The code in The Matrix comes from sushi recipes
Warner Bros./ShutterstockThose green symbols trailing down in The Matrix aren’t complicated algorithms. A production designer scanned symbols from his wife’s sushi cookbooks, then manipulated them to create the iconic “code.” Can you answer these 13 trivia questions only geniuses get right?
Director James Cameron drew the sketch in Titanic
20th Century Fox/Paramount/ShutterstockUnlike Jack's French girls, Kate Winslet wore a bathing suit while Cameron sketched the picture. For more movie trivia, learn the hilarious working titles of Titanic and other famous movies.
One famous Pulp Fiction scene was filmed backward
Linda R. Chen/ShutterstockWhen Uma Thurman’s character is having an overdose, it looks like John Travolta sticks a needle in her to revive her. Actually, Travolta pulled the needle out, and the film was run backward to reverse the action.
The cat in The Godfather was a stray
Paramount/ShutterstockDirector Francis Ford Coppola found the cat in the studio and handed it to Marlon Brando before the shot. The cat loved the actor so much that it stayed in his lap and purred so loudly that the crew was afraid the noise would drown out the dialogue.
Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie
Warner Bros/ShutterstockIf you think the dreamy 007 seemed too good to be true, you’re right. Sean Connery started balding at age 17. Make sure you put these 12 greatest spy movies of all time on your streaming list.
There’s a Starbucks cup in every Fight Club scene
Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox/ShutterstockDirector David Fincher thought the Starbucks shops popping up on every block of LA in the late ‘90s was “too much of a good thing,” so he poked fun of the coffee chain in Fight Club. He’s claimed to have sneaked a Starbucks cup into every shot, with the permission of the chain—with one exception. Starbucks didn’t want its shop destroyed on film, so that scene uses the made-up Gratifico Coffee instead. Find out what the most popular movie was the year you were born.
Some of the velociraptor noises in Jurassic Park are actually tortoises mating
Amblin/Universal/ShutterstockAt least that’s what the sound designer used when the raptors were communicating. Other scenes of the species used horse breathing and goose hisses. Find out what scientists say T-Rexes actually sounded like. (Hint: It's not turtle sex—or a roar.)
E.T. and Poltergeist started from the same script
Shutterstock (2)Steven Spielberg was going to produce filmmaker’s John Sayles’ Night Skies script about a rural family invaded by aliens that could kill with a touch of the finger but decided to go a more family-friendly route with the story by creating E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Sayles wouldn’t rewrite the script, but Spielberg kept the idea for Poltergeist.
Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is William Shatner’s face
Miramax/ShutterstockOr specifically, his Star Trek character, Captain Kirk. There wasn’t money in the 1978 horror film’s budget to create a custom mask, so the art director bought a clown and a Captain Kirk mask. The crew spray-painted it white, and adjusted the eyes and hair to create the terrifying mask.
Toy Story’s Woody was originally a ventriloquist dummy
Moviestore/ShutterstockEven in later versions, he was written as a “sarcastic bully” trying to rally the other toys against Buzz. Luckily, the studio decided to transform him into a more lovable character. See if you can answer these 13 cartoon trivia questions about your favorite animated classics.