As the years go by and we re-watch some of our favorite movies, we often assume we know everything there is to know about them – you just have to turn to the magnitude of fan theories and spotted Easter Eggs out there on social media to recognize the force of fandom we have created.
Yet, in many cases, speculation remains rife when it comes to certain characters and plotlines. Thankfully, the following authors and filmmakers have taken it upon themselves to reveal some of the secrets lurking behind the classic movies we know and love. Here are five post-movie revelations that will blow your mind:
1. 'Love Actually'
Ever since the credits for British rom-com Love Actually rolled, fans have speculated what actually happened to that one married couple. If you guys remember correctly, Alan Rickman's character Harry had a 'sort of' affair with his sexy secretary, played by Heike Makatsch. His wife Karen found out, and we had to bear witness to one of the most heart-breaking scenes ever:
Yet, the movie never actually confirmed if there was definitely a salacious affair. Last Christmas though, the directors wife, Emma Freud finally set the record straight, saying:
2. Harry Potter
Although there are hints littered throughout the Harry Potter book series that Albus Dumbledore might actually be gay, it wasn't actually confirmed until J. K. Rowling went on her book tour in 2007. Finally outing the Hogwarts professor, she said:
"Dumbledore is gay. I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy."
3. 'Blade Runner'
For years, fans of Blade Runner circulated rumors that Rick Deckhard (played by Harrison Ford) was actually a replicant – in other words, an artificial human created for the purpose of slave labor. Finally in 2014, director Ridley Scott came out with the following affirmation:
"He is definitely a replicant."
When Aladdin came out in 1993, I essentially spent the rest of the decade (and beyond) watching it over and over. Like many Disney fans, I picked up on the fact that the peddler at the movie's beginning might actually be the Genie in disguise! Re-watch the clip here:
In 2015, one of Aladdin's directors, Ron Clements, finally confirmed that we definitely weren't wrong. He said:
"That was the whole intention, originally. We even had that at the end of the movie, where he would reveal himself to be the Genie, and of course Robin did the voice of the peddler. Just through story changes and some editing, we lost the reveal at the end. So, that's an urban legend that actually is true."
5. 'Star Wars: A New Hope'
Slug thug Jabba the Hutt is a pivotal character in Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983) but many fervent fans of the franchise may have missed the fact that he actually appeared in Episode VI (1977).
As the story goes, George Lucas deleted Jabba's scenes from the final cut because they simply wouldn't fit in. However, in 1997, he went back and re-added it to the special-edition release – a CGI version of the repugnant worm replaced the human actor who originally played him. Cool, huh?
Which post-movie revelation blew your mind?