Having a boring week? How about I spruce things up for you with Fifteen Fascinating Film Facts that’ll definitely get you thinking?
I’ve scouted through the hard covers, the soft covers and the vastness of the world wide web in order to bring you the top fifteen most captivatingly interesting film facts out there.
In The Big Lebowski, the word “Dude” is used 161 times. In fact, to be more precise, it’s uttered 160 times, as well as once in the credits during the second dream sequence titled ‘Gutterballs’. Jeff Bridges, whom you may also refer to as ‘The Dude’, says his catchphrase “man” 147 times, equating to nearly 1.5 times a minute. In addition to this, the ‘child-friendly’ flick includes 292 variations of the F-word. Now that’s a lot of F-n’ times. And this brings us to our next fascinating fact:
2: The F bomb
The F-word is used 265 times in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, surprisingly not as much as The Big Lebowski, a far less-explicit film.
3: The Return of the Ford
When the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was made, both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill signed on for a three-picture deal, while Harrison Ford refused. The writers hence came up with a plan to freeze Ford’s character Han Solo in carbonite, just in case he decided not to return for a third film. Luckily enough, as we all know, he came back for a third and fourth instalment.
4: 1999 Avatar?
James Cameron’s Avatar was put on hold for an additional eight years, after the director wanted the original release date to be set for 1999. The film, which consisted of 60% CGI and special effects, was way too expensive to make before the 2000s. At the time, all studios turned their backs on the project after crunching the numbers and estimating a total spending fee upwards of $400 million to produce his masterpiece. Wow, that’s a lot of pocket change.
5: Lord of the on-screen deaths
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King holds the record for the highest body count of any movie ever made, blowing smoke out the water with 836 on-screen deaths. This record tramples on any other film, with the number two spot going to Kingdom of Heaven (2005), 226 fewer deaths then the epic proportions of Lord of the Rings.
6: Ryan Gosling as The Joker?
Ryan Gosling was sought after as the first choice for The Joker role in Suicide Squad. He reportedly turned down the role because he did not want to sign the multi-picture contract that Warner Bros. required.
7: Take your time
On average, 4.3 seconds of the new film Kubo and the Two Strings was created each week. As a whole, the stop motion film took a whopping 5 years to make, all for the total running time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It takes number one spot in the record books for the longest stop-motion film to date, knocking out Coraline (2009) by a single minute. Which brings me to my next fascinating fact:
8: Take more time
The 1976 film Rocky was shot in merely 28 days. That’s about 1272 less days than Kubo and the Two Strings.
9: Captain America: Actor War
In Captain America: Civil War, actor Sebastian Stan (Bucky) sent a message to Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), which read: “Looking forward to our scene tomorrow Robert”, alongside a video of himself performing high-intensity bicep curls beside a decapitated Iron Man head. This was in preparation for a fight scene the following day.
10: Spielberg > God
And the award for most mentioned name in Oscar history goes to… Steven Spielberg! (tremendous applause). According to a study on Academy Award speeches, Spielberg has been thanked more times than God. With a mention in 42 out of 1396 acceptance speeches, the winning director tops the table, followed by Harvey Weinstein at 34 and James Cameron at 28.
11: Paranormal banking activity
Paranormal Activity stands as the most profitable movie ever made. It cost less than $15,000 to produce and grossed over $193 million, with $22 million of that made on the opening weekend.
12: Sean Bean has nine lives
Actor Sean Bean has been dying over and over again for more than 20 years now. From being dropped off a satellite dish in Goldeneye, to having his head decapitated in Game of Thrones (sorry for the spoiler, but if you’re not up to date by now, you had this coming), Bean has died in 32% of all his movies. Congratulations Mr Bean, you have the highest on-screen death percentage of any living actor of note. On the other hand, actor John Hurt holds the record for dying in more than 40 different films, including Alien and V for Vendetta.
13: Coppola vs. The Mafia
Have you ever noticed that ‘the mafia’ is never mentioned in Francis Coppola’s The Godfather? Coppola was nearly swimming with the fishes after real-life mobster Joseph Colombo declared war on the picture, fearing additional spotlight on his ‘organisation’. Ultimately, Coppola and his producers put their cards on the table and the film was allowed to proceed, of course not without minor changes to the script. However, after becoming so involved with the film’s production, poor Colombo’s own family called in a favour and knocked the mafiosa’s off (had him killed).
14: Fight Club fights Starbucks
Director David Fincher has made claims that there is at least one Starbucks coffee cup visible in every scene of his movie Fight Club. And although this Easter-egg coffee cup hunt may seem completely random, this isn’t just some arbitrary joke. The notion that big brands such as Starbucks have the marketing power to influence world culture is actually included in the script, which states: “When deep space exploration ramps us, it’ll be the corporations that name everything, the IBM Stellar Sphere, the Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks.”
There is even a blog dedicated to locating every cup of Starbucks coffee in frame, which can be seen in this link here.
15: Sneaky Will Hunting
Not many people know this, but the original Good Will Hunting script included a fairly graphic sex scene between two of the main male characters. Rookie writers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon intentionally put a random sex scene in the original script in order to see which production company actually took the time to properly read their draft. One of the main reasons Harvey Weinstein landed the job as executive producer for this highly successful movie is because he was one of the only ones who noticed the seemingly out of place scene. On The Graham Norton Show earlier this year, Weinstein accepted that he got the job when both Affleck and Damon explained that they included the scene “because every studio executive (they) went to… no one brought that scene up… maybe no body read it themselves.” He continued to say he was “the only guy that brought it up”, thus scoring him the esteemed job of a lifetime.