In a society obsessed with avoiding and alerting people to “spoilers”, it seems strange that we would still find such joy in blooper reel footage and behind-the-scenes photos that also essentially ruin the magic behind the movie. Instead of revealing the twists and turns of a storyline, footage of actors breaking character or pictures taken literally from behind the scene being filmed and the crew filming it, highlight the differences between actors and their characters, and between reality and soundstages and motion-capture suits made, in post-production, to look like the fantasy creatures, epic battlegrounds, dino enclosures, and 19th century cruise liners that have occupied the big-budget pictures of the last several decades.
But, unlike spoilers that take the surprise out of things, most sane people know that there is a difference between studio magic and physical reality. Just like Dorothy peering behind the green curtain to find the title character of 1939’s Wizard Of Oz is a fraudulent magician but also a compassionate man, when we take a peek behind the green screen and the make-believe, we still get that jolt of surprise, with no spoilers and with a glimpse into the genuine heart and soul behind the manufactured fantasy onscreen.
10 Alice In Wonderland
7 Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
6 Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
4 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3 Jurassic World
2 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Episode VII (7) of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, cost 200 million dollars to make. Here we have new additions to the Star Wars universe’s ever-expanding cast of characters Rey and Finn, catching their breaths in the desert between takes, both doing things that are out of character for their respective roles: laughing and being well hydrated. As of today, February 22, 2016, this film is the highest grossing movie of all time let alone in the Star Wars canon, earning over $2 billion, with a “b”, worldwide (making over $900 million in North America alone and over $1 billion in theaters overseas).
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