The Strange Fates of 15 Iconic Movie Props
When you’re reclining passively, stuffing popcorn into your drooling maw, it’s hard to notice how much work goes into a movie. From your place in the theater or your futon, you’re simply gazing into a window to Pandora or Tatooine or Jenna Rink’s New York City, but -- not to shock you or anything-- none of those places are real. They’re the products of painstaking labor by people whose whole jobs are to be invisible (sorry, AI bros, you can't automate this job yet).
That means a lot of their work ends up being more recognizable than the movie stars frolicking around it, but it also means a lot of it ends up being stashed in someone’s attic (or worse -- so much worse) and forgotten about. From Dorothy’s dress to the freaking Death Star, so many relics of Hollywood glory have been found in junkyards, some dude’s house, or even an actual archeological dig.