Trivia sometimes gets a bad rap, being relegated to the nerd-like heroes of Jeopardy, or happy drinkers in the many pubs of Britain. The truth is, that if introduced into the conversation in the right way, little known trivia facts can be fun, even socially rewarding. The trick is to arm yourself with knowledge that people might actually be interested in and using it at the right time. In other words, spouting lesser-known facts about the worlds bloodiest serial-killers, while having dinner at your new girlfriends house, is not the best idea! I have spent the last few days scouring the Web, asking actor friends, and browsing my nephews DVD extras searching for interesting, little-known gems of the movie world. Fun film facts are usually well received in any crowd (well almost any) and may even get a smile or a laugh.

The following are the best of the best. That’s why there are an odd number in the list. Rounding the group to The Best 20, or 50 film facts, would mean cutting good facts or adding worthless ones and I didn’t want to do that. I also tried to avoid things that everyone has heard a million times before, like the mysterious figure in Three Men and a Baby. So enjoy, tell your friends, and don’t hesitate to leave comments or suggestions at the end!

#36 – During WWII Walt Disney Studios made a war propaganda film called Der Fuehrer’s Face and is set in a fictional (obviously) Nazi-land, a place where the clouds and trees are shaped like swastikas and the houses all look like Hitler. . .yipes!

#35 – George Lucas (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark) had a dog named Indiana, whether the dog or the film character came first I’m not sure, if you know, drop us a line!

#34 – The film Psycho was the first time a close-up of a toilet flushing was shown in an American movie.

#33 –This one is kind of morbid! In the Disney movie Hercules you see him posing for a vase painting, wearing a lion skin draped on his back. Later, after Hercules throws the skin to the floor, the shot of Phil beside it distinctly shows that skin belongs to Scar (the villain from The Lion King) WOW! Along the same lines, #32 –The Lion King was originally named King of the Jungle until the powers that be finally realized that lions don’t actually live in jungles. BONUS FACT — Animation of the big wild beast stampede scene in The Lion King took over 3 years to complete. It was done with CGI, can you imagine if it had to be hand-drawn?

#31 – Those nasty directors. . . David Fincher, director of Fight Club, made a stuntman fall down the stairs 12 times for the fight scene between Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. Then the jerk used the first take!

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  • Eve

    Obi-wan does really not mean “Not a damn thing” in dutch, It doesn’t mean quite anything actually, it is just a name. Vader on the other is really dutch for father.

    • TD

      It was a joke, Eve. The writer was saying it doesn’t mean a damn thing.

  • Tim Tran

    It’s generally accepted that Indiana, the dog, came first because that’s where Lucas drew inspiration for the name similarly to how Short Round was named after Spielberg’s dog.

  • Christian

    During the Halloween scene in E.T. while both the boy and the alien are walking, there is another boy walking in the opposite direction wearing a Yoda mask, E.T. stares at this boy for a while because it is said that E.T. type aliens and Yoda type aliens live in planets near one another, therefore the reason E.T. pointed out the boy in the costume was because he saw a familiar and friendly face. In Star Wars Episode III, during one of the meetings of congress, one of the spacies there are actually a bunch of E.T. type aliens. I thought that was kinda cool when I saw that. George Lucas has been known to put Cameos of his movies into his others.