The internet’s not just a place for knowledge and education. We all know that it’s home to endless cat posts, hilarious memes, as well as frankly ridiculous content to keep us giggling and entertained all through the work week until the sweet, sweet bliss of the weekend.
And despite there being tons of awesome and informative facts about movies and how they’re made, there are also places just like the ‘Better Movie Details’ Facebook page that parodies them. This page posts humorous fake film facts that might just get your week off with a smile. Go on, have a look. Remember to upvote your fave fake facts as you scroll on, dear Readers.
Bored Panda had a friendly chat with the founder of ‘Better Movie Details’ about their project, as well as their endless passion for movies. We also got a sneak peek into their favorite films of all time. Read on for our full interview.
Lincoln (2012) grossed over $ 275,000,000 in movie theatres, which is ironic since Lincoln doesn’t have a history of doing very well in theatres
In Queen’s Gambit (2020), people are sometimes shown smiling or enjoying themselves while playing chess, which is an extremely inaccurate representation of my experience with chess
In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019), Jake Gyllenhaal can be seen in the background of several scenes. He wasn’t supposed to be there, and later admitted that he just enjoys stalking Tom Holland.
“The idea is based off the subreddit that works along the same lines. In fact, very occasionally, I lift a post or two directly off the subreddit, in which case I credit the redditor in the comments. Over the last year, post-lockdown in my country, I had a lot of free time, so I had a splurge of ideas to the point where almost the whole page is original content by now,” the founder of the ‘Better Movie Details’ Facebook page told Bored Panda.
“I only do this because I enjoy watching movies and trying to twist around trivia into satire is really fun, and I have a lot of free time on my hands right now. It is thus a temporary arrangement, and once I graduate from university in a few months, I assume there would be a drop in the frequency of posts. I do run some other, less popular pages based around a similar brand of satire,” they mentioned the 594k-member-strong subreddit they post on from time to time.
At his friend James Franco’s request, Dwayne Johnson made an uncredited appearance as the primary antagonist of 127 Hours (2010)
The producers had to pay Hollywood actors to act in Cats (2019) since real cats refused to be associated with the movie
“Honestly, I think the whole appeal of the original subreddit and this page is that movie trivia is works incredibly well in pop-culture, and anything so incredibly popular is bound to have an audience for its satirization. And since these are bite-sized pieces of satire they are also incredibly easy to consume. Personally, I do not think that I qualify into any category of incredibly passionate cinephiles. I just enjoy watching movies, always have, and that’s pretty much it. That I can spin around something I find joy in and imbue humor into it is pretty much the only thing that drives the page.”
On International Women’s Day today, we celebrate Scarlett Johansson, who became the first woman in history
Sam Raimi has confirmed that the median age of students at Peter Parker’s high school in Spider-Man (2002) is 32 years.
The founder is a huge fan of comedies (which probably explains why we got on so great with them). “So my favorites are definitely more on the humor side, more so since these are my comfort watches, Holy Grail/Life of Brian, What We Do in the Shadows, In Bruges, and Four Lions,” they shared their list of top movies. Personally, I’ve seen and loved all of them; except for Four Lions which is in my backlog. And we agreed that the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) is terrific!
I found a Finding Nemo (2003) reference in Finding Dory (2016) while re-watching the latter today. Both movies are by the same studio.
Harry Melling was forced to regrow the hands and legs he had had cut off during the filming of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) since he needed them to be able to play chess in Queen’s Gambit (2020)
In Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), the shot of the pale man devouring fairies is a direct allusion to a painting I made last night
With over 142k followers and more than 137k people liking the page, the ‘Better Movie Details’ Facebook page shows that it really knows how to draw in the crowds. As it turns out, sarcasm, irony, and tongue-in-cheek humor are fan favorites. And they said the internet doesn’t get sarcasm!
Pixar often teases their upcoming projects in earlier released films.
Here, in Incredibles (2004), you can see them reference the yet-to-release Cars (2006).
After donning the black symbiote suit in Spider-Man 3 (2007), 32 year old Tobey Maguire successfully emulated the exaggerated swagger of a black teenager
Speaking of actual movie details (i.e. real ones that are fun in a whole different way), Bored Panda previously spoke about them with redditor Niiue, one of the moderators of the r/MovieDetails subreddit that boasts a whopping 2.2 million members.
