How many times have you seen your favorite movie? Five? A dozen? Maybe more? No matter how well you know these all-time classic films, each has some behind-the-scenes intrigue that makes them even better. From startling coincidences to last-minute changes, each of these details forever changed cinema history.
The Princess Bride
Mandy Patinkin's father passed away from cancer during the production of The Princess Bride, and he took a short leave to attend the funeral. His first scene back was his duel against the six-fingered man, so the line "I want my father back" had real meaning to him. Patinkin reflected that during that performance, "I killed the cancer that killed my father and for a moment he was alive"
Singin' in the Rain
Actors sometimes talk about stage health, in which the focus of performing allows them to temporarily overcome any sickness they might have on any given day. If you need a real-life example, just look at Gene Kelly. He sang and danced to the title song of Singin' in the Rain with a fever of 103 degrees!
All the President's Men
All the President's Men went all-out in recreating the newsroom of the Washington Post. After closely studying every nook and cranny, production designers spent the equivalent of $2 million today to build an exact replica. They even shipped in actual garbage from the Post to put in the wastebaskets.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Do animals know they're acting? Well, you can certainly say that the dog who played Fang in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets got a little too character. Apparently, every time the animatronic Aragog spider lunged toward Daniel Radcliffe, the mastiff got in between them and barked ferociously.