Top 20 Most Useful IMDB Trivia Items (10-1)

Welcome to the home stretch of TOP 20 MOST USEFUL IMDB TRIVIA ITEMS. We'll be running down numbers 10-1. Missed out on the all important 20-11?

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10. The Exorcist (1973) 
Director William Friedkin's original director's cut ran at over 4 hours and is very different tonally to the theatrical cut.  The longer version contains a 35 minute scene in a mall where Ellen Bernstyn shops for a wedding appropriate summer bracelet, an hour long tracking shot of Father Karras reading a swashbuckling novel in his car and a musical number about the importance of washing your hands.  

 

9. Kevin Costner (Actor and Director 1955 - )
Has an unknown number of spleens.

 

 
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8. The Sixth Sense (1999)
WARNING SPOILERS
For the surprise twist ending where it's revealed that Bruce Willis has been lying to the police all along and that he was a figment of the fighting man's imagination and that the bad guy in the black mask who breathes weirdly was really his father and that the dead man in the middle of the room has been alive for the whole film and that it was earth all along Bruce Willis refused to read the script because he didn't want to ruin the surprise for himself.  When he finally did the scene he went “Woah!  Really! No way!” and ruined the take completely.  The filmmakers used CGI in post production to correct it.   

 

 

7. Titanic (1997)
Kate Winslet wrote her famous line of dialogue “Draw me like one of your French girls” herself because she found it hard to pronounce the original scripted line: “Sketch my tits, pauper.”  

 

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
In order to acquaint himself with his three lead actors, director Alfonso Cuarón had each of them write an essay about their characters from a first-person point of view.  Emma Watson wrote hers in Windings, Daniel Radcliffe carved his essay into the back of an extra and Rupert Grint tattooed his onto the shins of a Latvian lap dancer.  Cuaron later said “This is exactly why I never work with children.”  

 

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
During the opening scene at Omaha Beach Spielberg enlisted many of his celebrity friends to play corpses.  Including: George Lucas as 'Fat Dead Inferior man' Martin Scorsese as 'Conquered Adversary' Brian DePalma as 'Talentless Soldier' Francis Ford Coppolla as 'Dead idiot that thinks he's better than me' and the entire cast of the TV show 'Friends.'

 

 

4. The Shining (1980) 
Famous for his meticulous approach to the details of production design, Stanley Kubrick insisted on using the real blood of a Spaniard for the scene where blood pours from an elevator in the Shining as he felt it's the 'reddest of all bloods.' The shot took 3 days to get right as Antonio Banderas had to be drained and re-pumped after each take. 

 

 

3. Star Wars (1977)
Costume designer John Mollo personally captured and skinned over a thousand guinea pigs to make Chewbacca's costume.  They were all used to make his trademark belt.  The rest of the costume is made from fake dog hair but that belt is all slaughtered guinea pigs.

 

2. Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013) 
A fan of improvisation, Bryan Cranston would often spitball during takes, leading the scenes into dramatically different territory from the original scripts.  Some of Cranston's most notable improvisations have resulted in:  The name 'Heisenberg,' the scene where he throws the pizza on the roof and the entire plot line involving his character becoming a drug dealer.  

 

1. Macbeth (1971) 
THIS ONE'S ACTUALLY REAL I SWEAR TO GOD LOOK IT UP THE OTHER ONES ARE TOTAL BULLSHIT JOKES BUT THIS IS REAL: Keith Chegwin (Cheggers!) plays Fleance in Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth.  Roman Polanski directed Cheggers in a popular Shakespeare adaptation in 1971.  Anything can happen guys.  Dreams really can come true.  

Keith. Chegwin.

Keith. Chegwin.