It’s no secret that a lot of effort goes into making movies. For each flick, there are countless people toiling away behind the scenes to perfect every aspect—from set design to costumes to the angles of each camera. This way, once that film finally hits theaters, audiences are truly transported to another world.
Of course, we’re not usually privy to all the goings-on in the film industry or what actually went into making the movies we love. Lucky for us, we’ve got a way of finding out! Here are 29 interesting pieces of trivia you’d never know unless you had the inside scoop!
1. Disney is known for producing family-friendly films, but the director of The Lion King wanted to push the boundaries. For example, the lovable warthog, Pumba, was the first character in a Disney film to ever break wind! Hakuna matoot-toot!
2. Disney’s Lilo and Stitch and The Ring are two very different types of movies. So you might be shocked to know that the actor who played the creepy black-haired girl from the horror film actually voiced the adorable Lilo in the children’s animated movie!
3. Babe is a sweet family film about a pig who has dreams of one day becoming a sheepdog, and he befriends plenty of cute animals along the way. Although the pig looks the same throughout the film, it actually took a total of 48 different pigs to portray the lead character!
4. Oscar acceptance speeches give actors a chance to thank all of the people who helped them achieve greatness. Believe it or not, Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg has been thanked more times than God himself throughout the ceremony’s long history.
5. Horror fanatics will immediately recognize the creepy white mask that villain Michael Myers wore in the Halloween movies. But did you know that it was actually a Captain Kirk mask that was simply painted white?
6. Even though Sylvester Stallone is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today, it took him a long time to get there. In fact, he was so poor while trying to catch his big break that he had to sell his beloved dog Butkus for $40 so he could afford to eat.
7. Anyone who has seen the Star Wars movies knows R2-D2, Luke Skywalker’s quirky robotic sidekick. Throughout the films, R2-D2 communicates exclusively in a series of computerized bleeping sounds, though he was originally supposed to speak English.
8. Alice Guy-Blache was the first woman to direct a movie, and she did so way back in 1896. She went on to make more than 1,000 cinematic works, 22 of which were feature films. She truly paved the way for ladies in the industry!
9. Fans of the James Bond franchise all remember actor Sean Connery’s run portraying the secret agent. But did you know that lush head of hair he sported on set was actually a toupée?
10. According to a study performed at England’s University of Westminster, watching horror movies can actually help us lose weight. The fear and adrenaline cause our heart rates to increase and our bodies to burn calories. Forget the gym; go watch The Shining instead!
Who knew there were so many cool—and unknown—facts about movies? Next time you host trivia night at your house, you might want to quiz your friends!
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