41. Tom Hanks was not paid for Forrest Gump
Instead he opted to take percentage points which ultimately netted him in the region of $40 million.
The film was made on a budget of $55 million and raked in $142 million at the box office.
42. The Shawshank Redemption failed at the box office
The 1994 film’s initial gross of $18 million could not even cover the cost of its production. It did another $10 million in the wake of its 7 Oscar nominations, but it was still deemed to be a box-office failure.
43. Vincent Vega is Vick Vega‘s brother
Mr. Blonde (a.k.a. Vick Vega) is played by Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs. Vincent Vega is played by John Travolta in 1994’s Pulp Fiction.
Quentin Tarantino even had a spin-off film in development, titled the “Vega Brothers”, which was a prequel to both movies. This film was scrapped because both actors were too old to play younger versions of themselves.
44. Several character names from The Lion King are based on Swahili words
Simba – “lion”, Nala – “gift”, Sarabi – “mirage”, Rafiki – “friend”, Pumbaa – “simpleton / weak-minded”, Shenzi – “barbarous / uncouth / uncivilized / savage”. Despite the fact that Zawadi is the Swahili word for “gift”, Nala’s name also means gift.
45. Natalie Portman made her film debut in Leon: The Professional
She was 11 years old when she was cast as Mathilda for the 1994 film.
46. Kevin Smith worked in the store where they shot Clerks
They shot for 21 straight nights. Smith would clock in at 6 AM and finish at 11 PM. They would then shoot till 4 AM, after which he would try to grab an hour or two’s sleep before getting ready to go back to work.
47. Andie MacDowell waived a fee for appearing in Four Weddings and a Funeral
She opted to take percentage points instead. This netted her an eventual $2 million, compared with Hugh Grant’s salary of $100,000.
48. Interview with the Vampire inspired a real life crime
On November 17, 1994, a man named Daniel Sterling and his girlfriend Lisa Stellwagen watched the film together. The next day, Sterling stabbed Stellwagen seven times in her chest and back and sucked the blood from her wounds.
Fortunately, Stellwagen survived the multiple stab wounds and Sterling was arrested. He claimed in court that the film influenced his plan and the jury convicted him of attempted first-degree murder, among several other charges.
49. Dumb & Dumber‘s “Most Annoying Sound In The World” was improvised
When Harry and Lloyd are in the car, Lloyd asks if Harry wants to hear the most annoying sound in the world. This was not originally in the script. You can tell by the look on Jeff Daniels‘ face.
50. Cannibal Corpse made a guest appearance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994
The song that they were playing was “Hammer Smashed Face”, one of their most famous songs.
51. Natural Born Killers took only 56 days to shoot
This is impressive, but the fact that it took eleven months to edit is insane. The 1994 film is considered to be one of the most-disturbing films of the 1990s.
52. The bus jump scene was not in the original script for Speed
Director Jan de Bont came up with the idea one day when he was driving around Los Angeles, and noticed one section of I-105 was missing.
53. Brandon Lee had somewhat of a morbid fascination with death before filiming of The Crow started
He would often drive around in a hearse he owned, visit famous graves, and listened to The Doors. Lee was killed in a shooting accident on the set of the movie.
54. Heat was the first film to feature Robert De Niro and Al Pacino acting together
They both starred in The Godfather: Part II in 1974, but never shared the screen together as the split chronology prevented this. When Heat was finally released, even its advertising material promoted the film as a De Niro and Pacino “showdown”.
55. The SWAT officers were not told that the victim was still alive when they were shooting the scene in Se7en
When the victim coughs and scares the SWAT officers, that reaction is real. That would freak me out too, to be honest.
56. The Usual Suspects contains three references to Pulp Fiction
Peter Greene was Zed and appears here as Redfoot. Verbal is referred to as “The Gimp”. There are two occurrences where someone looks into a briefcase. When Kobayashi gives the crew a briefcase to the crew in their initial meeting, and when Hockney looks into the case in the back of the van during the burning of the boat.
57. Toy Story was the world’s first computer animated film
The 1995 film was also the first animated film in Oscar history to be nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award (Adapted or Original). It was also the biggest grossing film of 1995.
58. Three future Sopranos stars appeared in The Basketball Diaries
Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi) played Jim’s mom; Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) portrayed Bobby, Carroll’s friend with leukemia; and Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) had the honor of getting vomited on while riding the ferry. The same three actors were also in Goodfellas.
59. Mel Gibson accidentally hanged himself for a moment during his death scene in Braveheart
Gibson blacked out, and had to be cut down by the crew. He remembers waking up and seeing a whole bunch of people around him.
60. The costume budget for Casino was $1 million
Robert De Niro wore 70 different costumes. Sharon Stone wore 30 vintage and bespoke outfits. The actors were also allowed to keep their costumes afterwards.