Eminem was originally scouted for the role, which he accepted and started filming. The film had to be put on hold as Eminem wanted to focus on his music career, so the role was then given to Jake Gyllenhaal. (Source.)
Can you imagine Eminem in this role?
Seriously, I want to know.
2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Napoleon Solo's trick of removing a tablecloth from a table while leaving all the objects undisturbed wasn't a visual effect - Henry Cavill actually did it, having trained in the trick from British variety star Mat Ricardo. (Source)
What!? People can actually do that? I am thoroughly impressed.
Paul Rudd stated in an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Riddle that he purchased a massive ant farm and watched how the ants worked together. He was so inspired by them that he decided to keep the farm after the filming was complete. (Source)
Interesting pet choice. Perhaps we will see more ant-like qualities in Paul Rudd's next films?
4. Jurassic World
The product placement in the film was not at the behest of the studio, but was rather the idea of the writers and director Colin Trevorrow as a way to satirize the corporatization of popular entertainment. (Source.)
Did it work? Or did it just look like product placement...
5. The Gift
When Rebecca Hall's character is in the hospital, she stays in Room 237 - a reference to Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' (1980). (Source.)
Any references to The Shining are A-OK with me!
6. American Ultra
As a promotional stunt, Lionsgate gave away/delivered free marijuana at the San Diego Comic Con to anyone with a medical marijuana card. (Source.)
Yet another reason (for some) to go to Comic-Con. Anyone saving up for next years?
7. Inside Out
According to director Pete Docter, each emotion is based on a shape: Joy is based on a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Anger is a fire brick, Fear is a raw nerve, and Disgust is broccoli. He noted that he likes broccoli very much, however. (Source.)
I like broccoli too, actually.
Psychologists and other experts were consulted so the writers could make the way Riley's mind works scientifically accurate. For example, it is believed that short-term memories made during the day are converted into long-term memories during sleep, which is what happens in Riley's mind. (Source)
Hey, that happens in my mind too! #coincidence? XD
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during filming of this movie so many of her scenes were scheduled early in filming before she began to show. To help hide her pregnancy later in filming, three stunt doubles were hired. This caused a lot of confusion among the other actors since, according to them, all of the stunt women looked very similar to Johansson. Chris Evans stated that it got to the point where he would say hello and start a conversation with one of them, only to realize mid way that the person he was talking to wasn't Johansson. Ultimately, some scenes used CGI to hide Johansson's belly. (Source)
Three Scarlett Johanssons? Also, go ScarJo! Your child will forever be able to say that they acted in Avengers: Age of Ultron!
Director Pierre Coffin voices all 899 minions in this film. (Source.)
As a homage to the previous four movies: Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation, the pictures Rusty looks at in his photo album near the beginning of the film are taken from each of the aforementioned films. (Source.)
What a fun fact! I had so much fun learning that fact! Did you?