We all make mistakes, right? Everybody’s human, after all. But if you work in Hollywood, your booboos could be up there on the big screen for millions to see… and laugh about. It’s probably pretty embarrassing for the people who are supposed to spot this kind of stuff! But for the fortunate few, some movie mistakes actually make the scenes better than what was written in the final scripts. So taking in everything from a breathing mummy in The Mummy to J.Lo’s incredible Anaconda tank top, here’s a look at the movie bloopers you’ll be thankful made the final edits…
42. The croissant turning into a pancake in Pretty Woman
Food and drink are notoriously tricky to deal with when it comes to film continuity. This explains why a full wine glass will often turn into a near-empty one on screen, or why a half-eaten sandwich will return to its original state in the blink of an eye. But it’s rare for a foodstuff to change completely. That’s what happens in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts is seen enjoying a croissant that somehow becomes a pancake in a matter of seconds.
41. The changing shrimp cocktail in Ocean’s Eleven
The early 2000s Ocean’s Eleven remake sees the gang pull off one of Hollywood’s most entertaining heists. But just as impressive is the crockery-based magic trick that Brad Pitt’s Rusty conjures up. At first, the character is seen tucking into one of the Bellagio’s shrimp cocktails from a glass. When the angle changes, however, Rusty’s picking up his shrimps from a plate instead. Nice sleight of hand!
40. The typo in The Dark Knight Rises
Seems like The Gotham Times is in serious need of a new copy editor. In the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Caped Crusader trilogy The Dark Knight Rises, Batman reads a newspaper with a front-page story about a havoc-wreaking cat burglar. But the accompanying headline somehow misspells the word “heist.” We like to think that the superhero powered up the Batmobile and traveled to the newspaper’s offices to have a stern word.
39. The Lamborghini poster in Dallas Buyers Club
You’d have to be a bit of a petrolhead to recognize this anachronistic error from Oscar favorite Dallas Buyers Club. Behind Ron Woodroof’s desk, there’s a poster of a Lamborghini Aventador – a supercar that only went into production in 2011. The hard-hitting AIDS drama is, of course, set in the 1980s.
38. The miming cleaner in Quantum of Solace
The extra responsible for this movie mishap probably shouldn’t include sweeping on his list of talents. In the offending Quantum of Solace footage, Daniel Craig’s James Bond sits on a motorcycle in front of some maintenance workers brushing the dockyard. But one of these orange-panted men never actually touches the ground with his bristles. Perhaps he’s just pretending to look busy in front of his boss.
37. The Apple investment in Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump does everything from inspiring Elvis Presley to exposing the scandal known as Watergate in Robert Zemeckis’ crowd-pleaser. But the lovable hero’s most spectacular feat is undoubtedly investing in a company that didn’t even exist. In one particular scene set in 1975, Forrest gets a letter about his shares in Apple. The tech giant was only founded a year later, however, and it didn’t even float on the stock exchange until 1980.
36. The helping hand in Jurassic Park
Remember Tim and Lex being chased through the kitchen by velociraptors in Jurassic Park? We didn’t fancy their chances to begin with… And as if the kids aren’t already on the back foot, the dinosaurs have a little human help. One of the prehistoric creatures is seen being propped up by a crew member’s hand as it bursts through the entrance.
35. The iPhone in Bernie
The history of the iPhone doesn’t appear to be a specialist subject for director Richard Linklater. Or maybe he just doesn’t care about being period-accurate. In any case, in Linklater’s 2007 black comedy Bernie, several characters are spotted using iPhones. What’s the problem with that? Well, the film is set in the mid-1990s – so, a full decade before Steve Jobs unleashed Apple’s masterpiece on an unsuspecting world.
34. The missing octopus in The Goonies
You could be forgiven for thinking that you’d briefly blacked out while watching The Goonies. That’d explain the adventure classic’s puzzling closing scene, anyway. When asked by a journalist about the scariest part of the boys’ treasure hunt, Data replies, “The octopus.” What octopus? Not one that appears in the final movie – only in a few moments that didn’t make the final cut.
33. The accidental extras in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The golden rule for film crew members is to remain out of shot at all times. Unfortunately, the folks working on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest didn’t appear to be particularly good at hiding. In the basketball scene where Martini and McMurphy trade verbal insults, you can quite clearly see several behind-the-scenes men standing on the other side of the court’s fence.
32. The broken lamp in Spider-Man
After discovering that he has superpowers early on in Spider-Man, Peter Parker begins testing these bizarre new abilities out in his bedroom. And, apparently, fixing lamps now appears to be in his wheelhouse. After the fledgling superhero breaks a light, Peter’s aunt comes to see what caused such a racket. By the time she opens the door, though, the lamp is miraculously fully intact.
31. The Starbucks in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino made a catalog of period mistakes with his unashamed love letter to Tinseltown. You see, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place at the end of the 1960s, it still features a Starbucks – which didn’t get its start until the 1970s. Even more unforgivable is the sight of a numbered exit ramp that didn’t exist until 2002.
30. The self-repairing Porsche in Commando
Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick Commando isn’t set in the future. But you could be forgiven for believing otherwise, as self-repairing cars appear to be a thing in its macho world. Having been severely damaged after a particularly thrilling car chase, Arnie’s yellow Porsche is shown in the following scene looking as good as new. Where do we get one!?
