The Wildest Myths Viewers Have Been Led to Believe by Movies & Media

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Myth #3 – The MGM Lion Actually Killed a Lot of People

So the story goes, Alfred Hitchcock was filming a lion for the MGM Logo when two burglars broke onto the movie set. The animal looked at the camera, roared with rage, and jumped out of frame to devour the criminals. The truth: Hitchcock actually had nothing to do with it. A total of seven tamed lions have been used for over the years, and none of them have ever harmed anyone.

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Myth #4 – A Stuntman Died During the Chariot Race in “Ben Hur”

While it’s true that no stuntmen were harmed during the Charlton Heston chariot race, most of the rumors were from the original 1925 movie, “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” Quite a lot of stuntmen were harmed then. Horses were shot, real fights broke out, people were set on fire, and one rider was crushed to death during the violent race scene.

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The More You Know

  • The film industry got its start in New Jersey
  • The original raw footage of Apocalypse Now consisted of 1,250,000 feet of film which is over 230 hours’ worth.
  • Peter O’Toole was nominated for eight performance Oscars and didn’t win a single one.
  • Walt Disney refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because he had made “that disgusting movie Psycho.”
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