When you watch a film, there’s a certain enigma around it. It’s the kind of thing that keeps the magic alive in the movie. We have to believe what’s in front of our eyes is actually true, otherwise we won’t be quite as engaged. But watching how people actually made it all happen can be even better than that. You get to see all the tricks of the craft, how actors behaved on set when the cameras weren’t rolling, and get a taste of what making films is really like. These are some of the best moments captured behind the scenes.
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Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France prior to the French revolution. She was the one who allegedly said “let them eat cake” after hearing about her people starving without bread (although there’s no proof she actually said it).
Kirsten Dunst played the Queen in the 2006 film titled Marie Antoinette, and while it had pretty realistic costumes and sets, this picture wasn’t quite as realistic. But hey, being a queen is a stressful job, so why wouldn’t they kick back with some iTunes every now and then?
Uma Thurman plays the vengeful bride in the Quentin Tarantino flick Kill Bill, one who’s been terribly betrayed and seeks to ruin everyone who played a part in it.
The assassin goes through a list of people to exact her revenge on – all of them fellow assassins – and one of them is O-Ren Ishii, the deadly leader of the Crazy 88, played by Lucy Liu. After chopping the top part of her head off in true Tarantino style, the two posed for this behind-the-scenes photo where they actually seem pretty chummy.
Made with wood and nails
If someone was able to watch ‘Jaws’ without screaming their head off at the gigantic shark, we offer a lot of probs to them. However, after seeing this picture, we find that the shark – named Bruce, on set – is much less scary when we think of him as wooden shark constructed out of wood.
Even though this picture makes the line between reality and fiction a bit clearer, we still think we’ll avoid watching ‘Jaws’ on a regular basis! We don’t want nightmares filled with huge sharks – wooden or otherwise!
Honey, I shrunk the DeLorean!
The DeLorean was formed in 1975, 10 years before the cult sci-fi film Back to the Future was made. But probably no other car brand has ever become as famous thanks to a movie as the DeLorean.
Marty McFly and the Doc use the DeLorean to travel to the past (and then back to the future), but it’s not always a real-life DeLorean they used in the filming. In this scene, they used a tiny DeLorean and a model train, to make it appear like they’re trying to escape the train.
Being Agent Smith
Matrix is another iconic movie that will be remembered for generations. The protagonist, Neo, realizes the world he knows is actually dominated by machines, and learns he’s The One, who was chosen to fight the machines.
The most prominent one of the Matrix’s agents is the Agent Smith (played by Hugo Weaving), who’s able to duplicate himself and take over other agents. And in this picture, Hugo reveals just what production used in order to “duplicate” him – very realistic (and very cool) masks.
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you
Freddy Krueger is the stuff of nightmares for many people who were around in the ’80s, as the Wes Craven horror franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street became extremely successful.
The movies focused on the gruesome, burnt-skin Freddy, who haunted kids as well as adults in their dreams, killing them in horrifying ways. But as it turns out, Freddy is considerably less terrifying in real life. In this picture we can see some of the franchise’s actors giving some love to Robert Englund, the actor behind Freddy, in his costume.
Legs for miles
Godzilla is the longest-running franchise in the world, consisting of no less than 33 films! The original Japanese version in 1954 featured the fearsome prehistoric monster who enjoyed wrecking buildings for recreational fun.
At that time you didn’t have the special effects you have today in filmmaking, and in this picture you can see just how it was made. Haruo Nakajima, one of two actors who performed as Godzilla, is wearing Godzilla legs and walking around a tiny set. It’s hard to still be impressed by Godzilla’s size.
Even cannibals like fries
Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter – a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic psychopath – in the 1991 thriller Silence of the Lambs.
Hannibal was as brilliant and civilized as he was unexpectedly cruel and violent, so he was restrained and a mask was put over his mouth, to keep him from attacking anyone. But apparently, even Hannibal enjoys some good fries just like the rest of us. Since Hopkins couldn’t really eat in that mask, crew members had to feed him some fries when he was getting hungry.