29. The art department trash can in Independence Day
While ranting about the state of the planet in apocalyptic blockbuster Independence Day, Jeff Goldblum’s character David knocks a trash can over in a drunken stupor. Not unrealistic in itself – a lot of us have been there – but in doing so, David accidentally breaks the fourth wall. How? Well, eagle-eyed viewers may well have spotted that the trash can in question is stamped with the term ‘Art Dept.’
28. The wrongly marked gravestone in It’s A Wonderful Life
Either Clarence is wrong in It’s A Wonderful Life, or the film’s props team can’t quite add up. In the festive classic, Henry Travers’ character tells George that his sibling, Harry, tragically passed away aged just nine. On Harry’s gravestone, though, we see that the boy was born in 1911 and died in 1919 – making him eight at the oldest. Oh dear.
27. The pretend water-drinker in Legally Blonde
It’s unlikely that one extra’s thirst was quenched during her scene in Legally Blonde. While the woman in question can be seen “drinking” from the water fountain in front of Reese Witherspoon’s character Elle, nothing is actually coming out of the nozzle. She’s essentially just breathing with her mouth open, which is not a good look.
26. The grimacing dead man in Total Recall
They say it’s easy to play dead on camera, but tell that to the poor man used as a makeshift human shield by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. Every time a pretend round of ammunition hits the supposed corpse to simulate a bullet strike, the unfortunate extra can’t help but grimace in pain.
25. The refilling popcorn in Mean Girls
We’d quite like to buy the kind of popcorn that Damian and Janis snack on in classic teen comedy Mean Girls. Although the pair end up spilling their corn all over the place when they are accidentally spooked by Cady, their bowl is once again full in the very next shot. Bottomless snacks? Sign us up!
24. The self-fixing windshield in Twister
The red van being driven by Bill Paxton’s storm chaser in Twister proves to be far more hurricane-proof than anyone could imagine. At one moment, the vehicle’s windshield is quite clearly smashed by some flying debris. Yet in the next shot, it’s somehow in one piece. If only this happened in real life…
23. The YouTube reference in The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker may have broken ground as the first Best Picture Oscar winner to be directed by a woman, but it certainly isn’t without its glaring errors. In one particular scene, for example, two soldiers mention the video clip that an Iraqi is about to upload to YouTube. Impressive, as the video-sharing platform was only created in 2005 – a year after the war drama takes place.
22. The kid predicting a gunshot in North by Northwest
The old saying goes that you should never work with animals or children, and Alfred Hitchcock discovered that to his cost while filming 1959’s North by Northwest. Just before a gunshot is fired in the cafeteria scene at Mount Rushmore, a young extra can be seen holding his hands over his ears. The theory is that the boy did so after having suffered through the loud sound in previous takes. In the film, though, it just looks as if he can somehow predict the future.
21. The missing maze in The Shining
The imposing hedge maze that proves to be Jack’s downfall is an all-too-important part of The Shining. And as we see in several scenes throughout the movie, that maze should be found only a few footsteps away from the entrance of the spooky Overlook Hotel. Well, maybe it magically appeared out of the blue. During the swooping exterior shots at the start of Stanley Kubrick’s classic, those hedges are initially nowhere to be seen.
20. The dead mummy with a pulse
The whole point of the bad guys in The Mummy is that they’ve come back from the dead, right? And when you’re dead, it’s not very likely you’d have a pulse. Yet when Imhotep tries to resurrect his dead love, viewers can clearly see that Patricia Velasquez’s Anck-Su-Namun has a strong pulse in her neck. Perhaps she’s been faking for 2,000 years?
19. The stormtrooper hitting his head in Star Wars
The poor extra who quite visibly hits his head while dressed up as a stormtrooper in A New Hope has gone down in Star Wars infamy. In fact, the incident is even referenced in a later chapter of the franchise when Jango Fett does the same in 2002’s Attack of the Clones. And George Lucas has suggested that this particular type of clumsiness is a natural stormtrooper trait. Even so, we’re not sure we’d like our very visible mishap to be remembered more than 40 years on…
18. The gas canister in Gladiator
Historical movies probably give continuity workers more headaches than any other genre. Get just one prop a year out of date, and Twitter will come out in force to tell you. But there are some anachronistic items you would think would be easy to spot – like a gas canister, for example. Well, the folks behind the scenes on Gladiator – which, remember, is set in 180 A.D. – didn’t see that very modern item toppling out of a fallen chariot. And, naturally, the internet is here to let them know about their mistake.
17. The overhead plane in Troy
The 2004 epic Troy is set even further back in time than Gladiator – in the late 12th century B.C., to be precise. And its anachronistic error is even more glaring. During one particular shot with Brad Pitt’s leading man, an entirely out-of-place object can be seen hovering above in the clear blue sky behind him. Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? Much to the embarrassment of the movie’s makers, yes.
16. The cowboy in Pirates of the Caribbean
It’s not quite clear why a cowboy hat can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’s closing scene. Not only does the headwear seem hopelessly out of place in such a seafaring adventure, but it also seems an odd choice of attire for the crew member who presumably walked into the shot by mistake. Sadly, the blooper has yet to inspire a Pirates vs. Cowboys spin-off, although we’d definitely give that a watch.
