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Hollywood’s Biggest In-Jokes

Posted in Uncategorized by tneenan on 05/26/2010

Throughout the years filmmakers have found little ways of paying homage to one another in the form of inside jokes and references. TMC takes a look at some of the most notable examples.

The Willhelm “Hello”

This sound has been used by sound editors in over forty features, from the mass greeting scene in “Zulu” to the initial introduction of the “Twelve Angry Men.” Often used in conjunction with The Hapburg “See you later then,” the famous salutation originally comes from the 1933 Western “Assault on Good-Day Ridge.” The director most fond of the Willhelm “Hello” is John Favreau who used the line over seventy times in “Iron Man 2” Leading one reviewer to comment: “I didn’t understand this film, every minute or so a disembodied “Hello” could be heard, apropos of nothing. It didn’t make any sense.”

Inidana Jones’ Plane        

As Indi escapes from the natives at the beginning of Raiders, look closely at what is written on the side of the bi-plane he boards. In a nod to his earlier work George Lucas has written: “My previous work was ‘Star Wars’”. Similarly the tribe in “The Temple of Doom” are called the Mynameisgeorgelucas tribe. And a map on the wall in “Last Crusade” reads “this is an in joke.” These little touches demonstrate Lucas’ playful sense of humour.

Helena Bonham-Carter

Tim Burton frequently casts Helena Bonham-Carter in his films, a cunning reference to the fact that they are married.

Are You Enjoying Eating Those Apples

Who can forget that classic scene from “Good Will Hunting”: “Hello Will, Are you enjoying eating those apples?” “Yes, these apples are tasty, thanks for buying them.” All hail Matt and Ben for this sizzling exchange.

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee is a director who is hired to make bad films, either because a studio executives are all drunk, or because the studio has made a series of good films and wants to redress the balance. The woefully untalented Smithee sells photocopiers seven months out of the year, and spend the rest of his time directing films starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson or Eric Idle. He is Hollywood’s go to guy for bad films. In an ironic twist, however, Smithee once made a film so bad he wanted his name removed from the credits. In this instance his name was replaced by that of Eurhythmics collaborator Dave Stewart.

 Director Sex Count

Most films and DVDs now come with a small label on which is printed the number of people the director had sex with during the making of the film. This brazen lack of tact is possibly Hollywood’s biggest in-joke, as these labels are available for anyone to see. They break down as follows: U: Unbelievably, no one; PG: Just one, but she was “Pretty Good”; 12: twelve girls. 12A: Self explanatory; 15: Fifteen girls; 18: Eighteen Girls)


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