Facts are awesome, and unbelievable facts about movies are even better! Can you really lose weight while watching horror flicks? Are time travel movies really banned in China? Was James Cameron really a truck driver? Stick around and find out!
1. Time travel movies are banned in China.
Yup, that’s a fact. The Chinese government considers the subject of time travel to be a dangerous element of fiction. Chinese are weird like that.
2. The actress who played Samara in “The Ring” also voiced Lilo in Lilo & Stitch.
Daveigh Chase’s character of Samara may have given you nightmares, but who could say no to one of the sweetest Disney girls?
3. Sylvester Stallone once sold his dog Butkus for $40.
He was running out of food and money, so he did one of the hardest things imaginable – he sold his good boy for $40. At least he got the dog back, though, he did have to pay $15,000 for him.
4. In 1896, Alice Guy-Blaché became the first woman to direct a movie, and made over 1,000 movies.
Can you imagine how tough it was for a woman to be taken seriously in the 1896? And yet, Alice persevered, and did not only become the first ever female director, but she also had one of the most prolific film careers in history! She created over 1,000 cinematic works, 350 of which have survived into the modern era, and 22 of those are feature films.
5. Horror movies could help you burn calories.
Turns out that onscreen scares (which means you’ll lose even more weight if you watch a lot of Markiplier videos) can accelerate your heart rate and cause a surge of adrenaline. Want some concrete numbers? According to a study from the University of Westminster, watching The Shining could help you to burn around 184 calories, and The Exorcist may help burn off 158 calories.
6. Danny Trejo once shut down director Robert Rodríguez by telling him, “Machete don’t text.”
Danny Trejo is a fun dude. During the pre-production of “Machete”, he would often call Rodríguez to bounce ideas. One day Robert could not pick up, so he offered texting. Trejo’s response was simple: “Machete don’t text”. Damn right he doesn’t!
7. Nobody really knows how many toes Yoda has.
Believe it or not, his toes weren’t all that important to the plot, so the puppeteers and CG artists kept giving him different numbers of toes depending on which Star Wars movie it was. In Episode I, Yoda has 3 toes, while in episodes III and VI he has 4 toes. But really, who cares, right? (fans care… fans)
8. After seeing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, James Cameron quit his job as a truck driver.
Before becoming a truck driver, James studied physics and literature, but gave up on his education after getting into films and special effects. After seeing the first Star Wars movie, he decided to follow his heart.
9. Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption all opened on the same weekend.
For one weekend in 1994, nobody left the movie theater, and I can’t really blame them.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has the most “mistakes” of any movie since 2000.
Getting the title of “the movie with the most errors” isn’t easy, but 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, had a whopping 390 mistakes! I’m sure you’ve seen quite a few of the pictures with circled mistakes in them.