15. The in-shot cameraman in Bad Boys
Not to be confused with the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence vehicle from the mid-1990s, Bad Boys is only really notable for two things. One is the first leading role for future Oscar winner Sean Penn. The second is perhaps one of cinema’s all-time greatest blunders. During one particular fight scene in the 1983 coming-of-age flick, the camera pans round to the baying audience. Unfortunately, this crowd just happens to include another guy filming from the other side – and he’s pretty visible, too, as he’s right in the front row.
14. The mannequin in Casino
The harsher critics among us may argue that some of Robert De Niro’s latter-day performances could just as well have come from a mannequin. But in Martin Scorsese’s Casino, viewers see the star literally replaced by one of those dummies. Although we witness De Niro’s character Ace get into a car, it’s crystal clear that the figure sitting in the driving seat just a second before it explodes isn’t of the human variety.
13. The fake baby in American Sniper
“It looked like something from Alien,” Sienna Miller once joked about the plastic baby that briefly turns American Sniper into an unintentional comedy. According to screenwriter Jason Hall, the cast and crew were forced to improvise the offending scene with a doll when the intended real human baby came down with a fever. But neither Bradley Cooper, who was holding the toy, nor the camera crew could hide this fact, and it raises a chuckle in a movie that’s understandably lacking in laughs.
12. The magical light switch in Grease
Grease may be best known for its impossibly infectious songs, leather jackets and blatantly adult cast posing as high-school teens. But it’s also responsible for a blooper that suggests the local soda shop waitress possesses magic powers. As the lady in question walks down the stairs with her hands full, she attempts to switch off the lights with her elbow. And despite missing her target by a good six inches, she’s still miraculously able to dim the room. That’s even better than installing a Clapper.
11. The reappearing side mirror in Clueless
There are also some magical goings-on in one of the most famous scenes from the much-loved Clueless. During Cher’s disastrous driving test, the high school socialite sends her side-view mirror flying off when she bumps into a stationary vehicle. When we see her still causing chaos on the roads in the next scene, though, said mirror has miraculously reappeared.
10. The changing cuffed hands in Reservoir Dogs
Either Kirk Baltz’s Marvin Nash is some kind of aspiring escapologist, or Quentin Tarantino failed to spot this glaring error in his directorial debut. In one particular Reservoir Dogs scene, the kidnapped policeman lies on the ground after having been handcuffed from the back. But when Mr. Blonde gets Nash ready for the film’s famously gruesome torture scene by moving him onto a chair, those handcuffs are mysteriously to the cop’s front.
9. The premature bullet holes in Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino’s iconic follow-up to Reservoir Dogs also features a famous blooper during one of its most violent scenes. After delivering his biblical speech in Pulp Fiction, Samuel L. Jackson’s Jules is shot at along with his partner-in-crime, John Travolta’s Vincent. And, miraculously, the surprise assailant misses his targets, leaving the two hitmen to gun the guy down. Jules then talks of “divine intervention” as he inspects the wall that the bullets flew through. But those holes were already in place before any shots were fired. Perhaps the dead dude just got super lucky?
8. The slip of the tongue in Charlie’s Angels
Drew Barrymore obviously found it difficult to separate character from actor while filming 2000 box office hit Charlie’s Angels. In one of the film’s more action-packed sequences, Barrymore’s Dylan and Lucy Liu’s Alex go up against Crispin Glover’s creepy villain. But when the former child actress attempts to swing her co-star around to pull off a cool move, she is obviously shouting “Lucy” rather than “Alex.”
7. The parked gearshift in Dirty Dancing
Turns out that Johnny Castle’s skills extend beyond performing in the 1980s classic Dirty Dancing. As well as sweeping Jennifer Grey’s Baby off her feet in the retro romance, Patrick Swayze’s leading man can also defy the mechanics of driving. Yes, in one particular scene, Johnny can be seen hitting the road in his 1957 Chevy even though the vehicle’s gearshift is clearly in the park position. And we thought that we couldn’t possibly love him any more…
6. The missing chess pieces in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
The Ace Ventura sequel was rush-released into theaters just a year after the original, and that perhaps explains one particular bit of sloppy continuity. The terrible blooper occurs in the scene where Jim Carrey’s pet detective begins exposing the man who hired him. At that moment, Simon Callow’s villainous Vincent Cadby sits in front of a fully equipped chessboard. But the chess pieces go on to disappear completely and return just as quickly from one cut to the next. What a blunder.
5. The missing tattoo in She’s All That
Taylor Vaughan appears to have been conned by her tattoo artist in She’s All That. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe’s narcissistic high schooler, who dumps Freddie Prinze Jr.’s jock in the popular teen movie, can clearly be seen getting a heart inked on her shoulder in one scene. But when she attends the prom in her backless dress, the tattoo is nowhere to be found. Maybe it was just a super-quick laser removal job?
4. The running extra in 10 Things I Hate About You
She’s All That isn’t the only 1999 teen movie to feature a very basic continuity mistake. In 10 Things I Hate About You, a student is seen running in the background to get help when the school’s gym teacher accidentally gets shot by an arrow. But she doesn’t make it very far. Once the extra thinks she’s out of shot, she simply stops dead in her tracks and looks directly toward the lens.
3. The girl hit in the face in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
It’s cruel to laugh at a child getting accidentally hit in the face – in theory, anyway. But it’s hard not to raise at least a smile after watching a poor little girl bravely take a blow in Willy Wonka. The youngster is struck during the “Candy Man” song when sweet shop owner Bill lifts the counter. Ever the pro, though, the girl barely flinches and continues with the scene.
