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STRANGE MOVIE FACTS!

Posted on April 30th, 2013
Posted on April 30th, 2013

By Coop Cooper

  • Vince Vaughn, Matthew Perry, Harold Lloyd, Daryl Hannah, Telly Savalas, Christian Bale, Buster Keaton, Lee Van Cleef, James Doohan, Danny Thomas, Denzel Washington and Megan Fox all have something in common… They went through great pains to disguise their missing or deformed fingers from their fans.

  • In order to film the famous ‘burning of Atlanta’ scene in “Gone with the Wind,” the studio torched the sets from “King Kong” (1933), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1936), and “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (1936).

  • A fire set for the film “There Will Be Blood” sent up so much smoke that it interrupted a whole day’s worth of shooting on “No Country For Old Men” which was filming nearby.

  • Buddy Ebsen of “The Beverly Hillbillies” fame nearly starred as the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz” but had to drop out after suffering a near-fatal allergic reaction to the aluminum powder makeup used to make his skin look metallic.

  • A boat explosion in the film “Viking” (1931) claimed a record twenty seven lives, including the director and cinematographer. Nearly 100 horses were killed in the silent 1926 version of “Ben Hur” during the chariot race scenes. In “Charge of the Light Brigade” (1936), the number of horse deaths are rumored to be over 200.

  • In the film “Alien,” the actors (besides John Hurt) had no idea what was supposed to happen when the alien first emerges during the dinner scene. When the alien suddenly bursted from Hurt’s chest, the actors were showered with blood and animal entrails. Their screams and horrified reactions were genuine. Actress Veronica Cartwright collapsed and actor Yaphet Kotto had to receive first aid for chest pains.

  • Sean Connery wore a toupee in every single James Bond film he was in, dating all the way back to “Dr. No” in 1962.

  • The longest running host for the Academy Awards ceremony was Bob Hope who hosted eighteen times.

  • In Martin Scorsese’s “Casino,” actors drop the ‘f-bomb’ 398 times over the course of the entire film. Gary Oldman’s “Nil By Mouth” and Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam” both use it over 400 times each.

  • The masked used by killer Michael Myers in the “Halloween” films is actually a rubber “Star Trek” Captain Kirk Halloween mask spray-painted white.

  • In 1923, Cecil B. Demille built an entire ancient Egyptian city for the silent 1923 version of “The Ten Commandments” in the middle of a California desert. When filming had wrapped, Demille had the city bulldozed over with sand and kept the location a secret to deter souvenir-seekers. It was rediscovered in 1983 but nearly all of it still remains buried and preserved under the desert.

  • If producers had stuck with the original cut of “First Blood,” the Rambo franchise would have died with the first film because Rambo commits suicide at its conclusion.

  • Finally, here’s one I learned from Academy Award-winning co-writer of “Pulp Fiction” Roger Avary when I hosted him on the Screenwriting Panel at the Oxford Film Festival this past weekend: The items in the mysterious glowing briefcase in “Pulp Fiction” are actually the diamonds that were stolen in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Reservoir Dogs.” “Reservoir Dogs” was originally intended to be one of the story-lines in the original “Pulp Fiction” script.

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