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It’s Hard To Believe These 15 Movie Scenes Aren’t CGI

Movie these days are incomplete without CGI. Even the impossible appears real now. But back in time, the moviemakers went an extra step ahead. Take a look at some of the most iconic scenes from your favorite movies that were created without using CGI:

The cafeteria scene in Spider-Man, where Peter catches all the items on the lunch tray was filmed by Tobey Maguire himself. He took a total of 156 takes.

For filming the zero-gravity scenes in Apollo 13, director Ron Howard borrowed a reduced-gravity plane from NASA that it uses to train astronauts. However, the plane could only make the actors weightless for 25 seconds at once.

A lot of science went behind in creating the instant portion bread that Rey made in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was basically a deflated bread under the liquid which slowly inflated as the liquid was pumped out.   

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 was a real prop that was made from a sketch that director J.J. Abrams drew on a napkin.

For the scene where Harry accidentally uses an Inflation spell on Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the production team spent nearly four months creating a 50-pound inflation suit for actor Pam Ferris.

For the scene where the White House exploded on Independence Day, the production team built a miniature model that they filmed at 300 frames per second instead of the standard 24 frames.

For making the hobbits look tinier than the other creatures. The Lord of the Rings makers didn’t use CGI but the optical illusion of forced perspective.

For the scene with countless squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, director Tim Burton got over 40 squirrels that animal trainers spent 19 weeks training.

The flame-throwing guitar in Mad Max: Fury Road that Coma-Doof warrior had was a fully operational flamethrower as well as a playable guitar.

For Casino Royale, the stunt team wanted to create a rally car crash scene. The team set up an 18-inch ramp and fitted Craig’s car with a gas cannon to help it flip over. The stunt driver unintentionally broke the world record for most cannon rolls in a car.

The robot TARS in Interstellar was a 200-pound mechanical puppet that was voiced by Bill Irwin.

Director Christopher Nolan planted $100,000 worth of corn for Interstellar in western Canada to serve as a backdrop. The corn was harvested for a huge amount of profit.

In Jurassic Park, the sick triceratops that Ellie Sattler communicates closely with was a magnanimous puppet with hand-sculpted skin and control rods underneath its flanks.

For the scene where Pepper Potts fits a new arc reactor inside Tony Stark’s chest in Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow did an actual operation but on a prosthetic chest while Robert Downey Jr. was made to sit at a different angle that made it look like it was his actual body.

In one of the fight sequences from Mission Impossible 2, Ambrose brought a knife super close to Ethan Hunt’s eye. The scene was 100% real and the knife was hanging only by a steel string on top of Tom Cruise’s eye.

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Written by Muneer

Muneer is an Indian writer at FandomWire who plans to visit all countries in this world to eat the food on their streets. Obsessed with joggers, he sings and plays the strings too.