A wise French man once said that to make a movie, all you need is a gun and a girl. Fast forward a couple of decades and that sentiment still holds true thanks to action franchises like James Bond, Captain Marvel, and Kill Bill being huge commercial successes. To make things even spicier, sprinkle in a few car chases, kung fu fight sequences, and explosions and you have the recipe for a generational blockbuster.
Action movies have been all the rage ever since the bad guys started tying up beautiful dames to the railroad tracks and galloping on horseback. Whether you’re a fan of the “Terminator” series or still entranced by the original “Predator” film, here are some of the most intriguing fun facts about some of the best action movies of all time.
“Jaws” is Based on Real-Life Events
Before films like “The Lion King,” “Die Hard,” “Alien” and “Star Wars” were churning out hits during the summertime, it was Steven Spielberg who gave us the original recipe for a summer blockbuster with “Jaws.” Although there are countless aspects of the film that are purely fictional, it does hold plenty of historical significance nonetheless.
This is because the Peter Benchley novel the film is based on was actually inspired by the true events of July 1916. This is the period when the first recorded shark attack in U.S. history took place in the waters close to New Jersey’s Beach Haven.
“Total Recall” Could Have Had A Sequel
It might be a bummer to fans of the action film genre but a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Total Recall” was almost picked up for production. When the original film was released in 1990, it was a commercial success, which is why the fact that a sequel never came out might be quite confusing to some.
Although a subsequent film titled “Total Recall” did end up releasing in 2012, it was merely a reboot and failed to make an impression on filmgoers. As it turns out, a sequel to the original “Total Recall” was indeed in the pipeline with Schwarzenegger returning as Douglas Quaid. At least, that was the plan before the studio Carolco Pictures ended up going bankrupt in 1995 after the failure of “Cutthroat Island.”
Robert Downey Jr. Secretly Hid and Ate Food on the Set of “The Avengers”
While his castmates were busy shedding the pounds and cutting the calories for a ripped superhero physique in “The Avengers,” Robert Downey Jr. was doing the exact opposite. The lead actor hid food all over the set after the film began production and would even snack on these items when filming key scenes.
Filmmaker and fellow “The Judge” castmate Vincent D'Onofrio later confirmed these reports by saying that RDJ continues this practice even when he is not working on the MCU films. Funnily enough, in some of the scenes that show RDJ eating food in “Avengers” and its sequels, it’s actually food from his own stash and not prop items!