Referring to things that happen "behind the camera", the real-life reasons for how/why a TV/film/book/comic turned out the way it did

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Did Harrison Ford ever tell fans he used to be himself, and why?

When Finn and Rey ask if he is Han Solo, he replies "I used to be" which is a reply Harrison Ford regularly gives fans when they ask if he is Harrison Ford. I tried without any luck to find ...
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Who came up with the Dwarven Windlance?

In The Hobbit, the dragon Smaug has a thick hide, described as impenetrable armor. However, he has one weakness: a single bare spot, located in his underbelly. In the books, this weakness is unveiled ...
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Why is Disney redoing live-action versions of fairytales they've already done?

A huge part of what Disney does is create film adaptations of well known children's fairytales. First it was mostly 2D animation, then it branched out to include 3D animation and live-action ...
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Is Spider-Man CGI in the Captain America: Civil War trailer?

Is Spider-Man CGI in the Captain America: Civil War trailer? Something about his movements seemed like CGI to me when he hopped onto that vehicle. Do we know whether that was an actor in a suit or ...
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What practical jokes were played by the TOS cast?

Having recently completed William Shatner's Star Trek Memories - and stopped laughing at the way he treated Leonard Nimoy's bike - I started to wonder what other practical jokes were played - such as ...
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Why Birch St. and Higgins Dr.?

In Jessica Jones, we see Jessica chant a mantra consisting of the streets she grew up on: Birch Street, Higgins Drive, Cobalt Lane. Later, we learn that Birch and Higgins intersect at an important ...
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Where is the Green Room?

I'm watching Supernatural for the first time and just saw the episode "Lucifer Rising". In it there is a room, the Green Room, that's super fancy looking with white walls, gold accents/trimmings, and ...
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Tusken Raiders mask inspiration

Is the outfit of the Tusken Raiders based on World War 2 gas masks.? This picture from 1941 Looks suspiciously familiar.
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Working titles of Star Wars films?

I learned from this question that Blue Harvest was the working title of Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi), and it made me wonder: did any of the other Star Wars films have similarly surprising ...
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“No rubber-suited aliens” rule in Doctor Who?

I've heard it said that at some point the Doctor Who TV series had a rule that they shouldn't have aliens which were just people in rubber suits. E.g. this claim about the Daleks: The Daleks were ...
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Why hasn't there been a mainstream TV or movie adaptation of The Legend of Zelda?

Since it's the 30th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series, I've been wondering about a few Zelda-related things. Exhibit A - Imagi Animation Studios pitched CGI Zelda movie that stirred up some ...
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Were TIE fighters inspired by Japanese Zero fighters?

It may seem counter-intuitive that the Empire would field such a fragile fighter in comparison to the more durable X-Wings fielded by the Rebellion. However, fielding a fragile but extremely ...
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Was this scene in Deadpool a reference or nod to the Marvel MCU?

During the climactic scene of Deadpool, our eponymous hero travels to a new location The setting of the scene looked quite familiar, Is there any source, official or otherwise (press ...
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How did a Star Trek writer's name end up in The X-Files?

André Bormanis is a television producer, screenwriter, and consultant who worked on several series of Star Trek. He was the principal scientific consultant for TNG, DS9, and Voyager. He also ...
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Is there any evidence that Laurie Holden was fired due to dissatisfaction with her performance?

Having followed The Walking Dead since before it came to television, I am convinced that no one on the show has been more reviled by fans than Laurie Holden (Andrea). I share the view that she was ...
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Origin of Name “Zefram Cochrane” (Out-of-Universe)

While reading, I came upon the real-world Jacqueline Cochran, an American pilot known for, among other things, numerous speed records and flight pioneering. I thought this a funny coincidence with ...
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Why didn't Alan Menken compose the music for Frozen?

Winner of eight Academy Awards, film composer Alan Menken has composed the songs and score for nearly all of Disney's musicals. He didn't do the Lion King only because he was busy with Pocahontas. He ...
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When did “Darth” become a title?

In their confrontation aboard the Death Star, Obi-Wan addresses Lord Vader thusly: Only a master of evil, Darth. Treating it more as a name, than a title. DVK's answer to the question The use ...
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Did The Force Awakens use any screen wipes to transition from scene to scene?

When Episode VII was announced, I remember hearing fans wonder whether Abrams would use to the screen wipes to transition from scene to scene the way other Star Wars films did. ...
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What was Mace Windu's connection to the Whills supposed to be in early drafts of the script for Star Wars?

George Lucas' first draft of the synopsis of the script for Star Wars - written in 1973 and titled "Journal of the Whills" - is said to begin as follows: This is the story of Mace Windu, a ...
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Is Dean's name in Supernatural a reference to Gilmore Girls?

Jared Padalecki portrayed Dean in Gilmore Girls and then, in Supernatural, his chararacter Sam had a brother named Dean. Jared Padalecki's roles in Gilmore Girls and Supernatural are among his ...
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Why did David Bowie's proposal for a musical version of Orwell's “1984” fall through?

In honor of the late, great David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016 As many people are aware, David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs contains several references to George Orwell's classic dystopian ...
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Is Chewbacca's dialogue said on set, or dubbed in later?

In the Star Wars films, the character Chewbacca doesn't speak Basic/English like the bulk of the cast. Instead he speaks Shyriiwook, a language of growls/barks/etc. Is someone (the actor, or a voice ...
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How much was accomplished with the practical BB-8 prop?

For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they built a (multiple?) practical BB-8 prop. They brought it to D23 last year, where they showed it rolling around, doing the basic movement you see BB-8 doing in ...
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Which “certain other thespian” does Joss Whedon hate?

