How Did This Get Made is an amazing podcast that looks at terrible movies and wonders how in the holy hell did they got made. It is hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, NTSF:SD:SUV::, his wife June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV::, Burning Love), Jason Mantzoukas (The League, The Dictator), and at least one celebrity guest every episode.
The group talks about the strange, the idiotic, and the baffling parts of bad movies they love (Crank, Fast and Furious) and those they loathe (Nothing But Trouble, Battlefield Earth). They’re highly hilarious and sometimes they’re even educational, occasionally cracking eggs of knowledge all over the place.
Episode 64 After Earth
1. Will Smith came up with the story that the film was based on, so he’s responsible for the existence of both the movie and Jaden Smith.
Episode 65 Howard the Duck
2. This was the first ever Marvel movie. I can’t wait until Howard the Duck shows up in the post-credits scene for Avengers 2.
3. George Lucas, executive producer, was allegedly far into debt after the building of his Skywalker Ranch. ‘Howard the Duck’ was to be his ticket back to financial stability. Instead, it tanked, he tanked, and the LucasFilm CGI animation division was sold to Steve Jobs. Thanks for Pixar, Howard.
4. Jay Leno auditioned for the role that ultimately went to Tim Robbins.
5. John Cusack and Martin Short auditioned for the speaking voice of Howard.
6. Co-writer Willard Hyuck also wrote ‘American Graffiti’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, and ‘Radioland Murders’.
Episode 66: Demolition Man
7. The scene where Wesley Snipes speaks in Spanish was improvised by the actor and kept in the movie because the director thought it was funny.
8. Jack Black played one of the underground dwellers aligned with Denis Leary’s resistance.
9. Lori Petty originally played the part of Lenina Huxley, but was fired after two days and replaced by Sandra Bullock.
10. Mantzoukas has a very credible theory that Bullock’s character is actually the daughter of Stallone’s John Spartan. Ew.
Episode 70: Gymkata
11.This gymnastics and ninja hybrid movie is based on a book, The Terrible Game (1957) by Dan Tyler Moore. There are no gymnastics in the book.
Episode 71: The Glimmer Man
12. Steven Seagal decided he didn’t want to kill bad guys in his movies anymore because it conflicted with his Buddhist beliefs. Stephen Tobolowsky, the film’s villain, convinced Seagal that killing his character would allow him to reincarnate and redeem himself. Seagal killed the villain.
13. The songs in the film called “Bulletproof” and “Snake” were written by Seagal.
Episode 72: Toys
14. This film was Jamie Foxx’s first onscreen role. He watched Robin Williams and Robin Wright bone via hidden camera. In the movie. Not in real life.
15. I have a HUGE crush on Mantzoukas. HUGE.