30 Rare Set Photos Secretly Taken While Filming Huge Hits

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Lights! Camera! Action! Even though movies have only been around for little more than a century, the film industry has quickly become one of the biggest and most lucrative in the United States and, all for good reason. With memorable characters, incredible storylines and outstanding special effects, films continue to wow audiences like never before.

Often considered a favorite pastime complete with candy and popcorn, movies are a great way to escape from life’s chaos. As fans do just that and immerse themselves in the lives of the characters, the action-packed adventure and the romance, they tend to forget that the final product on the screen is vastly different from the process of making the film itself. In fact, behind the scenes on a movie set usually looks like a different world altogether.

Traveling through movie history, we wanted to show you exactly what we meant and found 30 rare photos secretly taken while filming some of the biggest movies in cinematic history. From the movie industry’s scariest psychopaths and most terrifying monsters to creepy aliens, tragic love stories and epic tales of adventure, grab the popcorn and join us for a sneak peek into life behind the magical movie curtains of these high profile films!

#30 – Leo the Lion (MGM)

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“Art for art’s sake.” Once the most glamorous and revered film studio in Hollywood, Metro Goldwyn Mayer was established in 1924 after the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions. Quickly becoming a powerhouse in the industry, MGM earned the reputation for attracting “more stars than are in the heavens” as their iconic logo featuring Leo the Lion was finally brought to life.

Inspired by his alma mater’s mascot – the Columbia University lion – Howard Dietz designed the logo for Goldwyn Pictures in 1916. By the merger in 1924, MGM liked it so much that they decided to keep it and bring it to life. Pictured here in the middle of filming the title card for the studio, Slats the Lion was on loan from the Dublin Zoo and became the first real lion ever used at MGM, making his debut appearance in the opening of He Who Gets Slapped. Four years later, Slats and his six successors would finally have their roars heard making MGM’s logo the best known in the industry.

#29 – Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla)

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One of the most iconic (and hairiest) movie monsters of all time, Godzilla first shocked Japanese audiences in 1954 when its release quickly established the sci-fi flick as one of the most successful in the country’s history. Created long before advanced computer technology and special effects, the filmmakers made Godzilla larger than life by making everything around him, including the city of Tokyo, smaller than normal.

Using puppets, costumes and a team of talented set designers, Godzilla directors achieved their iconic look with the help of Japanese actor Haruo Nakajima who put on the costume and stomped through a miniature version of Japan’s capital city time and time again. Pictured here in one of the cuts, Nakajima went on to wear the Godzilla suit until his retirement in 1972 but his legacy lives on with Godzilla who, after 62 years on the screen, continues to draw crowds around the world with its most recent incantation released in America in 2014.

#28 – Darth Maul (Star Wars Episode I)

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Star Wars fans were thrilled in 1999 when they learned George Lucas was at it again with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Serving as a prequel to the Star Wars saga and starring big names like Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, the film was met with mixed reviews from critics but fans couldn’t resist as they flocked to theaters around the country making it the highest grossing film of the year.

Despite harsh reviews from critics regarding the writing and characters, The Phantom Menace was praised for one of its better features – Sith Lord Darth Maul. Played by Ray Park who has also appeared in X-Men, G.I. Joe and Heroes, Park is pictured here taking a quick break from shooting to look through the camera. Easy enough to shed his Darth Maul costume, it was borderline criminal to touch his face or he’d be sentenced to a few more hours in the makeup chair for a costly touchup and not even Darth Maul has time for that!

#27 – Bane & Batman (The Dark Knight Rises)

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“I am the Batman.” With superhero movies skyrocketing to popularity over the past few decades, one of the most widely anticipated and best received vigilantes has been Batman. After the success of Batman Begins in 2005 and The Dark Knight in 2008, director Christopher Nolan wowed audiences once again in 2012 with the final installment of the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, as the caped crusader was pitted against another memorable supervillain, Bane.

