33 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Showcase How Absolutely Wild Movies Must Be To Make

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Hey everyone. It's me again. Allie. BuzzFeed's movie editor and resident well-hydrated pop culture ghoul.

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Anyway, given that it's my job to write about movies all day, every day, I often get to see some pretty fun behind-the-scenes pictures while searching for the perfect still to include in a post. So, I thought it'd be fun to round up a few of my favorites that I've come across over my literal half-a-decade of working here. (I've been at BuzzFeed five years. It's been a minute.)

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Ready? Here we go:

1.Here we see co-directors/writers Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively, the Daniels) chatting about a multitude of multiverses on the set of Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022).

Daniel Kwan on Daniel Scheinert on an all white, foggy set piece
Allyson Riggs /© A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

2.Meanwhile, Michael Jordan doesn't need any movie magic for his basketball skills in Space Jam (1996).

Michael Jordan shooting a basketball
Bruce Talamon / ©Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection.

3.Jack Nicholson and director/writer/producer Stanley Kubrick have no fear on the set of The Shining (1980).

Jack Nicholson and director and producer Stanley Kubrick on the set of Kubrick's film, The Shining
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4.And director Ryan Coogler doesn't mind squatting for a chat with Chadwick Boseman while shooting Black Panther (2018). (T'Challa in a hoodie?! He looks so comfy!!!)

Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman chill on set of Black Panther
Null / ©Walt Disney Co./courtesy Everett / Everett Collection

5.Rita Moreno rests her hard-workin' dancin' shoes for a quick smoke break while filming West Side Story (1961).

Rita Moreno collapses in a chair for a quiet smoke on the set of the musical West Side Story
Ernst Haas / Getty Images

6.And director Jon M. Chu sets up the big party entrance scene with Awkwafina on the set of Crazy Rich Asians (2018).

Awkwafina, director Jon M. Chu, back center, from left: Henry Golding, Constance Wu, on set
Sanja Bucko / ©Warner Bros/courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

7.Jack Reynor, director Ari Aster, and Florence Pugh feel out some floral settings while filming Midsommar (2019).

Jack Reynor, director Ari Aster, and Florence Pugh on the set of Midsommar
© A24 / courtesy Everett Collection

8.Director Chris Columbus uses his ~magic~ to reposition Daniel Radcliffe and Maggie Smith while shooting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).

Director Chris Columbus, Daniel Radcliffe, and Maggie Smith on set
Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

9.Julia Roberts takes over for director Garry Marshall on camera for Pretty Woman (1990).

Julia Roberts holding a camera while Garry Marshall watches on
Buena Vista Pictures / ©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

10.And director/writer Sam Raimi chats with Tobey Maguire and Kirstin Dunst on a New York City rooftop while shooting Spider-Man (2002).

Tobey Maguire, and director Sam Raimi, Kirstin Dunst on set
Columbia Pictures / ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

11.Director Steven Spielberg gives some very important notes on how to dinosaur to a dinosaur on the set of The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).

Steven Spielberg directs an animatornic dinosaur
David James / ©Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

12.Director Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan pose identically on the set of Lady Bird (2017).

Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig on set
©A24 / courtesy Everett Collection

13.Kiera Knightly listens intently while director Joe Wright plans his next shot in Pride & Prejudice (2005) — and, let's be real, he's probably talkin' a little trash about Mr. Darcy.

Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright on set
Focus Films / ©Focus Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

14.Tom Holland stands on a big, comfy-looking mat, listening to director Ruben Fleischer on the set of Uncharted (2022).

Tom Holland standing up on a mat preparing for a stunt
Clay Enos / © Sony Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

15.Florence Pugh prepares to take flight(?) on the set of Black Widow (2020).

Florence Pugh inside of a fake plane
Jay Maidment /© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

16.Speaking of "flight," Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving both appear to have a fight AND flight response while filming for The Matrix (1999).