2. The swelling on Will Smith’s face in Hitch
Hitch’s almighty allergic reaction to seafood is one of the moments you’ll most certainly remember from the 2005 rom-com. If you’ve never seen the flick, all you need to know is that the main character sees the entire right side of his face dramatically swell up during a date with Eva Mendes’ gossip columnist. But as it turns out, this is no ordinary medical condition. You see, later on that same night, the puffiness has magically switched to the opposite side. Can any doctors in the house explain this?
1. J-Lo’s tank top in Anaconda
Jennifer Lopez has referred to Anaconda as “sooo campy” – but others have called it simply, well, bad. (And that’s putting it nicely!) But however you feel about the movie, you can’t deny that J.Lo’s tank top is something special. Take a closer look at the scene where Lopez’s character tries to save a guy from a snake attack. Even though J.Lo has just got out of the ocean, her tank top is only wet on the front. Pretty incredible, right?
Then there are the outlandish costumes we often see on screen. Yep, while some movie outfits are fantastic and instantly become iconic, others are impractical, inappropriate or occasionally just plain bizarre. Have you ever tried running in high heels or attempted to do a battle pose in Spandex? And these 40 questionable examples are some of the worst offenders in Hollywood history – so far, anyway.
40. Red swimsuits, Baywatch (2017)
The one thing everyone remembers about the Baywatch TV show is how scandalously sexy everyone looked in those red swimsuits… especially when running in slow motion! So this was amped up even more for the movie version. “The essential spirit of Baywatch is that sexy vibe,” star Zac Efron told the NZ Herald website in 2017. “In this movie, we definitely take it to an extreme.”
The movie even gained an R rating for its risqué content, which left some fans of the original show unhappy. Yet Baywatch star Kelly Rohrbach only had one complaint about her famous swimsuit. “It really rides up,” she told GQ in 2017. “[The film crew] would use glue and tape it to my bum so it wouldn’t make a wedgie wrinkle.”
39. Natalie Portman’s stripper outfit, Closer (2004)
When Natalie Portman played a stripper named Alice in the movie Closer, many people were shocked. It wasn’t just that Portman was better known for more wholesome characters, such as her one in Star Wars. And it wasn’t even the doll-like outfit or the pink wig she wore in the movie. No, it was the fact that there was a wardrobe malfunction during a particularly revealing scene.
And it goes without saying that this one brief freeze-frame garnered a lot of attention. The stripper outfit itself actually became downright iconic, too. It’s even a popular choice for dressing up. Both Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk and Twilight actress Kristen Stewart have used it as inspiration for Halloween costumes.
38. Tom Cruise’s samurai armor, The Last Samurai (2003)
In 2003 Tom Cruise raved about the historical accuracy of The Last Samurai to the website Urban Cinefile. “It was a real transition time in Japan, with the Industrial Revolution going on in the United States,” he said. “[The Japanese people] know we’re going to honor their culture and attempt to explore what it is.” Yet it seems that no one checked to ensure the samurai armor was on point.
So while Cruise’s samurai armor looks great, it’s not at all what an actual samurai would have worn back then. It’s not even what an American man accepted into the samurai fold would have worn! That’s because the movie takes place in 1876 – and the armor design is from two centuries before that. It can’t have been just a very old set of armor, either, because the material wouldn’t have lasted that long.
37. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn hot pants, Suicide Squad (2016)
When she made her screen debut as a character in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn was seen in a jester suit. But such an ensemble was nowhere to be seen in the 2016 movie Suicide Squad. Instead, actress Margot Robbie was dressed up like a weird and wacky sex symbol – all tight clothes and hot pants.
In 2016 Robbie said to The New York Times, “As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt. It’s so clingy, and you’re self-conscious about it.” Notably, for her second outing as Harley in Birds of Prey, that costume had changed.
36. Marilyn Monroe’s pink dress, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Marilyn Monroe’s pink dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was very sexy – yet it could have been more revealing! That’s because a real-life scandal affected its design. Originally, you see, Monroe had been prepared to wear a number even more risqué for the era. But then news got out about something the star had been trying to hide: she’d once posed naked for photographs.
So the whole of 20th Century Fox went into a panic. There was absolutely no way Monroe could wear the more revealing dress – not with the scandal making headlines! Costume designer William Travilla had to quickly create something else, and he came up with the pink strapless gown. But despite it being more modest than the original, it’s still considered one of Monroe’s sexiest outfits.
35. Michael Chiklis’ Thing costume, Fantastic Four (2005)
By all accounts, the comic-book movie Fantastic Four was a bit of a damp squib – and the uninspired costumes probably didn’t help. Michael Chiklis had it worse than anybody, though, as he suffered incredibly to transform into the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing. The costume affected him so badly that he had to see a therapist!
Chiklis told The New York Times in 2005, “Once they glued the suit on me, I couldn’t get it off without help, no matter how hard I struggled… I couldn’t eat real food, and I lived on protein drinks during the entire shoot. Going to the bathroom was horrendous. It was a physical and psychological nightmare.” All that for a costume no-one even really liked…
34. Lily James’ dress and corset, Cinderella (2015)
When Lily James’ Cinderella look was revealed, people focused on just one thing: the actress’ tiny waist. If it was real, social media users said, it couldn’t be healthy. So when Cinderella was about to come out, James spoke out about the costume to the show E! News. And she unfortunately might have made the situation even worse for the movie’s PR department.
