15 Iconic Movies That Filmed Scenes In Surprising Ways

In most shots, you can pretty much easily tell if something is CGI, or an elaborate practical effect, or something else. In most shots. But not in, say, one of these 15:


The Jaws scene of Hooper in the shark cage featured a 4'9 stunt double and a shrunken cage. They did that to make the sharks look even bigger than they were.

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Arnie's cigar wasn't really lit at the start of Predator. Somehow, they couldn't get it to light up, so they gave up and added the glow as a visual effect.

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In some parts of the brain-eating scene in Hannibal, you're seeing a Ray Liotta puppet. Two or three of the shots used the puppet, which was basically indistinguishable from the actor operators could make it blink, open its mouth, and move its head.

Source: SyFy


A lion tamer walked the lion in The Wolf of Wall Street. They filmed the scene with the lion being walked through an empty office by the trainer, then took out the trainer and added all the people.

Source: Business Insider


The four-story jaeger cockpits in Pacific Rim are physical sets, not CGI.

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Marta's hand on the mug near the end of Knives Out is a visual effect. They originally shot it with the words revealed, but then realized revealing the words early on would weaken the final shot-- so they moved her hand to make it cover the words.

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The instant bread scene in The Force Awakens didn't use CGI. Getting the bread to look and act just right took three months, and it apparently tasted absolutely awful. CRACKED.COM

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The flame guitar in Mad Max: Fury Road was totally real. SOSCDS Everything actually worked, while driving at full speed, exactly as you see it in the movie. CRACKED.COM

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Diana's belly in Wonder Woman is sometimes CGI. Gal Gadot was pregnant when they were doing the reshoots, so they cut open the front of her costume and CGI'd her pregnant belly out. CRACKED.COM

Source: Rolling Stone


The scenes with two Sarahs in Terminator 2 didn't involve Linda Hamilton filming twice. The second Sarah was her twin sister Leslie Hamilton Freas, and she played whichever version of Sarah was farther from the camera. CRACKED.COM

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John Wick spent 5,000 on CG dog pooP. They weren't allowed to give laxatives to the dog on the set, so they had to make do with CGI.

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The squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were real, trained animals. They gathered 40 squirrels (some were raised on set and some others taken from squirrel rescues or people's homes) and spent eight weeks training them for the scene.

Source: BBC


The magic carpet in Aladdin wasn't 2D-animated. It was done in CG, and they drew the pattern on paper before turning into a texture for a 3D object. That was super expensive at the time, and Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg wan't happy about paying so much for a bunch of

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The white rose in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 7 wasn't real. They couldn't find the perfect rose they needed, so they whipped up a CG one.

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The backgrounds for the speeder chase in Return of the Jedi were shot at under 1 FPS. Cameramen walked through a forest with cameras shooting at /4ths of a frame per second the final result, running at 24 frames per second, looks like it was shot at insane Speed. CRACKED.COM

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