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Surprising movie trivia facts

Surprising movie trivia facts
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After learning of some of these quirky behind-the-scenes facts from your favourite films, you’ll never look at them the same way again.

The code in The Matrix comes from sushi recipes

The code in The Matrix comes from sushi recipes
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Those green symbols trailing down in The Matrix aren’t complicated algorithms. A production designer scanned symbols from his wife’s sushi cookbooks, then manipulated them to create the iconic “code.” Check out the hilarious working titles of these five hit movies.

Director James Cameron drew the sketch in Titanic

Director James Cameron drew the sketch in Titanic
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Unlike Jack’s French girls, Kate Winslet wore a bathing suit while Cameron sketched the picture. Here are the top 10 favourite movies as voted by you.

One famous Pulp Fiction scene was filmed backward

One famous Pulp Fiction scene was filmed backward
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When Uma Thurman’s character is having an overdose, it looks like John Travolta sticks a needle in her to revive her. Actually, Travolta pulled the needle out, and the film was run backward to reverse the action. Pulp Fiction certainly had some memorable one-liners – here are 25 of the most memorable movie quotes of all time.

The cat in The Godfather was a stray

The cat in The Godfather was a stray
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Director Francis Ford Coppola found the cat in the studio and handed it to Marlon Brando before the shot. The cat loved the actor so much that it stayed in his lap and purred so loudly that the crew was afraid the noise would drown out the dialogue.

Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie

Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie
Warner Bros

If you think the dreamy 007 seemed too good to be true, you’re right. Sean Connery started balding at age 17. You won’t believe these mind-blowing movie theories – starting with another one about James Bond.

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There’s a Starbucks cup in every Fight Club scene

There’s a Starbucks cup in every Fight Club scene
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Director David Fincher thought the Starbucks shops popping up on every block of LA in the late ‘90s was “too much of a good thing,” so he poked fun of the coffee chain in Fight Club. He’s claimed to have sneaked a Starbucks cup into every shot, with the permission of the chain – with one exception. Starbucks didn’t want its shop destroyed on film, so that scene uses the made-up Gratifico Coffee instead.

Velociraptor noises in Jurassic Park are tortoises mating

Velociraptor noises in Jurassic Park are tortoises mating
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That’s right, some of the noises made by the velociraptors were actually provided by tortoises in the throes of ecstasy. At least that’s what the sound designer used when the raptors were communicating. Other scenes of the species used horse breathing and goose hisses.

E.T. and Poltergeist started from the same script

E.T. and Poltergeist started from the same script
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Steven Spielberg was going to produce filmmaker John Sayles’ Night Skies script about a rural family invaded by aliens that could kill with a touch of the finger but decided to go a more family-friendly route with the story by creating E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Sayles wouldn’t rewrite the script, but Spielberg kept the idea for Poltergeist. Shiver through our list of the scariest movies of all time.

Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is William Shatner’s face

Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is William Shatner’s face
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Or specifically, his Star Trek character, Captain Kirk. There wasn’t money in the 1978 horror film’s budget to create a custom mask, so the art director bought a clown and a Captain Kirk mask. The crew spray-painted it white, and adjusted the eyes and hair to create the terrifying mask. Speaking of Halloween, check out these 15 easy Halloween crafts kids can make.

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