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Pop-up Cinema: Film Trivia

2 July 2019 / film /

To celebrate the magical Everyman open-air cinema coming to The Grove this August, we present fifteen fascinating movie facts…

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg shot much of this movie using cameras placed at the eye-level of a child, as a way of building the connection between Elliott and E.T. – and, of course, with young viewers everywhere.

E.T at Everyman x The Grove Pop Up Cinema

2. Isle of Dogs

Hair of the dog? Turns out the fur of the dogs in Wes Anderson’s much-loved movie was in fact alpaca wool.

3. Mrs Doubtfire

During the restaurant scene, when Mrs. Doubtfire’s teeth fall into a wine glass, the other cast-members were not told in advance what Robin Williams would do, and their reactions in the film are genuine, mirroring the shock of the crew.

Click here to watch the clip.

4. Beauty and the Beast

Belle’s gown for the ballroom scene needed 3,000 feet of thread, 2,160 Swarovski crystals, and more than 12,000 man-hours to complete.

5. La La Land

John Legend, singer and pianist, had to learn to play the guitar for his role.

6. Pride and Prejudice

Matthew Macfadyen (who played Mr Darcy in the 2005 movie of the Jane Austen novel) has very poor eyesight. So in the famous misty morning shot, the director, Joe Wright, had to walk behind the camera waving a red flag so that Macfadyen would know where to walk.

7. Dirty Dancing

When Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) are practising dancing and she repeatedly laughs when he runs his hand down her arm, Grey was laughing for real – it was not in the script – and Swayze’s frustration was genuine. But the director left it in the movie because it was so memorable. Likewise, the moment in the scene when she falls over was completely unplanned too.

Dirty Dancing at Everyman x The Grove Pop Up Cinema

8. Matilda

The scene where Bruce Bogtrotter is forced to eat chocolate cake took so long to film that the call sheet had an Infinity symbol written on the start and end times.

Click here to view the clip.

9. Back to the Future

The script for this much-loved movie was rejected 44 times before it was finally green-lit.

10. The Greatest Showman

Sadly in January 2017, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that its doors were closing forever, due to decreased attendance. Its last shows were in May 2017.

11. Mean Girls

Lindsay Lohan was initially cast as Regina George but ended up playing the ‘nice girl’ (Cady Heron) instead, fearing the public would base their impression of her real personality on Regina’s.

Mean Girls at Everyman x The Grove Pop Up Cinema

12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Some 40 squirrels were trained for the scene where they pounce upon Veruca Salt (Julia Winter).

13. Bohemian Rhapsody

For his role as Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek was fitted with special prosthetic teeth to recreate Freddie’s prominent overbite. After filming wrapped, Rami kept the teeth as a memento from the shoot, eventually having them cast in gold.

14. The Blair Witch Project

This film has one of the best ‘budget to box office’ ratios of all time for a mainstream feature film. It cost $60,000 to make and generated $248 million, a ratio of $1 spent for every $10,931 made.

The Blair Witch Project at Everyman x The Grove Pop Up Cinema

15. Forrest Gump

When Forrest (played by Tom Hanks) first learns to play ping-pong in the infirmary, he is told by another soldier that the secret is to ‘keep your eye on the ball’. After that moment, whenever he is shown playing ping-pong, he never blinks.

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(With thanks to IMDb)

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