Making of a Blockbuster: 45 Little-Known Behind-the-Scenes Movie Facts You Won’t Believe – Part 7

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John Williams, the legendary film composer (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) had problems with the musical timings in E.T.’s BMX chase scene. Steven Spielberg told him to record the music just as he wanted. He then edited the chase sequence around Willams’s Oscar-winning soundtrack.

27. For the interrogation scene in the movie "Safe House", Denzel Washington volunteered to actually be waterboarded, albeit for a few seconds at a time. Co-star Ryan Reynolds called it "one of the most disturbing thing I've ever seen."

28. In one scene in Swingers (1996), sirens can be heard in the distance from the state troopers arriving to shut down filming, as the crew did not have a permit to shoot.

29. “The Princess Bride” director Rob Reiner had the screenplay writer change the last scene from the fairytale characters riding off happily ever after to the grandfather and grandson coming together through the experience of reading the story.

30. The scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day where a helicopter flies under an overpass was not CGI. The stunt was performed by helicopter pilot Chuck Tamburro. The stunt was so dangerous that the film crew refused to film it, so James Cameron had to film the sequence himself.

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On the 2013 Blu-ray of "Matilda", they included a clip of the infamous chocolate cake scene reenacted with all the original actors at a reunion party.

32. For the film Speed, Joss Whedon was brought in a week before shooting began. He wrote "98.9% of the dialogue", added major plot points, and is credited with creating the "Pop quiz, hotshot" line.

33. In order for Voldemort’s name to spell out to “Je Suis Voldemort” in the French translations of Harry Potter, they had to make his middle name ‘Elvis.’

34. The opening scene of Zoolander (the awards ceremony) was actually filmed during the commercial breaks at the real-life 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.

35. Eva Mendes' voice was dubbed over in the Steven Seagal movie "Exit Wounds" without her knowledge. A producer later told her that her natural voice "didn't sound intelligent enough." She later replied, "it was a Steven Seagal movie, and I didn't sound intelligent enough."

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The movie Clue in 1985 had 3 endings that were randomly distributed to theaters. People argued about the actual ending because they had seen different ones.

37. The directors of Airplane! auditioned numerous voice actors for the opening red zone/white zone scene, disliking all of them. They ended up tracking down the married couple who originally recorded the announcements that were used at LAX in 1980. Their voices are in the finished film.

38. During the filming of Blade: Trinity, Wesley Snipes smoked weed all day long. After calling the director a racist and trying to strangle him, he would only communicate with the director through post-it notes signing them, "From Blade"

39. To get Gene Hackman to shave off his mustache for the role of Lex Luthor in 'Superman', director Richard Donner promised to shave off his own mustache. After Gene had his removed, Donner revealed his was a fake one from the makeup department.

40. The 1995 film Judge Dredd was re-cut and sent to the MPAA 5 times to get it from an NC-17 to an R rating. Stallone then tried to cut it even more for a PG-13 rating. The director had made the film dark and satirical like the source material and Stallone thought the film was supposed to be an action-comedy.

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41Top Gun

Top Gun

During a film sequence of Top Gun, an aircraft carrier captain changed the ship's course and altered the lighting of a shot. Director Tony Scott was told it would cost $25,000 to change its course. He quickly wrote a check, the course was reverted,and got 5 more minutes to get his shot.

42. When studio executives refused to release Brazil, Terry Gilliam took out a full-page ad in Variety, urging them to release it. He also conducted private screenings without their knowledge. They only released it after Brazil was awarded “Best Picture” by the LA Critics association.

43. Fox Studio passed on the 'Watchmen' movie because they thought the script was "one of the most unintelligible pieces of sh*t they had read in years"

44. In Avengers (2012) & Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Marvel couldn't get the Hulk's roar to sound just right; so they decided to supplement it with recordings of good ol Lou Ferrigno bellowing as the original Hulk.

45. In the 1931 movie Dracula, the studio had to censor the groaning of the Count after he is killed and the screams of Renfield as he dies. Other scenes that were censored overseas included the bug coming out of the coffin, Dracula’s brides, and Renfield’s pleas to eat spiders and bugs.

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