There are some movies we've seen so many times that we can put them on and quote them word for word. These are the movies that play on our TVs and make us kick back, relax, and welcome them back into our lives like an old friend.
Once in a while when a film like this is playing, something odd happens: we notice something we never saw before. A small detail flashes before our eyes. We go to the internet to look it up, and sure enough - other people caught it too. There are often new things to find in a movie where we thought we'd seen it all. These are some of the small details we finally noticed in 2021.
- Photo: Mrs. Doubtfire / 20th Century Fox
Robin Williams was well-known for doing improvised takes in his films. In Mrs. Doubtfire, director Chris Columbus had so many different takes that he ended up with enough footage to make PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 edits.
One ad-libbed scene that made the final cut turned out to be one of the film's most famous. When Daniel Hillard (Williams) loses his Mrs. Doubtfire mask to the street below, he stuffs his face into a cake to disguise himself to the social worker who has stopped by.
On set, however, the hot lights melted the icing, causing it to fall off Williams's face in clumps. Of course, he went with it, never breaking character and offering the social worker the fallen icing as cream in her coffee cup.
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In 'Tombstone,' When Drunk Doc Demonstrates His Dexterity, He Spins His Guns In Opposite Directions
Anyone who remembers the classic 1993 film Tombstone fondly will recall the scene where Doc Holliday, played by Val Kilmer, meets the red-sash-wearing Cowboys. Someone says Doc is "so drunk, you're probably seeing double." To which Doc famously replies, "I have two guns: one for each of you."
He then spins his pistols on his fingers to demonstrate his dexterity, even in his drunken state. What many of us may not have noticed is that he spins his guns in opposite directions.
- Photo: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly / Produzioni Europee Associate
According to Carlo Verdone's Italian-language Verdone Racconta Leone documentary, a woman in Madrid, Spain, near where The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was shooting, was renting out her mother's skeleton. Her mother had been an actress in life and had apparently wanted to find a way to continue afterward as well.
- Photo: Captain Phillips / Sony Pictures Releasing
A key scene in the Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips involves Hanks's character Richard Phillips getting looked at by a Navy medic, and as it turns out, that medic wasn't an actor. US Navy Hospital Corpsman Danielle Albert was thrown into the role without knowing much about what was happening, and at first was nervous and unsure. A pep talk from Hanks allowed her to relax and ultimately improv a powerful scene with a traumatized Captain Phillips.
"We all go through moments like this at one time or another in our acting careers. You're fine. I just want you to react to how I'm acting. You do this every day. Just react," Albert recalled Hanks telling her before the scene proceeded.
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In 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' A Witness's Lie Is Foreshadowed By Her Not Touching The Bible
In the film To Kill a Mockingbird, when the person we are lead to believe is a crime victim is sworn in to give testimony, she hovers her hand over the Bible instead of touching it. It's later proven she was lying.
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In 1938's 'The Adventures of Robin Hood,' They Shot Extras With Real Arrows
In the classic 1938 Errol Flynn film The Adventures of Robin Hood, the producers wanted a realistic look when people were killed by arrows. Instead of special effects or editing tricks, they just hired an expert archer to shoot extras wearing padding.