We here at Tribute.ca love movies, like a LOT… so we decided to put together a fun list of 29 Amazing True Facts About Famous Movie Scenes. From Darth Vader’s screen time in the original Star Wars, to Justin Bieber songs being sneakily used in Dredd‘s musical score, these fascinating facts will leave any movie lover wanting more!
1. The very first American movie to ever show a toilet flushing on screen was the iconic 1960 horror film, Pyscho, starring Scream Queen Janet Leigh (mother of Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis) and directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock.
3. During a scene in 1990’s Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin‘s older brother Buzz has a photo of his girlfriend in his room but it’s actually a boy in a wig. The director thought it would be too cruel for Macaulay’s character to make a grossed-out face about a real life girl.
Trailer: Home Alone
4. Actor Sean Connery wore a toupee throughout all of his James Bond movies (he portrayed the famous spy in seven films altogether) as he had begun to lose his hair by the time filming the first one began.
8. Mary Gibbs, the voice of Boo in Monsters, Inc., was just a toddler at the time the movie was being made, and had trouble sitting still to record her lines. The solution? Production followed her around the studio with a microphone and pieced together Boo’s dialogue from lines they recorded her saying while playing. Aww!
Trailer: Monsters, Inc.
9. Michelle Pfeiffer had to literally be “vacuum-sealed” into her iconic Catwoman suit in 1992’s Batman Returns, meaning she could only wear it for short periods of time. The suit was also so tight she couldn’t properly hear her own voice, instead having to be instructed by director Tim Burton when she was speaking too loudly.
11. For Trainspotting’s “The Worst Toilet In Scotland” scene, the feces was made of milk chocolate, and according to star Ewan McGregor, smelled “delicious.”
13. Star Wars characters R2D2 and C3PO appear as hieroglyphics in the Arks Chamber during a scene in the 1981 film Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Trailer: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
14. All of the Wookie costumes used in the Star Wars series are made from actual hair. (Ew!?)
16. Due to complicated contractual obligations, the role of John McClane in Die Hard had to be first offered to Frank Sinatra, who was 73 years old at the time. He turned it down and the role eventually went to Bruce Willis.
Trailer: Die Hard
21. While working on the set of Armageddon, actor Ben Affleck asked director Michael Bay why NASA would bother sending an inexperienced drill crew into space, instead of just training astronauts how to drill. Michael’s response? He told Ben to “Shut up.”
23. The word “zombie” is never used in Night of the Living Dead.
25. The MPAA would not allow the film Meet the Fockers to use the word “Fockers” in the title unless they could prove there was a family in America with the last name “Fockers”– there was.
Trailer: Meet the Fockers