Interesting Movie Facts From Famous Films

Here a list of 5 Interesting Movie Facts From Famous Films! Enjoy.

Interesting Movie Facts: Number 1

interesting movie factsSome interesting movie facts involve situations in which what you think you see or hear isn’t actually what’s on screen. In 1980, the British actor David Niven began showing the symptoms of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, with which he officially was diagnosed in 1981. Publicly, he brushed off the slurred sound of his voice as the byproduct of a demanding schedule. He made his final movie appearance in a cameo role in Curse of the Pink Panther, shot in 1982. Director Blake Edwards reviewed the raw footage after Niven finished his performance and realized that Niven’s lines were inaudible. Because Niven’s illness had advanced to the point at which he couldn’t complete the task of dialog replacement, that task fell to the impressionist Rich Little, who did a thoroughly convincing job thanks to his experience playing Niven in the past.

Interesting Movie Facts: Number 2

interesting movie factsFunny films often involve funny movie facts. During the 1978 comedy classic National Lampoon’s Animal House, the actor John Belushi smashes a guitar against a wall in the fraternity house that provided location footage for the home of the fictional Delta Tau Chi on the campus of the equally fictional Faber College. Ironically, the hole in the wall that results from the destruction of the instrument constitutes the only property damage that occurred in the making of the entire movie. Instead of patching the hole, the University of Oregon fraternity whose house stood in for the Deltas’ den framed the spot and added a commemorative brass label like the engraved tags that identify paintings in art museums.

Interesting Movie Facts: Number 3

interesting movie factsThe behind-the-scenes processes that make movies look and sound believable produce some interesting movie facts. Jack Foley, a sound technician at Universal Studios, invented the processes used to create and capture the sounds of footsteps, fistfights, and other byproducts of onscreen action that either aren’t captured during filming or need replacement to convey sounds that couldn’t exist in real life. Foley effects, and the Foley “walkers” or artists who create them, take their names from the man who pioneered the art. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho features one of the most frightening moments in the history of movies: The scene in which the character of Marion Crane, a Phoenix secretary, falls victim to a stabbing while she showers in a room at the small, remote Bates Motel. The sound of the knife stabbing the character, played by Janet Leigh, consists of a recording of a Foley artist stabbing a melon, accompanied by shrieking violins that mimic the actress’s screams. Janet Leigh’s daughter, Jamie Leigh Curtis, followed in her mother’s scary-movie footsteps when she got her big break playing the character of Laurie Strode in 1978’s Halloween.

Interesting Movie Facts: Number 4

interesting movie factsJust as the onscreen experience involves plentiful special effects trickery, sometimes the moments you see really happened the way they appear. In an interesting movie fact, the 1997 film Alien: Resurrection includes just such a moment in the tale of Ellen Ripley, now a clone combining human and alien traits. Set 200 years after the third installment in the Alien movie franchise, Resurrection follows Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, and a band of space pirates as they attempt to stop a ship containing a new race of aliens on its way to destroy Earth. In one scene with the character of Johner, played by Ron Perlman, Ripley makes a half-court basketball shot from behind her back. Weaver had spent three weeks practicing with a coach, and had reached the point at which she made approximately 16 percent of her shots, or one out of every six. The director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, figured that Weaver would need too many takes to make the shot, so he planned to film an insert of the ball dropping into the net. Weaver nailed it on her first try, standing six feet past the three-point shot line.

Interesting Movie Facts: Number 5

interesting movie factsEven serious movies produce funny movie facts. Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film about a German businessman named Oskar Schindler who saved 1,100 of his Jewish employees from death at the hands of the Nazis, won six Academy Awards for its harrowing portrayal of the titular character’s journey from greed to humanitarianism. The grim subject matter produced an unexpected connection to Robin Williams, then recording voice work for the movie Aladdin, whom Spielberg frequently telephoned and asked to help cheer up the cast and crew with comedy sketches. Some of those jokes actually appear in the finished version of Aladdin. In 2002, Schindler’s List itself enabled Spielberg to finish his college degree, when he submitted the movie to satisfy the short film requirement from his undergraduate days some 34 years earlier as a film student at California State University at Long Beach.

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