There’s nothing better than a blockbuster movie to put you in a good mood. A lot of components come together to make such a stunning piece of art. Fast-paced directions, crazy talented actors, astonishing scripts with expert execution are the essence of this spirited cinema. However, the biggest challenges often remain behind the scenes. Here is a list of wild things, experienced by actors and crew on movie sets.
1. Jim Carrey‘s make-up routine on the sets Of How the Grinch Stole Christmas took 8 hours to complete. To overcome this Jim was trained to endure torture by a man who teaches the same to CIA operatives.
2. George Lucas was ordered to move his Sandcrawler away from the Libyan border by the Tunisian Government during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope. Since Libya mistook the Sandcrawler as an army vehicle and threatened military action.
3. During a magic trick in Now You See Me, Isla Fisher was supposed to struggle before getting out of the water tank. However, her release chains got stuck in her costume and she almost drowned, while everyone thought she was acting stupendously.
4. For a battle scene in Ben-Hur, the ponds were dyed blue as the production was not satisfied with the natural color. By accident, an extra fell into this pond. MGM kept him on payroll till the dye wore off.
5. A majority of the cast and crew of Titanic was served with PCP- spiked clam chowder. Following this, they were taken to the hospital at 1 am.
6. Benedict Cumberbatch and his friends were kidnapped at gunpoint before being left in the middle of nowhere. This happened while they were traveling back to the sets of To the Ends of the Earth.
7. While shooting for Amityville Horror (2005) in a boathouse, the local police informed the production about a dead body floating nearby.
8. Wicked Witch of the West actor Margaret Hamilton suffered severe burns on her hands and face after filming the smoke-filled exit from Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz.
9. During the filming of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Jennifer Carpenter complained about her radio, which automatically turned on in the middle of the night and repeated the words “I’m still alive”.
10. The shooting for Apocalypse Now was halted by the police after it discovered that unidentified bodies, purchased from a grave robber were being used as props.
11. While shooting for Poltergeist, JoBeth Williams was unaware of the fact that the production used a zillion real skeletons as they considered fake ones “too expensive”.
12. After winding the shoot of The Possession which centered around a demon-possessed dybbuk box, the prop storage building caught fire. Everything was burned down to ashes including the imitation dybbuk box.
13. Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning while filming the Sermon on the Mount scene in The Passion of the Christ.
14. Director Stanley Kubrick introduced the character of Basil, a boa constrictor in A Clockwork Orange, only after finding out that Malcolm McDowell was frightened of reptiles.
15. Peter Mayhew, while playing Chewbacca in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was always accompanied by the crew in vibrant vests through the Pacific Northwest so that people won’t mistake him for bigfoot and shoot him.
16. Michael Imperioli was rushed to the hospital after he cut his hand with broken glass on the sets of Goodfellas. However, without realizing the ER doctors attempted to treat his fake bullet wounds instead.