Do you consider yourself a movie buff? Are you a particular fan of films that were released in the final decade of the 20th century? Put your knowledge to the test with these 90s trivia questions.
- Which legendary actor turned down the role of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of The Lambs, claiming that he found the script “disgusting”?
- Which animals served as the inspiration for the unique vocal patterns of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park?
- What was the original title of 1996’s Scream?
- Where did the distinctive green coding for The Matrix come from?
- Which acclaimed animated film was nearly deleted midway through the process due to a file command error?
1. Sean Connery.
Director Jonathan Demme approached the former James Bond to offer him the role of Chianti-and-fava-bean-loving Hannibal Lecter, but the Scotsman turned him down flat within just a few days. Before Demme had taken on the project, Gene Hackman planned to direct himself as Lecter, but found the material too dark for his taste as well. Fortunately, the role was handsomely filled by Anthony Hopkins, who netted an Academy Award for his efforts.
The sound designer on Jurassic Park listened to recordings of hissing geese and snorting horses before finally settling on tortoises to serve as the voice of the raptors. What were the tortoises doing in the recordings? Attempting to make new tortoises, of course. That’s right: The sounds you’re hearing during those tense action sequences are the sound of tortoises mating.
3. Scary Movie.
The meta camp of the Scream franchise is well known by now, so it should come as no surprise that the title was originally nothing more than a flat genre description. The change came about when then-producer Harvey Weinstein heard the Michael Jackson song “Scream” in his car and decided he preferred that title instead. Less than four years later, the Wayan brothers would release a Scream spoof called—you guessed it—Scary Movie.
4. A sushi cookbook.
Strange but true: The iconic green interface that distinguishes The Matrix franchise was cribbed from a collection of sushi recipes. The production designer on the first film scanned the symbols into the film, correctly assuming that they would resemble a complex secret code. His efforts paid off: The film ended up grossing 465 million dollars in the US alone, spawned two sequels, and cemented Keanu Reeves’ status as a leading action star.
5. Toy Story 2.
The sequel to the world’s first full-length computer animated feature got off to a rocky start. Originally slated as a direct-to-video release, it eventually earned a berth as Pixar’s major holiday offering of 1999. During production, however, a staff member ran a file command on the master computer that deleted more than 90 percent of the work that had been done on the film. To make matters worse, the backup system also failed, meaning that the files would have been irretrievably lost. Fortunately, one employee had been working from home a lot, and was able to retrieve most of the data from her copy.