King Kong

Trivia: In the escape from the dinosaurs, one of the ship's crewmen lets out a Wilhelm scream when he is knocked off a ledge. (01:24:40)

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Trivia: The 'natives' at Kong's feet, in the theater production scene, use the same costumes and the same music as the Skull Island natives in the 1933 original.


Trivia: The scene where the men who fall into the ravine are attacked by giant insects is an homage to the original 1933 King Kong, where a similar scene was omitted due to its (at that time) gross-out factor.


Trivia: The cheesy dialogue that Ann and Bruce Baxter are saying when the film is shooting on the ship is the actual dialogue from the original King Kong.


Trivia: Peter Jackson's cameo in this film is in one of the biplanes attacking Kong, when he stands atop the Empire State Building. This is an homage to the director/producer cameos in the 1933 film. His co-pilot is makeup-artist Rick Baker, who portrayed Kong in the 1976 version of King Kong.

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Trivia: When Carl Denham learns that RKO hired an actress named Fay, he says "Cooper, I should've known". This is a reference to Merian C. Cooper, who directed the original King Kong and cast Fay Wray as Ann Darrow.


Trivia: When Carl and Preston are in the car, after stealing the reels of film, they discuss leading lady replacement possibilities. They note that "Fay" is a size 4, but Preston then says that she is already filming something for RKO. The RKO feature they refer to is the original King Kong, starring Fay Wray.

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Trivia: In the scene where Jack Driscoll is being shown his sleeping quarters among the cages on the Ventura, as he makes his way through the doorway with the Asian character, in the background there is a cage labelled "Sumatran Rat Monkey". This is a nod back to Peter Jackson's earlier Zombie film, 'Braindead' - the Sumatran Rat Monkey is brought to New Zealand, and with it comes the original source of the Zombie virus that affects the main characters within the film.


Trivia: The locust like insects that attack Jack Driscoll and are machine gunned off in the spider pit scene are called Wetas - which is the name of the special effects company owned by director Peter Jackson - Weta Digital. Also to be noted is that the weta is an insect native to New Zealand, where director Peter Jackson lives and where Kong was filmed - which is where the effects team got its name.


Trivia: The script pages that Driscoll gives to Denham aboard the Venture are actual pages from a copy of the original 1933 King Kong script that Peter Jackson owns. He mentions this on one of the production diaries.

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Trivia: During the first moments when Kong is outside in Manhattan, when he picks up the first girl and throws her, you can see a Universal Studios billboard on the wall behind him. (02:32:05)


Trivia: Fay Wray, from the original King Kong, was supposed to make a cameo, delivering the last line, "It was beauty killed the beast". Unfortunately, she died before this was possible.

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Trivia: Kong's roar is a lion's roar and a tiger's roar combined, played backwards at half speed.


Trivia: The Morse Code message that the crew of the Venture receives which tells them of the warrant for Denham's actually says, "Show Me the Monkey".

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Trivia: Andy Serkis and Naomi Watts shot all scenes for King Kong and Ann together, whether it was Watts' shots or Serkis' motion capture ones. They chose to do it together to get the real emotion between King Kong and Ann. Confirmed by Andy Serkis.

Trivia: After the bugs attack the ship's crew, there is a triceratops drinking water from the river, a reference to the 1933 version where Kong fought with that dinosaur.

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Suggested correction: Kong does not fight a triceratops in the 1933 film. The rescue party does.

Trivia: For her role as the Witch Doctor, Vicky Haughton had to spend nearly six hours in the make-up chair every day. In spite of this, she appears for only two minutes in the entire film.

Trivia: Although King Kong is the title character, he does not appear until 71 minutes into the movie.

Trivia: In Kong's cave there are 2 gorilla skeletons. They are Kong's parents, also seen in King Kong: Skull Island.


Continuity mistake: When Ann meets Kong on NYC street, the camera flashes back and forth between them. When it shows Kong, he is surrounded by snow, but when it shows Ann, the street doesn't have so much as a snowflake.

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Question: If the wall around Skull island was built to keep Kong and presumably other creatures such as the dinosaurs in, why was the gate made large enough for them to get through?

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Chosen answer: The original creator of King Kong, Merin C. Cooper, wrote a novel adaption of the movie in which it was explained that the gates were built by a earlier culture of islanders that were friends with the "Kong" race. The "Kongs" helped the original islanders to build their village and the wall (thus meaning the gate had to be big enough for the giant gorillas to walk through). By the time of the events of the movie, the original islanders have "died out" and their old village had been taken over by a race of more primitive natives who became enemies with the Kongs, and were trying to use the gates for safety.

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