35 Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic Movies

“Behind the scenes” is a phrase used to describe what goes on during the production of a popular medium. Most commonly, it’s used in reference to films. Every DVD menu has a behind the scenes featurette these days, but few capture magic moments of iconic films. What did it look like when Vader told Luke he was his father, when a man put on a Godzilla costume and what did Alfred Hitchcock look like smiling?

 

The Actual MGM Lion Being Filmed


R2D2 Eating a Sandwich





Spielberg in the Mouth of a Legend





Luke Needs a Beer





The Actual Filming of the Empire Strikes Back Opening Credits






Alan Rickman is the best.




Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Stomps Through a Tiny Town





Frankenstein’s Monster Takes a Tea Break





Peter Ostrum Wearing Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka Hat





Does This Ruin the Scene For You?


The answer should be a resounding..





Jack Nicholson Becoming The Joker





E.T. Helps His Creator Carlo Rambaldi (RIP) Draw





Heath Ledger’s Makeup-less Joker


And then costume-less




Luke Playing with His Sister’s Hair





Godzilla Stomping Through a Japanese Town





Robert Zemeckis Directs the BTTF Delorean





Helena Bonham Carter Being Funny on Harry Potter



Munchkin Village in Wizard of Oz





The Animatronic T-Rexes from Jurassic Park





Johnny Depp Hugging Winona Ryder with Scissorhands





Boris Karloff and Some Fans





Arnold Schwarzenegger with James Cameron





A Kind of Sad Juxtaposition





Indiana Jones and a Young Spielberg Under the Hot Sun





I Actually Still Find This Picture Terrifying





Spock Wears a Casual Sweater





Tim Curry as Pennywise Taking Five





Robert Englund Turning Into Freddy Kruger


And here he is with some of his favorite kids:




Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger





James Cameron Shows Us the Water Was an Illusion


I want to believe…




Superman Flying





Marty McFly’s Shoes Being Filmed





Practicing Who Shot First





The Blues Brothers with Aretha Franklin!





Damned Dirty Directors