(Disclaimer: As usual, most – if not all – of the information in this story is totally made up.)
Hollywood likes to make crap up as much as I do, possibly moreso. From hoverboards to 50-foot tall women, the movies will make you believe anything. These films have even contaminated people’s ideas about bananas. For examples…
- Unlike what they show in Glory, bananas helped the Union to win the Civil War – the potassium was harnessed to make saltpeter, thus creating more munitions than the Confederacy, thus winning the War. The war was not won, however, by Morgan Freeman. He came later.
- In Toy Story 2, Al of Al’s Toy Barn is dressed as a chicken. He was originally dressed as a banana until Pixar learned it had run afoul of copyrights owned by the folks that did the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” video.
- You really can’t put a banana in the tailpipe to stop someone’s car from working, as Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) did in Beverly Hills Cop. However, you can stick a few potatoes up there to stop it from working. (This one’s true: see here.)
- On the other hand, a misplaced banana peel was the reason for the static on Jodie Foster’s trip to Vega in Contact.
- Arnold in Hey Arnold! was supposed to have a hairdo in the shape of a banana, to which, Helga Pataki would scream, “Move it, banana-brain!”; however, the NFL (using a sweetheart deal for MTV to run the halftime show, in which they showed Janet Jackson’s nipple) lobbied to have it changed to a football-head.
- In The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson considered drifting away from the story by having Mr. Bean farm bananas instead of apples, but later reconsidered.
- In Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother originally turns a banana into a carriage – but instead turns a pumpkin into a carriage.
- The film Adaptation. was originally about bananas, then was changed to flowers at the very last minute.