You see, James said she had gone on a liquid diet to fit into the dress. “If you ate food [in the dress] it didn’t really digest properly,” she told E!. She added, “I think it’s so important to be healthy and confident and natural.” But the whole process sounded unpleasant, and it led people to question exactly what message Disney was sending.
33. Jacqueline Bisset’s white t-shirt, The Deep (1977)
Everyone remembers diving flick The Deep for just one thing: Jacqueline Bisset’s clingy white t-shirt. After all, it showed a little too much as she came out of the water. Director Peter Yates reportedly even bragged that that single t-shirt made him rich. But it also made Bisset into a major movie sex symbol.
Bisset herself wasn’t happy to be just a pin-up, though. In a 1982 interview with Roger Ebert, she said, “I’d like to get my public image nearer to my reality,” and she lamented that people had “a lot of misconceptions.” Many years later, in 2018, the star told the New York Post that on seeing the outfit onscreen she’d thought she was “going to die!”
32. Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter outfit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Tim Curry’s Frank-N-Furter costume is one of the most iconic in history. This is despite The Rocky Horror Picture Show managing to be both controversial and a box-office flop. The movie didn’t gain its cult following till much later, in fact. But now barely a Halloween costume party happens without a Frank-N-Furter in attendance.
Designer Sue Blane is to thank for the costumes. In 2011 she told Blu-Ray.com, “Luckily Tim had worked in a corset before so he took to it like a duck takes to water.” She was also impressed, she said, with the Frank-N-Furter costumes she had seen at live viewings of the movie. Not bad for a film that was actually banned in some places!
31. Theda Bara’s Cleopatra costume, Cleopatra (1917)
Most of Theda Bara’s 1917 Cleopatra silent film is lost now. Yet even before a surviving print burned in a fire, the flick was considered too hot to handle. That’s because Bara wears some very revealing costumes as Cleopatra – reportedly causing the Hays Code to deem the movie “obscene.” Some churches apparently located copies of the film and destroyed them, too.
One of the most remarkable surviving images from the film shows Bara in a sort of snake-themed metal bikini. This would probably raise eyebrows even today! A list of cuts required to be made to the film also survives to the present day. These make references to an “objectionable costume” and “snake breastplates” having to go.
30. Ben Affleck’s Daredevil costume, Daredevil (2003)
Ben Affleck’s red leather suit in Daredevil wasn’t outrageous for revealing too much. It was just bad. The costume looked far too tight for anyone to actually fight in, and, well, it had an air of S&M about it. It was proof that trying to stick too close to a comic book design doesn’t always work – and even Affleck didn’t like it.
In 2006 Affleck told reporters on the red carpet for Hollywoodland, “By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero. Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon.” Yet he ended up playing Batman in 2016. Go figure.
29. Sharon Stone’s white dress, Basic Instinct (1992)
Sharon Stone’s dress in Basic Instinct, while attractive and form-fitting, is more infamous for what was – or wasn’t – underneath it. Yes, in one of the most notorious (and freeze-framed) scenes in recent movie history, Stone uncrosses her legs and gives the audience a look at what’s under the dress. Which is to say, nothing.
There’s been controversy about that scene for a long time, though. According to Stone, she didn’t know until she saw the movie with an audience that she had exposed herself – and on finding out she slapped the director. Yet filmmaker Paul Verhoeven told Page Six that this was “a straight lie.” Whatever the case, the costume is so iconic that in 2012 it went on display at London’s V&A Museum.
28. Rebel Wilson’s outfit, Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
When one behind-the-scenes photo emerged from the filming of Pitch Perfect 3, some fans were rather annoyed. In a pic of three actresses, two stars were wearing cute striped halter-neck tops for a memorable scene. But plus-sized Rebel Wilson was wearing a sleeved version of the same outfit. People stated their displeasure at this “sizeist” image and sent supportive messages to Wilson.
But costume designer Salvador Perez ended up tweeting a response to the controversy. He said in March 2017, “I let each actor decide how their costume fit, it was their choice. Rebel, Ester and Hana Mae wanted sleeves.” He added, “To me, it is about dressing women however they look and feel great, whatever size they are.”
27. Brandon Routh’s Superman costume, Superman Returns (2006)
Fans didn’t love Brandon Routh’s Superman outfit when pictures of it were first released. The “S” wasn’t right, some of them said, and the neckline was too high. But there was another aspect of the suit everyone latched on to: the crotch. There’s since been a longstanding rumor that the size of Routh’s, ahem, anatomy had to be made smaller via CGI.
And before the film came out costume designer Louise Mingenbach told Newsweek magazine that there had indeed been problems with the crotch of the suit. “Was it too big? Was it not big enough? Was it too pointy? Too round? It was somebody’s job for about a month just working on codpiece shapes,” she said. But no, director Bryan Singer confirmed that Routh’s crotch was not so big it needed CGI reduction. Maybe the actor started that rumor himself?
26. Anne Baxter’s Nefretiri outfit, The Ten Commandments (1956)
Epic The Ten Commandments gained critical acclaim back in its day, and the costumes were part of the reason why. They were beautiful – especially the blue gown Anne Baxter wore as Queen Nefretiri. But unfortunately it’s far from historically accurate. The shade of blue on the dress simply could not have been created in 1350 B.C.
