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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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She Went From Trapped In Her Own Body To Dancing With The Stars

Victoria Arlen was born just before her triplet brothers. As such, the young girl was always an ambitious and energetic trailblazer. Always active, she took an interest in sports – particularly swimming and dancing – from a young age. She dreamed of winning gold medals and dancing with stars. Then, at age 11, disaster struck. Out of nowhere, Victoria became a prisoner, trapped inside her own body, in a nightmare that seemed to never end. She could see and hear, but didn’t have control over anything else. Victoria worked tirelessly to escape from her nightmare against all odds, and went on to grab headlines and inspire lives everywhere. Was she able to overcome her dismal condition? Read on to find out.

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These Celebrity Doppelgangers From The Past Have Us Seeing Double

Time travel is a mystifying concept. Much like the idea of extraterrestrial life, it has captured the human imagination for as long as we have existed. Today, it’s at the forefront of famous movie plots, most famously ‘Back to the Future,’ and pops up in late-night conversations about the universe and meaning of life. As of now, scientists have not been able to confirm whether traveling through time is possible, and though there isn’t any kind of hard evidence that proves human beings can time travel, these photos of celebrities alongside what appear to be them in other time periods will sure make you wonder.

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Is It Even Christmas If You Haven’t Seen Die Hard Yet?

The Holiday Season is upon us and you know what that means – time to watch Die Hard! Your televisions and movie theaters are probably already flooded with cheesy Christmas movies, and the radio is just Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas Is You,” but there’s one thing that we can all agree on, Die Hard is a perfect piece of holiday cheer. We know the debate has raged on for nearly 30 years: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? We’ve done the leg work (watched Die Hard so many times we’ve lost count) and we have the definitive answer. Yippee ki-yay it’s Die Hard season!

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