Not such a huge marshmallow
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters, of course! Especially if there’s a giant Marshmallow Man walking the streets of New York, possessed by a Sumerian god named Gozer.
Ghostbusters is one of the most iconic movies of all time, and when you think about the film, the giant marshmallow immediately comes to mind. This cool image shows us how the adorable marshmallow was really filmed, in a small-scale set with toy cars. That looks like a fun set to us!
Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd starred in the 1959 religious drama Ben-Hur, playing close childhood friends driven apart by beliefs and vengeance.
One of the most well-known scenes in the film is the one where Judah Ben-Hur and Messala take part in an intense chariot race. But we don’t really recall a scene in the movie where the two are driving together on a Vespa. It seems that the famous rivalry never made its way off-screen.
When Jurassic Park was first released in 1993, it was a huge sensation. In 2015, the fourth movie of the franchise received somewhat of an upgrade in terms of visual effects, and was starring Hollywood heavy-hitters Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
But old or new, the greatest thing about these movies has always been the dinosaurs. It was always thrilling to see them slowly approaching a terrified person who’s attempting to stay still. But it’s not as scary when you see what’s really behind these intimidating dinosaurs.
Come play with us, Danny
The 1980 horror thriller The Shining, based on a novel by Stephen King, brought us two of the creepiest characters in the history of film.
Remember the twin girls standing in the hallway of the hotel in their pretty dresses, imploring Danny to come play with them… forever and ever? Well, these little girls were actually just regular kids, who don’t seem to be creepy at all when the cameras aren’t rolling. Way to ruin the illusion!
Avengers, assemble for lunch
The Avengers, of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), have one of the most difficult jobs in the world – namely, saving the world.
So it’s understandable that they would need to get some down time and go grab a bite together after a big battle. Here we can see our favorite heroes out for some delicious Shawarma in their work outfits. We just hope they gave The Hulk plenty of pickles, because we all know what happens when you upset the big guy.
It needs makeup
Pennywise was brought to us from the twisted mind of brilliant horror author Stephen King, and managed to scare even those who weren’t afraid of clowns.
Before Bill Skarsgård took over the role for the 2017 film version, the sinister clown was originally played by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV movie. It’s hard to say which one of them was the scarier clown, but it’s important to keep in mind one thing – even the most frightening characters need to have their makeup retouched. Not quite as scary now, is it?
Not guarding the galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is part of the MCU, one that many people consider to be their favorite – thanks to its fun vibes, hilarious dialogue, and its great ’80s soundtrack.
But in between their stints protecting the galaxy, these superheroes were otherwise engaged, and not in the way you’d think. Apparently, aliens and half-gods aren’t above being addicted to their screens. And Kurt Russell, who plays Peter Quill’s father Ego, enjoys a well-deserved nap between takes.
It’s one of the most devastating movie moments – when Jack and Rose are left in the water after the Titanic sinks in the titular film – and Jack can’t get on the door Rose is lying on.
Jack slowly freezes to death because the water is so cold… or is it really? In this photo from behind the scenes, director James Cameron is right there beside the actors, giving them instructions. Maybe he’s trying to explain to them why Jack can’t fit on such a huge door along with Rose?
Lord of the tall man
The Lord of the Rings confused us all when they used giants, Hobbits, wizards, and elves within their production. How the heck did they do it? Well, it seems as though Sir Ian McKellen had a little help when he was standing next to the Hobbits.
He spent his days alongside two other body doubles who were all different sizes. The seven-foot-tall body double was placed in Ian’s place whenever Gandalf needed to have a stern conversation with Frodo, and then his face was digitally enhanced to make it seem as though it was the actor himself.
A real look of terror
In the 1964 James Bond movie, ‘Goldfinger,’ Sean Connery had to lay on the table while his enemy tried to do away with him. While we were all terribly frightened that Sean (James) was going to get hurt, no one was more concerned than Sean, himself!