But there was also the question of what Baxter was wearing underneath the dress. Despite the censorship of the time, the outline of the actress’ breasts can be seen in several scenes. Was this done on purpose or was it an accident? Either way, it ensured the costume is still talked about today.
25. Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin outfit, Spider-Man (2002)
Fans were thrilled when a live-action Spider-Man movie was greenlit. But they were less thrilled when the first pictures of Spider-Man’s enemy the Green Goblin were released. The talented Willem Dafoe had been stuck in a green plastic suit that people decried as looking like something from Power Rangers. Remember that TV show? Kitsch is an understatement.
Yet Dafoe himself apparently not only liked the costume, but he also insisted on being inside it during all the fight scenes. This meant he had to learn to do his own stunts. And to be fair to the creators of the costume, the comic book version with the pink hat and boots would be very difficult to translate to the big screen.
24. Emma Watson’s Belle ball gown, Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Belle’s gold-yellow ballroom gown from the original Beauty and the Beast is one of the most famous and beloved Disney princess dresses ever. So fans were disappointed when the live-action version for Emma Watson turned out to look a bit different. It was too plain, people said, or too small.
Yet a lot of work did actually go into the ballgown. Glamour reported that an incredible 12,000 hours went into creating the dress, and Watson had her say in its look, too. For her part, the actress said the gown was “perfect.” She explained, “In the end, we decided the most important thing was that the dress dance beautifully. We wanted it to feel like it could float, like it could fly.”
23. Jane Fonda’s Barbarella outfits, Barbarella (1968)
Barbarella is a bizarre tour-de-force of sexy space fashion; there’s barely another way to describe the movie. There are eight costume changes in the movie altogether, and the outfits usually contain more plastic than fabric. Jane Fonda’s Barbarella also fell out of the get-ups frequently. The costumes are all amazing – but one in particular is really something.
Barbarella’s “nightclub outfit” features windows for the stomach and one of the breasts. Then to preserve her modesty there is a brown leather bikini beneath – worn over tights for whatever reason. And, to complete the ensemble, she also has a patterned cape. Don’t wear any of this to a real nightclub, though. You’ll probably get thrown out.
22. Olivia Newton-John’s leather pants, Grease (1978)
Olivia Newton-John’s pants in Grease are problematic for a couple of reasons. First, there’s the fact that they are barely suitable for wear. “The pants have a broken zip, and I had to be stitched into them because they were made in the 50s,” Newton-John told Reuters Television in 2019. But the bigger problem, perhaps, is what critics say they represent.
Some consider that Grease is anti-feminist in its outlook. By the end of the movie, the argument goes, Newton-John’s Sandy has changed for John Travolta’s Danny by transforming into a smoking leather-clad biker girl. Yet he hasn’t made the same effort for her. That being said, the black pants make for a really, really cool look.
21. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress, The Seven Year Itch (1954)
There are few movie images more iconic than Marilyn Monroe’s white dress being lifted by the air from a subway grate. But the backstory behind the moment in The Seven Year Itch isn’t really a happy one. While that scene was being filmed, you see, Monroe had to contend with thousands of fans crowding around hoping to get a glimpse of her underwear.
But even worse was the reaction of Monroe’s husband, Joe DiMaggio, to the dress-lifting scene. He saw everything that was going on on-set, and he was infuriated. Some allege that once Monroe was done filming at the grate, he physically attacked her in their hotel room. One thing’s for sure: they divorced less than a month later.
20. Raquel Welch’s fur bikini, One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Raquel Welch’s fluffy bikini in the movie One Million Years B.C. made her an instant sex symbol. And this was despite the fact that she didn’t exactly have much to do on screen besides, well, be pretty. In its contemporary review of the movie, Variety noted, “Miss Welch gets little opportunity to prove herself an actress, but she is certainly there in the looks department.”
Welch never really wanted to wear the bikini, however, or even do the movie in the first place. In fact, she assumed that hardly anyone would even see the film. Still, it appears that the star isn’t ruling out a return to the two-piece. In 2020 she told the Sunday Post, “I’m not sure if I will ever wear [the bikini] again, but you never know. Perhaps one day the script will drop through the door for Two Million Years B.C..”
19. Maureen O’Sullivan’s Jane outfit, Tarzan series
From 1932 to 1942, the beautiful Maureen O’Sullivan – mother of Mia Farrow – played Jane opposite Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan. Her on-screen outfit was pretty racy for the time, too. In fact, it seems that audiences didn’t approve of an actress being so scantily clad – even if she was supposed to be in the jungle.
Upon O’Sullivan’s death in 1998, the Chicago Tribune newspaper printed a quote from the star regarding her famous Jane outfit. “It started such a furor,” she said. “Letters started coming in. It added up to thousands of women objecting to my costume. In those days, they took those things seriously.”
18. January Jones’ Emma Frost underwear, X-Men: First Class (2011)
The folks behind X-Men: First Class may have dropped the ball somewhat when it came to designing a movie version of Emma Frost’s costume. In comics, the character wears sexy, skimpy outfits all the time; what January Jones ended up being given, however, was a bunch of what was essentially just white lingerie, coats and capes.
Fortunately, Jones actually liked her outlandish Emma Frost attire. In 2011 she told MTV, “I have a lot of very interesting costumes in that movie. There’s nothing like a cape that makes you feel really tough.” Movie critics, on the other hand, weren’t impressed by either the outfits in question or Jones’ performance.
