If you haven’t seen any of these films already, no worries, we are not spoilers—NOT.
We’ve got some juicy on-screen and off-screen facts for you.
1. AMERICAN PIE (1999)
The stupendous American Pie was “not supposed” to be a blockbuster for being classified as a “B Movie.” B movies have a negative reputation for having low-budget and less publicity.
However, the film’s mind-boggling take on fraternity strengthened by idiosyncrasy and perversion grossed a massive $235.5 million from a budget of only $11 million.
This paved the way for the sequels American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012). The franchise became an opportunity for the majority of its cast to have a career in Hollywood.
American Pie has its own identity therefore making it timeless. Agree?
His music resurfaced once again and by the late ’70s. Treemonisha, his second opera, was produced in full and he was awarded posthumously the Pulitzer Prize. In 1976, his rented home in St. Louis was recognized as a National Historic Landmark; and in 2002, Joplin’s own recorded performances in the 1900s is included in the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, forever cementing his legacy in music and recognizing Scott Joplin as America’s first pop star.
2. WAYNE’S WORLD (1992)
Mike Myers (Wayne), almost didn’t pursue the filming of Wayne’s World when the producers insisted on replacing Bohemian Rhapsody on the movie’s introduction. The copyright cost was beyond budget considering that more than half of the song will be played.
Eventually, Myers managed to persuade the producers to fulfill his artistic vision. Later on, effort was not in vain. Freddie Mercury saw the clip and claimed he “loved” it. Freddie saw the clip shortly before his death in 1991.
3. 21 JUMP STREET (2012)
“This is what I actually looked like in high school.”
Jonah Hill (Morton) admitted that he copied Eminem’s iconic alter ego, Slim Shady, in high school. “Slim Shady” is characterized by bleach blonde hair, sterling silver bling, and baggy pants. This look became a fashion trend among high schoolers in the 90s.
90s kids, you know what we’re talking about!
4. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004)
Napoleon Dynamite’s evocative dance was improvised! Jared Hess (director) knew that Jon Heder (Napoleon) could dance since they went to the same film school. In an interview, Hess said “I just told him to start dancing and realized: This is how we’ve got to end the film.”
One of the producers said the movie “is so bad, it’s good.”
Other notable facts of the film:
- The film grossed over $46 million from a budget of only $400,000.
- Napoleon Dynamite took only three weeks to shoot.
- Efren Ramirez (Pedro Sanchez), was already 31 in the film.
5. HERBIE: FULLY LOADED (2005)
Free tickets were given to anyone named Herbert or any derivation of the name, during Herbie’s preview screening in 2005. The film is Lindsay Lohan’s last box office movie.
The producers digitally reduced Lohan’s boobs using CGI. According to them, her boobs are too distracting for a family-friendly movie—Yeah, right!
6. BORAT (2006)
Sacha Cohen was almost shot while Todd Phillips (director) received death threats when filming the Rodeo scene of Borat.
Cohen sang a fabricated “National Anthem of Kazakhstan”, with offensive lyrics, in the tune of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” This almost caused a riot. Phillips immediately left the production after the incident.
7. BIRDMAN (2014
Birdman took only two months to shoot and two weeks to edit. The film is composed of only 16 long take cuts. The team geared its focus on the blocking and rehearsals of the actors to pull off the film.
8. OCEAN’S 11 (2001)
Larry Lawton—USA’s biggest Jewel Robber turned Criminal Justice and Prison Reform Advocate—said Ocean’s 11 was so accurate that the only problem was the number of people involved in the heist. In his words “there is ALWAYS gonna be a snitch because you will get more money in that.”
9. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019)
The film is based on a real homicide in the 60s. Hollywood star Sharon Tate, who was 8 months pregnant, along with four friends were killed by the Manson family cult members. The cult is said to have killed at least 35 people before Charles Manson (cult leader) was arrested in 1967.
Charles Manson was an aspiring musician who was desperate to enter Hollywood but was never given an opportunity. His envy and anger motivated him to kill Hollywood stars as revenge.
Quentin Tarantino (director) wanted to mock the cult by tweaking history through his film—The cult members were killed and Sharon Tate lived.
10. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
Dudeism was formed by a fan of The Dude, Jeffrey Lebowski, in 2005. According to the founder, they aim to promote self-awareness and self-betterment which The Dude vindicated in the film. Most of its religious practices are derived from modern Taoism.
Today the religion has more than 500,000 active members worldwide.
11. DEADPOOL (2016)
Aside from being the actor, Ryan Reynolds is also the producer, director, and editor of Deadpool. Tim Miller directed the first film but after its success, Reynolds took over the production. According to Miller “Ryan Reynolds wanted to be in control with the franchise.”
12. 50 FIRST DATES
The true story of Michelle Philpots inspired 50 First Dates. She was diagnosed with Anterograde Amnesia after acquiring brain injuries from crash incidents in 1985 and 1990.
