Episode 4 Great Movie Mistakes


Episode 4

Robert Webb exposes more of the cinematic gaffes that the film studios hoped they had got away with, in films such as Avatar, Shutter Island, The Karate Kid and Star Trek.


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Hello, and welcome to Great Movie Mistakes 2,

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even more goofs, gaffes, mess-ups and blunders

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that Hollywood's brightest thought we wouldn't notice.

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Wrong!

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Guess they weren't counting on our crack team of... noticers!

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They've pored over literally hours of film footage

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to compile another classic collection of cinematic clunkers.

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On tonight's show -

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Moulin Rouge, The Hangover,

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Pearl Harbor, Transformers,

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and The Silence Of The Lambs.

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Next, we come to another classic movie mistake - crew in shot.

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I once saw a classic example of crew in shot.

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That's because the film was shot in the Cheshire town of Crewe.

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Seriously! I'm talking about when the film crew end up on screen,

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which is ridiculous, because they're not as important as us actors.

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OK, OK, I'm sorry, they're just as important.

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No, they're not. Roll VT.

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Here's Cuba Gooding Jnr wondering what he's done to deserve a role

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in cinematic turkey Pearl Harbor.

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But keep your eyes on the left of the screen.

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That's no navy crewman, that's a film crewman with a remote control for the camera.

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Martin Scorsese's masterpiece Taxi Driver, and it appears that

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Travis Bickle has noticed something out of his window.

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Maybe it's someone looking at him. He really hates people looking at him.

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Hang on, who was that?

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Let's see that again.

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It's the reflection of the cameraman and the guy pushing the dolly.

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They really were looking at him.

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They say that great art holds a mirror up to life.

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-Hey, where do you want this?

-Uh, in the bedroom.

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But in the movie Ghost, they're holding a mirror to the film crew.

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There they are.

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OK, we'll let them off that one mistake.

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-Hang on, there's a lighting stand in the shot, too.

-Like it, huh?

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Like? "Like" is hardly the word.

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Oh, well, they're only human.

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Apart from the ghost. He's a ghost.

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Here's Surrogates.

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In this film, everyone has a robotic copy of themselves.

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So don't worry, all these people falling over are just robots.

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All robots.

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Apart from the film crew standing round the corner.

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They're not robots. They're idiots.

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Alfred Hitchcock used to have cameos in his films,

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so it's no surprise that Spielberg wanted to do the same.

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Actually, he didn't want to -

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he just stood right in front of the shiny, reflective phone booth.

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Hi, Steve!

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Now Ridley Scott's film American Gangster.

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Ridley is famed for his hard work, so you can forgive him

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putting his feet up and watching a bit of telly.

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There he is.

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And God bless...

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This is the Triple Rock Baptist Church

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from the film The Blues Brothers, but even the frantic dancing

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can't distract you from a crew member blatantly running through the back of shot.

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Not so much Blues Brothers as "Where's the nearest loos, brothers?"

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I just thought of that myself.

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-# So exciting, the audience will... #

-Baz Luhrmann captured the look,

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the feel and the spirit of a 1900s Parisian cabaret in Moulin Rouge.

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He also managed to capture a stage hand wearing

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a baseball cap and wristwatch swinging this actor back and forth.

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Hey, Mum, I told you I'd make it in showbiz!

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Finally, it's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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You know, they're always telling you what to do, what not to do,

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and it's not conducive to a creative atmosphere.

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The great thing about a remake

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is that you can use technological advances to eliminate all mistakes.

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Or you can just lob some whopping great glasses on Johnny Depp

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and see a camera in the reflection. Either's good.

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If you don't believe me, ask.

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Let's look now at continuity errors, those tiny little mistakes

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that film-makers fail to spot,

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so there are small changes in scenery or props,

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costume or even hair that make the scene almost unwatchable.

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All right, you get the idea.

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Two hours it's taken us to film this 30-second link. Two hours!

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I hope you're happy.

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It's wrinkle-fest Wild Hogs.

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That's going to stain. Ha!

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The tough guy at the back

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has mustard all over his forehead, nose and cheek.

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Spicy!

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But in the next shot, his face is practically clean.

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When the director saw this, he was furious, according to my sauces.

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Ha-ha! Sauces!

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Shallow Hal now, and a scene-stealing performance

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from Jack Black's towel.

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She's got cankles, for God's sake!

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-First it's in his hand.

-What?

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Cankles! She's got no ankles. It's like the calf merged with the foot.

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Now it's on his neck.

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-I know what cankles are! Rosemary doesn't have them.

-Now it's gone.

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I know what you're doing here.

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-You're scared.

-'Scared of getting upstaged by a towel.'

-Yep.

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If I belonged to a group known as the Losers,

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I'd probably not play cards.

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But keep your eyes on the guy with glasses.

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-'His card pictures a woman lying down.'

-What?

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All right. Let's go.

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-'Standing up.'

