Did they really build Barbie's DreamHouse for Barbie? What was it like to play the Beast in Beauty and the Beast? How hot was it inside Darth Vader's costume during the filming of Star Wars? Did they basically create a new Titanic for Titanic? These fascinating images from behind the scenes of our favorite iconic movies will answer all of these questions and more.
Beauty and the Beast
Transforming into a “beast” is no easy task, as Dan Stevens has been the first to admit regarding his role in 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. The actor had to sport a rather unflattering motion-capture suit, which, besides giving off serious Michelin Man vibes, tracked his movements to create the CGI character. It was also very sweaty.
“I would overheat, especially when we were dancing,” Stevens explained to Radio Times. “So between takes there was a little tube that could be plugged in to ice-cold water to cool me down.” The heavy costume was such a workout to wear that the actor ate four roast dinners every day to make up for calories he was burning!
Set more than two decades after Spielberg’s jaw-dropping original, Jurassic World once again brought dinosaurs back to life in spectacular style. The 1993 adaptation of Crichton’s same-named novel had relied heavily on life-sized animatronics, but Colin Trevorrow’s revival was able to make use of the impressive advances in CGI technology that had occurred in the intervening 22 years.
Here, four dedicated actors do thier best impression of velociraptors while wearing some not-exactly-terrifying motion-capture suits and dinosaur masks. That must have made for a pretty strange day on set!
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
There was some understandable skepticism when it was announced that the beloved Robin Williams film Jumanji was getting the remake treatment. But thanks to a charismatic cast, including Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black, and a pretty hefty special-effects budget, both 2017’s Welcome to the Jungle and 2019’s The Next Level retained the original’s spirit.
One of the standout scenes in the latter is when the avatars have to cross a precarious-looking bridge hundreds of feet above ground. Of course, as this snap shows, in real life the A-listers could quite easily jump to safety.
Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi
Following the 1977 original and 1980 follow-up The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars saga was wrapped up in style — or so people thought at the time — with 1983’s Return of the Jedi. And for younger fans, in particular, the highlight of the film was the cuddly-looking furry creatures known as the Ewoks.
In fact, the characters, two of which are shown here presumably before the director has shouted “Action!” were so popular they were given several spinoffs. In 1984 they appeared in TV movie The Ewok Adventure, while a year later they fronted Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.