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Five of the Strangest Movie Facts Of All Time

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Filmmaking, like any creative endeavor, requires some risk-taking. Sometimes, a well-made movie needs some weird behavior behind the scenes. History is full of stories of actors behaving strangely, eccentric directors making unusual demands and even film producers making questionable choices. Here are five of the oddest quirks and background stories behind some of the most famous films.

Method Acting Is Alive And Well In Modern Cinema

When an actor prepares for and performs their role with intense submersion into their character, it is called method acting. Famous method actors have included Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio. But Joaquin Phoenix takes the crown as the most dedicated to his role. While portraying Johnny Cash in Walk The Line, Phoenix remained in character for the entire shoot—off- and on-screen—only responding to Johnny or “Mr. Cash”.

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Toilets Didn’t Grace The Silver Screen Until “Psycho”

Before the Motion Picture Association of America initiated a rating system, there were various decency standards that were loosely followed. Apparently, showing a toilet was taboo in the 1960s. This all changed with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which not only showed a toilet but filmed it actually flushing.

Speaking of waterworks, the next strange fact involves a modern director’s strict rules.

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Directors Can Be Peculiar Too

Celebrated director Christopher Nolan reportedly has banned both chairs and water bottles from his movie sets. Why? He sees both as distractions from the task of acting and filmmaking. The sound of plastic water bottles must drive Nolan mad, especially when his actors are trying to master the bottle flips. His chair ban is about keeping his actors on their toes.

Other director’s oddities have more to do with selecting the cast.

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Han Solo Was Nearly A Strange Casting Choice

It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Harrison Ford captaining the Millenium Falcon (that is, other than Alden Ehrenreich in the Solo standalone prequel.) When director, George Lucas, was casting for the Han Solo role, he almost went with some actors who in retrospect would have put a strange spin on the films.  Tom Selleck, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone and Al Pacino were all serious contenders.

Some film weirdness hopped off the screen and into the lives of actors and filmmakers.

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The Scariest Movie Of All Time Also May Be The Most Cursed

The Exorcist slammed into movie theaters 45 years ago and the movie is still scaring the pants off of people to this day. The head-spinning scare fest is also notoriously cursed, with reports of problems on and off the set. Actors suffered severe injuries, there was an unexplained on-set fire, and even the movie’s premiere in Rome saw lightning strike a nearby Catholic Church.

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