It’s always fun to re-watch a movie you love; you notice things you didn’t before and sometimes the message becomes a little clearer making you see it in a whole new light. Maybe you eventually start to remember all of the lines or nail an impression of one of the characters in the movie. Sometimes, though, despite watching a movie or episode over and over, there are still things we miss. Celebrity cameos, forewarnings, and Easter eggs(hidden messages) all might fly right over our heads every single time we watch them until someone finally points them out for us. It can be a movie you’ve seen a million times, but there was still a teeny-tiny moment you didn’t catch or an Easter Egg hidden in the form of a background prop that never caught your eye. Whatever it may be, once you do see it, your perspective may change.
Here is a list of some of the most interesting blink-and-you-miss-it moments from some of the most popular movies and tv shows. You’ll see the movies (or the actors) a little differently and you even might start watching everything more closely because, who knows what else you’ve missed? If you don’t believe something that’s on the list, just watch the movie/tv show episode again. Once you see it, you won’t know how you overlooked it in the past. Actually, some of these happened recently so you can’t blame your younger self for failing to realize what was really going on. Keep reading to see what made the list.
15. Xs in The Departed
As a crafty foreshadowing technique, an “X” appears every time somebody is going to die in the movie The Departed. It’s not always obvious, either. An X shows up in paint form on an elevator, in the architecture of one building, as taped up windows, a floor pattern and more. Each character is literally marked for death. Matt Damon’s character gets marked a bunch of times, but he’s given more time them others and is able to avoid death all but one of the times the “X” shows up. The only major character who doesn’t get marked: Mark. Mark Wahlberg’s character is the only main character who survives the whole movie.
14. F*** U in Kill Bill Vol. 1
In one scene in the movie, the bride walks over a glass floor and the bottom of her shoe says “F*** U” as a personal message from Tarantino himself. This is another blink and you miss moment and there were plenty of those in the movie. For instance, though the bride’s name was never mentioned, you can catch a glimpse of it on her plane tickets. Also, there’s a cameo from Samuel L. Jackson who plays a dead organ player. Plus, there are references to older movies and plays(music, House of Blue Leaves, e.g.) and some items on the set were from the recently filmed Godzilla. If you were wondering how many “f***s” were given during the movie, that would be exactly 17, which is extraordinarily low for Tarantino.
13. Glenn Close in Hook
The reason you probably didn’t spot Glenn Close in this movie is more than likely due to the fact that she played a male pirate. She played a very convincing man-the makeup and the costume were really good- and her biggest scene in the movie is when her character gets locked in the “Boo Box,” a wooden chest filled with scorpions, after failing to kill Peter Pan. The movie is chock-full of celebrities: Dustin Hoffman(who is also pretty unrecognizable as Captain Hook), Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, and Gwyneth Paltrow were all apart of the cast.
12. Beetlejuice in Community
When Beetlejuice’s name is said for the third time in the series(it’s said once in every season so the third time was in the third season), he appears in the background. There are plenty of inside jokes that appear in some of the episodes of this show, but this one is one of the show’s greatest. It’s sneaky and almost unnoticeable as Beetlejuice is walking on the other side of a window with blinds. Right after Annie says his name, he quickly walks by almost in a flash. Many viewers probably didn’t see it the first time around, but once you do see it, it gets funnier every time.
11. Star Wars Characters in Raiders of the Lost Ark
The fact that this was in an Indiana Jones film, a relatively serious movie, is what makes this Easter Egg so unexpected, especially considering where it appears. C3P0 and R2D2 are portrayed in hieroglyphic form on one of the banisters of the Ark of Covenant. Maybe the robots are ancient? That’s not the only reference George Lucas included of his other film series, though, it’s just the most comical of them all. There’s also a plane called OB-CPO (shout out Obi-Wan Kenobi and C3PO) too that makes the same noise as the Millennium Falcon. More Star Wars Easter eggs are hidden in the other Indiana Jones Films, too.
10. Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street
Maybe you didn’t miss the cameo itself but you probably didn’t realize that Depp’s brief cameo in the 2012 film was supposed to add closure in some way to his character’s death in the original television version of 21 Jump Street. If you’re part of the younger generation, then maybe you didn’t even know that 21 Jump Street was originally a show. There were several allusions to the television series in the form of copycat scenes or throw-back lines and, because of demands from Depp, old co-star Peter Deluise was brought on for the movie. There were quite a few other old cast members who made cameos as well.
9. Pac-man in Tron
You might’ve missed a few hidden images in Tron. Pac-man (the whole game, not just the main character) can be seen in the Tron game grid when Sark stops to look at it. Who else didn’t you notice in the movie? King Kong and Mickey Mouse. The Recognisers in the film are made to be shaped like King Kong with a hint of a face. It’s almost completely unnoticeable, but once you see it you can’t unsee it. Mickey Mouse appears in the terrain below as Tron, Flynn and Yori are flying on a solar sailor. It’s the exact image of the Disney character, but it happens in a fleeting moment so it’s hard to catch.