For Godzilla vs Kong (2021), Christian Bale trained 4 hours a day 7 days a week and stuck to a sturdy diet of chicken broccoli and rice to gain 5000 metric tonnes of muscle before he was informed by the director that he wasn’t in the movie
The wood-chipper sequence in Fargo (1996) had to be shot in Quebec because pushing people into wood-chippers was illegal in USA at the time
“Most details are definitely there for the audience to find, but I think a lot of it also just comes down to creative people wanting to have fun with their projects. Speaking from experience here (though I work on video games, not movies), it really is a lot of fun to add little Easter eggs and whatnot just for the hell of it,” redditor Niiue told us earlier.
Director Mathieu Kassovitz made the choice to film La Haine (1995) in Paris because it was the only city that was still black and white in the 1990s
In Watchmen (2009), Hollis Mason has a copy of the original Watchmen graphic novel in his apartment, showing how stupid he is since he dies even though he’d read the book and knew what was going to happen
Quentin Tarantino often supports struggling Hollywood actors and keeps recasting them in his movies if he ends up liking their performance; primary among such actors being Quentin Tarantino, who has appeared in 6 Tarantino films
“Besides the obvious choices like Pixar, I think Edgar Wright is another example of someone great at hiding details in his movies. Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, and Hot Fuzz are the first ones that come to mind in this regard. You’ll find that his movies tend to get featured on this subreddit a lot, which I think reflects his skill as a director,” they said.
Emperor Penguins were driven to near extinction during the filming of Pingu (1986-2006) to provide for the penguin heads used in the stop motion animation
Moderator Niiue’s personal fave movie with hidden details is none other than Scott Pilgrim (and we absolutely love that they chose it because it’s one of our faves, too!). “I liked the way Scott Pilgrim had a recurring number motif tied to the Evil Exes. For those who aren’t familiar with the story, the gist of it is that the protagonist has to fight his new girlfriend’s six ex-boyfriends (and one ex-girlfriend) in order to continue their relationship, as a parody of the bosses fought in a typical video game,” the mod explained.
Due to budget constraints, the cityscape in Blade Runner (1982) had to be miniaturized and Harrison Ford was shrunk down to 5’9
An online campaign was started to pull Don’t Breathe (2016) off of Netflix after thousands of viewers died while trying to hold their breath for the entire duration of the movie
In Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Tom Cruise is forced to relive the events of a single day, similar to how I spend 14th of February at home every year, re-watching Fight Club and Taxi Driver, stuffing my face with an unhealthy amount of pizza, and cursing happy couples on social media.
“In the scenes before each fight, there are numerous references to the corresponding Evil Ex; for instance, right before the fight with Lucas Lee, the main characters pass by two crossing signs with an X design, a reference to Lucas being the second Evil Ex. These kinds of references even continue after the Evil Ex in question is introduced, such as Lucas Lee saying (twice) that it will take ‘two minutes to kick [Scott’s] ass,’ and later fighting Scott accompanied by his stunt doubles.”
In the French dub of Django Unchained (2012), Django kills everyone because he couldn’t understand French and got sick of everyone making unearthly nasal grunts and calling it a language
In the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), the female’s hair colour is a reference to the various stages of her relationship with Joel –
1. Green – The stage of their relationship when her hair is dyed green
2. Red and Orange – The stage of their relationship when her hair is dyed red and then subsequently orange
3. Blue – Blue stage
They continued about Scott Pilgrim: “Sometimes these motifs even apply to the protagonist. Later in the film (spoilers!), after defeating Evil Ex #4, Scott’s girlfriend dumps him, saying that he’s ‘just another Evil Ex waiting to happen.’ Afterward, Scott’s seen wearing a Fantastic Four shirt with an edited logo saying ‘4½.'”
Michael Caine keeps making appearances in Nolan’s movies.
This is because Christopher Nolan pays him.
If you start watching Boyhood (2014) at 23:35:44 today on New Year’s Eve, just as the clock strikes 12 you will most likely have dozed off. Start off the new year with a good night’s sleep.
As it turns out, Martin Scorsese has always made extremely unrealistic movies, as evident from the fact that unlike me, Travis in Taxi Driver (1976) does not immediately get blocked on asking a girl out for a date and a movie.