-I will raise you.

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-You don't want to do that.

-Oh, no?

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-Piece you got off that Honduran general.

-'Lying down again.'

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-'Who's the loser now, Losers?'

-Definitely in.

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-Come now, Stu. You can feel it.

-'Phone Booth.'

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Gritty thriller.

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Colin Farrell on a worn and tattered phone.

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Anyway, he spends the whole film nattering away.

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And by the end,

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the sticker is brand-new again. Phone booth or TARDIS?

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It's the killers that get the cover of Time magazine. Right?

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TARDIS, I reckon, because at the start of the movie,

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he takes his wedding ring off.

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That old trick, eh, Colin?

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A bit later, it's still off...

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Look, it's our friends from Channels 2 and 5, your local news, Stu.

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You could never do this for any of your clients.

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..and then magically pops back on his finger again. Make your mind up, man.

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Stick your head out a little so they get a better angle.

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Ah, we've all been in this position before.

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Hey! Hey there!

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What are you doing there? Oh, no, no, no, no, wait, it's OK.

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Stranger danger! Stranger danger!

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But watch the toilet roll as it comes out of the bin.

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In this shot, it's clean.

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And now it's covered in debris.

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Toilet roll - clean one minute, filthy the next. Nothing new there.

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An audition scene in Bruno now, but it's the cowboy hat

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-'on the back of the door that's making all the right moves.'

-Hello.

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I'm looking for my vife!

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-Shaddap, women.

-'It's moved.'

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-Fine.

-I couldn't hear your woice...

-'And it's moved again.'

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..or laugh about it vith you.

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'Should call it Bor-hat. Hur!'

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Here we see Will Smith literally in The Pursuit of Happyness.

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-Don't move. Don't move!

-Doesn't he realise it's an unachievable goal?

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When he says, "Don't move," he's talking

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to the green sticker on the side of the train.

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See it? Maybe that's the key to happiness.

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-'Oh, unlucky, Will, it's gone.'

-Stop the train!

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I have always find it easy to tell my left from my right

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using the simple system of not being an idiot.

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But moviemakers seem to mix them up all the time.

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It's not just stupid, it is dangerous, too.

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I found this out the hard way

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during a particularly aggressive round of the hokey-cokey,

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when I put my left foot in... to the face of my 10-year-old niece.

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I cross my heart,

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you'll never catch me making that sort of mistake again.

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Holly. Holly.

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-Holly.

-Yes, Holly.

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'First up, we have Land Of The Lost,

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'a comedy about a little hairy man who touches people inappropriately.

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'Anyway, watch the hand, not the boob.

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'Left hand on Anna Friel,

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'and now it's suddenly the right hand. Clever monkey!'

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Wi-il. Will.

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'Val Kilmer now,

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'an actor so mesmerising he makes you forget which side is which.'

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-Harry, you're not listening to me. Harry!

-What?

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'Left hand on Robert Downey's mouth, now it's the right.

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'That's some seriously powerful acting!'

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Next up, it's horror classic Silence Of The Lambs,

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and take a look at this door.

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The handle's on the right, right?

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This film makes everything unsettling,

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even changing what side the door opens on.

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Oh, creepy! Ooh!

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'The Hangover. We've all been there.

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'A big, crazy night out. You don't know what you're doing.

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'You hold something in your right hand

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'and suddenly it's in your left!

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Wooh, yeah. We're...American!

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Here's everyone's second favourite magical babysitter, Nanny McPhee.

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Look, she's making statues come to life.

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Not as impressive, though, as making the sidecar

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go from the left of the bike, to the right.

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See? Even the lion's disgusted at this movie mistake.

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Sean Penn, now, in this Oscar winning performance as Harvey Milk.

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A powder blue pen to sign the city's first gay-rights law.

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But don't watch that pen. Watch this one.

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The suity bloke holds it in his left hand.

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But he signs with his right hand.

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Right old load of old nonsense, more like!

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Here are the two stars of Fired Up, I can't recall their names,

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presumably running away from a massive horde of fans.

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When they jump over the wall, blondie is on the right,

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but in the water, they switch places and he's now on the left.

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Echoing my thoughts, when I watched Fired Up,

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I wanted to swap places with someone not watching Fired Up!

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-Hey, I'm Nick.

-Sean. Can we use your pool?

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Finally, a clip from the movie Very Bad Things starring Cameron Diaz.

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Cameron's no stranger to very bad things herself.

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In this scene, she's just read the script for Charlie's Angels 2,

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but keep an eye on the spray and the brush.

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As they fade from a crane shot to a helicopter shot,

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they suddenly switched.

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Well done, Cameron. You've been upstaged by cleaning products.

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Transformers, a series of films in which a variety of motor vehicles

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turn into a variety of robots.

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I'd love a car that turns into a robot.

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The only thing my car's ever turned into is my drive.

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I don't really have a drive.