Apparently, during that famous laser seen there was actually someone standing under the table that Sean was laying on with an acetylene torch. While we like to think that actors are always safe on set, sometimes they are as genuinely scared as we seeing them acting as.
Not quite a long fall
The Star Wars franchise is one of the most successful ones in history, with its huge fanbase and immense influence on pop culture.
Possibly the most iconic scene from the franchise is the one in The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke finally faces off with Darth Vader, the nemesis whom he believes killed his father, but learns Darth is actually his father. As he tries to sway him to the dark side, Luke jumps down to a seemingly endless pit. But actually, it was just a bunch of strategically placed mattresses.
The fun side of Michael Myers
Who can forget Michael Myers, the fearsome killer who enjoyed stalking babysitters in the horror film Halloween? The movie had some pretty suspenseful moments, which had us on the edge of our seats.
But it all seems a little less intense when you see this serial killer enjoying a nice Dr. Pepper drink during a time out from filming. When you think about it, serial killers need to eat and drink just like the rest of us, but it sure takes the fun out of the whole thing.
A quick way to Mount Doom
You might recognize these lovable Hobbits from the Lord of the Rings film franchise.
They were part of a fellowship tasked with destroying the One Ring, a ring with malevolent powers which can only be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. And no doubt, these little Hobbits would have a much easier time getting to said Mount Doom in this helicopter. But how else would we get to enjoy over 10 hours of these films?
Batman and Bane having a laugh
British actor (and overall dreamboat) Tom Hardy plays Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the second film in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Batman trilogy.
Bane is as scary as they come, especially when you consider his formidable physique, his creepy mask, and his distorted voice that gives us the chills. But behind the scenes, Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane were actually pretty friendly as they were laughing it out between takes. But if you really want your experience ruined, try hearing Bane’s voice before it’s digitally altered.
Stopping for lunch
Star Wars is one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time, and we just can’t get enough of all of the awesome characters. There’s Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C3PO, and R2-D2, and we’d love to believe that they exist in real life.
Of course, we know it’s all made up for the sake of cinematic entertainment, but there’s something about this photo of a man sitting in the R2-D2 costume that makes us a little sad. It’s just proof it has all been a lie.
It’s no secret that Rocket Raccoon is played by Bradley Cooper – but did you know that he isn’t even the man behind the suit?!
While Bradley provides the voice for the character, Sean Gunn (who also plays Kraglin) is the man who gets suited and booted for the filming of Guardians of the Galaxy. As if that wasn’t enough to crush your superhero dreams, Drax has to pretend as though he’s petting a raccoon rather than an actual human being while the cameras are rolling. It’s just too much.
The plush toy
If you’ve ever seen The Life of Pi, you’ll know that the majority of this movie takes place in the middle of the ocean with just two characters; a young man and a random tiger.
Of course, the producers couldn’t shove a human and a tiger in a small boat and see what happened, so they had to improvise. They placed a boat in the middle of a film set and gave the actor a plush toy to work with. Yes, that really is the toy that they gave him. Can you not tell that it’s a tiger?
Fauning over food
Pan’s Labyrinth is one of the most iconic movies of all time, and it’s managed to rack up a cult following from fans across the world who love the characters, the storyline, and the action.
This devious Faun did everything he could to lure the main character into the underworld, but it seems as though this Faun didn’t need too much persuasion to get him to the food ten to eat his shredded chicken and his Coca-Cola. After all, it’s hungry work being a little trickster.
Give us a hand
We’ve all seen The Terminator, and although we know that Arnie is definitely a real human and not a cyborg with metallic arms and body parts, this still makes us a little sad.
We believed that his metallic limbs were all part of some impressive costume design and CGI – but in reality, it was very different. To create the image that Arnie was even more solid than he already is, a member of the crew simply sat on the floor while holding a prosthetic limb. Even Arnie himself had to check whether it would work.
Raiders of the cardboard cutout
It must be difficult to get every scene in a movie absolutely perfect, but producers around the globe do everything they can to make it so – even if they have to cut a few corners.
In Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, the temples and dark passageways made it easier for the producer to make a few changes to their prop list. Instead of shelling out for a heavy and expensive trunk full of jewels, they decided to opt for a cardboard cutout instead. Well, it does kinda work.
Staying up there
We’ve always been pretty darn impressed with Spiderman and all of his super abilities. Most notably, we always wanted to be able to scale a building and hang on to the top of a tower without the fear of falling – and Spidey can do that.
At least, Spidey can do that in the movies. In real life, he needs a little helping hand to stay in one place. Not only does he have bungee cords attached to his suit to make sure he doesn’t fall, but he even has a crew member propping him up!
All about the ears
Avatar is arguably one of the most ingenious movies to ever grace our earth, and you’d have to be pretty darn silly to realize that there isn’t a whole load of CGI and special effects thrown into this one.
However, we can’t deny that the spark is lost when we see the behind-the-scenes pictures of this movie. While the characters are known for their tell-tale blue skin and their pointed ears, this actor has only been able to adopt the ears for the sake of filming. We guess it’s something.
Going back in time
Filming a movie that takes place in the past must be pretty difficult. You have to make sure that there are no inaccuracies in the plot or the production, and you have to make sure that it’s believable.
The producer of 300 did just that, but the behind-the-scenes photos show just how different the end product is. While we’re used to seeing Gerard Butler win over the competition with his effortless fighting talents, it seems as though he has to take a few notes in the break.
Who is the boss?
The Godfather is one of the most iconic movies of all time, and everyone remembers Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. After all, he was the don. He was the one in charge in the movie, and he was the one who called all of the shots.
However, this behind-the-scenes photograph sheds a different light on the production process. Francis Ford Coppola stands behind Marlon with an air of authority in this photograph, showing who the real boss is. In this case, Coppola is in charge.
Stopping for a drink
Saving the galaxy and hanging out with some of the best Jedis in the business must be a tiresome task, so we don’t blame C3-PO for wanting to take a little break.
However, we can’t deny that it’s a little weird to see this robot surrounded by everyday, modern people who are feeding him a drink through a straw. If he wasn’t wearing the helmet, it wouldn’t be so bad. It’s the fact that he’s drinking through C3-PO’s mouth that is truly hilarious.
Ten points to Gryffindor
Anyone who’s watched the Harry Potter movie series knows that Snape isn’t exactly Harry’s favorite teacher – nor is Harry Snape’s favorite student.
He might turn out to be a good guy after all, but during their time in school, Professor Snape did everything he could to scare, intimidate, and even sabotage Harry and his friends. However, in this picture, we can see Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint who played Harry and Ron having a laugh on set with the late Alan Rickman, who played Snape. What a lovely and memorable moment!
The perfect librarian
Harry Potter has filled our lives with so much magic and mystery over the years, and we just can’t get enough of the spells and the little quirks within the walls of Hogwarts.
More than anything, we were obsessed with the fact that Hermione didn’t have to worry about placing her library books back in the right place, because the magic shelves would do all of the work for her. However, what we didn’t see on our screens was that there were people standing behind the bookcase ready to take the book from her hands.
A magical time
In the Harry Potter universe, Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort are two complete opposites, each of them representing either good or evil.
In the movies, Dumbledore does everything he can to help Harry defeat Voldemort, but in reality, they were just two actors enjoying each other’s company. The talented Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes seem to be having quite the engaging conversation with one another on set, and we have to admit it’s pretty darn magical.
Read-through of the Apes
The whole premise of Planet of the Apes (2001), directed by Tim Burton, is that astronaut Leo Davidson is stuck in a world where apes and gorillas rule the humans. The success of the film hung on that premise, and this picture right here kind of just destroyed the magic.
What we gather from this image is that while the apes are superintelligent and can even read and drink from a straw, they don’t rule the world – instead, they wait patiently for Tim Burton’s directions.
