The main aim of any given movie is to encapsulate its audience. As a general rule, that’s the job of the actors, so the audience’s eyes are generally focused on them. Whether it’s through breathtaking action, hilarity, sheer emotionally-inspiring brilliance or otherwise, an actor’s performance is designed to keep an audience fixated.
Sometimes that can mean missing interesting, weird and wonderful things that might be going on in the background; Extras behaving strangely, bizarre cameos, strange objects or things that simply shouldn’t be there have all been seen in the background of movies.
This video will take a look at some great examples of those things. Here are the ten weirdest things found in the background of famous movies scenes.
Ron Jeremy in Ghostbusters
Set in New York City, 1984’s Ghostbusters saw the titular team – played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson respectively – defending the Big Apple from a wave of supernatural beings and activity. Towards the end of the movie, after their ghost containment unit had exploded, a crowd of people gathered to witness the resulting devastation. That crowd was mostly made up of generic acting extras, but if you look close enough, you’ll actually see that a legend of the pornographic industry was among them. None other than Ron Jeremy himself – sporting his iconic trademark moustache – can be seen to the left of the screen in one particular shot.
Tyler Durden’s Facebook Page in The Social Network
In David Fincher’s brilliant The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg was played by Jesse Eisenberg. In one particular scene in the movie, Eisenberg’s Zuckerberg is seeing working on Facebook at his computer. For a brief moment, he could be seen on the profile of a certain Tyler Durden, as the words “Tyler Durden’s Photos” were clearly visible on screen. Tyler Durden was, of course, the iconic main character in Fight Club – a movie that was also helmed by Fincher earlier in his career.
The Kid Needing to Pee in Back to the Future Part III
At the end of Back to the Future Part III, when Christopher Lloyd’s Emmett Brown returns from his time-travelling exploits to visit Marty McFly in the present day, he reveals that he and Clara had produced two children – Jules and Verne. While Emmett and Marty are chatting, in the background, the child playing Verne can be seen making a “come on” gesture whilst pointing at his crotch. One theory regarding this is that he was indicating that he needed to use the bathroom, while another suggests he was mimicking a gesture being made off-camera by a member of the movie’s crew. Either way, it’s a little bit creepy.
R2-D2 in Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek and Star Wars have long been seen as the two mightiest science-fiction franchises in Hollywood and, as a result, there’s something of a rivalry between the two franchises and their fans. However, in Star Trek Into Darkness, there’s actually something of a minor crossover between the two. In the middle of the Vengeance’s attack on the U.S.S. Enterprise in the movie, when part of the iconic starship was badly damaged, Star Wars character R2-D2 can be seen being sucked out of it and propelled into space. Of course, J.J. Abrams was on directorial duties for this movie – and he would later go on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Given that he’s a fan of both franchises, that probably explains this.
Captain America’s Shield in Iron Man
Thinking about it now, seeing Captain America’s shield in any Marvel Cinematic Universe movie wouldn’t be much of a surprise. However, when a prototype of it first appeared on Tony Stark’s work bench in the first Iron Man movie back in 2008, it was nothing short of mind-blowing for comic book fans. At that time, shared comic book movie universes didn’t even exist and a Captain America movie wasn’t even on the cards, so it was really quite a surprise to see it. Of course, since then, the prototype appeared even more prominently in Iron Man 2 and Captain America has had three of his own movies, as well as appearing in two Avengers ensemble offerings, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it was strange seeing it at the the time.