Due to the fact that many people have a great deal of emotional investment in their favorite films, it is safe to say that movies are one of the most powerful storytelling mediums in the world. As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that when most of us learn an interesting factoid about a well-known movie, we quickly share it with the people around us.
Of course, as we all know, not everything that is widely believed turns out to be true. For example, there are loads of people who have completely bought into things that are regularly claimed about famous movies that aren’t actually true. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 15 ridiculous movie myths that everyone still believes for some reason.
15 Milky Rain
Widely considered to be one of the best musicals in film history, Singin' In The Rain is best known for the scene in which Gene Kelly performs the titular song. Pelted with very visible rain throughout that sequence, the common belief is that filmmakers had milk fall on the actor as it was more visible than actual water. As confirmed by the movie’s director, that simply isn’t true.
14 Marisa Tomei’s Oscar Wasn’t Meant To Be
Probably because many viewers were surprised that Marisa Tomei’s My Cousin Vinny performance won an Oscar, it didn’t take long for a whacky theory to develop. Widely believed by many, the idea is that presenter Jack Palance read Marisa’s name by mistake and in order to avoid embarrassment, nobody corrected his error. The Academy has vehemently denied those claims and as evidenced by the La La Land and Moonlight debacle, they wouldn’t let that happen.
13 Ghostly Presence
Proof positive of just how far people’s imaginations can go when things aren’t spelled out for them, loads of people believe that the ghost of a boy can be seen in Three Men and a Baby. Thankfully, if you look into the situation, the so-called ghost in the window is nothing more than a cardboard cut-out of Ted Danson’s character in the film.
12 People Ran From The Screen
Given how revolutionary movie technology was when it first became available, it makes perfect sense that people were blown away by it at first. However, it is commonly believed that when The Arrival of a Train first screened people ran from the screen in fear. However, that short was not the first film ever exhibited so it makes no sense that people would react that way and there is no evidence that happened.
11 On-Screen Demise
Even though The Crow is a violent movie, it blows our minds that so many people believe that the moment Brandon Lee lost his life for real was included in it. Killed when a gun that was supposed to fire a blank launched a projectile into him, Lee’s demise was investigated so the footage was given to the cops. That said, even if it had been possible to include that moment in the film, what kind of sicko would do that?
10 Horrific Background
For many years now, it has been believed that an actor who played one of The Wizard of Oz’s munchkins took his own life and his body can be seen in the background of a scene. While that always seemed outlandish, recent high definition releases of the film confirm that the so-called body was nothing more than a very much alive bird.
9 Based on a True Story
Perhaps the most understandable myth on this list, it makes perfect sense that many film fans believe that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on a true story. After all, the film outright claims that to be the case. However, in reality, Leatherface’s masks are based on real-life monster Ed Gein’s deeds but otherwise, the story was entirely fictional.
8 The Lion King’s Naughty Side
Throughout Disney history, there have been several instances of animators sneaking adult images into the company’s films that are targeted at the whole family. However, if you believe that the letters S-E-X can be seen in the dust during a moment from The Lion King, those involved say that isn’t the case. Instead, it is meant to read S-F-X in a tribute to the movie’s animated effects.
7 Title Change For the Uninformed
Back in 1994, the film adaptation of the play “The Madness of George III” hit the big screen but its title was changed to The Madness of King George. As revealed by the movie’s director, the name was changed because he wanted to include the word, king. However, the myth is that he was worried that Americans would think that “The Madness of George III” was the third film in a series.
6 Back to the Future Part II Prediction
As any Back to the Future trilogy fan already knows, the second movie largely focuses on Biff Tannen getting his hands on a book that includes the winners of future sports results. Due to that, a myth has popped up online that the movie predicted a Florida team’s 1997 World Series win even though the Miami Marlins didn’t exist when the movie was released. However, BTTF Part II never mentions a Florida baseball team at all.
5 Jerry Lewis’ Embarrassment
Clearly a comedy legend, it surprised most when Jerry Lewis directed any movie, let alone The Day The Clown Cried which is said to be very serious. Never released to this day, some believe that is the case because Lewis thought the movie was so bad he didn’t want the world to see it. Instead, the real situation is the film is the subject of litigation that made its release impossible.
4 Animal Behaviour
Easily one of the most recognizable film images of all-time, whenever someone mentions the MGM lion almost everyone knows what they are talking about. As such, it is safe to say that the studio bosses chose their mascot well. However, that wouldn’t have been the case if there was any truth to the myth that the real-life lion featured in that original shot gave into its instincts and attacked people on the set.
3 Footage of Someone’s Passing is Included In 1959’s Ben-Hur
Considering that Charlton Heston’ 1959 film Ben-Hur features some heart-pounding chariot scenes, it is easy to understand why viewers feared for the people involved. However, there is no truth to the belief that someone involved in shooting the film lost their life during a stunt sequence and the footage wound up in the film.
2 Gold Paint Poisoning
Given the fact that being a “Bond Girl” is a big deal for the career of any young actor, it seems safe to say that it would be exciting to be cast in one of those roles. However, many people believe that it was unfortunate for Goldfinger’s Shirley Eaton. After all, she supposedly passed away after she was painted in toxic gold paint for her character’s death scene. In reality, she is alive to this day.
1 Spielberg’s Outlandish Career Beginnings
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg once claimed that his career began after he snuck onto the Universal Studios lot and began using an empty office without approval. However, we assume he was kidding as the truth of the matter is that he’d received an internship with the studio and only had to sneak in until his paperwork was all worked out.