The 1990s were a memorable decade for movies. With the help of computers and special effects, production studios were able to produce more realistic-looking dinosaurs for Jurassic Park and provide the signature “bullet time” effect that The Matrix became known for. Suddenly there were no boundaries or limits to what directors and producers could do in their movies. Film-makers took full advantage of the technological boom and came up with some of the greatest pictures that we still go back and watch now.
With millions of dollars at stake, these high priced films, didn’t come without drama. What would some of the decade’s most popular hits be without some sex, drugs, fighting, and rivalries? Check out these behind-the-scenes secrets that will surprise you about your favorite movies.
Hook– Julia Roberts Was Nicknamed “Tinker Hell”
Thanks to the massive success of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts became a household name in the 90s. In Steven Spielberg’s Hook, she played the iconic character Tinkerbell, but she apparently caused a lot of stress on set. Whether it was the overnight fame, the scrutiny surrounding her relationship with Kiefer Sutherland or the unconfirmed rumors of drug use, she was so difficult to work with that the crew started to refer to her as “Tinker Hell” behind her back.
In spite of being one of the most popular actresses in America, Spielberg confessed he wouldn’t be willing to work with her again after that movie.
Titanic– Someone Spiked The Food With PCP
Plagued with problems, the behind-the-scenes drama with James Cameron’s Titantic hasn’t been kept secret. With complicated effects, budget overruns and the fact that Kate Winslet was fearful of the director’s quick temper, it comes as no surprise that this movie makes the list. The reason though, makes all these previous issues seem trivial.
It’s alleged that a disgruntled food service worker spiked the lobster chowder with PCP. As a result, about fifty cast and crew members feel ill and were treated at hospital. Initially people thought it was food poisoning but it was later confirmed that it was actually the drug that caused people to feel sick. Cameron and Bill Paxton were among the names to have reportedly ingesting it.
Twister– Camera Crew Walked Off Set
Twister has to be one of the best natural-disaster movies of the 90s, if not of all time. While clearly it took a lot of work to stage the amount of destruction required on screen to capture the movie, plenty of devastation occurred off-screen as well. Wind machines were used to blow debris, which caused lead actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt to sustain cuts and scratches for real.
Director Jan De Bont had even more issues with getting along with the camera crew, that made the actors look like they had the comfortable part of the job. One unlucky camera assistant found himself getting pushed in the mud by the filmmaker after he got in the way of a complicated shot. Later referring to the crew as “incompetent”, cinematographer Don Burgess had enough and he walked off set for good, taking about twenty of his team members with him.
Dazed and Confused– Milla Jovovich Became An Underage Bride
Featuring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey and 16-year-old Milla Jovovich, Dazed and Confused became a launching point for what would become A list actors.
During production of the movie, Jovovich started a real-life relationship with on-screen boyfriend, Shawn Andrews, who was 21-years-old at the time. The two ran off to Las Vegas and got married because Jovovich wanted to establish herself as an adult. Her mother, not happy with her daughter eloping, forced her to file for an annulment two months later.
Boogie Nights– Burt Reynolds Took A Swing At The Director
It was no secret that Burt Reynolds was not happy on the set of Boogie Nights. The veteran actor felt that director Paul Thomas Anderson didn’t give him the type of respect he had earned in the industry. He griped that he felt he wasn’t getting as many “free takes” as his co-starts were, to improvise his scenes. These feelings ended in a confrontation, during which, Reynolds took a swing at the director. He had to be restrained by a producer.
She’s All That– M. Night Shyamalan Claims He Wrote It
The teen comedy that most of us get nostalgic for about our days in high school, had it’s fair share of drama- even compared to our own teenage angst at the time.
A well-known director for movies on the opposite side of the spectrum claims to have written the teenage drama.
In a 2013 interview M. night Shyamalan flat out claims to have written the movie. “I ghost-wrote the movie She’s All That,” he said. The credited screenwriter, R. Lee Fleming Jr., certainly had something to say about it, strongly disputing his claim. While Shyamalan may have helped in the polishing aspect of the screenplay, Fleming insists that it is his own work. So what’s the truth? Likely a combination of both. Former Miramax head of development, Jack Lecher, has publically stated that the studio bought Fleming’s script but it was Shyamalan’s re-write that earned the picture the green light from the studio.
Mrs. Doubtfire– Robin Williams Visited Sex Shops In Character
Arguably one of Robin Williams’ most memorable characters was that of Mrs. Doubtfire in the 1993 comedy. Playing a divorced dad who puts on a wig and dress to get a job as a housekeeper to care for his own children, he knew this comedy would only work if he was completely convincing as a woman. To test out the costume, he went out dressed in public as Mrs. Doubtfire to see if he could fool people with his character.
While appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, he admitted to visiting a sex shop in San Fransico to inquire about purchasing numerous adult items while dressed as the character. Can you image the look on the employee’s face?