October is here! And it is the perfect time to get cosy indoors and have a movie marathon. Here at Proline, we have selected 8 interesting movie facts from some of the films we are most looking forward to watching this, Autumn. So, grab your favourite hot drink, nestle in, and get inspired by some of these classic movie facts.
1. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
In preparation for the role, Renée Zellweger gained just over 11kg and began working at a real publishing company for a month to prepare for the role of Bridget Jones. She adopted a pseudonym as well as a British accent, which meant she was not recognised. On her desk in the office, she kept a framed photo of then boyfriend, Jim Carrey. Her publishing colleagues who didn’t recognize her found this odd, but never said anything to her for fear of embarrassing her!
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)
When Georgie Henley (who plays Lucy Pevensie) sees Mr Tumnus at the lamppost for the first time her reaction is genuine. She had not seen her castmate James McAvoy in his costume before, so her reaction was very real. Georgie’s reaction to the snowy world of Narnia is also genuine, she was carried onto the set blindfolded to make her first entrance. So, her delighted reactions are all her own.
3. The Revenant (2015)
For the film The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio had to learn how to shoot a musket, speak two Native American languages (Pawnee and Arikara) and build a fire. He also chose to eat a raw slab of bison's liver, even though he is a vegetarian. DiCaprio calls it the most difficult performance of his career.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
In order to make the film, it took a 120-person crew a whole week to produce just one minute of stop-motion footage. Henry Selick, the director of the film, revealed that it took over three years to shoot everything. The film was created using stop-motion at a rate of 24 frames to a second, making the creation of the film a painstaking process, however it was certainly worth it to get the amazing creative results!
5. Back to the Future (1985)
The DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future was originally meant to be a fridge! In drafts of the original script, the time machine was meant to be a refrigerator, but fearing children may try replicate the idea and get trapped inside, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg decided to switch it to the iconic DeLorean we all know today. Spielberg later used the same idea in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as Indiana Jones hides in the refrigerator at the beginning of the movie in order to survive an atomic bomb test.
6. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Someone accidentally deleted 90% of the work the Pixar team did on Toy Story 2. Unfortunately, the backup system had failed, however the film’s technical director had a backup on their computer so much of the film was restored. Phew!
7. Interstellar (2014)
Director Christopher Nolan and his team shot the film Interstellar without any green screens. All the scenes, apart from the ones involving space were shot in real environments.
8. Mission Impossible (1996)
While filming the famous scene where Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) drops from the ceiling and hovers inches above the floor in the first Mission Impossible movie, Cruise’s head kept hitting the floor until he got the smart idea to put coins in his shoes for balance.
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