As a voice of this generation, Hannah Montana once said, “everybody makes mistakes… nobody’s perfect.” Luckily for most of us, our mistakes aren’t televised for the world to see… like they are for a few Hollywood producers. Read on to see some of the funniest production mistakes you missed from your favorite TV series and films.
1. Modern Family
Modern Family gives a hilarious depiction of an imperfect, well modern, family. And just like the family it portrays, the production itself is far from perfect. One of the sitcom’s stars, Eric Stonestreet (who plays Cameron Tucker) shed light on one of the show’s production mistakes by posting a photo to social media of a very specific scene.
In his post, Stonestreet points to a crew member who was clearly not supposed to be in the shot. The actor described the mishap saying, “Once, we had a CAMERA OPERATOR in one of our shots!… it happens to the best of us.” And boy, was he right. Just take one look at this list and you’ll see what he means.
2. Game of Thrones
Even one of the world’s arguably most successful and praised television series, Game of Thrones isn’t above making mistakes. In season six, Melisandre (aka the Red Woman), removes her necklace to reveal that it harnessed some sort of magic that kept her looking young. A piece of jewelry with superpowers is hard enough to believe…
But adding to the difficulty is the fact that Melisandre was shown without the youth-enhancing chalice while bathing in season four – and she didn’t suddenly add on a few centuries. So, two things: firstly, where can we get a necklace that keeps us young forever? Secondly, this unfortunately wasn’t the only blunder in the hugely popular series. More on that to come.
3. The Mummy
While the 2017 rendition of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise was supposed to be a blockbuster like its 1999 predecessor that famously starred Brendan Fraser, it ended up being a total flop. The film lost nearly $100 million and we have an idea why.
Perhaps the movie’s failure was in some part due to the fact that the whole premise behind the movie is unrealistic. A princess would never have been chosen as the next Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. If there were no sons in line to be crowned, then the title would’ve been granted to the next male in the family. This mistake was probably enough to make fans bury The Mummy in their minds forever.
Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, is arguably one of the best movie musicals of all time. If you’re anything like us, you were too distracted by the budding romance, leather jackets, and sing-and-dance-alongs to notice some of the film’s production mistakes. But we’re here to remind you!
During a sleepover at Frenchie’s (who doesn’t love a good slumber party?), the girls talk about piercing Sandy’s ears when she passes a bottle of wine to Jan. Bottoms up, ladies – or should we say lady – because seconds later, the camera cuts back to Sandy and she’s holding the bottle once again. Did greased lightning strike and move the bottle from hand to hand in a flash?
5. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
In this crime comedy set in the 1930s, convict Ulysses Everett McGill (played by George Clooney) escapes from a Mississippi prison with Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (John Turturro) to search for freedom and buried treasure. While still in shackles, their ill-advised run sure provides some comedic relief for viewers.
But the characters aren’t the only people to laugh at in this film. The producers also made some funny slip-ups throughout its taping, one of which is shown in the scene that’s set in a movie theater. In this scene, a modern-day exit sign glows over the actors’ heads, though these didn’t actually exist in the 1930s when the movie takes place.
6. Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean is but another movie franchise riddled with mess-ups. In the third film, the Black Pearl ship sails towards Singapore. We don’t need to consult our fifth-grade History 101 teacher to confirm that Singapore didn’t actually exist in the 1700s, which was when this film was set.
And Singapore wasn’t the only blunder in the film. In another scene, a cowboy rocking a white tee and straw hat is shown aboard the ship. Correct us if we’re wrong, but we don’t really think cowboys and pirates would mesh too well together. What’s more, who knew they had plain white tees back in the 17th century?
7. Spiderman 3
We know that among spidey’s superpowers are: the ability to wall-crawl by clinging onto different surfaces, a sixth “spider sense” to suspect danger, and superhuman strength and reflexes. But what we didn’t know is that he can also apparently move famous landmarks from one state to another.
It’s no secret that Spiderman lives in New York City. It’s made obvious by certain monuments that are shown such as the Empire State Building and the Midtown Public Library. But in Spiderman 3, the Chicago L train tracks and the Cleveland Terminal Tower make an appearance, both of which are shown in this photo. Whoops!
If you’re anything like us, you were too swept up in the love story between Jack and Rose to notice any production mistakes in Titanic. And we don’t blame you! While the film did do a lot of things right – like totally captivate us in the epic drama of the true story – its depiction of that fateful 1912 night did have a few inaccuracies.
For example, in the film, the officers on the lifeboat search for survivors of the wreck using flashlights. The inaccuracy here? Flashlights didn’t even exist back in 1912. But this may not actually have been a mistake. Apparently, director James Cameron knew this wasn’t historically accurate but used flashlights anyway for lighting purposes. However, we don’t think he intentionally made the other Titanic production mistake on this list.
