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When I was young my father told me that it was his job to pull the MGM Lion's tail and make him roar. I believed that for years and even bragged to my friends about it.
As a child (and, if I'm brutally honest, as a young adult) I used to believe that Sigourney Weaver was an aristocratic British actor: Sir Gornay Weaver.
When I was little(r), I first saw Edward Scissorhands. I watched it with my mother, and while she was crying her eyes out I comforted her by saying: "It's ok mum, some farmers with pitchforks will kill him for you." I never could understand why she just cried harder. I was terrfied of him and assumed he was real.
I used to be glad that Japan was so far away from America because Godzilla, Mothra and all the giant movie monsters were always trampling and scaring everyone over there all the time!
Remember that guy from Mary Poppins who would laugh so hard he could float? Oh gosh... I would spend hours locked away in my room trying to do that. My parents must have thought I was a complete idiot just sitting there laughing with no reason.
My dad told me he was the tin man in the Wizard Of Oz. He meant he'd played him in an amatur production one time, but I naturally thought the tin man in the movie was my dad for years. I was Very proud
I used to think that the films Jaw's was called George because the main shark was called George - not quite as terrifying as Jaw's is it?
Until I was about 10, I never understood why people claimed to have cried during the Disney movie "Bambi". That was because I had never registered the fact that Bambi's mother had been shot and died - I was under the impression that she had been hit with tranquilizer and taken to a wildlife preserve. At the time it seemed like a perfectly good explanation to me. Wouldn't you be sad if your mom was taken to a preserve and you weren't?
Of course, the logic doesn't stop people from teasing me relentlessly.
I used to believe that the credits at the end of the movies were the names of the people in the theater watching the film. I remember being terribly disappointed at not seeing my name on the screen but reasoned that I was too young to be counted.
When I was younger, I used to believe when movies would show the attention slide, that “no unauthorized reproduction” meant that it was illegal for people to have sex in a movie.
when I was little I used to belive that someone keept adding parts to movies I watched. Realy though I would leave the room without stoping the movie and come back to watch later. Then when I rewatched that movie I would see the parts I missed (the new parts
This wasn't me but a work colleague, and it made me LOL. She believed that Star Wars really was filmed in space and all the flight sequences were filmed just above the Earth's atmosphere. She hadn't grasped the concept of special effects in her earlier years
I used to believe they used special effects to make movie kisses look real, since obviously they couldn't be forcing actors to really kiss people they weren't in love with.
I thought that when there was a flashback scene in a movie they would shoot those scenes first when the actor was young and then wait twenty years for them to grow up to finish the rest of the movie.
After seeing 'Grease' when I was little, I kept expecting people to break out in song and dance while we were in public - especially when we'd go to the county fair. I even tried starting it a couple times and was confused when no one joined in.
That box office numbers were not about money. If I heard, "The new Star Wars grossed over 10 million this weekend." I thought that 10 million people were grossed out when they saw it.
I remember as a kid I saw an ad for the movie "The Bridges of Madison County" and I thought the whole movie was just 2 hours of pictures of bridges! Needless to say it sounded like the most boring movie ever!
When i was little, my grandmother used to babysit my sister and me and watch movies with us. Whenever the FBI Copyright warning would come on, i'd ask what it was and grandma would invariably answer "Don't worry about that. It's not for kids." For some reason i took this to mean it was "adult content" and looked away for fear of accidentally seeing naked people and getting in trouble with the FBI. It never occured to me to question why there would be porn at the beginning of my favorite Disney cartoons.
I used to believe that actors whose characters died in live-action movies were actually killed in real life. For example, in a James Bond movie each anonymous henchman who was shot was a real person who was completely fine with being killed for the sake of the film. I always grappled with the question of how these people would be paid, and I concluded that if the actor agreed to die for the movie the producers would pay off any debts of the family members.
When I saw the Wizard of Oz for the first time, I asked my dad why Auntie Em was collecting those baby chickens into her apron. He told me that she was going to make chicken nuggets. Made sense to me.