Much to the delight of most directors, you probably hadn’t noticed any of these weird things going on in the background of these movies, but these 12 moments might have you skipping back in some of your favorite – and not-so-favorite – movies.
1. Mr. Nanny (1993)
The only thing weirder than the guy throwing his dog into the water is probably that someone was watching this movie close enough to have spotted it.
2. Ghostbusters (1984)
There’s a lot to love about Ghostbusters, which includes this cameo by Ron Jeremy, who is the largest member of the crowd that assembled to watch as the firehouse explodes.
3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Given the amount of cameos in this movie, you’d be mistaken for missing Coldplay’s Chris Martin, but he does make an appearance as one of the undead at the climax of the movie.
4. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The Candy Man can… break your jaw! All without having given you a jawbreaker, too. This young girl knew when to duck and weave, which saved her some pain, that’s for sure.
5. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Both Star Trek and Star Wars share more than having the same director, as everybody’s favorite Astromech droid, R2-D2, makes a cameo in the last of J. J. Abrams’ Trek films.
6. Life of Brian (1979)
And now for something completely different… yes, that is George Harrison, who not only helped finance the movie but also made a cameo.
7. Enter the Dragon (1973)
This extra might not have been listening to the Assistant Director’s, um, directions. So, instead of joining his fellow extras in acting a little worried about Bruce Lee about to kick some ass, this guy is smiling away. But you can’t blame him, as how cool would have that have been?
8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Sure, we know a rubber knife was used on set, but we can all accept that a real knife may have been when impacting the endoskeleton of a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800, right?
9. Return of the Jedi (1983)
With Boba Fett meeting his unfortunate end, so many viewers of the sixth – but also the third – episode of the Star Wars saga would have missed this wee blooper that made the final cut.
10. The Phantom Menace (1999)
Unlike Luke Skywalker’s Force-powered kick in Return of the Jedi, the small cameos by some of E.T.’s race of aliens is entirely intentional, being an homage to Steven Spielberg’s classic.
11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Like most of the audience, you were probably cursing under your breath at Professor Snape helping young Malfoy to his feet, which is how you missed the camera operator on screen-left. Someone should have shared an Invisibility Spell with the said operator before cameras rolled.
12. Star Wars (1977)
While the shot of the “stormtrooper on screen right” bumping his head on the door frame wasn’t intentional, in the years since, it has been celebrated and even been made less of a blooper and more of an easter egg, which saw a sound effect added to accentuate the bump and being called back in other episodes.