30 PIECES OF MOVIE TRIVIA

A list salvaged from my drafts 📂.
  1. The music budget for Almost Famous was $3.5 million.
    To put it in perspective, most music budgets are $1.5 million or less.
  2. The scene in The Princess Diaries where Mia slips and falls on the bleachers wasn't scripted.
    Anne Hathaway's real life slip and fall wound up making the final cut because the film's director (Garry Marshall) found it funny.
  3. Marilyn Monroe was originally cast as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's but dropped out after her acting coach told her that the call girl-like role would harm her image.
  4. According to Lauren Bacall, she, Humphrey Bogart, and the rest of the cast and crew of the The Big Sleep were having such a blast during production that they received a telegram from Jack L. Warner that read, "Word has reached me that you are having fun on the set. This must stop."
  5. On September 23, 1961, How to Marry a Millionaire became the first film to be broadcast on NBC's "Saturday Night at the Movies".
    NBC's "Saturday Night at the Movies" was the first network TV program to broadcast theatrical films after 1948 and wound up being so successful that NBC followed it up with "Monday Night at the Movies" while CBS and ABC soon had movie programs of their own.
  6. Emilio Estevez was originally cast as Bender in The Breakfast Club but switched to the role of Andrew after John Hughes was unable to find someone else for it.
    At the same time, Molly Ringwald was asked to play Allison, but wanted to play Claire (who was called Cathy in the original script).
  7. The day that Grease's "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" scene was filmed was the very same day that Elvis died (August 16, 1977).
    Oddly enough, Elvis had been offered a role- speculated to be that of Frenchy's guardian angel- but declined it.
  8. Debbie Harry was originally offered the role of Stephanie Zinone in Grease 2, but declined it, saying she was too old to be playing a high school student.
    Kim Carnes ("Bette Davis Eyes" singer) also declined the role when offered to her while Pat Bentar was another considered for it.
  9. With his nomination for East of Eden in 1956, James Dean became the first to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
    To date, he's also the only actor to have received two of them.
  10. Mickey Kuhn, who played the role of Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind, would work with Vivien Leigh again in A Streetcar Named Desire.
    He was the young sailor who helped her onto the streetcar in the film's opening sequence.
  11. Charmian Carr ended up slipping and falling through on of the gazebo's glass panes while shooting the "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" number for the Sound of Music.
    If you look hard enough, you can see the bandage on her ankle.
  12. While attending drama school in London during her late teens, Carrie Fisher picked up a British accent that ended up bleeding through during her early scenes in Star Wars.
  13. Julie Andrews was cast in the lead role of Mary Poppins after Walt Disney saw her as Guinevere in Camelot on Broadway.
    Pregnant at the time, Disney offered to hold the start of production until after she had given birth to her daughter. (He would have also been willing to hold production if she had been cast as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.)
  14. The lubricant used on the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz wasn't oil, but rather chocolate syrup because it looked better on film.
    Chocolate syrup was also used as blood in the famous shower scene from Psycho.
  15. The cake that Jake Ryan gives to Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles is made out of cardboard.
  16. Carrie Fisher was an uncredited script doctor on Hook, The River Wild, The Wedding Singer, Sister Act, and Lethal Weapon 3.
  17. Cher turned down the role of Thelma in Thelma and Louise.
    She was, however, interested in playing Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, but the role ended up going to Anjelica Huston.
  18. Geena Davis really did make the behind-the-back catch in A League of Their Own.
    She was given a chance to try it when her stunt double kept flubbing it up.
  19. John Belushi's performance during the cafeteria scene in Animal House was completely improvised.
    Seeing him fill the cafeteria tray with food, the only guidance the director gave the camera operators was to "stay on him."
  20. Kevin Bacon was forced to sit in the back of the theater at the Animal House premiere because none of the ushers believed him when he told them that he was a member of the cast.
  21. Despite being the title character, Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice is only on screen for a grand total of seventeen and a half minutes
  22. Jonathan Adams's Dr. Scott had to make his entrance by crashing through the wall in The Rocky Horror Picture Show because the set builders forgot to put a door in the laboratory set.
  23. Despite playing his much older, married lover, Anne Bancroft was actually only six years older than Dustin Hoffman.
    He had a boyish look that made him appear younger than thirty while she was made up to look older.
  24. The running joke in Monty Python and the Holy Grail of the knights riding invisible horses while their squires clapped coconut halves together to create the galloping sounds was used because they couldn't afford actual horses.
  25. Three former Disney princesses made appearances in Disney's Enchanted.
    Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) played Patrick Dempsey's assistant Sam, Judy Kuhn (the singing voice of Pocahontas) played the pregnant woman with a gaggle of kids who gave James Marsden's Edward sass, and Paige O'Hara was the actress in the soap opera that Edward watches.
  26. In order to create tension during filming of The Outsiders, Francis Ford Coppola gave the actors playing Socs leather bound copies of the script and had them put up in luxury accommodations while the ones playing greasers were given beat up paperback copies and ground floor accommodations.
  27. The hickeys seen on Rizzo's neck during the scene at the Frosty Palace were 100% real.
    According to Stockard Channing, Jeff Conway insisted on applying them himself
  28. The answer that Cheryl (Miss Rhode Island) gave to the question of "What is your idea of the perfect date?" was an actual answer given by a contestant in a beauty pageant.
  29. William's "ask me again" when Penny Lane asks him if he'd like to go to Morocco with her wasn't in the Almost Famous script.
    It was actually Patrick Fugit stepping out of character to ask Kate Hudson to repeat her line for another take, but Cameron Crowe ended up liking that one so much that it wound up being used for the final print.
  30. The line, "I have a bad feeling about this" is spoken in one variation or another in all seven Star Wars films.