The PopWatch Confessional (Vol. 27)

Reddust_lWhat beliefs did you have about entertainment when you were younger that were totally — and gloriously — wrong?

Here’s why I’m asking: Last week during a meeting, managing editor Jay Woodruff let it slip that when he watched films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, he assumed that filmmakers made convicts play the desperados and actually killed them. Editor Tom Conroy then admitted that when he watched a screen couple like Red Dust‘s Clark Gable and Jean Harlow (pictured) kiss, he assumed the director had shot the actors separately and then somehow overlaid one head next to the other. (In an alternate theory, presumably for lower budget films, Tom also believed that the actors would put a piece of fabric between their mouths.) Because how could you kiss someone you weren’t really in love with?

As for me, I once found this Sears photo in which I looked exactly like Gretl from The Sound of Music and thought that I’d must’ve been so young when Julie Andrews and I filmed the movie, that that’s why I didn’t remember doing it.

Your turn.

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  • alm034

    I used to think that after they shot a wedding for movies or TV, the couple immediately went to the courthouse and got a divorce. I mean, they said the vows, right>

  • Kristen

    I heard that Prince played all of the instruments on one of his albums- I think it was 1999. I remember being SO confused as to how he played them all.. and yet they all melded together in the songs- I didn’t quite understand studio magic yet!

  • Kristen

    alm034- I thought the SAME thing! I finally decided that the guy wasn’t a real preacher so the law said the marriage didn’t count.

  • Suzanne

    I believed that the shot films in order. I couldn’t understand how ending of the film could be filmed first.
    I also am embarrased that I believed, thanks to 100 Million BC and the flintstones, that man and dinosaur lived at the same time. I am doubly embarrassed to admit I believed this well into my twenties.

  • Nick

    I remember thinking that if you died in a movie, you died for real
    I also thought Regis and Kathie Lee were married

  • Mike

    I believed that the Great Brain books were all true, and that John D Fitzgerald was actually Tom’s brother. I also remember being greatly disappointed that the TV didn’t “pause” when I turned it off.

  • NanB

    Whenever the lotto drawings came on TV, my sisters and I always were told (yelled at) to be quiet, so I was convinced the people on TV would be able to hear us and we’d get in trouble with them.

  • LilisMom

    My grandfather is a dead ringer for Walter Matheau, especially when he was younger. I was standing next to him in church one day and heard him singing. I had just watched “Hello Dolly!” and they sounded so similar, I became convinced that he had been an actor when he was younger by with the stage name Walter Mattheau. My mom had to straighten me out once I started telling people that.

  • Kelsey

    I was convinced that all T.V shows were filmed live, including the animated Rugrats. I never could figure out how actors could change clothes and be in new places so quickly let alone their camera crews! Every time I watched a rerun for a show I felt bad that the actors had to do the same thing all over again.
    I was eight when my mom finally explained to time zones and how a T.V show could be playing at eight and seven p.m at the same time without the invovlement of time machines.

  • Bill

    I thought real life was in black and white until color was invented.

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  • Stephanie T.

    I believed that Britney Spears, Ashley Simpson,Jessica Simpson, and Beyonce Knowles could sing without a recorded vocal track. I am just kidding folks but man, Fabrice Morvan of the former band Milli Vanilli is probably still laughing his a-s off.

  • Kelsey

    I was also convinced that make up artists killed young puppies for the live action version of 101 Dalamations by painting over them to make the dogs look older. It took me years to realise that was impossible. I blame a documentary without sound I half payed attention to while on a tour at some theme park.

  • Secretary

    My sister and I both thought that any kissing done on-screen was actually being ‘faked’ and the actors were actually kissing each other on the chins. Neither of us could imagine that people who might not be attracted to each other could ever KISS! My word! And I also thought that any scenes with nudity had to be done with the actors in body suits, because who would ever want to get naked for a movie?

  • Mj

    I was pretty sure that the songs on the radio were live. That the bands were actually there, playing for that particular station.

  • D

    I thought that if you put your face right up against the screen and looked down, you could see the actress’ naked body when she was only shown from the shoulders up (I actually tried it during the dressing room scene where the hot cheerleader takes her gear off in “Teen Wolf”).

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