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The films were directed by Michael Bay,

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a man who loves action so much, even his diarrhoea is explosive.

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And of course, they star Shia LaBoeuf,

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a man who is no stranger to mistakes

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after his parents chose to call him Shia LaBoeuf.

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Translated into English, his name means,

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"Look at these terrible movie mistakes, LaBoeuf."

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Michaela, do not touch it. OK?

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'All kinds of things transform in these films.

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'Such as the empty space on the floor.

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You're hot, but you ain't too bright.

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Suddenly, here's some cigar boxes

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and a couple of mousetraps.

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Clever, yeah? No, it's awful!

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What are you looking at, slobberpuss?

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Egypt and Jordan like the tip of a blade. 29 degrees North, 35 E.

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Here's Shia LaBoeuf, speeding through the Egyptian desert.

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Don't let the Pyramids distract you,

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because that's the shadow of the camera van, driving alongside.

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Rule one when talking to a huge angry robot,

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concentrate on what he's saying.

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-Come here, boy...

-'And don't move around.'

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First Shia's at the top of the stairs

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now he's halfway down.

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He's jumped from here to here.

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And he's moved again from here, to here.

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That'll teach him(!)

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Watch out for Shia's hoodie in this scene.

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One moment it's off,

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and now it's on.

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I have a record because I wouldn't turn my dad in.

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When have you sacrificed anything in your perfect little life?

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'Still on, tense moment.'

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Big guys with big guns.

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'Now it's half off.'

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A clip that features self-removing clothes

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and none of them on Megan Fox. Unbelievable.

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Here we see are heroes getting hot and bothered in the desert.

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Shia's trying to cool off, waving his jacket around like a madman.

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And suddenly it's gone. Shame! It was 30 quid from Topman.

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But don't fret, jacket fans, next scene it's back in his hands.

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They should really jacket-in!

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Here's a gripping action scene from director Michael Bay.

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The wheels on the bus don't so much go round and round

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as explode in a fiery ball of metal and flesh. I say flesh...

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Looking at the clip again, we see the bus doesn't have passnegers

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or even seats. Just a dummy driver.

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It's as empty as a local cinema showing a Shia LaBoeuf-athon.

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Obviously, actors don't do all their own acting themselves.

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Sometimes they're replaced with a body double or a dummy.

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It's ridiculous. You can't replace talent with a dummy.

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Isn't that right, David Mitchell?

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(MURMURS) That's right, although I should say,

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you were always the talented one.

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See! I never use a body double.

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Why would I? When I've got a body like this?

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You're going to put in a six-pack in post, yeah? Cheers.

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First up, it's '80s classic Fatal Attraction.

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Here's Michael Douglas having a bit of rough-and-tumble

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with original bunny boiler Glenn close.

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Ooh, wait. That's not Michael Douglas.

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Let's have another look at him. Wait for it.

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Hang on, is that Jerry Seinfeld?

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Well, it looks more like him than Michael Douglas.

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Work's probably dried up since the sitcom finished.

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Don't turn that engine on, I swear to God.

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This scene, from Role Models, features a small boy stealing a car.

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If there's anything funnier than children

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recklessly endangering their own lives,

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I don't know what it is.

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But don't worry, the actual driving

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is being done by a much taller, fully road legal stuntman.

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Kids, eh? They grow up so fast!

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No, it's not Dancing On Ice, it's edgy thriller Ronin.

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I've always thought ice skating was a popular sport,

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but apparently not.

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Look. They've had to fill out the audience with cardboard cutouts.

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There we are. That's it, mate, take a closer look.

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Jefferson once shot a man on the White House lawn for treason.

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Speaking of two-dimensional cardboard characters,

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here's John Travolta up to his old tricks in the movie swordfish.

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Shooting guys and blowing up people.

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Ooh, but that's not a people. It's another dodgy lookalike dummy.

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Those guys should really avoid cars altogether.

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The Blues Brothers - all singing, all dancing,

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and all couldn't be bothered to turn up for the crowd scene.

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Those are actually two mannequins at the back. Typical!

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Saline solution...

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Most people's legs would turn to jelly

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if they were about to be tortured by Gerard Butler.

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But this guy's left foot has turned to rubber.

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Comfortable?

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Because it's fake. Boing!

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That's all we've got. Remember, as long as there are movie mistakes,

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there will be geeks to laugh at them. Goodnight.

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Robert Webb and his army of movie geeks have uncovered hundreds of jaw-dropping clangers and gaffes in Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Robert casts his eye over new movie releases as well as respected cinema classics, pointing out the howlers directors didn't want you to notice, and laughs at them.

Featuring appalling instances of continuity errors, historical inaccuracies, crew appearing on camera, booms dropping into shot, and even Oscar winners messing things up on a regular basis.

Films include Avatar, Shutter Island, The Karate Kid, Transformers, Kick Ass, Robin Hood, the James Bond series and Star Trek.


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