We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the magic of the movies is only contained within the film itself. The reason why editors, cinematographers, special effects teams and designers get paid the big bucks is because they are able to make the audience believe that they're seeing something real when, in reality, it's all trickery. We've all seen generic shots of an actor working in front of a green screen, pretending to drive a car or even hanging from wires instead of flying, but what about the most iconic scenes from the biggest movies? Where are those behind the scenes photos? Well, we've found them. And we're going to ruin how you look at these iconic scenes with them.
Every one of these scenes is instantly recognizable. In some of the behind the scenes photos, we're catching a glimpse of what happened directly before or after they began filming that iconic shot. In some of the scenes, we're seeing what the filmmakers didn't want us to see, the shot without the magic. Sure, we kid about ruining the experience, but it might actually work that way. If you find yourself saddened or disillusioned by what you see, cheer up. The movies aren't real. Not at all. If you just learned that here, we apologize. But hopefully, it doesn't ruin anything for you. Maybe it'll add a sense of wonder and amazement to the movie watching experience. Maybe it'll help you feel closer to the film by knowing how the magic was achieved. If nothing else, we want these photos to let you see a side of major films that you've never seen before, the reality and the real people behind the scenes we all love. Here are 15 behind the scenes photos that ruin (or not) iconic movie scenes.
15 Best Friends - The Dark Knight Rises
14 The Truth Behind Juggler – Labyrinth
13 Just Getting Eaten by Freddy Krueger - Dream Warriors
12 Crashing the Titanic - Titanic
11 The Real Richard Parker - Life of Pi
10 Pig's Blood Ain't so Bad – Carrie
9 Not Exactly 1:1 Scale Models – Mothra vs. Godzillla
8 BFG Cameo - E.T. the Extraterrestrial
This amazing behind the scenes shot of E.T. looking down over the city lights from a hilltop is a shot that was used for many of the promotional pieces for E.T. the Extraterrestrial. These city lights are the same that the gang flies over in their bikes, a sight you too can see if you ever go to Universal Studios Orlando. The team at Industrial Light & Magic had a clear plan to execute this scene best, but we better let them describe it:
7 The Man Behind the Hand – Terminator 2
6 Liver, Fava Beans, Chianti and McDonald's Fries - Silence of the Lambs
5 She's Lost Her Head – Metropolis
4 A Kiss Between Siblings – Halloween
3 She's Lost Her Head - Kill Bill: Volume 1
2 It's All About Perspective - Raiders of the Lost Ark
1 The Bleak Reality - Star Wars
Truth be told, there were too many amazing behind the scenes photos from Star Wars to just choose one, so we chose four. The first shows just how small the Millennium Falcon really was. That thing probably couldn’t even fly. The other photo shows a different, insanely nerdy side of Boba Fett. When George Lucas came back to shoot the remastered versions of the original trilogy, he had animator Don Bies stand in for the bounty hunter. Bies may have been able to pull off the cool Fett with a helmet on, but when you take it off, he looks every bit the computer guy he is in real life, not that there's anything wrong with that. He just doesn’t look like the kind of guy to strike fear in you, unless you haven’t paid your taxes, of course. The third photo shows how they accomplished the awesome AT-AT walker fight in The Empire Strikes Back. Finally, in the fourth photo, we have the legendary scene with Luke hanging off the ledge, screaming like a little baby after he learned the truth about his old man and making the ugliest face in cinematic history. Turns out the fall off that ledge wouldn't have been so bad. Actually, it looks like it would be quite pleasant.
Sources: Ranker, CheckThisYo, Cracked
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