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When my mother was young, she used to watch American musicals like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and South Pacific etc and believed that in America people broke out into song and dance in the street whenever the mood took them.
When I was little, I used to believe that the movies where the actor goes from a child to an adult was really the actor as a child and the director had to wait until the actor was an adult before he could film the adult part of the movie.
One of the first times I saw "The Wizard of Oz" my father informed me that what the Wizard actually gave the Tin Man was a bomb (because it was ticking). And for many years after that I was SURE that every time I saw the movie I just MUST have missed the part where the bomb explodes, or that those scenes were cut from the TV version of the movie.
When the movie "Beauty and the Beast" came out my little sister (who was about 3 or 4 at the time) thought the title was "Beauty and the Beach". If you tried to correct her she would scream at the top of her lungs and would not be convinced that the movie was not about a beach.
When I saw previews for The Lion King before other Disney films, I saw people taking pictures of real animals. From that I drew the belief that Lion King was a movie of live animals that was shot on to special "animated film," which made the movie animated.
When I was younger I believed that every movie (or piece of literature) that had the title of the movie (or book) in it was true. For example, "Pinocchio" was based on a true story because they said Pinocchio all the time.
You can imagine how terrifying this made everything.
When I was about 3 years old, I was obsessed with the movie "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" In the movie, these two kids would meet two bears in their backyard. When they went down the slide on the playground, they would end up at the Big Rock Candy Mountain in a magical town. I would spend hours sliding down the slide in my backyard trying to get the the Big Rock Candy Mountain. After a very long while, I told myself that the only reason I couldn't get there was because I didn't have a magical bear in my backyard.
When I was younger, about 5, I thought Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (Dystopian Sci-Fi movie/novel) had something to do with an orange getting stuck in a clock and had no clue why it would get rated X because of that. I know now that it is a very violent movie and is condemned by Catholics.
I used to think, to protect the environment and prevent global warming, I couldn't have friends. I saw a webtoon, one character said he wanted to see Cars (the movie), the other said cars were "toxic little beasts, causing our planet to melt". Then I saw a McDonalds advert, telling me the movie Cars was about friends. I put 2 & 2 together.
When I was three or four years old I was terrified of the film 'The Never Ending Story' because I literally thought it would never end. I had a strict parent who expected me to sit still and watch the entirely of films - no 'getting distracted' and going off to do another activity. I thought I'd get old and grey forced to watch this film that would never end, and that the actors were constantly filming new material. I never got around to watching it until I was in my mid-twenties.
When I was a child I always heard my friends talking about the film "Never Ending Story". I was convinced that was really without a end, so I spent whole afternoons searchingthis strange channel that was transmitting the same story from years until the eternity.
Today I learned that the guy in the shining who says “Here’s Johnny” is Jack Nicholson and not Leonardo Dicaprio. Nevermind the fact that The Shining came out in 1980 and Dicaprio was born in 1974.
When I was younger I used to think that the enemy ships in Star Wars were called Type Writers (Not Tie Fighters as they actually are).
Also in the Hymn 'Lord of the Dance' i used to think that the line
'I am the lord of the dance said he'
'I am the Lord of the dance Settee'
which confused me some
I used to believe that once the movie was over and you waited long enough, the actors would come out of the theatre exit and sign autographs.
When I was little I used to think when you have watched a video I couldn't rewind it back to the beginning, because actor or actress would start doing things backwards in real life when the film rewinds. So I never used to rewind them back to the beginning. It has become a little annoying habit now.
When i was a kid my dad took me to see Return of the Jedi. Not old enough to fully understand what was going on, I asked why the Death Star wasn't all put together. Dad told me it was because the movie crew didn't finish building it in time for the filming.
I used to believe that whenever we put a movie in the VCR, alarms would go off at all of the actor's houses and they would all have to go to the studio to act out the movie for us.(the same thing went for animated movies too.)
Thanks to my cousin, I used to believe that Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) lived in his attic. I guess he was bitter because when he was little he was told JFK's ghost lived there. I bet Freddy Krueger and JFK make great roommates!
When I was younger, I believed that the Chinese Mann Theatre was built in honour of Bruce Lee.
When I first watched the movie Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts, her prostitute friend referred to someone as a "crack head". I had no idea what this term meant. I visualized a woman with a split running through the middle of her head.