From nail-biting train-top fights to nightmare-inducing horror flicks, there’s a whole lot that goes into making our favorite films. Check out these incredible facts that will WOW you the next time you watch these blockbusters.
1. The iconic DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future was originally meant to be a refrigerator!
2. Steven Callahan, Life of Pi’s technical adviser is actually a real shipwreck survivor.
3. This 2-second footage from the Transformers took 3 months to create!
4. The barking sound used by the raptors to communicate in Jurassic Park was actually the sound of tortoises having sex.
5. Before Keanu Reeves was chosen for the part of Neo in Matrix, the role was offered to Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage & Leonardo DiCaprio.
6. Godzilla’s terrifying roar was created by rubbing a leather glove across the strings of a double bass instrument!
7. The director of Cannibal Holocaust was arrested for murder & had to call his “murdered actors” to prove his innocence. This is because the courts couldn’t understand how an impalement scene was done and thought the actress had died for the sake of the movie!
8. The first Paranormal Activity movie cost less than $15,000 to make but grossed at a whopping $193,000,000. Now that’s an awesome Return On Investment.
9. When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind is the highest grossing movie of all time!
10. The scene in which Trinity hacks into power station’s computer in Matrix Reloaded is completely accurate.
11. An entire language called Minion-ese was created for Despicable Me. Every word can actually be translated into English!
12. It cost lesser to build the actual Titanic than to make the movie.
13. In Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts instead of using CGI.
14. Realistically-filmed battle scenes in Saving Private Ryan actually caused Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in combat veterans when they watched the movie.
15. Val Kilmer learnt 50 songs from The Doors for his role as Jim Morrison in The Doors (movie). He sung them so well that the band members couldn’t even tell his voice from Morrison’s!
16. The Incredible Hulk’s skin was originally meant to be grey. It turned out green due to a printing error that Stan Lee liked!
17. With a budget of $100,000,000, Gravity was more expensive than the Indian Mars Mission.
18. Did you notice that there is a Starbucks cup in EVERY SINGLE SCENE in Fight Club?
19. The trademark shot featured in Bond films’ introduction was actually filmed through the barrel of a gun.
20. There are about 24 minutes of JUST staring in the Twilight movies!
21. 300, known as a battle-happy film actually is the most death-packed film with 5 people dying per minute.
22. The 1976 cult film Rocky was shot in 28 days!
23. In Skyfall, the train-top fight sequence was filmed on top of a real moving train.
24. While filming The Passion of the Christ, many cast and crew members were struck by lightning. Including the actor who portrayed the role of Jesus.