15 Tasty Facts About Food And Restaurants In The Movies

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20th Century Television

Ever wondered about all that colorful food Robin Williams and the lost boys dive into in Hook? Want to know who ate actual maggots for a movie scene? Of course, you do. It is literally why you come here, to learn of such important things. Go on, then, and tie that napkin around your neck as we present to you a feast of food and restaurant facts from movies and TV shows. Bon appétit ...

John Cena Ate 36 Empanadas For A Scene In The Suicide Squad

John Cena Peacemaker The Suicide Squad empanadas

Warner Bros. Pictures

Peacemaker will "eat every d—" and also every empanada, apparently, because … freedom? Who knows how his meat machine operates. For one scene, James Gunn had John Cena unwrap an empanada and eat it, for real. No pretend-zees, because what could possibly go wrong? Gunn deciding they needed three dozen takes, that's what. Around 35 empanadas later, Cena was telling the crew that he's probably not going to make it, and they should all please go ahead and mourn him in the press.

Crazy Rich Asians Had A Lot Of (Fake) Food

Crazy Rich Asians food

Warner Bros. Pictures

There are quite a few scenes where "eating like rich people" had to be illustrated, and not all the food was real because there simply was too much of it. The wedding banquet scene, for instance, saw the catering team have to cook for 300 people, but only around 40% of the food ended up being edible. Some of the food was technically fine to eat, but no one probably wanted it. The caviar, for instance, was just mustard seeds dyed black, and the seafood was made from dough.

The Smorgasbord Of Color And Pies In Hook Was All Real

Hook Robin Williams food feast

Sony Pictures

The iconic imaginary Neverland feast cost a total of $50,000 and was filmed twice. And all that food was real, apparently tasting delicious. Dante Basco, who played Rufio, said the production team created a sort of thick Cool Whip: "Nowadays, you can go and get frosting at the local supermarket — turquoise and hot pink and stuff like that. In the '90s, you couldn't do that. They started creating this goop. It was edible. It wound up in a lot of our mouths."

How They Made Animal Tongues In Hannibal

Hannibal TV show food

Sony Pictures Television

Lamb tongues or vegan raw meat? Janice Poon, the food stylist for the show, said she used bulgur and water to create those very realistic-looking mouth muscles. "It's like making a Lebanese kibbeh. You mix cracked wheat with water, and it makes a kind of mush that holds together. The texture is a little 'nubbly,' so I added a pink food coloring, made little tongues out of kibbeh dough, steamed them up, and they were my little lambs' tongues."

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Restaurant Anchorman Ron Burgundy Spanish

DreamWorks Pictures

Veronica Corningstone and friends visit the "Escupimos en su Alimento" restaurant to plot against Ron Burgundy and his brand of douchebaggery. We'd rather stick to the margaritas since the restaurant's name translates to "we spit on your food."

All The Steak (And Some Watermelon) In The Guilt Trip

The Guilt Trip Barbra Streisand steak

Paramount Pictures

Barbra Streisand isn't scared of the meat sweats, apparently. For the steak-eating contest, they went through more than 300 pounds of meat during the three-day shoot, and Streisand didn't mind chowing down on the meat for real. During one bit, however, she had to chew quickly and say a line. For fear of having The Barb choke and die on their movie set, the filmmakers decided to have her bite down on a piece of seared watermelon that would dissolve quick enough so she could get her line out.

The Heart Made Of Gelatin In Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen

HBO

Who can forget the scene where Daenerys Targaryen devours a horse's heart? That thing was made of solidified jam and, according to actress Emilia Clarke, tasted like bleach and raw pasta. "Fortunately, they gave me a spit bucket because I was vomiting in it quite often."

John Leguizamo Ate Real Maggots In Spawn

Spawn, John Leguizamo, maggots

New Line Cinema

Leguizamo, on the time that his character Violator found some trash pizza to shove in his mouth:

Moviemaking during the 20th century sure was different.

The Spruce Caboose in The Simpsons

The Simpsons, Marge, Spruce Caboose

Fox

In the episode, "Marge Gets a Job," there's a restaurant that's a remnant of a crashed luxury train because that is very much The Simpsons' vibe. The name is a reference to Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose plane-boat.

Those Were Real Margaritas In Jurassic World

Jurassic World, Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet, margaritas

Universal Pictures

It feels impossible to watch Jurassic World and not laugh at Jimmy Buffet's cameo as he runs from the dinosaurs while saving his margarita. All the people we see sipping on their drinks in the Dino park's Margaritaville were real though. As in, those extras — who were of legal age, we're sure — were really sipping on alcoholic drinks because those stores were all legit. The park's main plaza was made up of fully operational retail outlets built in the parking lot of the former Six Flags New Orleans location.

The Pizza Planet Truck In Turning Red

Turning Red, Pizza Planet, Pixar

Walt Disney

Pixar's Pizza Planet truck has been the universe's one consistency, having appeared in Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Up, and so many others. Adding to the list: Parked on the street in this Turning Red scene.

Leonardo DiCaprio Ate Real Uncooked Liver In The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant, raw liver

20th Century Studio

Not only was it a mission getting real bison liver, but the production had to get permission and have lawyers sign off on the actor eating a potentially diseased animal's insides. DiCaprio told Variety about his experience: "The bad part is the membrane around it. . . . It's like a balloon. When you bite into it, it bursts in your mouth."

… But Mia Farrow Did It First In Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary's Baby, Mia Farrow, liver

Paramount Pictures

When Roman Polanski told Mia Farrow she was to eat some raw chicken livers in a scene, Farrow didn't argue and ate the raw chicken livers in the scene. From Farrow's autobiography: "When Roman wanted me to eat raw liver, I ate it, take after take, even though, at the time, I was a committed vegetarian."

The Frog Food That Caused A Ruckus On The Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi Set

Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt, Frogs

20th Century Studios

Those Jabba the Hutt delicacies that screamed while being eaten were portrayed by real giant frogs the studio found at a zoo. Okay, the live ones weren't in the scene where they're actually being eaten, but in all the other scenes, they were, and one of them had a brief escape that caused some consternation because no one ever prepares for the Escaped Frog On Set scenario.

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