9. Back to the Future
Back to the Future is presumably one of the most famous time travel movies ever made, and for good reason! The trilogy fuses sci-fi, romance, action, and comedy. Seriously, what’s there not to love? Well, if you pay close attention to the film, you’ll notice that the scriptwriters may have gotten a bit confused with all that time travel.
Once Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) successfully gets his parents together at prom, he goes straight to the stage to jam out on his Gibson ES-345 guitar. Sure, the whole plot of the movie is based on him living in the future, but it still doesn’t make much sense that he’s at a 1955 prom playing a guitar that didn’t hit stores until 1958.
10. Forrest Gump
Run, Forrest, run… to six years in the future! For a cognitively-impaired guy, Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, sure gains some insight into the future tech world. In particular, he learns about one of the largest tech companies of this generation: Apple.
In the film, Forrest wrongfully believes his Bubba Gump money was invested in a fruit company, aka Apple computers. When he receives snail mail from the company, it’s letterhead has Apple’s rainbow logo at the top. But Apple didn’t go public until 1981 and this film was set in 1975.And if you thought this was bad, just wait until you see the others!
For a show running 10 seasons long, there’s bound to be continuity errors. Known for its hilarity, Friends not only left viewers laughing at Ross’ socially awkward tendencies or Joey’s failed attempts at romance, but also at its production crew.
Monica’s apartment mishap is but one example of its production mistakes. At the start of the first season, Monica lives in apartment #5. Fast forward to a few more episodes and she suddenly lives in apartment #20. The change was due to an ah-ha moment from the writers in which they realized apartment #5 wasn’t representative of a flat on the top floor of a large building. The change makes sense and all, but we can’t stop thinking about the nightmare it must’ve caused for New York postal workers. Seriously, the city is hectic enough!
12. Spy Game
We knew that given their line of work, spies typically know more than the average person. But what we weren’t aware of is that they’re also apparently able to predict the future. In this action thriller, Tom Bishop, played by Brad Pitt, is not only the protégé of CIA operative, Nathan Muir (Robert Redford), but he is also apparently a future teller.
The hat that Tom rocks throughout the movie is a San Diego Padres hat colored navy blue, orange, and white. In 1985 – which is when the film is set – the Padres’ colors were brown and gold. It wasn’t until the end of the 1990 season that the team changed their colors.
Cheesy romance. Monochromatic fashion. Silly, stupid one-liners exchanged between a group of BFFs. Sounds like the recipe for a perfect chick flick, right? Well, maybe not perfect. Clueless sure is a terrific rom-com classic, but it’s not without its production mistakes.
For example, when daddy’s little princess, Cher Horowitz, takes her driving test, she smashes her white jeep into a parked car, causing the passenger-side mirror to go flying. But by the end of her test, the mirror is perfectly intact. Trust us, we’re just as clueless about how this actually happened. Could it be magic? As Cher would say: “Ugh! As if!”
14. American Sniper
With a plot centered around one of the most lethal snipers in the history of the US military, there’s nothing that’s supposed to be funny about American Sniper. Yet this film gave us a movie mishap that’s so embarrassing we’re shocked it made it on screen. We’ve got to admit though – we’re pretty happy it did because it’s honestly hilarious.
In one scene, Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) is seen feeding and cradling his infant child. In what should have been a tender moment, it becomes obvious that what he’s looking down at is a bundle of joy… made from plastic. Oops!
15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry sure had his fair share of struggles throughout his life. In the fifth film – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – he loses his godfather, Dumbledore won’t speak to him, and the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge, submits him to some (quite literally) scarring detentions. Not to mention, he has recurring dreams about Voldemort.
In the scene where Harry dreams about the Department of Mysteries, he is shown sweating through his striped T-shirt. After he is startled awake from seeing Voldemort’s face, he is shown wearing a button-down. We missed hearing of the spell that changes you out of sweat-soaked tees. Now that’s something that’d come in handy during summer!
16. Game of Thrones
Despite being based on supernatural elements that aren’t guided by the laws of reality, some things that happen on Game of Thrones just don’t make sense. Like how the production crew, director, script supervisors, and post-production teams all missed a Starbucks coffee cup that was placed beside Daenery in a season 8 scene.
Though they later digitally deleted the cup, it wasn’t until after their blunder went viral. HBO weighed in on the fiasco, tweeting, “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. #Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.” That’s funny and all but is anyone else wondering how the baristas spelled Daenery’s name? They can barely spell ours.
17. Dirty Dancing
Arguably one of the most memorable scenes in the history of romance films is when Baby (played by Jennifer Gray) is lifted over Johnny (played by Patrick Swayze)’s head in Dirty Dancing. This dance drama from 1987 sure gave us some great dance moves and ballads, and not to mention, a few pretty funny continuity slip-ups.
