Interesting Movie Facts

Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

1. Jaws is considered the father of summer blockbusters. Due to its success in advance screenings, studio execs decided to give it a greater-than-normal release. When it proved a major hit, films such as Star Wars and The Omen would follow suit. This led to the tradition of big-budget action and adventure films being released in the summer months.

2. Actor Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Southland Tales) has such bad eyesight that even contact lenses won’t correct it. When filming movies without his glasses, he often works virtually blind (which has resulted in a number of on-set accidents over the years).

3. Rob Reiner was initially interested in directing The Shawshank Redemption, and his intention was to cast Tom Cruise in the role of Andy and Harrison Ford in the role of Red.

4. In 2006, director Uwe Boll challenged five of his harshest critics to a series of 10-round boxing matches. Boll won all five matches.

5. Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. have been close friends since filming Air America together. Gibson personally paid Downey’s insurance bond for 2003’s The Singing Detective, thus allowing the actor to begin his comeback (he couldn’t get movie work before that, as nobody was willing to insure him).

6. The annual Razzie Awards honor the worst in filmmaking. The film which received the most Razzie Awards ever (8 wins out of 9 nominations) was I Know Who Killed Me, a 2007 films starring Lindsay Lohan.

7. In order to work on the low-budget film Glengarry Glen Ross, Al Pacino cut his usual per-picture salary from $6 million to $1.5 million.

8. Mila Kunis, the sexy star of such films as Extract and American Psycho 2, is a devoted fan and player of the online game World of Warcraft.

9. During the filming of Top Gun, it’s been said that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer developed an intense hatred for one another which lingers to this day.

10. Adolph Hitler reportedly liked Clark Gable more than any other actor. When Gable was flying combat missions in World War II, it was said that the German dictator offered a large reward to anyone who could capture Gable and bring him to Hitler alive and unharmed.

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September 15, 2009

rickee

nice facts man…jaws is one of ma favorite movies in ma childhood

December 4, 2009

PepeG

Loved your site, laughed with many opinions, yet don’t understand how one of your favorite movies is The Quick and The Dead, given many absurd mistakes such as believing Gene Hackman to be so two dimensional that the bullet hole in his chest lets the sunshine through his shadow!!

December 4, 2009

Shane

First off, glad you like the site, PepeG. As for my love of The Quick and the Dead, here are a few reasons:

1. I’ve always been a sucker for films where men fight in tournament-style action.
2. Sharon Stone is at the peak of her hotness.
3. I was a fan of Russell Crowe from his Australian film work when this movie came out.
4. Gene Hackman is always solid, and DiCaprio is appropriately likable as “The Kid.”
5. It’s got two of my favorite character actors: Lance Henriksen and Keith David.
6. I’ve always been a fan of Raimi’s over-the-top directorial style.

Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure, but it still remains one of my favorites.

Thanks again for the comment, and I hope it’ll be the first of many.

May 21, 2010

Otto Shrigley

Nice Site!!! I bookmarked it!!!

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