The beautiful thing about movies is that they really have the power to take you to a different world and a different time to believe what logic proves to be impossible. In movies, anything is possible. A Japanese city can be wiped out by a giant monster, a world can be ruled by apes, dinosaurs can be reborn and superheros can save the world. This is the beauty of film; this is the magic of movies.
But behind the smoke and mirrors, you'll find reality, a place where there are just people playing a role and cameras capturing those moments. Very rarely do we think about what happens when the director calls "cut" likely because we enjoy the idea of this imaginary world and all its possibilities. And very rarely do we get a peak behind the curtains to see what's really there. It's fascinating and humbling to realize that when you unmask the superheros, strip the villains of their costumes, turn off the robots and wash away the makeup, it really was just the magic of movies that captured our hearts.
Here are 70 behind the scenes photos from iconic films that will give you a different perspective on movies when the cameras stop rolling.
Jackie (aka Leo the Lion) was the second lion used for the logo. The first lion they tried to film, Slat, did not roar for the camera.
Filming the famous opening crawl for the first Star Wars movie.
A different look on such an iconic scene from the film.
Director Steven Spielberg giving E.T. a bath on the set.
Peter Mayhew (as Chewbacca) getting frisky with Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia) while cameras aren't rolling.
Princess Leia and Chewbacca definitely appeared to be best friends.
The face behind Chewbacca.
Kermit and Miss Piggy visiting Mark Hamill and Yoda on set.
R2-D2 eating a sandwich and C-3PO having a drink between takes.
Even robots need their sustenance.
A behind-the-scenes look on an intense fight scene. I imagined the set to be bigger.
Darth Vader's cape getting brushed gives you a different look on one of the greatest movie villains of all time.
This definitely proves that there was room for Jack on the wooden board! Here's Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet taking direction from James Cameron.
Now that they're Blockbuster stars, we forget that Leo and Kate were still young during the movie. Leo was only 23 and Kate was 22. They took every opportunity to relax on set since filming one of the greatest movies of all time proved to be grueling.
These photos definitely ruin two of the most intense scenes from the film.
This is definitely not as romantic as we remember.
Even Frankenstein needs a tea and toast break between cuts.
Frankenstein has a soft side.
Makes you fear Godzilla a little less knowing he's just a man in a suit.
Knowing Godzilla can't be more than 7 feet tall makes me see him differently.
This definitely looks like one cool-looking ape.
One ape is eager to check out the footage from his last scene.
The apes taking a quick five to replenish themselves between takes.
A quick touch-up and a cigarette break: life is hard as an ape.
A model reenactment of a scene from the film using toys.
The creators definitely did a great job in having the audience fear the dinosaurs, even though they were just people and robots.
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder enjoying a moment between scenes.
Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu put the fighting aside to hug it out.
Jack Nicholson posing for a picture when really, director Stanley Kubrick was taking a mirror photo of him and his daughter.
It's weird seeing the twins Lisa Burns and Louise Burns looking not as creepy as we remember them from the halls of the haunted hotel.
Maggie Smith (aka Minerva McGonagall) was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer during the filming of the movie.
Lord Voldemort and Dumbledore enjoying a snack over good conversations.
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Mike Newell prove that Harry and Snape are actually chums.
Harry laughing it up with a stunt double.
Lord Voldemort has a funny side. Who knew?
Daniel Radcliffe rehearsing a broomstick scene.
Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog enjoying a quiet moment.
Charlie stealing Willy Wonka's hat between takes.
Some camera magic definitely made this set look grander.
The Tower isn't as big as we thought it would be.
Gandalf the Grey and the hobbits taking a snack break.
Ian McKellen as Gandalf snacking (again) on set.
Health Ledger (as the Joker) really joking around on set while doing skateboarding tricks over Christian Bale.
Heath Ledger practices for the final scene of the film where he's dangling from a skyscraper.
Crew members setting up the tiny set of Gotham.
A miniature Batmobile.
Batman and Bane prove they're actually pals.
Even Batman needs a little break sometimes.
Chris Hemsworth, as Thor, getting a hair touch-up from a stunt double.
Thor and Loki lost in a friendly conversation on set.
Chris Evans (as Captain America) helping clean up the set (and fulfilling his civic duty to America.)
The heroes couldn't get their poses right so director Joss Whedon showed them how it's done.
Anthony Hopkins (in a mask and straightjacket as Hannibal Lecter) proves that he enjoys eating fries over people.
Sissy Spacek having a laugh after the terrifying prom scene we all remember from the horror film.
Bill Murray on the set, literally.
Gerard Butler (as King Leonidas) towers over director Zack Snyder while going over lines.
Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman left behind 18th century France to surf the web between takes.
Cast members taking a five over some cigarettes and cell phone conversations. Not quite how I pictured the 1770's.
The ferocious (mechanical) Jaws.