17 Interesting Movie Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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Who doesn't love learning a crazy fact or two? Here's a quick roundup of some of the most fascinating movie trivia throughout film history.

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Disney wanted Robert De Niro as Captain Jack Sparrow, but he declined the role because he thought the movie was going to bomb.

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In the first draft of the Back to the Future screenplay, the time machine wasn't a Delorean, it was a refrigerator.

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Before director Christopher Nolan started filming The Dark Knight, he made the entire cast and crew watch the following movies (in order) over four days: King Kong, Citizen Kane, Cat People, Stalag 17, Black Sunday, A Clockwork Orange, Heat and Batman Begins.

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John Travolta would have played Maverick in Top Gun if his asking price wasn't too high.

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Natalie Portman dislocated her rib while shooting Black Swan and had to give up her trailer so the low budget film could afford a medic for the rest of shooting.

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Will Smith was almsot Neo in The Matrix, but chose to do Wild Wild West instead.

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In classic Hitchcock movie North by Northwest, Cary Grant was actually older than his on-screen mother, Jessie Royce Landis.

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The Lion King was originally known as King of the Jungle until someone at Disney finally remembered that lions don’t actually live in jungles.

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Darth Vader only has 12 minutes of screen time in the original Star Wars.

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They didn't have to do any fancy makeup or post production work to make Ed Helms look like he was missing a tooth in The Hangover. He has a real life implant because an adult tooth never grew in.

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In Home Alone, Buzz's girlfriend is actually a boy in a wig. The director thought it would be too mean to ask a girl to be in the film this way.

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Because of severe hair loss, Sean Connery wore a toupee in every Bond film he was in.

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They designed E.T.'s face by combining Albert Einstein, Carl Sandburg and a pug dog.

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In the movie Dredd, they slowed down a Justin Bieber song by 800 times to create the "slow motion" noise.

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101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney movies where both parents are present and at least one doesn't die.

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They waxed Steve Carrell's real chest hair in The 40 Year Old Virgin. He thought the scene wouldn't have been as funny if it was done with movie magic

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Because they were shooting in black and white and color didn't matter, they used chocolate syrup as blood when shooting Psycho.