Ian Philpots (husband) reminds Michelle of their relationship by showing her their wedding photos daily.
Michelle (left) and Ian Philpots’ (right) wedding in 1997.
13. NACHO LIBRE (2006)
Beneath the gags of Nacho Libre is a true story of a Mexican Priest who wanted to save his orphanage. Sergio Gutierrez Benitez a.k.a. Fray Tormenta struggled to support the orphans financially. He became a Luchador (Wrestler) to raise funds.
Fray Tormenta continues holding masses in Mexico after recovering from COVID-19. He is fond of wearing his Lucha Libre mask while doing service.
14. WHITE CHICKS (2004)
Marlon Wayans (Marcus) admitted that Paris Hilton was his inspiration in impersonating a white chick.
Kevin and Marlon Copeland are real-life brothers! The director, Keenen Ivory Wayans, is their older brother, AND their family owns the production company of the film—Wayans Bros. Entertainment.
15. SUPER TROOPERS (2001)
Iced tea was initially used for the syrup-chugging scene however it was too obvious on camera. When real syrup was used, Kevin Hefferman (Thorny) and Erik Stolhanske (Rabbit) went into a diabetic coma for a day after chugging four bottles each of maple syrup.
If this is not dedication, I don’t know what is.
16. THE NAKED GUN (1988)
All actors of the film didn’t have any background in comedy. Most of them came from action films. In the 80s, slapstick comedy was the trend which made the production of The Naked Gun risky.
O.J. Simpson (Nordberg), stabbed his ex-wife Nicole Brown and friend Ronald Goldman to death in 1994. Simpson was acquitted for the crime of passion in 1995. Simpson and Brown DIVORCED in 1992.
17. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)
American producers thought Monty Python was awful but Eric Idle, co-creator of the film, wanted to leave behind a legacy. He found support from British rock bands. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, and four other co-producers chipped in a total of £200,000 or around $400,000.
Idle said “The best thing about them is they didn't want the money back. They don't care and they don't interfere” which maximized his artistic freedom.
18. SHREK (2001)
Shrek’s original story is about a young ogre who breaks away from a family tradition of scaring people—Cliche! The role was given to Nicolas Cage but he turned it down. Producers considered Leonardo DiCaprio for the role but chose Mike Myers.
When Mike Myers found out that he was going to be a “fill in” he requested for a rewrite. Furthermore, Myers initially used a Canadian accent for Shrek’s voice over but did not like it. So, they re-recorded the film in a Scottish accent that cost $5 million.
19. MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (2000)
Bryan Cranston (Hal), auditioned for his role by using mannerisms ONLY. He stood in front of the casting director smoking a pipe while changing his facial expressions. He got hired on the spot that the audition got called off.
Cranston did a ridiculously phenomenal job in the series that the producers of Breaking Bad had doubts about him playing Walter White.
The contrast in the two characters proves just how Cranston is a remarkable actor.
20. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS—SERIES (2019)
The Vampire Council in the series is composed of prominent Hollywood actors who had vampire roles throughout their career.
Robert Pattinson, who played a vampire in Twilight, turned down the invitation for the scene. Pattinson has long expressed his contempt for the “weird story” of Twilight therefore, he doesn’t want to take part in anything that reminds people of Edward Cullin.
Did you know
Haley Joel Osment, the boy who delivered The Sixth Sense’s famous line “I see dead people,” got the role for one of three reasons: He was the best choice for it, he was the only boy who wore a tie in the auditions, and he impressed director M. Night Shyamalan for reading the whole script three times the night before the auditions.
The scene where Sadako comes out of the well did not use any special effects in the original Japanese horror installation of Ringu (1998). Actress Rie Ino’o was a student of the Kabuki theatre known for exaggerating movement and jerking motions to convey emotions. During the shoot, the production filmed Ino’o walking backward and ran the scene in reverse, making Sadako’s walk seem unnatural and nonhuman.
Lupita Nyong’o in Us (2019) based her character Red’s voice on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that causes involuntary spasms of the larynx. This is to remain in character as Red as it was stated in the script that she had not used her voice in many years. Lupita worked with an ENT specialist, a vocal therapist, and a dialect coach so as not to damage her vocal cords. Welp, that’s a Yale drama school graduate for you.
Jack Nicholson plauded Shelley Duvall’s performance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 slasher The Shining. He claims it was the most difficult role he’s ever seen an actress take on, while Duvall considers it the hardest she has played in her career. She suffered from nervous exhaustion, physical illness, and hair loss throughout filming.
In case you missed it, actress Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Psycho lead star Janet Leigh. Ironically, Jamie’s first film to star in is Halloween (1978), also a horror movie. She went on to star the whole Halloween franchise—Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2018), and Halloween Kills (2021)— which spans six decades.
The romantic boat ride in the lake where they were surrounded by swans was almost not possible after the producers told the director that it wouldn't be possible to keep swans to stay in the lake. Unyielding, the director raised hatchlings by the lake instead so they’d be comfortable.
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