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Toy Story’s Woody was originally a ventriloquist dummy

Toy Story’s Woody was originally a ventriloquist dummy
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Even in later versions, he was written as a “sarcastic bully” trying to rally the other toys against Buzz. Luckily, the studio decided to transform him into a more lovable character.

O.J. Simpson was considered for the lead in The Terminator

O.J. Simpson was considered for the lead in The Terminator
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Director James Cameron rejected the choice because he didn’t think the “this likable, goofy, kind of innocent guy” could pull off a cyborg assassin. Check out these 8 classic movie car chases that still have you on the edge of your feet.

The voice of Monster Inc.’s Boo was an actual toddler

The voice of Monster Inc.’s Boo was an actual toddler
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At two and a half, Mary Gibbs had trouble sitting still through the scenes, so the crew would follow her around with a microphone. They’d tickle her or take candy away to make her laugh or cry, so the emotions are as real as they sound.

R2-D2 and C-3PO appear in Indiana Jones

R2-D2 and C-3PO appear in Indiana Jones
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Look closely at the scenery in Raiders of the Lost Ark and you’ll notice hieroglyphics with the robots’ likeness in two scenes. Check out these 13 mind-blowing facts that make watching Star Wars even better!

Gone With the Wind’s fire scene is old sets being burned

Gone With the Wind’s fire scene is old sets being burned
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The filmmakers had to get rid of the old sets to make room for the new movie’s scenery anyway, so burning them and filming it as “Atlanta” going down in flames accomplished both. The filmmakers are lucky it worked – they shot the blaze even before the movie’s cast was confirmed.

Jaws’ most famous line was ad-libbed

Jaws’ most famous line was ad-libbed
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First of all, the line was “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” not “we’re,” as it’s often misquoted. The line wasn’t in the original script but was an inside joke among the Jaws crew, teasing the stingy producers for picking a support boat that was too small to hold the equipment. Actor Roy Scheider ad-libbed the line throughout filming, but the one kept in the final cut became one of the most remembered movie quotes of all time. Find out everything you ever needed to know about sharks here.

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A Harry Potter stunt double was paralysed on the job

A Harry Potter stunt double was paralysed on the job

David Holmes did the stunt doubles for Daniel Radcliffe in every Harry Potter movie, but an accident during a flying broomstick scene in the last movie left him paralysed from the neck down. Radcliffe organised a celebrity charity auction to pay for his medical bills, and Holmes now runs a production company with two other quadriplegic friends. Find out the 14 craziest pop culture conspiracy theories of all time here.

Toto was paid more than the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz

Toto was paid more than the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz
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The Munchkin actors received $50 a week – which was a good wage at the time – while the dog earned $125 a week. Check out more facts and figures from this much-loved classic film here.

The Ten Commandments set was buried underground for decades

The Ten Commandments set was buried underground for decades
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Cecil B. DeMille, director of the 1923 silent film The Ten Commandments, thought the movie set – including 21 Sphinx replicas – was too valuable to let other filmmakers get their hands on it. He figured it was cheaper to bury the set than to move it, and the artifacts remained underground near the California coast for 94 years before archaeologists found a 300-pound head in 2017.

Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet flushing

Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet flushing
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At the time, the Motion Picture Production Code banned flushing toilets because it was considered filthy. Psycho was a key to putting the censoring code to an end.

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