Action movies are the stuff of legend. For some, they seem like petulant little movies made without a real story. But for aficionados, action films have everything in them — action (of course), adventure, sensuality, explosions, fast cars, and battle sequences.
One thing that is somewhat interesting about action film fans is how true fans attempt to understand as many details as they can about their favorite movies in so much as to become walking encyclopedias of knowledge & points of reference fit for your regional restaurant’s trivia night. But much the same way that life works, you can’t know everything, and that is where this specific group of facts shows its worth!
Listed below are five cool facts about some of your favorite action films you never understood but will be sure to remember forever:
1. Silence of the Lambs – Most people have a tendency to criticize big Hollywood action movies by imagining they have nothing to offer in real value when it comes to an actual story worth checking out. Even though some may find this picture more suspenseful, it will keep you on the edge of your chair. ‘Silence’ is one of only a handful of movies to have earned Academy Awards for the best categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay).
2. The Fast and the Furious – Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, didn’t have drivers licenses or even licenses before production of the movie. While this might seem somewhat strange, many actors and actresses concentrate their attention on their craft from a young age, sometimes bypassing milestones like this.
3. Jaws – Nearly a fourth of the film was filmed by the surface of the water level. This unique perspective is vital to the film’s terror as audiences could feel as though they were treading water or the least to be near”Bruce”, the name given to the mechanical shark used during filming. The fact that only about 25% of the movie was shot this way is amazing when you consider that most of the more memorable sequences of this movie are based from the water.
4. Gone with the Wind – Though often seen as a historical drama or even (strangely enough) as a romantic movie,’Gone’ is celebrated for its massive undertaking & sweeping look at a bygone era over the course of many generations. While the movie tends to have beautiful imagery of plantation life, it is the ferocious action sequences & suspenseful scenes that take your breath away. This movie was the first color film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
5. X-Men – Although they give off an air of sophistication and class, actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan had really never played a game of chess in their own lives. While not the most gritty action film tidbit, it’s important to mention simply because far too many movie patrons are not willing to suspend all disbelief. It’s all about the information.