16 Facts About Steven Spielberg's Most Talked About Movies

Diply 28 Mar 2018

I probably don't have to tell you that Steven Spielberg is kind of a big deal when it comes to movies. I mean, his IMDb page is basically a greatest hits list for this history of cinema.

However, even though you've seen his movies countless times, I bet you don't know these behind-the-scenes facts.

1. The real Frank Abagnale, Jr. didn't think that Leonardo DiCaprio was "suave" enough to play him in Catch Me If You Can.

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However, he changed his mind after he saw the film.

Can you imagine thinking you were suaver than Leo?! I'm screaming.

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2. Matt Damon was cast in Saving Private Ryan because he was an unknown actor.

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Steven Spielberg wanted to cast an unknown actor with an "all-American look."

Damon ended up winning an Oscar for Good Will Hunting and was a massive star when Saving Private Ryan was released.

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3. The line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat," was actually improvised by Roy Scheider.


According to CarlGottlieb, who wrote the screenplay, the line was not in the script.Obviously, that line is super famous now, and it is quoted and referenced literally all the time in popular culture.

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4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind is partially based on one of Steven Spielberg's childhood memories. 


According to Spielberg, one night, without any warning, his parents rushed him and his siblings into the car and drove them to an area where a lot of people were gathered.

However, the gathering was for a meteor shower, not to see aliens.

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5. The famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones shoots that swordsman wasn't actually in the script.


In fact, Jones was supposed to fight the swordsman, but Harrison Ford suggested just "shooting the sucker" because he was suffering from food poisoning that day.

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6. Steven Spielberg wore a suit every day on the set of Lincoln.

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"I think I wanted to get into the role, more than anything else, of being part of that experience," said Spielberg.

"I didn't want to look like the schlubby, baseball cap wearing 21st-century guy; I wanted to be like the cast."

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7. Did you spot the Star Wars connection in Hook?


Because I sure didn't!

The kissing couple that floats after being doused with fairy dust is actually played by Carrie Fisher and George Lucas.

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8. There's a quick reference to The Greatest Show On Earthin The War of the Worlds.


Robbie and Rachel briefly watch The Greatest Show On Earthwhile channel surfing in The War of the Worlds.According to Spielberg, that was the film that made him realize he wanted to work on movies.

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9. Steven Spielberg laughed when he read the scene in Bridge of Spies where Donovan is taunted by a policeman for being in "the third wave at Normandy." 

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Spielberg joked to Tom Hanks, who played Donovan, that he should reply, "I was in the first," as a reference to Saving Private Ryan.

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10. Steven Spielberg said that Ready Player One was the third most difficult film he has ever done after Saving Private Ryan and Jaws.

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Who knew that mashing up a ton of pop culture references could be so strenuous?

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11. Steven Spielberg shot E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in chronological order.


This is because a lot of the actors were children, and it was easier to get their genuine reactions to situations this way.

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12. Despite being a relatively unknown actor at the time, the role of Caparzo in Saving Private Ryan was written specifically for Vin Diesel. 

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Steven Spielberg wrote Diesel the role after seeing him in Strays, which Diesel wrote, directed, and starred in.

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13. Harrison Ford was the first choice to the lead role in Schindler's List, but he turned it down. 

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According to Ford, this was because he thought audiences would be too distracted by him because of his roles in action movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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14. Samuel L. Jackson's character in Jurassic Park was actually supposed to die on-screen, but a hurricane destroyed the set before it could be filmed.

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Samuel L. Jackson was disappointed because he really wanted to film the scene.

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15. The Color Purple features both Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey's acting debuts.


Both women received Oscar nominations for their performances.Oprah also ad-libbed her speech at the dinner table. After filming the scene, Goldberg told Winfrey she had officially become an actress.

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16. And finally, Tom Hanks officially became the actor most used by Steven Spielberg after starring in The Post.

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Hanks also starred in Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and Bridge of Spies.

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