When it comes to movie trivia, the internet is seriously abundant with the stuff – most of it useless and interesting to very few people, save for the most dedicated of movie nerds and people who don’t have jobs.
But sometimes an instance of movie trivia will come along with the power to stop you in your tracks completely. Movie trivia so darn good, that you can’t go on with your day until you’ve sent an email to everyone you know or made a point of standing up at work and shouting it across the office (in these rare cases, your boss will not disapprove, and a raise might be on the cards).
To celebrate awesome movie trivia in all its glory, here’s 10 amazing movie facts that just might blow your mind…
#10. Sigourney Weaver Made That “Impossible” Basketball Shot For Real – Alien: Resurrection.
Alien: Ressurrection is considered to be a somewhat naff entry in the Alien canon, and that’s partly because it’s an Alien film with a basketball scene in it. What is basketball scene doing in a movie like this, right? It’s Alien! Still, there’s a sort of reason why this moment exists – it’s to showcase how badass the “new” Ripley is, and sees her attempting to make an extremely tricky shot from past centre court without looking.
Sigourney Weaver wasn’t ever supposed to pull this off, by the way, nor was she ever expected to – it was always the intention of the director to use CGI to achieve the effect. Nah. Declaring something along the lines of “CGI is for wimps,” Weaver actually did it for real within a couple of takes. Look at Ron Pearlman’s face when she makes the impossible shot… he can’t believe just how freakin’ cool she is! Frankly, neither can we.
#9. Arnold Schwarzenegger Was Paid Approximately $21,429 For Every Word He Said – Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day would probably be most people’s choice for “best Terminator movie,” because that’s exactly what it is. And Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the titular character, likely remembers it as such, too, though not necessarily for the reasons you might expect: the actor was paid a whopping $15 million dollars to star, and only utters 700 words throughout the entire movie.
Which translates to around $21,429 per word. I mean, woah, right? Of course, Arnie does more than just say words over the course of the sci-fi classic, but I’m not sure you can really catch him doing much “acting.” That’s to say, this was a massively prosperous venture for the action hero” Uttering the iconic line “Come with me if you want to live” bagged him $171, 432 alone!
#8. Hitchcock’s Classic Was The First American Movie To Show A Flushing Toilet – Psycho.
When Psycho was released in 1960, it came to shock the world. Though all the murder and Freudian subtext was enough to stun audiences worldwide, the movie was also controversial for other, stranger reasons: a flushing toilet had never been put in an American movie, and Psycho set out to correct this. Toilets are, by association, disgusting, you see, and God forbid that anybody ever put one in a movie, right? Which means that there was probably somebody in the audience watching this movie thinking, “Oh, man, a flushing toilet? The implications are horrific!” According to movie lore, Psycho’s screenwriter was so adamant to get a flushing toilet into the horror classic, that he purposely wrote a scene that was based around such a thing occurring, when Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane wishes to dispose of some torn up pieces of paper. Controversial, hm?