8. Returning Khakis in Breaking Bad
In the very beginning of the series, there’s a scene where Walt takes his pants off in the desert when he and Jesse cook meth. The pants are blown away somewhere presumably to be forgotten. Near the end of the series, he returns to the same desert and rolls a barrel of money right past those same khakis. The funny shout out to the first episode is one of a couple Easter eggs in this episode. The title of the episode is Ozymandias, referencing a poem in which there’s a line “two vast and trunkless legs” that “stand in the desert,” and “near them, on the sand / Half sunk, a shattered visage lies.” So, at least two homages to the pants and one reference to an older episode where Hank was frustrated by Jesse and Walt carrying a barrel instead of rolling it.
7. Restaurant in Anchorman
The name of the restaurant shown in one scene is called “Escupimos en su Alimento” which means “we spit in your food” in Spanish. Seeing as how “Based on actual events. Only the people, places, and events have been changed” is the opening line, it makes sense that the restaurant would have such a customer-repelling name. In addition to this and other hidden messages, there are also cameos, and one scene with Amy Poehler that was cut out. Of Ron Burgundy, Ferrell said, “”He is my favorite character I’ve played if I have to choose one. Looking back, that makes it the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done.”
6. Police Officer in Catch Me If You Can
Though not a celebrity cameo, this one is still really fun. When DiCaprio’s character is finally caught at the end of the movie, the French policeman he is arrested by was played by the real-life Frank Abagnale, the person the movie is about! It’s always fun to see the person a book or film is about, but to have them in right front of you without you knowing is an interesting twist. To refresh your memory on who Abagnale is, he was a successful con-artist who worked professionally as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline company before he was even 21! He was also a check forger and so good at check fraud the FBI(who were adamantly chasing him in the movie) eventually went to him for help. He started working for the federal government after his 5-year prison stint.
5. Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder
Les Grossman is not the usual character Tom Cruise plays and he’s definitely not usually one to dress up in a fat suit and bald head cap. However, Cruise went all out to portray the Hollywood hotshot to the point of almost being completely unrecognizable. He even has an epic dance routine at the end of the movie. This cameo was in part an attempt to make fans love him again and to give them a good laugh. He originally wanted one of the lead character roles, but, after suggesting the idea of a “greedy pig studio executive who really represents the gross part of Hollywood.” Ben Stiller loved it and, since he would be playing the lead role, gave the smaller role to Cruise.
4. Horror Movie References in Toy Story
Depending on your age (or maybe even despite it), there are a few things you may have missed in the Pixar film. The whole series of Toy Story actually has many hints and references to the movie The Shining. Director Lee Unkrich has been a huge fan of the movie since he was 12-years-old. What you likely didn’t notice: the carpet in Sid’s house is the same pattern as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Also, the number 237(referencing the room in which Jack Nicholson hooked up with what turned out to be a cackling corpse) appears a lot in Toy Story 3. It shows up on a security camera with model number OVERLOOK R237, on the plate of a garbage truck, and the user name of a person Woody chats with online.
3. Chuck Norris in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Playing himself as a judge on the tournament committee in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Chuck Norris’s role in the movie is a short and sweet one. Not much acting (or speaking) was required for the role, but it’s still considered comedy gold. If you don’t remember this cameo(it was short but so funny that you actually just might), here’s what happened: with only one vote left to decide the dodgeball team’s fate, Chuck Norris gives a thumbs up signaling a victory. Peter (Vince Vaughn) responds, ”Thank you, Chuck Norris,” and the cameo’s over. It’s so random for the martial artist to even be in the film, but fitting at the same time.
2. Pineapples in Psych
There is a pineapple in every episode of Psych. If you’re an avid watcher of the show and haven’t noticed it, that’s because the makers of the show are getting sneakier and probably have a strategy for where each one should be placed every episode. There are even websites dedicating to finding the “Psych pineapple” and if you ever do miss it on occasion, you look it up(or tell everyone else where it is if you were one of the few to catch it one episode). Accompanying the pineapple in every single episode of the show is the word “delicious,” a fist bump, the phrase, “I can’t do this right now,” and the question “What?” De Ja Vu must be a common symptom of watching the show.
1. Star Wars Reference in Fast Five
Did you notice that Han’s full name is revealed as a Star Wars reference? His last name is Seoul-Oh, in case you didn’t. Sung Kang is officially credited as “Han” in Fast Five, “Han Lue” in Fast and Furious, but his name appears as “Han Seoul-Oh” multiple times during Fast Five. You really have to be paying attention to catch it as his last name is never spoken or explained. Whoever made the decision to adjust his name as such obviously must like puns. He was able to reference Han Solo and, because the actor is Korean, get a Seoul pun in there as well.
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