Upon its release ‘Stalker’, a film by Andrei Tarkovsky, was criticized for being slow. In response to this Tarkovsky replied “The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts.”
In 2001, Kenny Waters, a man who was wrongly imprisoned 18 years for murder, was finally freed after his high-school dropout sister went to law school to prove his innocence. Tragically, Kenny Waters died in an accident 6 months after his release from prison.
Conviction is a 2010 biographical legal drama film based on this story.
In November of 1999, Kevin Smith attended a protest against his own movie: “Dogma.” He even made it onto the local news, when the on-the-scene reporter asked him (not knowing it it was him) his thoughts on the movie. He responded: “I don’t know, but I’ve been told, ‘not good.'”
The Fiji crested iguana was discovered after herpetologist Dr. John Gibbons watched the 1980 movie “The Blue Lagoon,” which is set on a remote island in Fiji. Gibbons traveled to the island and was able to identify the animal as a distinct species new to science.
Moviegoers seeing “13 Ghosts” in 1960 could choose if they wanted to see the ghosts or not. The ghosts were added with a red filter on scenes with a blue filter. People were given viewers with red and blue cellophane, and depending on which one they looked through could “remove” the ghosts.
While filming the 2000 hit movie, Castaway, Tom Hanks received a cut and got a staph infection that nearly killed the Academy Award winning actor. The cut gave him blood poisoning, Hanks was in the hospital for 3 days and production of the movie was shut down for 3 weeks.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (starring Clint Eastwood), one of the most famous westerns of all time, was written, directed, & produced by Italians in Italy. It was part of a popular trend of low budget Italian westerns called “Spaghetti Westerns”.
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North.
Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care — then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star.
There was an entire horror movie filmed inside the US Disney parks, without permission. Actors and crew dressed up as tourists and filmed over 2 weeks in each park. Disney chose to ignore the movie, most likely to avoid giving it further attention. It premiered at Sundance.