17. Malin Akerman’s latex, Watchmen (2009)
Malin Akerman’s character in Watchmen may be named Silk Spectre, but she actually wears a bright yellow-and-black latex leotard. And it doesn’t look like the comfiest thing to walk in – let alone fight in. Akerman seemed to feel that way, too. In a 2009 interview with MTV, she said, “The costumes were definitely a big challenge.”
Akerman went on, “[My costume is] definitely not the most comfortable thing to wear for 18 hours straight. It’s very constricting, and then you add heels, the corset and a blonde wig to that. When they say, ‘Get up and fight,’ you go, ‘Excuse me, in this outfit?’ It also takes on the temperature of whatever the room is. If it’s really hot, you’re boiling. If it’s really cold, you’re freezing.”
16. Halle Berry’s Catwoman costume, Catwoman (2004)
Critics not only hated the 2004 Catwoman movie, but they also seemed to dislike Halle Berry’s weird strappy catsuit. IGN said, for instance, “The costume alone cannot make a bad movie, though this one sure gives it the old college try.” Reno News & Review went even further, suggesting that Berry should “burn that damn costume for all to see.”
And while Berry didn’t quite go that far, she too hates the poorly judged flick. In 2005 she actually showed up in person to collect a Razzie award for her “Worst Actress” performance in the film and announced, “First of all, I want to thank Warner Bros. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s**t, god-awful movie!” Me-ow.
15. Ryan Reynolds’ CGI suit, Green Lantern (2011)
Superhero flick Green Lantern was unfortunately a disaster in almost every respect. It probably didn’t help that Ryan Reynolds wasn’t wearing a traditional costume; instead, everything about his Green Lantern suit was computer generated. And, in fact, the leading man didn’t even know what he looked like in the movie until its first trailer was released – though perhaps he wished he’d never known the truth.
The Green Lantern costume was such a flop, moreover, that Reynolds ended up poking fun at it in the superhero comedy Deadpool. At one point, the eponymous character yells, “Please don’t make the super-suit green… or animated!” – a clear reference to the ensemble he was made to wear in the earlier movie.
14. Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman costume, Batman Returns (1992)
Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman is generally considered to be one of the best-ever portrayals of the character. And the star still shone despite being in a tricky-to-wear suit. In 2017 Pfeiffer told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was the most uncomfortable costume I’ve ever been in. They had to powder me down, help me inside and then vacuum-pack the suit.”
Pfeiffer went on, “I had those claws, and I was always catching them in things. The face mask was smashing my face and choking me.” Then, when Good Morning America asked the actress if she had any advice for the latest Catwoman, Zöe Kravitz, she said, “Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you’re going to go to the bathroom.”
13. Milla Jovovich’s bandages, The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element’s costumes were created by director Luc Besson and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, and they were specifically designed to look totally out of this world. For example, Milla Jovovich – who played Leeloo – was given a dress that looked as though it was made completely out of bandages. And it seems that she had mixed feelings about it, too.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 1997, Jovovich said that she had found the costume “a bit embarrassing,” adding, “In the fashion world, most of the guys are gay, and they have the etiquette not to notice. But those English guys working on the set were whistling and stuff.” She continued, “My character’s all about what’s inside. It’s not really about her clothes.”
12. Jennifer Garner’s red corset, Elektra (2005)
Elektra saw Jennifer Garner reprising her role as the titular superhero – despite apparently dying in the previous movie Daredevil. But while the makers of the follow-up promised that Elektra would have a more comics-accurate costume the second time around, that wasn’t actually the case.
In a 2005 interview with the BBC, Garner discussed Elektra’s outfit and said, “I knew the comic book fans weren’t happy with her wearing black in Daredevil. So, it was important for her to be in red.” Those involved in making the attire perhaps should have been less focused on the color, however, and more alert to it looking like cheap underwear.
11. Bryce Dallas Howard’s heels, Jurassic World (2015)
After the long-awaited Jurassic World came out, fans were left with a question – and it wasn’t dinosaur- or even science-related. Instead, viewers pondered why Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire never took off her very impractical heels throughout the duration of the movie. And even while running from danger, she never twists her ankle or injures her feet in any way.
Howard herself didn’t agree with the criticism, though. In 2015 she told Yahoo!, “From a logical standpoint, I don’t think [Claire] would take off her heels… I’m better equipped to run when I have shoes on my feet. So, that’s my perspective on it. I don’t think she would carry around flats with her. I think she’s somebody who could sprint a marathon in heels.”
10. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow suit, The Avengers (2012)
Spare a thought for the stars playing female superheroes, as they don’t always have it easy. During the press tour for The Avengers, Scarlett Johansson told Collider of her super-tight screen outfit, “It’s like 800 degrees in my costume… and it’s a unitard, and I have nothing underneath it!”
It seems, too, that Johansson was terrified of her Black Widow garb from the start. Speaking on Inside the Actors Studio in 2017, she said of the costume, “I mean, who wants to get into something like that? You just think, ‘Oh God, really? Couldn’t it have, like, I don’t know, some sort of a peplum skirt or something?’”
9. Carrie Fisher’s gold bikini, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
The whole Star Wars franchise is packed with amazing costumes, but perhaps none is more famous than the gold bikini Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia sports in Return of the Jedi. Fisher admitted to some trepidation about the outfit, though, saying on a 2016 episode of Fresh Air that when George Lucas showed her the item, “[she] thought he was kidding, and it made [her] very nervous.”
