27 Behind-The-Scenes Facts That Are So Pure And Wholesome, You'll Want To Send Them To Your Mom
1. The opening airport scene of Love Actually featured real couples genuinely embracing.
In Love actually (2003), the opening montage was real footage of passengers meeting their loved ones at the airport, shot with hidden cameras. Richard Curtis said that that when something special was caught on camera, they would rush up to people and ask for their permission to use it in the movie. from MovieDetails
2. Carrie Fisher's dog has a cameo in The Last Jedi.
In Star War Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) Carrie Fisher's dog Gary, has a cameo (with prosthetics) in the Canto Bight Casino, as a pet for one of the higher rollers. from MovieDetails
3. And Michael Bay also gave his dog a cameo in his film Pearl Harbor.
In Pearl Harbour (2001), Michael Bay gave his dog a cameo. He was named Mason, and he was 5-years-old during filming. from MovieDetails
4. Director James Gunn put his own parents in a quick cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and named them "weird old man" and "weird old man's mistress" in the credits.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2018), the old couple taking photos are the parents of James Gunn. They are credited as "Weird Old Man" and "Weird Old Man's Mistress.". from MovieDetails
5. In a kind of silly cameo, Truman Capote briefly appears in Annie Hall as a guy who looks like Truman Capote in the park.
In Annie Hall (1977) writer Truman Capote makes a cameo as the winner of the Truman Capote lookalike contest. from MovieDetails
6.Zootopia writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston and producer Clark Spencer cast Kristen Bell in a bit role as a sloth in Zootopia because of her famous Ellen segment obsessing over sloths.
In Zootopia (2016), Kirsten Bell has a cameo as a sloth. Sloths are her favourite animal. Because of this, Disney offered her the small role. Her character has two words. from MovieDetails
7. Voice actor James Hong's father owned a noodle shop when Hong was growing up, which Hong used to work in as a kid. Filmmakers reportedly used this info in Kung Fu Panda, and made Hong's character, Mr. Ping, own a noodle shop that his son works in!
In Kung Fu Panda (2008), Po’s father owns a noodle shop. This is actually a reference to his voice actor, James Hong. Hong’s father owned a noodle shop and Hong would often work there. When the filmmakers learned about this, they integrated it into his character. from MovieDetails
8. According to a DVD featurette, Paris Hilton was nervous to scream in her House of Wax death scene, so she asked the crew to join her — they obliged.
In House of Wax (2005) Paris Hilton asked the crew to scream with her since she was embarrassed about her screaming. The crew did follow her request. from MovieDetails
9. The Rock's character in Moana, Maui, had his appearance partially modeled on The Rock's grandfather, Samoan wrestler Peter Maivia. Maivia was known for his tribal tattoos, much like the ones Maui has in the movie.
In "Moana" (2016), Maui's visual appearance is partly modeled on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's grandfather, Samoan-American professional wrestler Peter Maivia from MovieDetails
10. The What We Do in the Shadows commentary revealed that they cast a woman they found in a real retirement home as Katherine. The woman, Ethel Robinson, who was thrilled to be included in the film, had fangs put in her dentures.
In What We Do in The Shadows (2014), the retirement home where Viago finds Katherine is a real retirement home. Katherine was also played by one of the residents, Ethel Robinson. She was “thrilled” to be in the movie. Jermaine Clement even put fangs in her dentures. from MovieDetails
11. Mary Gibbs was only 2.5 years old when she started recording for Monsters Inc. — to get her lines, director Pete Docter chased her around the studio with a mic and recorded things she said. According to Gibbs, if they wanted her to say something specific, they'd use a Cookie Monster puppet to talk to her.
For Monsters Inc. (2001) due to Mary Gibbs who played Boo being so young, it was difficult to get her to stay in the recording booth to perform her lines. So they decided to follow her around with a microphone and cut her lines together using the random things/noises she say whilst playing. from MovieDetails
12. Kevin Smith, who wrote and directed Mallrats, wrote a cameo for Stan Lee where he talked about a past love that got away. Lee was worried his wife would be upset at the scene, and only agreed to do it if Smith added a scene where he said he was joking.
For his cameo in Mallrats (1995) Stan Lee talks to Brodie about “the one that got away” Stan Lee asked writer and director, Kevin Smith, to add a scene where he says he was joking, so his wife wouldn’t be offended. from MovieDetails
13. Another Stan Lee one for ya — he re-created an old outfit from the '70s for his cameo in the 1970 segment of Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers Endgame - Stan Lee's cameo in the movie, his outfit was based on his real life wardrobe from the 1970s. Looking fly in the movies and real life. from MovieDetails
14. The baby Carmine kisses in American Hustle is his real-life baby, who was visiting set with her mother.
In American Hustle (2015), Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) is shown kissing a baby while greeting constituents on the street. The baby is Renner’s real-life daughter Eva, who was 1 month old at the time. from MovieDetails
15. Royd Tolkien, J. R. R. Tolkien's great-grandson, had a cameo in The Return of The King. Production lent him Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn wig for the shoot.
