ByAmie Marie Bohannon, writer at
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Amie Marie Bohannon

It's your favorite actors in your favorite films like you've never seen them before!

Here, have a beer bro
Here, have a beer bro

Give us all the feels, and all the nostalgia. Actress Liv Tyler threw it way back recently via her Instagram, posting a never-before-seen photo of herself and Ben Affleck, way before he became Batman, on the set of Armageddon, which was released 18 years ago in 1998. Remind yourself of that epic trailer to that epic movie:

The photo ignited our tweenage hearts, and ushered in a sense of welcome nostalgia. We don't see many gems like this often, as social media has made behind-the-scenes videos and photos so accessible in recent years. It's unfortunate, the elusiveness of on-set secrets, from relationships to special effects, were what brought a sense of mystery and magic to the theaters. Alas, luckily for us, some geniuses with a camera captured some of the best BTS photos from some of the most iconic films. Like when then couple Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp embraced on the set of Edward Scissorhands, and Michael Jackson visited the set of The Goonies. These photos help us see inside the magic of the films that changed our lives, and opened our minds.

Here are 20 of the best behind-the-scenes photos from our favorite films (in no particular order):

1. 'Armageddon'

Ben Affleck doesn't wanna miss a thing about Liv Tyler's forehead... but for real. This was the ship that began all ships!

2. What happens on coffee break, stays on coffee break...

Everyone knows that! Though Edward Norton and Brad Pitt look like they might actually have something to say while on the set of Fight Club...

3. It is hungry, so it will eat a fry, and then it will eat another fry....

Being a cannibal on set is hard, craft services almost never offer anything you like, so Sir Anthony Hopkins had to settle for a fry on the set of Silence Of The Lambs.

4. Just in, Marvel announces a 'Jurassic Park' raptor to join 'The Avengers'!

Seriously though, Joss Whedon, what are you doing?

5. Do you wanna hear how I lost the bottom half of my legs?

Heath Ledger's Joker was secretly a skater boy, and Christian Bale's Batman asked him to prove it. Thus, The Dark Knight began.

JK, this skateboard is photo-shopped.

*BONUS* because seeing Heath Ledger's Joker behind the scenes is pretty amazing, and these photos are all we have left of his pure genius:

Why so serious?
Why so serious?
The Joker, de-masked
The Joker, de-masked

6. Proof the door would have stayed afloat with BOTH OF THEM!

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet take direction from director James Cameron on the set of Titanic. You know what would have been good direction James? To tell Jack to get on the freakin' door, and save his life!

*BONUS* because Kate and Leo, that's why.

Casual convo while Kate takes a swim
Casual convo while Kate takes a swim
LOL I'd pay $ to have been a fly on the wall of set
LOL I'd pay $ to have been a fly on the wall of set

7. She never saw him again. Not after that night.

Because they broke up. Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp famously dated while filming the cult classic Edward Scissorhands, and this rare photo of them on set gives us a glimpse at early '90s Hollywood.

8. Always...

Breaking! Professor Snape can smile. While off camera in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and the late Alan Rickman share a laugh, probably about Harry's failed attempt to ask Cho to the Yule Ball.

9. For everyone who thinks It only eats children...

Proof here that he also enjoys snackbars, or is that candy? Tim Curry may be on a filming break, but he's a little too in character for my liking.

10. I need to know, did Michael Jackson do the truffle shuffle? Please say yes!

Michael Jackson visited the set of Goonies while filming in 1984, and became besties with Chunk, so an educated person may deduce that Michael did, in fact, do the truffle shuffle.

11. Warwick Davis knows what he is doing...

Can we blame him? It's Carrie Fisher in the slave Leia outfit on the set of Return Of The Jedi, and clearly the young Warwick wasn't one to waste an opportunity, to the jealousy of men around the world.

12. Now this is what forgiveness looks like, friends!

Lucy Liu was not about to let the fact that Uma Thurman chopped off her head in Kill Bill get in-between their friendship.

13. When someone asks you if you're a God, you say YES!

While I'm excited for the new Ghostbusters, truthfully, nothing will compare to the original and its cast. Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are as good as it gets, nobody wears slime like these two!

14. Meet you at the second star to the right, and straight on till morning Robin.

Steven Spielberg had the pleasure of directing the late Robin Williams in one of his most iconic roles, Peter Pan in Hook. This film has a magic like no other, and you can see it in Robin's face even in this BTS photo. Bangerang, Pan the man.

15. What's your favorite scary movie?

Our favorite scream queen Drew Barrymore cuddles up to Scream director Wes Craven in between takes. Most likely pre-death scene, due to the absence of blood. This is supposed to be a horror film, not Family Matters!

16. Traveling through time is hard work, especially for the crew.

Time is of the essence guys, Marty, a.k.a. Michael J. Fox, has to get Back To The Future, and be back by dinner, so nap time is over!

17. Nope. They still look Terrifying.

The Grady twins look just as scary off camera and smiling on the set of The Shining as they do on. No, we will not come and play with you, goodbye, and I'll thank you to leave my nightmares.

18. Don't do drugs, kids...

Jennifer Connelly really hit rock bottom in Requiem For A Dream. Remember that crazy camera montage? Here it is in action. I almost want to grab her and hug her and tell her STOP NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

19. Wait a minute, those Hobbits look awfully tall! Childhood = ruined!

JK, I knew Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan weren't really that short, or Hobbits... but I kinda wish they were. I also wish elves were real, and Gandalf could be president. Lord of the Rings really messed me up.

20. It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage

This photo is gold. First of all, I love that Steven Spielberg is wearing an E.T. hat while filming Indiana Jones, second, Harrison Ford literally still looks exactly the same. It's amazing. He's literally a national treasure.

Nothing like the classics. So many of our favorite actors are still in the business, while some have moved on to Neverland, and others left the business behind so we can remember them as they were. It's fun to look back at the behind-the-scenes moments where the chemistry between the actors and filmmakers was cultivated, and came to life. Technology will continue to grow, and filmmaking will continue to exceed our wildest dreams, but thanks to these gems, we will never forget the good ol' days, and always remember...


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