With Christian Bale cast as Batman in the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises saw Tom Hardy take on the role of Bane, a revolutionary intent on destroying Gotham City whose evil plans ultimately force Batman out of retirement. However, despite being mortal enemies when the cameras were rolling, this sneak peek behind the scenes hints at a possible friendship as the villainous costars share a laugh. And here we thought Bale was notoriously grumpy and a real jerk on the set!

#26 – Hannibal (Silence of the Lambs)

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“Good evening, Clarice.” In 1981, suspense writer Thomas Harris had little idea that he had created America’s favorite villain when he published Red Dragon and introduced the world to the psychotic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer known as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. As Hollywood scooped up the series, Lecter was portrayed by Brian Cox in the 1986 film Manhunter but nothing would compare to Anthony Hopkins taking on the role in Silence of the Lambs in 1991.

Pictured here during his first portrayal of Lecter in what would become the ultimate hit out of all the films, Hopkins is dressed in Lecter’s full protective suit as he gets a quick bite to eat (of something that isn’t a human liver!) before being strapped to a trolley. Earning widespread praise for his performance, Hopkins won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film and reprised the role a decade later in the prequel, Red Dragon. How’s that for coming full circle?

#25 – Voldemort & Dumbledore (Harry Potter Series)

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Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin – what’s your pick? Harry Potter became a household name after the release of J. K. Rowling’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in 1997. As the fantasy series progressed through seven novels, Harry Potter came to life on the silver screen in 2001 as actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson spent the next decade bringing in $10 billion in revenue as Harry, Ron and Hermione.

As Harry continuously struggles against the dark wizard known as Lord Voldemort (“He Who Must Not Be Named”), he is often guided by his mentor, the kind and all-knowing Albus Dumbledore. Seen here behind the scenes as the iconic portrayal of good and evil in Harry’s world, actors Ralph Fiennes (as Voldemort) and Michael Gambon (as Dumbledore) take a break together to relax and chat between scenes proving that even a Gryffindor and a Slytherin can be friends sometimes.

#24 – The Freezing Ocean (Titanic)

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“I’m king of the world!” Until 1997, Jurassic Park was the highest grossing movie in the world but not even dinosaurs and special effects could compete with a sinking ship and a love story. After two years of production, James Cameron released Titanic in 1997 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet who skyrocketed to stardom as the film destroyed every box office record for the year and earned its place as the second highest grossing film of all time behind Avatar, leaving Star Wars following closely in third.

In their early 20s at the time, the young Winslet and DiCaprio are pictured here in full costume as Cameron explains his vision for the scene where Jack and Rose get off the sinking ship and float in the freezing ocean. Spending an upwards of $200 million on special effects, scale models and the giant swimming pool seen here, Titanic’s young stars and extras look quite comfortable treading the waters of this epic romantic disaster film.

#23 – Michael Myers (Halloween)

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What’s a good slasher film without a creepy clown costume, an escape from a psychiatric hospital and a killing spree? While there have been dozens of memorable horror movie villains over the years, perhaps one of the earliest fan favorites is Michael Myers – no, not the man from Austin Powers. Debuting in the slasher world in the 1978 blockbuster Halloween, Myers was played by Nick Castle who starred alongside rising “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis.

Despite Myers often being described as a “purely evil bogeyman,” Castle put his character’s dark side away during a break in filming the 1978 hit as he’s pictured here giving his psychotic alter ego a sip of Dr. Pepper (because evil villains need caffeine too). Ironically enough, the original Myers mask was created by accident from a store-bought Captain Kirk mask from Star Trek. With a little modification and paint, the famous Myers mask was born and has been haunting audiences ever since.

#22 – The DeLorean (Back to the Future)

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“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!” Shifting our focus from one of the most iconic masks in movie history to one of the most iconic vehicles, we travel Back to the Future to take a spin in Doc Brown’s DeLorean. Produced by the DeLorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1983, only a few thousand DeLorean DMC-12s featuring wing-like doors and a stainless steel body were ever made. Now, thanks to the Back to the Future trilogy, fans would love to get behind the wheel but they are nearly impossible to find.

