When it comes to enjoying a good film, the most important sense isn't sight or even hearing -- it's smell. More specifically, the fact that you can't smell what's on the screen. If you could, the magic of cinema would instantly be broken, as the noisome stank of rancid foodstuffs ravaged your nose. Yes, believe it or not, some of the most iconic special effects in movie and TV history were achieved not through complex camera techniques or computer animation, but by throwing unlikely (and often gross) combinations of food products together. For starters ...
The Turds On Game Of Thrones Were Made Out Of Wet Fruitcake
Game Of Thrones has so much CGI going on that we wouldn't be too surprised if it turned out the actors shoot every scene in the nude and the clothes are added in post-production to save money. But there are still some things that are accomplished through good old-fashioned practical effects. For instance, the turds.
In Season 7, Samwell Tarly finally makes it to the Citadel, only to get assigned to a bunch of really shitty jobs. As in, they put him on latrine duty. To make the poop nuggets that Sam would be cleaning out of chamber pots look as realistic as possible, the team took fruitcake, dunked it in water, and then molded it into little turds. At this point, we have to question the logic of not using real feces, since their solution sounds even more repulsive.
And you thought this show would stop showing you little turds when Joffrey died.
To make matters worse, this required about 50 or 60 hours of shooting to create a roughly 90-second montage. That meant wet, molding fruitcake was sitting around all week. You know when was a good time to film this? As the rest of the cast was hanging out at the 2016 Emmys. Sucks to be you, Sam.
Movies Slather Babies In Grape Jelly And Cream Cheese
Babies are disgusting. This is not even up for debate. The problem is that they're a particular breed of disgusting at the exact moment they pop up out the womb, and that's a disgusting that requires some attention to detail if you're going to get it on film. After all, you can't exactly shove the baby back inside to get multiple takes. The much easier solution is to take a an already-born baby and cover them in grape jelly and cream cheese like a goddamn bagel. When Katherine Heigl was ready to pop in Knocked Up, for instance, the producers had to make sure they got only the freshest organic schmear for the babies.