How many of these have you spotted?
The devil is in the details. It's an old saying that stands true for a lot of scenarios and it's also true for the art of cinema. Sometimes, it's the little details that give us a whole new perspective about things. A minute detail can build a character or even provide a whole new meaning to the story. Sometimes, while watching and rewatching our old favorites, we stumble upon some easter eggs that we have previously missed and it completely blows our mind. And that's the beauty of cinema.
I love discovering and unearthing easter eggs in my favorite movies. It feels like the creator has hidden these gems for fans. Here are 20 hidden details from our favorite movies.
Steven Spielberg filmed E.T. in chronological order in order to help the child actors and to capture the most real emotions during the ending since it would be the last time they’d all be together.
Home with a sick kid today watching Up. Suddenly the 7-year-old says, "Mom, wait. I've seen this scene before in another movie!" We pause and I take a picture of it (pic below), and within seconds he navigates to Cars 2 and pauses the screen on this exact scene (pic 2 below). What?!! They're the same. How in the world did he notice this? Unbelievable.
In "Hercules" (1997) Hades says "Guys, relax. It's only half-time" exactly at the 46-minute mark, the halfway point of the 92-minute movie.
In Thor: The Dark World (2013), Natalie Portman couldn't make it to reshoot the final kiss scene. When asked to choose from a lineup of women to take her place. Chris Hemsworth instead brought in his wife, who wore Natalie's clothes and wig to shoot the final kiss.
Alan Rickman's petrified expression while falling was completely genuine. The stunt team instructed him that they would drop him on the count of 3 but instead dropped him at 1.
After Steven Spielberg screened Schindler's List (1993) for John Williams to compose the score, Williams was so moved he had to walk outside for several minutes. Upon returning, Williams said that the movie needed a better composer than him to which Spielberg replied "I know, but they're all dead".
In Big Hero 6 (2014), this happens: (credit to Tumblr user shinobicyrus)
In Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), all the wide shots of Luke flying across Tatooine in his speeder were achieved by placing a mirror underneath a version of the prop with a motor and wheels.
There’s a familiar face in the mirror.
Actor Garrett Morris makes a brief appearance in a scene. Morris was the first person to ever portray Ant-man in a 1979 Saturday Night Live skit called superhero party.
You can see that Gandalf carries his pipe in his staff.
Pennywise secretly watched his victims throughout the whole film. Sometimes, he appears in the most unexpected places. Neither the characters nor the viewers notice this.
The evil imperialists' room is shaped like an American flag.
On the water planet, the soundtrack in the background has a prominent ticking noise. These ticks happen every 1.25 seconds. Each tick you hear is a whole day passing on Earth.
In LOTR The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), after Boromir's death, Aragorn puts on his bracers as a way to honor him. He'll wear them for the rest of the trilogy.
Bill Murray falling over on his way out of the restaurant in Scrooged (1988) was not scripted. He slipped on the water he just threw on the waiter.
James Wan gave subtle hints about the identity of the demon, Valak throughout The Conjuring 2.
Mother Gothel says “I love you the most”, while kissing Rapunzel's hair instead of her forehead.
During the epic scene of the Rohirrim charge, Peter Jackson requested that only extras who have read the novel and could recite the scene, to be placed in the front lines as they are aware of the importance of this moment. It's how he ended up with this epic rider.
Henry Cavill (Superman) was asked to shave his chest for the collapsing oil rig scene, however, he refused saying that Superman had chest hair, citing the famous "Death of Superman" graphic novel as a reference.