In the final Back to the Future film released in 1990, the DeLorean faces off in an epic car chase on the train tracks of the old west while a steam engine moves full throttle ahead and pushes it from behind. Filled with adrenaline on the silver screen, the scene was actually done with the scale models pictured here. Although it ruins a bit of Hollywood’s magic, we definitely can’t blame the directors for not wanting their iconic DeLorean crushed like an accordion all for the sake of traveling back in time.

#21 – Bellatrix (Harry Potter Series)

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Heading back to the land of Hogwarts for the next rare photo on our list, Bellatrix Lestrange was first introduced by book in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the first female Death Eater and one of Voldemort’s most faithful and fanatic followers. Described as a beautiful yet emaciated witch with incredible skills and a knack for torturing others, Bellatrix was played by Helena Bonham Carter who proved to be a perfect choice after appearing in nearly every Tim Burton film.

Bellatrix made her film debut in the final four films starting with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007. Pictured here in costume and checking her email behind the scenes, Carter’s portrayal of Bellatrix was only one part of her busy schedule as she balanced time with her then-husband Tim Burton as well as working with Johnny Depp on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. With a schedule like that, she must’ve needed a magic potion just to stay awake!

#20 – The Incredible Hulk (The Avengers)

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From Batman and Captain America to Superman, Iron Man and even Thor, there are dozens of popular comic book characters who have made their way to the silver screen. Following similar suit, the Incredible Hulk made his first comic book appearance in 1962 and, by 2003, Hollywood and Marvel mastermind Stan Lee teamed up for the release of Hulk starring Eric Bana. Since then, the Hulk saw another reboot in 2008 by Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk but nothing compares to the Hulk we’ve come to know and love today.

Thanks to Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Incredible Hulk has become an even bigger star. Known for his superhuman strength and monstrous green body, the Hulk is the alter ego of Bruce Banner, a quiet and highly intelligent physicist. Pictured here not as Banner but as the Hulk, Ruffalo and the camera crew use a little Hollywood high tech magic to bring the Hulk to life as Ruffalo gives his best “angry” face during his on-screen transformation.

#19 – The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars Episode IV)

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“May the force be with you.” With his release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on May 25, 1977, George Lucas created a cultural phenomenon that has brought moviegoers of all ages together for over 40 years. Following the epic adventure of characters like Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, the saga gets the audience’s attention right from the opening line with a loud burst from John Williams’ musical score as a wall of text scrolls by.

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” famously opens the Star Wars saga and, while modern technology obviously makes this effect much easier to accomplish today, things weren’t that simple in 1977. Pictured here, you’ll find a camera set up in a blacked-out room while the famous text sits on the center screen as the camera is pushed up on a pulley system by the cameraman. While it may not be as fancy as modern graphics, it definitely did the trick for early Star Wars audiences.

#18 – Shark Attack (Jaws)


“We’re going to need a bigger boat!” First introducing the man-eating great white shark in Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel, Steven Spielberg couldn’t help but jump on the shark bandwagon when he brought Jaws to life in Hollywood in 1975. A blockbuster hit, Jaws cost only $9 million to make and generated an astonishing $470 million at the box office as moviegoers couldn’t resist a fright night featuring the most realistic and terrifying shark they’d ever seen!

Filmed mostly off the coast near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Jaws was actually a large animatronic puppet that was rigged to an underwater rail. As seen here with one of the crew members goofing around, the shark had a mechanical look that caused Spielberg to consciously leave the shark out of a majority of the film. Instead, Jaws was rarely seen and gave a spooky presence thanks to the iconic theme song and soundtrack created by composer John Williams to signal the shark’s presence. How’s that for creative omission?

#17 – Bolaji Badejo (Alien)

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Though the science fiction horror genre is rather small in the film industry, the bar was set pretty high in 1979 when director Ridley Scott released one of the greatest films of all time, Alien. Starring actors Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver and Veronica Cartwright, the film met widespread success and earned an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects thanks to the incredible monster who obviously stole the show.

