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Imagine a world where we didn’t have movie clichés. It would be a place of wonder and imagination, where every film was a unique experience that pushed the boundaries of storytelling. But it would also be an incredibly dull place. And so, here are six movie cliches that were invented by accident:
The Wizard of Oz
- The Wicked Witch of the West was originally going to be a man.
- The witch’s cape was made from a tablecloth.
- At one point, The Wizard of Oz was planned to be filmed in black and white.
- The ruby slippers were originally silver, not ruby red (which is more expensive).
The original Star Wars movie was titled “The Star Wars,” but it was later changed to “Star Wars.” The reason for this is that the movie’s original title was too long, making it difficult to print on posters and other promotional material.
Kevin’s brother, Buzz, was supposed to be in the movie.
The original script of Home Alone was actually a comedy about Kevin’s family going on vacation and leaving him home alone. The movie’s main focus would be Kevin’s attempts at having fun while his parents are away, with his older brother Buzz (played by Macaulay Culkin) tagging along for some scenes.
However, after some rewrites, director Chris Columbus decided to make a film about a family who accidentally left their child behind while on vacation. Therefore Buzz was removed from the storyline altogether – which probably worked out better for him as well!
Dumb and Dumber
Jim Carrey wasn’t supposed to be in Dumb and Dumber. The role of Lloyd Christmas was initially offered to Ben Stiller, but he turned it down because he didn’t think the script was funny enough. Jeff Daniels wasn’t a comedian at the time either. He was actually a soap opera actor who had no intention of becoming a comedic actor until later in his career. Jim Carrey’s character, Lloyd Christmas, was initially written as “dumb” rather than just plain stupid like he ended up being portrayed in the movie.
The bullet time effect in The Matrix, which allows a character to slow down the world around them by turning into a tornado of motion, was invented by accident. In 1989 cinematographer Peter Pau wanted to film a scene where his actors were moving fast, but he couldn’t get the cameras ready. To simulate what they thought would happen if they could do this in reality, they decided to shoot at 60 frames per second and then slow down their footage using computers later on. They didn’t know that this would create an effect called strobing—which gives you headaches—in addition to making everything look like it’s moving backwards. They abandoned their original plan for shooting at 60 fps.
But that wasn’t the end for The Matrix: director Andy Wachowski wrote it as both a novel and comic book before becoming one of Hollywood’s most successful franchises!
There are a lot of movie clichÃ©s that have become part of our everyday lives.
There are a lot of movie clichés that have become part of our everyday lives.
We all know them: the kidnapped wife, the animal sidekick, and the evil twin character. But these aren’t just things that can be found in movies—they’re also used heavily in advertising and other media.
Many filmmakers use cliches as a way to comment on society at large. They make us laugh at how much we rely on these tropes in our own lives so that we can see how ridiculous they are.
These are just a few examples of movie clichés that were accidentally invented. There are so many more, making them, so fun to find! We hope you enjoyed reading this article and learned something new about the films you love.