Wikipedia's article on the original Buffy film talks about a comic in the Buffy-verse: In 1999, Dark Horse Comics released a graphic novel adaptation of Whedon's original script under the title ...
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When do we see Gungans in The Force Awakens?

In this screenshot from The Force Awakens Comic-Con behind the scenes video, the red arrows point to what look like models/drawings of gungans, implying that there would be gungans appearing in the ...
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Why don't any characters sing in the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit films?

Tolkien's books have a lot of songs in them, which sometimes become actual songs sung by the characters in the films. The films seems to favor having the characters sing on screen more and more, as ...
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Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars

inspired by Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars... I've heard claims here and there about Kenny Baker's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he hates it or used ...
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Did they use models or CGI for the spaceships in The Force Awakens?

Before The Force Awakens was released, Lucasfilm talked a lot about their efforts to use practical effects and such, using CGI relatively sparingly. This video covers practical costumes, props, ...
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What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars?

inspired by Harrison Ford's attitude toward Star Wars I've heard claims here and there about Alec Guinness's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he hates it or used ...
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What has been Harrison Ford's attitude toward Star Wars?

I've heard claims here and there about Harrison Ford's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with most claiming that he hates it or used to hate it, etc. Did he like Star Wars and then grew to ...
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Why was Luke Skywalker missing in The Force Awakens?

In The Force Awakens, we learn in the opening crawl that Luke Skywalker has disappeared. He is in fact Why was this? I am looking both in and out-of-universe explanations. 1. In-universe: Why ...
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How much of the plot of The Search for Spock was determined when The Wrath of Khan was written?

Near the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, There are rather obvious hints that this may not be the end, for example and and and and So how much of Star Trek III:The Search for ...
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Was Yoda's departure an intentional reference to E.T.?

In Revenge of the Sith Yoda bids farewell to Tarfful and Chewie on Kashyyyk. Interestingly, there are some major similarities between that scene and the goodbye-scene from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. ...
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Was there an alternate ending/episode for General Krell?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars I could have sworn the first time I watched the series that the story arc ended with General Krell appreciating the clones' ingenuity and handing them back over to ...
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Why do the Prequels recycle old sounds for R2-D2 and Chewie?

The sounds in the Star Wars universe are usually very unique and diverse. In the original trilogy the sounds made by Chewbacca and R2-D2 seem to be brand new sounds in each film, meaning that R2 and ...
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Is there any mention of mathematicians in Westeros?

I'm thinking people in Westeros and Essos know or ought to know math such as basic geometry and probability and maybe some basics of finance, economics, physics, engineering, technology, medicine or ...
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Was Krycek kissing Mulder planned?

In the episode "The Red and the Black", Krycek kisses Mulder on the cheek. This scene always had an improvised feel to me. Was the kiss scripted or was it ...
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Have the producers of The Walking Dead acknowledged that the logo is supposed to be decaying?

This picture has been floating around the interwebs, along with claims that the idea was to create a sense of increasing decay in the show's logo: Season 6 However, the logo seems to have become ...
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Why did Rick burp less frequently in season 2?

In the brilliant sci-fi cartoon Rick and Morty, one of Rick's most obvious idiosyncrasies is his constant, mid-sentence burping. However, this quirk was far more pronounced in the first season than ...
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Why were the makers of BTTF going to use a fridge as a time machine?

So, as every good Back to the Future fan knows, the DeLorean wasn't in the original plan for Back to the Future. The time machine was going to be a fridge (Great Scott - I'm glad they changed their ...
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Is the resemblance between Glen and David Bowie (c. Ziggy Stardust) intentional?

In the movie Seed of Chucky, Chucky's offspring Glen/Glenda bears a striking resemblance to David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane era of his career. Beyond the physical similarities, ...
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Was the “Giant Mecha” genre driven by its affordability?

In their article about Limited Animation, TVtropes makes a bold claim: This was also put forward as one of the driving reasons behind early Humongous Mecha genre and spaceship shows such as Mobile ...
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Do the cast members of The Walking Dead read the comic books?

I've been reading some articles about The Walking Dead, and I stumbled across a Q&A with Sarah Wayne Callies, who played Lori. Someone asked her if she reads the comics, to which she replied: ...
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What's the standard procedure for actors playing Vulcans on TNG?

When actors were hired to guest star as Vulcans on TNG and TNG-era shows, were they required to review any of Spock's performances from TOS and the episode "Amok Time" in particular (for Vulcan ...
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Besides Chandler Riggs, did anyone comment on why Jeffrey DeMunn left The Walking Dead?

As a diehard fan of The Walking Dead, I followed the news stories surrounding the sudden departure of the show's original executive producer/showrunner, Frank Darabont, as they were leaking out around ...
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Is it true that the Daleks have to appear in every season of Doctor Who?

There is a very persistent rumor that the Daleks must appear at least once every season of revived Doctor Who due to an agreement with the estate of Terry Nation, the writer who created the Daleks. ...
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What are the origin and explanation for Dax's hands-behind-the-back mannerism?

Lt. Dax routinely walks and stands with her hands clasped behind her back. Here's the clearest capture I could get, from "Blood Oath": The out-of-universe story is what really interests me. ...
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Has anyone revealed why the word “zombie” is used in the comics, but not on the show(s)?

In The Walking Dead comics, the word "zombie" wasn't used at first, but fairly early in the series, it was introduced. Rick initially thought it was too silly to mention, but eventually accepted that ...
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Is there any evidence that Frank Dillane is signed for the next season of Fear the Walking Dead?

So far, my favorite character on Fear the Walking Dead is Nick Clark, played by the actor Frank Dillane. I know The Walking Dead well enough to realize that this is precisely what the producers ...