With only seven human characters in the film, Nigerian design student Bolaji Badejo actually became the eighth by a stroke of luck when he ran into the Alien casting team at a local bar in London. With a casting call out to fill the role of the Alien, the team saw that Badejo’s 6’10” slender frame was the perfect fit. After attending tai chi and mime classes to learn fluid movement, Badejo suited up for the performance of his life as he became one of the most iconic monsters in movie history.

#16 – Stomach Ache (Videodrome)

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Keeping with the science fiction horror genre, the next photo on our list comes from the 1983 Canadian film Videodrome starring James Woods. Cast as a Canadian television CEO, Woods’ character comes across a broadcast signal that shows shocking visuals of violence and torture causing him to hallucinate in terrifying ways. In true horror fashion, audiences watch as Woods reaches toward his stomach and begins digging his hand into a newly formed hole in his abdomen. Bizarre, isn’t it?

As if the actual film wasn’t creepy enough, the special effects in the movie were over the top even for the early 1980s. In the photo, Woods and director David Cronenberg test out the new makeup effects as Cronenberg digs his hand into a googly-eyed Woods. Looking real even on the set, Woods ended up getting so spooked as his character lost touch with reality that Cronenberg had to fill in for some of the scenes. Who would’ve guessed Woods was so easily spooked?

#15 – Maria’s Double (Metropolis)

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One of the original epics in cinematic history came by way of Fritz Lang and his wife in 1927 with their science fiction drama, Metropolis or “M” for short. The most expensive film ever released at the time thanks to its $5 million budget, Metropolis lost a lot of money at the box office before gaining a massive following in the education realm as college professors have taken to showing the film in cinematic arts courses around the world.

Set in a futuristic dystopian world, the silent film’s leading female character (Maria) and her robot double was played by Brigitte Helm. Featured on the film’s publicity posters, Helm is pictured here taking a much needed break from filming as a woman helps her get a drink and two other crewmen make repairs to her bulky and restrictive costume. We can’t imagine how hot and tired she must’ve been after a full day of filming!

#14 – Raoul Silva (Skyfall)

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“Let the sky fall, when it crumbles…” One of the longest running series in cinematic history, James Bond films are met with high anticipation, which proved to be the case once again in 2012 when yet another chapter was added to the 007 franchise with Skyfall. With Daniel Craig cast as the sexy secret agent for the third time, Skyfall follows Bond as he goes against supervillain Raoul Silva who was played by Javier Bardem.

In this adrenaline-filled scene in the film, Bardem’s character slides down a rail to escape but, in reality, he is actually completely still (at least for the time being) as the photo proves. With every movement strategically planned by director Sam Mendes, Bardem is pictured here opposite a cameraman as the crew slowly slides down the railing to ensure the perfect shot for this 007 action-packed thriller.

#13 – Sara Mia (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

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A timeless coming of age movie straight from the glory days of the 1980s, John Hughes surprised even himself after he wrote the screenplay for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in less than a week. By 1986, Hughes had released the film with Matthew Broderick leading the cast as Ferris, a high school student who skips school to spend the day with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) exploring downtown Chicago.

Often recognized as one of the greatest movies of the decade, Ferris Bueller was more than just fun and games while the cameras were rolling. Fresh off the success of his 1984 hit Sixteen Candles, Hughes brought his film and his crew to life by encouraging everyone to have a little fun behind the scenes. Pictured here doing exactly that, Sara Mia takes a pie in the face as Broderick and crew cheer her on in good fun. How’s that for taking it easy?

#12 – Ark of the Covenant (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

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There are certain movie props that will forever live on in the legend of movie lore thanks to the success of their films. Some of the props that might immediately come to mind include Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz or even Doc Brown’s DeLorean from Back to the Future. Another legendary prop that many forget, however, is the Ark of the Covenant which was featured in the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

While there was an actual Ark of the Covenant prop used in the film, director Steven Spielberg didn’t use it in all of the scenes, especially if Indiana Jones actually had to carry it. After all, it was probably heavy! In this scene, since only the shadows were needed, the crew opted for a lighter and more practical Ark by cutting the same shape out of cardboard and attaching wood handles. Voila! Audiences weren’t any the wiser and no one injured their back on the set!