In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Tolkien’s great grandson has a cameo as a ranger in Osgiliath. He wore Viggo Mortensen’s wig as part of his costume. from MovieDetails
16. You can spot a few extras doing web-shooting motions around Tom Holland in this Cherry scene. According to a supposed extra, they were just told to act "weird and chaotic."
In Cherry(2021) as Tom Holland’s character lays on the ground, two extras can be seen going around him and making web shooting motions at him. (Starting from top of the screen and going right) from MovieDetails
17. Paul Rudd has said that the KU hat he wore in Clueless was his own hat. He asked if he could wear it, and the director said it was fine as long as he gave it to wardrobe after so he wouldn't lose it. They ended up losing the hat.
In Clueless (1995), Josh wears a University of Kansas ballcap. This hat really belonged to Paul Rudd. He asked the costume team if he could wear it in a few scenes to honour his alma mater. from MovieDetails
18. Nolan North was given a small role in Star Trek Into Darkness because J.J. Abrams and his son are big fans of the video game Uncharted, which Nolan voice acted in.
In Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), voice actor Nolan North has a cameo as a crew member. He got the part because director J.J. Abrams saw his performance as Nathan Drake in Uncharted. He his son are fans of the video game series. from MovieDetails
19. Christian Slater stole a Star Trek costume when he had a cameo in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country because he was a big fan of the series. He also supposedly never cashed the $750 check, framing it instead.
Actor Christian Slater has a very brief cameo in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) because his mother, Mary Jo Slater, was the casting director. A lifelong Star Trek fan, he stole his costume and framed his paycheck, never cashing it. from MovieDetails
20. Director Ivan Reitman had most of the kids ad lib about their real dads' jobs in this Kindergarten Cop scene.
In the scene in Kindergarten Cop (1990) where Arnold Schwarzenegger asks the children "Who is your daddy and what does he do?", many of the young actors were not given lines and instead are actually telling Arnold about their real father's job. from MovieDetails
21. Jeff Anderson refused to list pornographic titles in front of child actor Ashley Pereira and her mother in Clerks. This is why you can't see them in the shot — however, they were later read the lines by someone else for reaction shots.
In ‘Clerks’ (1994) when Randal’s ordering porn in front of the mother and her daughter, the shot gets tighter on him when he says the titles. This is because Jeff Anderson (Randal) refused to say the filthy titles in front of the small girl. from MovieDetails
22. Harold Ramis made Rita's favorite drink in Groundhog Day sweet vermouth because it's what his wife drinks.
In Groundhog Day (1993), writer/director Harold Ramis included the detail that Rita’s favorite drink is sweet vermouth because that was his wife’s favorite drink in real life. from MovieDetails
23. Stunt assistant Jade Olivia played Draco's wife in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue — she was also actor Tom Felton's girlfriend at the time.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011), Draco’s wife was played by Jade Olivia, Tom Felton’s real-life girlfriend at the time. from MovieDetails
24. And the woman rejecting Robert De Niro's character's advances in Taxi Driver was his real-life girlfriend and future wife.
The concession girl rebuffing Travis Bickle's attempts at flirting in Taxi Driver (1976) is De Niro's future wife Diahnne Abbott. The two were married right around the time of the film's release. from MovieDetails
25. Michael Bay revealed in his commentary for The Island that the line "that tongue thing is amazing" came from something he actually told a girl back when he was a "geek."
In The Island (2005), Lincoln says “That tongue thing is amazing” after Jordan french kisses him. This line was added by director Michael Bay, because it’s what he actually said to the first girl who ever French kissed him. On the commentary he said: “Imagine what a geek I was when I said that.” from MovieDetails
26. Nev Schulman knew the artist who did the paintings for Bird Box, Lily Morris, and modeled for her along with his wife. The painting of the famous couple ended up in the film.
In Bird Box (2018), the couple in the painting at the beginning of the film is modeled after “Catfish” host Nev Schulman and his wife Laura. from MovieDetails
27. And finally, the Chinese restaurant scene in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was filled with people who were a part of Rogers' life and his show.
In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), in the restaurant Fred says “Let’s just take a minute and think about all the people who love us into being.” Extras shown in this scene are people who were close w/ the real Fred Rogers, including Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood cast/crew + his wife Joanne from MovieDetails