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Classic Movie Trivia and Behind the Scenes Photos

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By Adam McCully




The notorious rape scene was filmed in one take, largely at the insistence of Ned Beatty who didn’t want to film the scene repeatedly.


Jack Nicholson was originally intended to play the part of Ed (played by Burt Reynolds) but was replaced with a lesser known (at the time) actor due to budget cuts


The Godfather


Marlon Brando wanted to make Don Corleone “look “like a bulldog,” so he stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool for the audition.


The smack that Vito gives Johnny Fontane was not in the script. Marlon Brando improvised the smack and Al Martino‘s confused reaction was real. According to James Caan, “Martino didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.”



Indiana Jones


The famous scene in which Indy shoots a marauding and flamboyant swordsman was not in the original script. Harrison Ford was suffering from food poisoning. He pulled out his gun and shot a blank at his attacker in order to get off the set as quickly as possible.


Freeze-framing during the Well of Souls scene you can notice a golden pillar with a tiny engraving of R2D2 and C3PO from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).




The clothes that Ice Cube wears in the first scene of this movie are exactly the same as the ones that his character wore in the final scene of Boyz n the Hood (1991).


The neighborhood where the film takes place is the same street where the film’s director, F. Gary Gray, grew up in South Central, Los Angeles.


The Shawshank Redemption


Andy and Red’s opening chat in the prison yard – in which Red is pitching a baseball – took 9 hours to shoot. Morgan Freeman pitched that baseball for the entire 9 hours without a word of complaint. He showed up for work the next day with his arm in a sling.


Stephen King sold the film rights for his novella to Frank Darabont for a dollar.



Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back


In order to avoid sharing creative rights, George Lucas funded the $33 million production himself. After he made his investment back several times over, he shared his earnings with all his employees.


In the asteroid scene, one of the asteroids is actually a shoe. The rumor is that George Lucas asked the SFX people to redo the scene so many times that they got annoyed and one of them threw in their shoe.


The Matrix


Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments. Other actors considered for the role included Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.


“Tastee Wheat”, which is mentioned when Mouse is trying to describe the food in the real world, was replaced by “Sex Crispies” in the German version of the movie.





An attempt was made to get shots of the Predator swinging from tree to tree using a monkey in a red special-effects suit. However, the monkey kept removing the suit and the idea was abandoned.


During the “If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It” documentary, there is a quick shot of Jean-Claude Van Damme playing the original Predator creature.




According to writer Carl Gottlieb, the line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” was not scripted but improvised by Roy Scheider.


During pre-production, director Steven Spielberg, accompanied by friends Martin ScorseseGeorge Lucas and John Milius, visited the effects shop where “Bruce” the shark was being constructed. Lucas stuck his head in the shark’s mouth to see how it worked and, as a joke, Milius and Spielberg sneaked to the control room and made the jaw clamp shut on Lucas’ head. Unfortunately the shark malfunctioned, and Lucas got stuck in the mouth of the shark.



Several of the major battle scenes had to be re-shot, as extras were seen wearing sunglasses and wristwatches.


The mechanical horses designed for the battle sequences weighed 200 pounds and were fueled by nitrogen cylinders propelling them at 30 mph on 20-foot tracks.