#11 – I Am Your Father (Star Wars Episode V)

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“Luke, I am your father.” There were millions of Star Wars fans after the first movie came out in 1977, but the second film – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – managed to pull in even more with an ending that left people talking. In one of the most memorable and most quoted scenes from Episode V, fans saw Darth Vader fresh from a fight with Luke Skywalker as he reveals that he is Luke’s father.

Luke’s response not to join his father on the dark side left audiences in complete shock as Luke dropped himself down into the seemingly bottomless pit below. Luckily, Mark Hamill (who played Luke in the original Star Wars trilogy) didn’t actually have to plummet thousands of feet to his near death. Instead, Hamill managed a soft landing as he dropped two yards onto a bed of mattresses below. Even then, it might’ve been his stunt double – we may never know!

#10 – The Joker (Batman)

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Just as Batman has seen his fair share of A-list actors like Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale put on the cape over the years, his supervillain – The Joker – has also been played by greats like Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger. In 1989, Nicholson was cast in Tim Burton’s Batman and starred opposite Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight and Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale.

Unlike The Dark Knight Rises featuring a blotchy and messy Ledger, The Joker from the 1989 film had to go through a more dramatic makeup change which translated into long hours in the makeup chair. Pictured here in the midst of his makeup session, Nicholson even had cheek prosthetics to help his cheeks pop out more to enhance The Joker’s crazed smile. Add in a completely white face, green hair and a wildly colored suit and Batman’s evil nemesis was born!

#9 – Feeling Grabby (Fight Club)

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A cult classic in the late 1990s, Fight Club starred Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel by the same name. Norton was cast as an unnamed character who meets a soap maker named Tyler Durden. After forming a fight club with their friends to brawl for fun, Norton’s character realizes that Durden is a figment of his imagination and that all of Durden’s actions were really his own.

Filled with symbolism and an overlying message about the average man looking for more in life, director David Fincher had high hopes for the film as Norton and Pitt proved to be outstanding parallels on the screen. Essentially playing the same person in the film, the photo shows just how close Norton, Pitt and even Fincher became while posing mid-drink grabbing themselves and mean-mugging the camera. Now that definitely looks like a fight club in the making!

#8 – A Bloody Mess (Carrie)

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The first of hundreds of productions based on the work of Stephen King, the 1976 film Carrie was inspired by King’s 1974 novel. Directed by Brian De Palma, Sissy Spacek was cast as Carrie, a shy high school student bullied by her classmates and abused at home who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to take revenge on her classmates after a horrible prank during prom. Who said high school was fun again?

Looking like she’s having the time of her life in this photo (it’s prom, remember?), Spacek’s character has just been drenched in pig blood after an evil high school prank. Obviously and hopefully not covered in any sort of real blood, Spacek managed to put away her dazzling smile when the cameras were rolling in what became a career-defining role that earned her an Academy Award nomination – pig blood and all!

#7 – Neo & Agent Smith (The Matrix)

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Do you remember when The Matrix was released in 1999 and how the world was blown away by the film’s special effects? Don’t worry, we were too! In addition to the cutting edge technology, the film became an instant classic with Keanu Reeves leading the cast as a man who is bored with his life discovers that he lives in a simulated reality where humans are controlled by machines. Definitely science fiction, right?

Directed by The Wachowski Brothers, the film is considered one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time with its philosophical references and revolutionary bullet-time camera shot as seen here. In the photo, Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving are suspended from wires in mid-air while cameras surround them for a play-by-play of the action. Forced to remain as still as possible, we can only imagine that this slow motion shot was taken at a snail’s pace behind the scenes!

#6 – Conan the Lightweight (Conan the Barbarian)

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In one of his first hit films after moving from Austria to the United States, Arnold Schwarzenegger played the title character in the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian. Set in a prehistoric fantasy world filled with dark magic and fighting, the film follows the young Conan as he seeks vengeance for the death of his parents. Met with surprising box office success, director Richard Fleischer wasted little time when he released the sequel, Conan the Destroyer, in 1984.

