dead maggot was found and the real one was replaced. By the way, some people care about animals that no longer exist. For example, some individuals think that Steven Spielberg created Jurassic Park using real dinosaurs and even “killed” some of them.
16-year-old Judy Garland was forced to starve and smoke cigarettes so that she wouldn’t gain weight during The Wizard of Oz shooting.
© The Wizard of Oz / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer © Capital Pictures / East News Unfortunately, it was a normal thing for Hollywood at that time. Film studios used to exploit actors and controlled their life (from their diet to their personal affairs.) Judy Garland used to maintain healthy weight, but the studio wanted her to be skinnier, so she started to only eat a small bowl of soup and a plate of salad per day. She was also forced to smoke to suppress her appetite and, according to her memoirs, Garland and other young actors were forced to take amphetamines to keep them awake so studios could make more movies. After their work day, they were sent to the studio’s hospital where they had to take barbiturates so that they could fall asleep before the next work day. All these things affected the actress’ health and appearance and were probably the reason why she passed away too soon.
George Lucas’ dog was named Indiana and she was Chewbacca’s prototype.
© Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Indiana Jones DVD Boxset / Lucasfilm © Wookipedia George Lucas said, “I had an Alaskan Malamute when I was writing the film. A very sweet dog, she would always sit next to me when I was writing. And when I’d drive around, she’d sit in the front seat. A Malamute is a very large dog — like 130 pounds, bigger than a human being, and very long-haired. Having her with me all the time inspired me to give Han Solo a sidekick who was like a big, furry dog. Not quite like a dog, but more intelligent.” Of course, Indiana also became the source of Indiana Jones’ name.
Benedict Cumberbatch is related to Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
© ANGELA WEISS / AFP / East News © Fine Art Images / Image State / East News Arthur Conan Doyle created a character that was later played by his distant relative. Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Arthur have one ancestor — John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster the 3rd of 5 surviving sons of King Edward III of England who lived in the 14th century. John of Gaunt was Doyle’s 15th great-grandfather and Cumberbatch’s 17th great-grandfather. What’s more, Benedict also played Richard III who he’s related to as well, according to the genealogists at the University of Leicester. He also has more indirect links to both Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Jane Grey through other ancestors in his family tree.
Though Marilyn Monroe was considered to be a plus-size girl, some skinny women can’t even fit into her clothes.
© Julien’s Auctions / Ferrari Press / EAST NEWS © Evening Standard / eye vine / EAST NEWS © KANA BETANCUR / AFP / East News Marilyn’s plumpness is just a myth since many people have only seen her in Some Like It Hot. In this movie, Monroe was pregnant (unfortunately, all her pregnancies ended in a miscarriage), that’s why she weighed a bit more. Available documentation verifies Marilyn’s dimensions: 36-24-34. Let’s admit that these numbers aren’t even near plus-size dimensions. Marylin’s clothes sold at auctions and displayed in museums prove she wasn’t that large. What’s more, the 50s size 12 (which Monroe used to wear) is equal to the modern size 6.
Robert Rodriguez and John Malkovich made a film that will be released in 2115.
© 100 Years / Wikipedia Commons The slogan of the film says, “The movie you will never see.” It’s a sad but true fact: no one who is alive now will see this science fiction film. But why 100 years? The thing is, the film was created in collaboration with a company that belongs to Rémy Martin, a French firm that produces and sells cognac. It takes about 100 years for a bottle of Louis XIII Cognac to be released to consumers. The film is to be released on November 18, 2115 — the same day when the cognac is to be released. The plot is a closely held secret, but there are 3 teaser trailers: Retro, Nature, and Future. They don’t show any scenes from the film but depict 3 possible scenarios of the future. 1000 guests from around the world, including Malkovich and Rodriguez, have received a pair of invitation tickets made of metal for the premiere, which they can hand down to their descendants. Which fact is the most interesting? Would you like to see 100 Years? Preview photo credit irvingpenn.org, Shrek/ Dream Works Pictures