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21 Facts for 2021: IMDB Edition.

by Kameron 4 months ago in Pop Culture

I knew, did you?

21 fun facts to share, and 1 specifically about myself. Fun Fact about me: I'm obsessed with the trivia section of IMDB. Anytime I watch a movie or television show, I read every fun fact, trivia, casting clue, behind the scenes extra that they have to share. Today I'm going to share my weird quirk with you all.

A couple classic movies, facts from new netflix shows, all of the above. See if you can find a favorite film and a new found fact.

Here. You. Go.

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Arnold Schwarzenegger earned $15 million for speaking a total of 700 words of dialogue — which breaks down to $21,429 per word. "Hasta la vista, baby"? That cost $85,716.

2. Thelma & Louise. Then-struggling actor George Clooney auditioned five times for the part of sexy hitchhiker J.D., a role which director Ridley Scott ultimately gave to Brad Pitt, catapulting his career. Others in contention for the cowboy role: Scott Baio, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Christopher Atkins, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Alec Baldwin.

3. Jurassic Park. The giant Tyrannosaurus rex occasionally malfunctioned when it rained. Producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls, "The T. rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We'd be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T. rex would come alive. At first, we didn't know what was happening, and then we realized it was the rain. You'd hear people start screaming."

4. Forrest Gump. When Forrest (Tom Hanks) gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, you can't hear him because the microphone plug is pulled. According to Hanks, Forrest says, "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. That's a bad thing. That's all I have to say about that."

5. Fargo. William H. Macy begged the directors for the role of Jerry Lundegaard, performing two readings for the part. When the Coen brothers didn't get back to him, Macy tracked them down in New York and told them, "I'm very, very worried that you are going to screw up this movie by giving this role to somebody else. It's my role, and I'll shoot your dogs if you don't give it to me." He was joking, of course.

6. Alien: Resurrection. Sigourney Weaver actually made the behind-the-back, half-court basketball shot successfully after two weeks of basketball tutoring. When the day came to shoot the scene, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wanted to have the ball dropped in from above, after capturing Weaver throwing it, rather than wait for her to sink the shot herself, as that "would probably take about 200 takes." Weaver insisted that she could get the shot in herself — and sank the shot on the very first take.

7. Jerry MacGuire. Then 5-year-old actor Jonathan Lipnicki, who played Ray Boyd, showed up on set one day telling everyone that the "human head weighs 8 pounds." Cameron Crowe liked it so much he wrote it into the script.

8. Titanic. Kate Winslet flashed Leonardo DiCaprio during their first meeting to break the ice, after finding out she had to pose nude for him in their now famous portrait scene.

9. There's Something About Mary. One of the Farrelly brothers mooned Cameron Diaz and Lin Shaye during the filming of the scene where the two actresses look downward after Puffy the dog jumps out the window.

10. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Shaving razors play key roles in the film. When Liam Neeson's character Qui-Gon Jinn uses a high-tech "communicator" device, it's actually a redecorated Sensor Excel Razor for Women. The sound of the hovering battle tanks used by the battle droids was created by running an electric razor around a metal salad bowl and then digitally lowering the pitch.

11. Cast Away. To make himself look like an average, out-of-shape, middle-aged man for the scenes in the beginning of the film, Tom Hanks didn't exercise and allowed himself to grow pudgy. Production was then halted for a year so he could lose 50 pounds and grow out his hair for his time spent on the deserted island.

12. Lord of the Rings. The cast often had to fly to remote shoot locations by helicopter. But Sean Bean was afraid of flying. So, when the crew shot the scenes of the Fellowship crossing the snowy mountains, Bean would spend two hours every morning climbing from the base of the mountain to the set near the top, already dressed as Boromir. The cast and crew would pass him as they flew up.

13. Gangs of New York. Martin Scorsese ends the film with a shot of the New York skyline including the World Trade Center Towers even though the film was finished after the buildings were destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Scorsese chose to end with that shot rather than continue with a skyline without the WTC because the movie is supposed to be about the people who built New York not those who tried to destroy it.

14. Austin Powers in Goldmember. The items on Austin Powers' briefly-glimpsed "Things to Do Before I Die" list include: 1. Become international man of mystery 2. Save world from certain doom 3. Find true love 4. Go to outer space 5. Travel through time backward and forward 6. Be cryogenically frozen 7. Catch Dr. Evil in the first act 8. Threesome with Japanese twins 9. Earn Daddy's respect.

15. Passion of the Christ. According to an interview he gave to Newsweek, Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning while filming the Sermon on the Mount scene.

16. The Aviator. Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Katharine Hepburn made her the first performer to win an Oscar for playing a real-life Oscar winner.

17. The Devil Wears Prada. On the first day of filming, Meryl Streep told Anne Hathaway, "I think you're perfect for the role. I'm so happy we're going to be working together." Then she paused and followed up, "That's the last nice thing I'll say to you." And it was.

18. The Wolf of Wall Street. Matthew McConaughey's scenes were shot on the second week of filming. The chest-beating and humming performed were improvised and are part of an actual warm-up he performs before acting. Leonardo DiCaprio saw it during filming, and the brief shot of his turning away uneasily from the camera was actually his looking at Martin Scorsese for approval. DiCaprio encouraged the director to include it in the scene and later claimed it "set the tone" for the rest of the film.

19. One Tree Hill. In the first season James Lafferty's character, Nathan, is often shown with his left nipple pierced. He doesn't actually have the piercing, they glued it on when he was shirtless in a scene. It was a prank by the cast.

20. Bridgerton. The Bridgerton children's first names start with the first eight letters of the alphabet: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth.

21. Flight Attendant. The plot of the show has many similarities with the plot of the book "Crime and Punishment". Both feature a protagonist who struggles with insanity after being involved in a murder. A copy of the book is also heavily involved in the plot of the show.

I hope you add IMDB trivia to your next tv or movie binge session. Happy Fact Finding!

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