During the final dance of the film, Swayze channels his inner cool guy and jumps off the stage. In this moment, his hair is completely dry. But in the next moment, it’s totally wet and glued to his forehead. Did the producers cut out the scene where he runs 10 miles and does 300 push ups to get that sweaty?
The epic war film, Braveheart, stars, was directed by, and was co-produced by Hollywood megastar, Mel Gibson. We’ll cut him some slack for the film’s bloopers, since it’s a lot to keep track of for just one person! In the scene where the English charge Wallace (Gibson)’s Scottish forces in battle, a white car – presumably belonging to the film crew – is shown behind the approaching cavalry.
This is only one example of a minor goof in the film, though catching the mistake does make it hard for viewers to keep the illusion that the film takes place in the late 13th century. Maybe since Gibson worked both on and off camera, he set a wrongful impression to the film crew that they could do the same. What’s more, Gibson’s character famously wears a traditional kilt four centuries before those even became popular.
19. Gone with the Wind
The Civil War-based drama, Gone with the Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh chronicles the life of one Southern belle as she struggles with the onset of the war amidst navigating a tangled love life. Set in the 1860s, it was made in 1939 – a far more technically-limited time.
Adding to its complexity is the fact that the film is nearly four hours long. With so much to keep track of, it’s no wonder the producers made some errors! For example, in the scene where Ashley returns wounded to the plantation following the raid that killed Mr. Kennedy, Melanie grabs an oil lamp, only to reveal an electrical cord that’s attached to it. The last we checked, electricity wasn’t invented until after the war.
20. Wizard of Oz
There are few things more iconic in The Wizard of Oz than Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. So how, then, did the production crew manage to commit such a large continuity crime in respect to these dazzlers? We can’t help but wonder.
In the scene where Dorothy and Scarecrow quarrel with the apple trees, Scarecrow falls to the floor and Dorothy’s signature slippers suddenly turn black before going back to red in an instant. We suppose not even one of the world’s greatest classic films is immune to film flubs. But just one question: can Dorothy’s black slippers also transport her home with just three clicks of the heel?
21. Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club may have received a number of awards and universal critical acclaim, but that doesn’t mean it’s rid of production mishaps. Set in the mid-1980s, it tells the story of an electrician from Texas, Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, who has only 30 days to live after learning he has AIDS.
Behind Ron’s desk hangs a poster of a Lamborghini Aventador, which despite being set in the 80s, is a car that didn’t hit the market until 2011. We know he refuses to give into the sorrow of his life-threatening news, but did we miss the part where he goes so far as to travel some 30 years into the future to collect this poster?
21. Pretty Woman
The production mistake in this classic rom-com sure is a tasty one! After spending her first evening with Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, Julia Roberts’ character Vivian Ward is treated to some seriously delicious-looking room service in the hotel.
We first see Vivian take a bite out of a croissant before the camera pans back to Edward. Then when we’re shown Vivian again, she’s miraculously eating a bite out of a pancake. The weirdness doesn’t stop there, though. The pancake then changes from being half-eaten to being full. Talk about a fun – we mean yummy – scene to film!
23. Pulp Fiction
Obviously, a Quentin Tarantino film had to be included on this list. Known for his non-linear storylines, it’s no wonder there were continuity slip-ups in his 1994 crime movie, Pulp Fiction. As we’ve seen thus far, it’s hard enough keeping things straight during the production of a film that’s told in chronological order – let alone one that’s told out of order!
In arguably one of the most famous scenes of the film, Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (played by John Travolta) successfully dodge bullets that are shot at them from a roommate hiding in the bathroom. But before you applaud the hitmen for narrowly escaping the gunfire, take a closer look at the wall behind them and you’ll notice the bullet holes were in the wall prior to the shootout.
The saying, “it takes a village” could not be more accurate when it comes to movie production. Firstly, the film crew sits in an area known as video village where they observe what’s being filmed through large monitors. Must we explain the relation here?
Secondly, they enlist the help of a ton of others: those in charge of the scripts, the hair and makeup crew, and the post-production teams, to name a few. How then, among all these people, did no one correct Rose’s shifting beauty mark in Titanic? While on one side of her face at the beginning of the movie, it moves to the other side during the remainder. Considering all the continuity errors listed above, we suppose some things just fall through the cracks.
25. Will and Grace
At the start of the NBC series, Will and Grace, friends of the couple – Rob and Ellen – are shown wearing wedding bands on their fingers. The last time we checked, couples only wear these eternal love symbols once they get married. But weirdly enough, the couple doesn’t plan to marry until two seasons after this scene.
It seems as though the producers were hoping viewers wouldn’t catch onto this detail. But for those who did, we’re sure the reveal felt something similar to spoiling the excitement of a real-life engagement. Besides, isn’t half the fun of having coupled-up friends seeing when and if they’ll make it down the aisle?
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