King Kong tragically jumped off the Empire State Building after his stint as a hedge fund manager at Melvin Capital
Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) descended into madness after realizing that he actually needed to interact with women in order to get a girlfriend
After narrowly escaping a bomb blast at a film screening in Paris, talented Italian stuntman Enzo Gorlomi built an impressive career in Hollywood.
In The Dark Knight (2008), Heath Ledger calls Maggie Gyllenhaal beautiful. This is a subtle throwback to Heath also finding her brother Jake beautiful.
Star Wars uses frequent subtle references to fascism for the Empire’s aesthetic. For example, Star Destroyers are shaped like pizza slices. Benito Mussolini, a famous fascist, was Italian.
In l am Legend (2007), Will Smith reprises his role from l, Robot (2004) as the titular character l.
Nostalgia (1983) is a beautiful exploration into… idk i only read its plot on wikipedia to impress an arthoe who has now blocked me
f*** you Elise
Marcellus Wallace gets hit by Bruce Willis’ car in Pulp Fiction (1994) because he couldn’t tell if the traffic light was green or red since Wes Anderson was yet to invent colour
Tarantino had to cancel his plans for Kill Bill: Volume 3 after Uma Thurman killed Bill at the end of Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2006) against his advice
He has, however, announced his plans for a new spinoff franchise, Killed Bill What Do Now
Anya Taylor Joy’s experience of learning how to play chess for Queen’s Gambit (2020) was so harrowing and disturbing that she has repeatedly refused to talk to me about it
To understand how to play a kid severely bullied in school, Rupert Grint impersonated Ed Sheeran for several years.
The girl in Joker (2019) refused to recognise Arthur Fleck because she had found out that he was only interesting and funny on facebookdotcom
In Batman Begins (2005), Alfred hasn’t given up on Bruce because he was afraid that Bruce might’ve made him leave the manor if he did, thus making him homeless
To understand the psyche of Arthur Fleck in Joker (2019), director-screenwriter Todd Phillips interviewed me about my years of experience in having to go to the movies all alone
In Taxi Driver (1976), Robert de Niro keeps asking me if I’m talking to him even though I was simply muttering to myself while watching the movie. What an untalented idiot of an actor.
Christian Bale single-handedly created the housing bubble and ensured its collapse in 2008 to facilitate the events of Big Short (2015), making it the most expensive movie ever made.
He also replaced one of his eyes with a glass eye.
For The Big Short’s sequel, Christian Bale bought 50000 Gamestop stocks (or calls or options or whatever finance nerd s**t) and held Elon Musk at gunpoint until he tweeted “Gamestonks”
In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), when Miles finds out he has powers and wants to call someone for help, a few Easter Eggs for comic-book readers show up in the contacts list.
For example, “Dad” refers to his father in the comics, while “Mom” refers to his mother in the comics.
In Forrest Gump (1994), Lieutenant Dan uses a wheelchair to move around. This is a reference to the fact that he has trouble walking. Confirmed by the director in a Q&A.
A prequel to Sixth Sense (1999), Fifth Sense, was cancelled after M Night Shyamalan was informed that being able to smell a dead person isn’t particularly special
In Finding Nemo (2003), characters spend the entire length of the movie trying to find Nemo even though he is right there on the poster. Found him in like 4 minutes.
In Pieces of a Woman (2020), Vanessa Kirby had to portray the agony of going through childbirth, which is equivalent only to a fraction of the agony that a man has to endure when listening to cinephiles discussing cinema at a film festival
To prepare for my role in Blade Runner 2049 (2017), I delved back into my abundant experience of talking to Cleverbot for hours on end and pretending that it was my girlfriend when I was 13
In Coraline (2009), Coraline’s dad is staring at the computer screen with hollowed out eyes because he honestly just misses being called cute and/or hot by the egirl he used to talk to
Benedict Cumberbatch had to make multiple appearances in the background of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) since the production team ran out of budget for extras
In Happy Gilmore (1996), Bob Barker (at the time 72) actually did his own stunts during his fight with Adam Sandler. Barker is actually trained in beating the [hell] out of Adam Sandler.
Through the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Crawling on walls, Setting a man on fire