Keanu Reeves and Hug Weaving do a fight scene on set
/ ©Warner Bros/courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

17.Director Steven Spielberg poses for a very handsome portrait with Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) on the set of Hook (1991).

Director Steven Spielberg and Dustin Hoffman on set
Tristar Pictures / ©TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

18.Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio stare while director James Cameron points to something on set of Titanic (1997). I love Kate's face here because it 100% looks like James is a time-traveller sent back in time to tell her some hot gossip.

Kate Winslet, Leonardo Di Caprio, and director James Cameron on set
20thcentfox / ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection

19.Meanwhile, director Peter Jackson looks like a multiverse hopper come to warn Legolas (Orlando Bloom) about the dangers of not wearing sun protection on the set of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

Director Peter Jackson and Orlando Bloom on the set
New Line Cinema / ©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection

20.And director Jordan Peele isn't afraid to get up close and personal with Red (Lupita Nyong'o) while filming Us (2019).

Lupita Nyong'o and Jordan Peele standing in front of a chalkboard
Photo Credit: Claudette Barius / ©Universal/courtesy Everett / Everett Collection

21.Brandy Norwood looks every part a princess behind the scenes, too, while filming Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997).

Brandy holds a large camera on set
/ ©ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection

22.Charlize Theron chats up director George Miller while sweatin' it out in the desert during Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Charlize Theron chatting with director George Miller on set
Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

23.Hey, while we're talking about deserts, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson can certainly smell what director Stephen Sommers is cooking while they film The Mummy 2 (2001).

Dwayne Johnson and Stephen Sommers talk on set
/ ©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

24.Naomi Watts gets hugged by a giant green screen hand for King Kong (2005).

Naomi Watts is enveloped in a giant green screen hand on set
Universal / ©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

25.Director James Cameron chills with the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and John Connor (Edward Furlong) while filming Terminator II: Judgement Day (1991).

Director James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong on set
/ ©TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

26.Clive Barker chilling with his sick-lookin' cenobites on the set of Hellraiser (1987). Honestly? Squad goals.

  New World Releasing / ©New World Releasing/Courtesy Everett Collection
New World Releasing / ©New World Releasing/Courtesy Everett Collection

27.Oh, did I say "squad goals?!" Here's Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, director Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray posing by their beloved car on the set of Ghostbusters II (1989).

   / ©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Co / Everett Collection
/ ©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Co / Everett Collection

28.Director George Lucas looks on while Ian McDiarmid and Samuel L. Jackson practice their laser sword duels on the set of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Merrick Morton/TM and ©copyright Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved/Courtesy Everett Collection
20thcentfox / ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection

29.Heath Ledger's Joker gets a mid-day touch-up from make-up artist John Caglione Jr. while shooting The Dark Knight (2008).

Heath Ledger as Joker with make-up artist John Caglione Jr. on-set
Stephen Vaughan / © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

30.Did someone say "knight?!" Here's director David Lowery taking a moment to instruct Ralph Ineson and Dev Patel on the set of The Green Knight (2021). I'm obsessed with how casual this tree man looks here.

David Lowery, Ralph Ineson, and Dev Patel on set
Eric Zachanowich / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

31.And behind-the scenes pics aren't just for live action movies! Here's artist Mark Henn as he works on a sketch of Belle while animating Beauty and the Beast (1991).

A man with large glasses drawing
Walt Disney Co. / ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection

32.And Eddie Murphy getting into voicing Donkey in the recording sessions for Shrek (2001).

Eddie Murphy in a recording booth
Dreamworks / ©DreamWorks/Courtesy Everett Collection

33.Last, but certainly not least: Cate Blanchett looks on as director Taika Waititi shows her some shots on set of Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Y'all, this is my favorite meme layout. Excellent.

Cate Blanchett looking at a ipad that director Taika Waititi shows her on set
Jasin Boland/© Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

What's your favorite behind-the-scenes movie photo? Share in the comments below!