Random movie facts are the best kind of trivia, and not only that, but they’re also the best thing to interrupt movies to say. Not that you should talk over movies, no way, that’s super rude. I’m just saying, if you do, you might as well be saying random movie facts. It’s relevant!
To create genuinely shocked reactions in Alien, no other actors were told that the Xenomorph would explode from Kane’s chest. Veronica Cartwright even passed out.
Melissa McCarthy’s biggest inspiration for her character in Bridesmaids was none other than Guy Fieiri.
The dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz made more than the actors who played the munchkins.
Leonardo DiCaprio had actually cut his hand on set of Django Unchained and director Quentin Tarantino told him to roll with it. He ultimately wiped his blood on Kerry Washington’s face.
Psycho was the first move to show a toilet being flushed.
Filming Titanic cost more than the construction of the actual boat.
Stanley Kubrick destroyed all props after filming 2001: A Space Odyssey to prevent them from being used in lesser films.
Alfred Hitchcock tied live birds to Tippi Hedren to film the famous attic scene in The Birds. He also chucked live birds at her.
All the actors in Saving Private Ryan went through basic training together, except for Matt Damon. Spielberg wanted the other characters’ animosity towards Damon to feel real.
The Tron film in the ’80s was banned from winning an Academy Award for special FX because back then, computer generated animation was considered cheating.
Cartoonists modeled Aladdin’s face after Tom Cruise.
Sylvester Stallone wanted to make the fight scenes in Rocky IV as real as possible, so he told Dolph Lundgren to actually punch him. Stallone even spent a week in the ICU after a blow to the chest.
Ed Helms is missing a tooth in real life. No makeup was needed during the filming of The Hangover.
Bill Murray was almost cast as Han Solo in Star Wars. He was also almost Forrest Gump.
Mike Myers’ mask in Halloween is just a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
Gal Gadot was five months pregnant for parts of filming Wonder Woman. She wore a green screen on her belly so the bump could be removed in post production.
James Cameron took a staple gun to any phones pulled out on set of Avatar.
While filming The Dark Knight, Michael Caine was so freaked out the first time he saw Heath Ledger’s Joker that he forgot his lines.
Chris Farley was originally cast to play Shrek. He had recorded part of the film before his untimely death and was replaced by Mike Myers.