If you’re a fan of cinema, nothing can quite match the thrill and adrenaline of a fast-paced, action-packed blockbuster. From amazing car chase sequences and death-defying stunts to epic fight scenes and enormous explosions, if there’s a film with some great action, you can always take our money.
The action genre is single-handedly responsible for the rise of larger-than-life movie stars the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, Uma Thurman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. From the cinema classics dring the ‘70s “Me Decade” to the popularity of one-man-army shooters of the ‘80s, here are some of the lesser-known facts about the most iconic action flicks of our time.
“Braveheart” Just Might Be One of the Most Inaccurate Films of Our Time
There are films that are based on real-life events and then there are films whose storylines have been extremely loosey-goosey with respect to the events that they are inspired by. Although “Braveheart” is one of the finest examples of modern cinema depicting historical events, sadly, the same cannot be said about its historical accuracy.
Although director and lead actor Mel Gibson was acutely aware of the gaping holes of the film’s otherwise brilliant storyline, sources claim he wasn’t too bothered by them. Despite “Braveheart” being lauded for its cinematography, history buffs can’t help but point out its shortcomings every chance that they get.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Had to be Shot in Namibia Instead of Australia Due to Rainfall
Given the franchise has always incorporated talent from Australia, whether it’s the film’s writers, directors, or stars, it was almost a foregone conclusion that “Mad Max: Fury Road” would pitch its tent in Australia for production too.
When director and writer George Miller finally got the green signal to create the sequel to “Mad Max” after a 30-year break, he was eager to set up camp down under.
However, as soon as production began in Australia’s Broken Hill region, unprecedented rainfall in the arid region meant that it was no longer suitable as a filming location.
“Gladiators” Was Originally Scripted to Show Fighters Endorsing Products in the Arena
The success of “Gladiator” later spawned several similar film and TV projects like “Spartacus.” As a mix of historical events and fiction, the film remains one of the best in the sword-fighting genre over the course of the last 50 years and is singlehandedly responsible for making the Romans seem cool again.
True to historical events and tradition, the original script of “Gladiators” had the fighters endorsing products in the arena during battle, much like they did in ancient Rome. In the end, however, this plan was scrapped because filmmakers believed the viewers would find such a prospect too hard to believe.