Stories from behind the scenes of Hollywoods Biggest Blockbusters

Spielberg-Slate.jpgThis post is for nerdy movie knowledge junkies to get their fix of travia-tastic information. This week I am going to look at several behind the scenes stories from the biggest Hollywood Blockbusters.
1. The Empire Strikes Back
Did you know that it was a secret on the set of The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader would say “I am your father.” In the script his line read “Obi-Wan killed your father.” And only the director and the producers of the film knew the real line. Mark Hamill was told seconds before he filmed his close up for the scene.
2. Return of the King
When Shelob (a giant spider) stabs Frodo in FrodoThe Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Elijah Wood had Alka-Seltzer tablets in his mouth so it would foam.
3. Star Trek
Another low budget special affect takes place in the 2009 reboot Star Trek film. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, cannot do the Vulcan salute (live long and prosper) so the crew glued his fingers that way.
4. The Silence of the Lambs

A movie villain associated with the color white is Hannibal Lecter. It was Anthony Hopkins’ idea to dress in this particular way because he is afraid of dentists.

5. The Wizard of OZ
The cowardly lion costume for the Wizard of Oz weighed 90 pounds
6. James Bond
Sean Connery wore a hair piece every time he played James Bond.
7. Borat
While filming Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen drew the attention of the police, FBI and the secret service. Apparently there were so many complaints about a Middle Eastern man driving around America in an Ice cream truck that an entire FBI team was assigned to him.
8.The Fast and the Furious
Michelle Rodriquez and Jordana Brewster didn’t have drivers licenses when they got cast in the Fast and The Furious so they had to take lessons before production.
9. Harry Potter
Rupert Grint, who played Ron, was kicked off the Harry Potter set while Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliff were filming their kissing scene because he was laughing too much.
10. The Princess Bride
Another laugh-er was the director of the Princess Bride, Rob Reiner. He left the set for giggling excessively while Billy Crystal was shooting his scenes. Crystal would tell Reiner “go home and you will see it tomorrow.”
11. Forrest Gump
The ping pong scene in Forrest Gump was shot without a ball. It was added later with CGI.
12. V for Vendettas1600_V+for+Vendetta
This makes me wonder why they didn’t use CGI for the domino scene in V for Vendetta. The domino V that gets knocked over contains 22,000 dominoes. It took 4 experts over 200 hours to set up. Side Note — I have to make a note of this— career goal, become a domino expert. How is that even a thing?
13. Casablanca
The script for Casablanca was still being written while they were in production which Ingrid Bergman hated because she didn’t know which character she was supposed to act in love with. When she asked the director of the film about this issue, he told her to quote “play it in between.”
14. Rear Windows1600_Rear+Window
Alfred Hitchcock did all of his directing for Rear Window from within Jeff’s apartment. The other actors wore ear pieces so that he could tell them what to do.

15. The Sound of Musics1600_Julie+Andrews
At the start of filming Sound of Music, the film Mary Poppins, hadn’t been released yet so when Julie Andrews taught the 7 child actors the song supercalifragilisticexpialidocious on the first day of filming they thought she made it up and was a genius. In fact she hadn’t made it up, but she is still a genius.

16.  Groundhog Days1600_Groundhog+Day
During production on Groundhog Day Bill Murray got bitten by the groundhog twice so he had to get rabies shots.

20 thoughts on “Stories from behind the scenes of Hollywoods Biggest Blockbusters”

  1. Oh my gosh, I love your posts, I always find them so entertaining! This one was great… but the one that stuck out to me was the Star Trek one! My mom is a huge fan so we grew up with it on in our home, I'll have to share that one with her! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. Ha, yeah that Star Trek one made me laugh. I didn't know that doing that salute was something that people couldn't do!

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