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When dozens, sometimes hundreds of people come together to create a project on a large budget, magic can be made. But what happens behind the scenes of the magic? Wild things. That's what.


1. Jack Nicholson pulled a real gun on Leo DiCaprio in The Departed, even though it wasnt in the script. He thought the scene wasnt intense enough initially.

2. Prior to filming the movie Psycho (1960 movie), Alfred Hitchcock, widely considered the master of suspense, made arrangements to buy every copy of the book he could find, so nobody would know the ending. Psycho is considered by many to be one of his finest films.

3. The role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter was originally to be played by Gene Hackman, who also wished to direct; but he later withdrew from the project owing to the evolving screenplay's graphic content.

The role later on, as we all know, was played by Antony Hopkins which landed him an Oscar Award.

4. Over 450 gallons of blood were used in the production of the film Kill Bill. The fight in The House of Blue Leaves (the bar in the movie) took eight weeks to shoot. The MPAA insisted that Tarantino cut the scene due to the amount of blood. Instead he changed it to black and white, which the MPAA approved. The Japanese version of the scene remains in color.

6. In The Wolf of Wall Street, the chest beating and humming performed by Matthew McConaughey is actually a warming up ritual that he performs before acting. When Leonardo DiCaprio saw it he encouraged him to include it in their scene.

7. O.J. Simpson almost played the Terminator, but James Cameron thought his persona was too pleasant to portray such a dark character.

8. The sound of the velociraptors communicating with each other in Jurassic Park is actually the sound (Continued)


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of tortoises mating.

9. The big scene in Pulp Fiction where Vincent stabs Mia in the heart with a needle was actually shot in reverse. So really, John Travolta was pulling the needle out of her.

10. The burning-of-Atlanta scene in Gone With the Wind was created by setting fire to old sets found on the MGM lot.

11. While filming Poltergeist, Robbie truly got choked during a take by the robot clown doll it wasnt until the boy turned purple that Spielberg realized what was actually happening.

12. In Django Unchained, theres a scene where Leo DiCaprio smashes a glass in a fit of rage, causing his hand to bleed. This was an accident, but Tarantino kept it in the movie.

13. The stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe was paralyzed in the last Harry Pottermovie, so Daniel created a fundraiser to pay for his college education.

14. In The Hangover, Ed Helms is ACTUALLY missing a tooth. He got a permanent implant when he was a teenager, so his dentist removed his implant for filming.

15. In The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West was severely burned by a flame in the scene where she (Continued)


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is leaving Munchkinland after confronting Dorothy.

16. When Alex is being dunked repeatedly in A Clockwork Orange, there was an air tube underwater for him to breathe through however, it got clogged, so all of his struggles were him actually drowning.

17. Viggo Mortensen had no intention of working on The Lord of the Rings until his son begged him to do it.

18. Tony Todd put actual bees in his mouth while filming this scary Candyman scene.

19.The voice of Boo from Monsters, Inc., Mary Gibbs, was just a toddler during production. The crew couldnt get her to sit still and read her lines, so they had her play in the studio while following her around with a mic.

20. Joe Pesci actually bit Macaulay Culkin while filming this Home Alone scene.

21. ET and Poltergeist were originally supposed to be the same movie, called Night Skies.

22. Will Ferrells reactions during the jack-in-the-box scene in Elf were totally real the director surprised him every time he played with one of the toys by using a remote control.

23. During the chestbuster scene in Alien, the actors didnt know what was about to happen, so their absolutely horrified reactions are real.


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24. Sean Connery wore a wig in every single one of his Bond performances.

25. Some Wookie suits in Star Wars were made from human hair.

26. Alfred Hitchcocks, Psycho (1960) was the first American film ever to show a flushing toilet.

27. Ryan Gosling was cast as Noah in The Notebook because the director wanted someone not handsome.

28. Barbie in Toy Story is voiced by Jodi Benson, the same actor who voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

29. The original cut of The Wolf of Wallstreet had over four hours worth of content.

30. The movie Titanic (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship (Titanic) that sank.

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$7.5 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be around $125 million in 1997.

31. Pierce Brosnan was contractually forbidden from wearing a full tuxedo in any non-James Bond movie from 1995-2002.

32. The ornaments that Marv steps on in Home Alone are actually candy.

33. In Ferris Buellers Day Off, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours to achieve a suitably wasted look for his cameo.

34. Fantasia (1940) was originally a short called The Sorcerers Apprentice, but Walt Disney overspent on the score and decided to make it feature length film rather than waste money.

35. Sean Connery turned down roles in The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones 4 and Blade Runner.

36. To thank Robin Williams for his work on Aladdin, Disney sent him a late Pablo Picasso painting.

37. In Harry Potter, Alan Rickman was the only person other than J.K. Rowling to know Snape was defending harry because (Continued)


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he was in love with Lily Potter to make his performance genuine.

38. When Edward Norton first fights Brad Pitt in Fight Club, he was asked to actually hit Pitt. Pitts reaction is genuine and Norton was trying to stop himself from laughing during the scene.

39. Heath Ledger almost broke Jake Gyllenhaals nose by grabbing his head and kissing him too hard in Brokeback Mountain.

40. Each frame of the CGI scenes in James Camerons, Avatar (1/24 of a second) took an average of 47 hours to render.

BONUS: Jurassic Park did not use any real dinosaurs. Spielberg wanted real dinosaurs, but none of the available raptors were members of the Screen Actors Guild.


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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