Making of a Blockbuster: 35 Little Known Behind the Scene Facts of Popular Movies – Part 4

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26Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

During the filming of ‘Schindler's List,’ a survivor of the concentration camp in Płaszów, Poland met actor Ralph Fiennes, who played Nazi captain Amon Goeth. She began to shake uncontrollably at the sight of him because he was so convincing. Goeth was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths at Kraków- Płaszów and other concentration camps.

27. Michael Caine saw an Afrikaans foreman punch a black laborer in the face while filming Zulu (1964). He swore to never film in South Africa again while Apartheid existed and he kept his word.

28. Clint Eastwood went on strike before the filming of Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He demanded a $250,000 salary, 10% of American profits from the movie, and a new Ferrari.

29. To sustain his energy levels, Bruce Lee used to take small glass vials of Royal Jelly (a milky secretion made by worker honeybees). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recalled that during the filming of ‘The Game of Death’ that Lee would frequently open one of those little vials and consume its contents.

30. During the making of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, Jodie Foster was so terrified of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter that she avoided him and never actually spoke to him until the last day of filming.

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31Crimson Tide

Crimson Tide

When the US Navy refused to cooperate during the filming of the movie ‘Crimson Tide’, filmmakers waited outside Pearl Harbor for a submarine to head to sea and chased it with a boat and helicopter to get the shot of it submerging.

32. During the filming of ‘Caligula’, Malcolm McDowell took the entire production crew out to dinner to celebrate an English football win against Italy. At the end of the lavish meal, he claimed to not have enough money and stuck the film's choreographer with the bill.

33. To create tension between the actors in ‘The Blair Witch Project,’ they were deliberately given less food each day of filming. Producer Gregg Hale told them: “We’re very concerned about your safety, just not your comfort.” The chase scenes were also apparently real. When the three are running through the woods and Heather yells, “What the fu*k is that!?” at something off-camera, she is really reacting to art director Ricardo Moreno dressed in white long-johns, white stockings, and white pantyhose pulled over his head running alongside them.

34. While Filming ‘The Gold Rush’, Charlie Chaplin did 63 separate takes of a scene where his character eats a boot. In reality, the prop was made out of licorice and he had to be taken to hospital as Chaplin went into insulin shock due to high sugar intake.

35. Arnold Schwarzenegger wore outrageous purple Boardshorts whilst filming the bar brawl in 'Terminator 2'. He hoped the stunned reactions of the patrons would create the impression that his character was well-endowed.

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