Still, there was an upside. Fisher continued, “What redeems [that scene] is I get to kill [Jabba the Hutt], which was so enjoyable. I sawed his neck off with that chain that I killed him with. I really relished that, because I hated wearing that outfit and sitting there rigid straight, and I couldn’t wait to kill him.”
8. Olivia Munn’s purple latex, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Olivia Munn had been a big admirer of her X-Men character, Psylocke, before she was cast in the movie franchise. And the actress tried to make the superhero more than a costume. In 2016 she explained to Collider, “Just because [Psylocke’s] dressed like that, she’s not this promiscuous, slutty girl.”
Before getting into the outfit, though, Munn had to rub lubricant all over herself; even so, she still broke the latex. Then, once the movie was released, the look was panned, despite it adhering more or less to the comic books. In a movie that contained some pretty serious scenes, the ensemble was judged as looking both silly and far too sexy.
7. George Clooney’s Batsuit, Batman and Robin (1997)
Everything about Batman & Robin was a hilarious catastrophe. But if the script and comedic scenes were bad, the Batsuit was arguably even worse. For a start, George Clooney couldn’t get it off easily and thus had to pee in it. Also, it featured something not usually seen on superhero outfits: nipples.
And years later, the Bat-nipples are still mocked. Yet director Joel Schumacher has stood by his decision. For the 2005 documentary Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight he said, “The bodies for the suits — the inspiration for them are Greek statues that have perfect bodies. It never occurred to me not to put nipples on the men’s suits because I didn’t know the male nipple was a controversial body part.”
6. Emma Watson’s pink dress, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Emma Watson’s Hermione wore a pink dress during the Yule Ball scenes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But while this was a perfectly appropriate outfit, fans of the franchise weren’t happy. You see, in the source material, Hermione’s Yule Ball gown is periwinkle blue. Some even considered a pink version out of character.
The costume designer for the films thought differently, though. In 2017 Jany Temime told Cosmopolitan, “[Hermione] was a tough girl. She was a girl [who only hung out] with boys. And now she appears at the Yule Ball and she’s in pink. People look at her as being a girl – and a very pretty one, which was not established before.”
5. David Bowie’s pants, Labyrinth (1986)
For many adults who saw Labyrinth when it first came out, there was one pressing question: was David Bowie wearing a codpiece in the movie or not? But after one blogger scrutinized the issue, apparently it seems likely that the star didn’t need any help in that department.
Yet while Labyrinth’s creators got into hot water for making Bowie’s bulge so obvious, they seem to have no regrets. In a 2016 interview with Empire, designer Brian Froud referred to the musical icon’s attire as “perv pants,” adding, “Every so often you go, ‘Oh, my God! How did we get away with that?!’”
4. The Amazon warrior armor, Justice League (2017)
The Amazon armor in Wonder Woman was refreshing, as it seemed like the kind of stuff a person could actually fight in. When images of the Amazons in Justice League were released, however, fans may have been dismayed to realize that their outfits were much skimpier by comparison.
Some even considered the armor change sexist. And Jessica Chastain appeared to agree, retweeting the pictures and writing, “Hey men, what would you wear to fight? Hint: don’t expose your vital organs. Ugh, I miss [Wonder Woman director] Patty Jenkins.” Still, the actresses portraying the Amazons actually revealed that they didn’t mind the new costumes.
3. Sacha Baron Cohen’s mankini, Borat (2006)
Not every movie costume is a literal crime in some places, but the infamous “mankini” from Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat could be. You see, in 2017 six Czech men were arrested for “minor hooliganism” after posing in the dubious swimwear in Kazakhstan’s capital. Kazakhstan is, of course, the very real place from which the fictional Borat hails.
Sacha Baron Cohen actually offered to assist the men, writing on Facebook, “To my Czech mates who were arrested: send me your details and proof that it was you, and I’ll pay your fine.” Still, as the people of Kazakhstan have mixed feelings about Cohen, you should probably avoid ever wearing a mankini for laughs in the country.
2. Karen Gillan’s skimpy costume, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
When the first pictures of the Jumanji sequel emerged in 2016, some weren’t impressed. While all of the male stars – Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black – were seen wearing sensible clothes in the photos, Karen Gillan was sporting an outfit that looked, at best, much too small for her. Gillan noted what was going on, though, and promised that there would be a payoff.
It turned out, you see, that the characters seen in the pictures were the video game personas that the main characters of the movie take on. In 2017 Gillan told the Evening Standard, “It looks absurd that the woman is dressed like that and then the men are covered — but that is exactly the trope that we were highlighting in 1990s video games. She’s meant to be like Lara Croft. That’s the reference – this ridiculous male fantasy.”
1. Sean Connery’s barely-there costume, Zardoz (1974)
Once he had hung up James Bond’s stylish tuxedo for good, Sean Connery decided to try something different – very different. Specifically, he took on the role of Zed in the bizarre sci-fi movie Zardoz, and Zed’s costume was little more than some bright red material to cover his modesty and boots that went up to his thighs.
Surprisingly, Connery apparently didn’t mind the outfit. When Vulture asked director John Boorman about the ensemble in 2014, he said that he had simply told the famously bad-tempered actor, “This is what you’ve got. This is what you’re going to wear.” And, supposedly, there was “never any argument” about it, either.