Gladiator x Hangover
The battle sequences in Gladiator were no laughing matter, but this shot makes us want to giggle. While the final product ended up being one of the most exhilarating moments of the movie, its making of kind of reminds us of another film – Hangover.
There are unexpected props, a huge tiger, and a sense that General Maximus Decimus Meridius has no idea how he ended up in this situation. We’re just waiting for Mike Tyson to walk into the scene at any moment now.
The temple of happiness and jokes
We were so scared when Indiana Jones had to face up against the high priest, Mola Ram, in ‘The Temple of Doom.’ However, this picture of Amrish Puri and Steven Spielberg makes us somewhat less frightened up the man who tried to make Indie breath his last breath.
How are we supposed to believe that Mola Ram is evil, when he has a smile that could brighten up even the darkest of days?! Sometimes – as much as we don’t like to say it – it’s better not to see cast members as their true selves.
Tea time is a sacred time
There are a few stereotypes associated with British people, and their fondness for tea is one of the first ones that come to mind. Actor Boris Karloff, who became famous for his role as Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 movie, was a Brit, and, well…
Apparently, he was often pictured behind the scenes with a nice cup of tea, which makes for such a great image. Here’s Boris in full costume, holding a cuppa and bringing a class to Frankenstein’s monster that we never imagined would be possible.
Although we all know what Winona Rider and Johnny Depp looked like without their heavy make-up, hair, and costumes, it’s still a little bit shocking to see them fresh-faced on the set of their hit movie Edward Scissorhands.
They were a real life couple, so it’s not surprising to see this picture of them getting cozy before transforming into Kim and Edward. But the fact that Johnny already has the scissorhands on adds some humor to the scene, as he embraces Winona in a scissorhug.
Casual Friday at the USS Excelsior
Because we’re used to seeing the crew of the USS Excelsior looking sharp in their uniforms, it feels funny looking at this photo of Leonard Nimoy in full Spock make-up, but without his character’s costume. It’s as though we’re catching Spock on his off time, or at least during a casual Friday at work.
We’re not sure if Vulcans are familiar with the concept of casual Friday, though, so we’re going to guess that Spock adopted the practice thanks to his human heritage.
Beauty and the CGI
The fact that Disney is bringing some of their greatest movies into the real world is one of the most exciting things to ever happen to us – but the behind-the-scenes photos kinda ruin the magic for us.
Although Emma Watson looked stunning as Belle, we didn’t really get the chance to see what Dan Stevens looked like when he wasn’t a CGI beast. Well, we now have the photos to prove that he isn’t a buffalo in real life, and we really don’t know how Emma kept a straight face while filming this movie.
Keep holding on
Titanic gave us all of the feels when it was released in the ‘90s, and we immediately connected with the character of Rose. Because of this, we were pretty darn upset when she nearly fell off the side of the boat.
We thought she would plunge into the freezing waters and never see Jack again. Of course, we all know that didn’t happen, but seeing the boat with a short drop, crash mats and emergency crew on stand-by kinda takes away the shock factor in this scene.
We have a Hulk – sort of
In 2012’s The Avengers movie, when Loki is trying to intimidate Tony Stark, he says he has an army at his disposal, to which Stark replies, “We have a Hulk.” This has become one of the most memorable lines from the film, but seeing the below image might taint that a little bit.
This is how they filmed The Hulk – by putting Mark Ruffalo in a checkered motion-capture suit, topped with an enormous green prosthetic that kind of reminds us of the shoulder pads worn by football players. The Hulk is not so scary now, huh?
Even though somewhere deep in the back of our heads we know that there’s no way our favorite stars can do all their own stunts (except Tom Cruise – he’s nuts), it still surprises us when we see them together with the people who make the real magic happen. Take this shot from the set of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, for example.
In the middle is Karen Gillan, playing Ruby Roundhouse, flanked by her stunt double Jahnel Curfman on the right and body double Emily Williquette on the left. Seriously, they all look so much alike we could be convinced they’re playing triplets.