Movies are an intensely important part of our world culture, a combination of performance, visual, and written art, as well as music and just about every other form of artistic expression there is. They are so complex that we become completely focused on the experience of it all. At the same time, that means audiences often never get the fun little inside stories that surround these intricate works of moving artistry. Here are some fun facts about your favorite flicks that you may or may not already know about.
Everyone loves the gag that Ed Helms’ dentist in The Hangover is a real wild man when under the influence – in the first film he gets so drunk that he pulls out one of his own front teeth. For any other actor digital trickery would be needed, but not for Helms. The actor is actually missing that tooth in real life as it never grew during childhood; the rest of the time he wears a fake.
Ever wonder how much of the Pixar film up is based in reality? It may surprise you to know that you could lift a small house into the air with balloons… but it would take 9 million of them.
In the seminal film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid a salary of $15 million and spoke only 700 words – that’s $21,429 for every word spoken. To put that in perspective, it cost $85,716 to say the famous phrase “Hasta la vista, baby.”
There is a reoccurring character in the Harry Potter franchise known as Moaning Myrtle, an 11 year-old girl who died and became a ghost that haunts one of the Hogwarts school bathrooms. Although the character is a preteen, she was portrayed in the films be Shirley Henderson who was 37 year-old at the time of filming.