Bigger than life in the first film thanks to his reputation as a professional bodybuilder, the 6’2” tall Schwarzenegger looked pocket sized compared to his Conan the Destroyer co-star, Wilt Chamberlain, who towered over him at 7’1”. Making matters worse, the film also featured the 7’0” Andre the Giant (how fitting!) who, with Chamberlain, picked Schwarzenegger off the ground with ease thanks to their brute strength. We can’t help but ask, who’s the big guy now, Arnie?

#5 – Extras (Spartacus)

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Praised as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick gained early fame with the 1960 release of his epic drama Spartacus, which was based on the novel by Howard Fast. Starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, the classic made $48 million at the box office, won four Academy Awards and featured one of the largest casts of all time with 10,500 people appearing in the film. No, that wasn’t a typo!

This photo shows a few hundred of the thousands of people used in the film as Kubrick and the film crew placed numbers around the set so that the cameramen and producers could remember the order of the shoot. Smart, right? What’s even more incredible is that Kubrick was only 30 years old at the time and went on to work on projects like Lolita, Dr. Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey – though we imagine, he was in charge of far fewer people!

#4 – Riding Around (Ben Hur)

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Yet another epic film on our list, Ben Hur was released one year before Spartacus in 1959 and was directed by William Wyler. A remake of a silent film that came out in 1925, the 1959 version of Ben Hur had the largest budget in movie history at $15.175 million used for production. The film also featured the largest movie sets ever made at the time in addition to one of the biggest crews including 200 camels, nearly 3,000 horses and around 10,000 extras.

Spending up to 14 hours a day and six days a week filming, the actors were all just rising hopefuls who enjoyed the simple things despite the grand extravaganza going on around them. In this photo, we see stars Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd taking a break from filming the chariot race as they ride around the set on a Vespa moped. Complete in full Ben Hur costumes, these two may look out of character but they’re definitely having the time of their lives!

#3 – Bill Murray (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

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Known for books like James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, British writer Roald Dahl had yet another children’s book make it to the silver screen in 2009 with the release of Fantastic Mr. Fox. With Wes Anderson in the director’s chair, the film was a huge success and earned multiple Oscar nominations thanks to a star-studded cast including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson and comedy legend, Bill Murray.

As Anderson’s first animated film and adaptation (not to mention Dahl being one of his heroes), he put great thought into the details of the film especially when it came to the set, which was inspired by Dahl’s home in England. Cast as Mr. Fox’s lawyer “Clive Badger,” Murray is pictured here taking a nap on the set which just so happens to be a miniature version of London. Always the funnyman, we can’t help but wonder if Murray has ever passed out in a real London street before, though we wouldn’t bet against it!

#2 – Tiger (Life of Pi)

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Adapted from the 2001 novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi was directed by Ang Lee and was met with critical and commercial success when it was released in 2012 and earned dozens of award nominations. Following the story of a young Indian man named “Pi” Patel, the film focuses on Pi’s account of being shipwrecked as a teenager and left stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. As for filming with a live tiger in a boat, that was an entirely different story.

Obviously impossible to shoot the majority of the film with a real tiger in the boat with actor Suraj Sharma, the crew had to improvise with the use of computer generated imagery. To make Sharma appear like he was actually interacting with the tiger, a blue model took its place which allowed the creative team to change it into a real tiger in post-production. Can you imagine how hard it must’ve been to keep a straight face when reading lines to an oversized stuffed animal?

#1 – Boba Fett (Star Wars Episode V)

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Ending our list with another trip down Star Wars memory lane, one of the most memorable (and badass) characters in the entire series was Boba Fett, a bounty hunter who traveled across the galaxy to track down Han Solo. First appearing in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett was later added digitally into the fourth episode but you might have never guessed that from this behind the scenes photo!

Despite looking more like a “Weird Al” Yankovic character (how funny would that’ve been!), Boba Fett was played by Jeremy Bulloch in the fifth and sixth Star Wars episodes. Pictured here during filming in the early 1980s, Bulloch’s glory days didn’t end with Boba Fett’s silly costume as his film credits include appearances in Doctor Who, Octopussy and Robin of Sherwood.