In the 1950s, Hugh Beaver, owner of the Guinness Distillery, was arguing with a friend about which bird was the fastest. They never came to a conclusion, but the first one came up with creating a book where speed data could be recorded. Thus was born the Guinness Book of Records.
In 2005 the Guinness brand decided to proclaim November 18 as Guinness World Record Day, with the aim of motivating more people to test their own limits.
Although it may not seem like it, several titles have also been obtained in the film field, but there are many very strange and little known. So, now we present the curious Guinness records of cinema.
Hollywood premiere with more attendees
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, the emotion was total, because after little more than 30 years without visiting the distant galaxy, locals and strangers wanted to know how the saga would continue. According to the official Guinness website, this expectation was reflected in the premiere JJ Abrams’ World Cup, which took place on December 14, 2015 in Los Angeles.
According to the data, the event was attended by 6,700 guests, who, in a row, spanned 400mts. from Hollywood Boulevard. The people were so many that the film had to be shown simultaneously in three different cinemas: El Capitan, the Chinese Theater and the Dolby Theater.
The most expensive poster sold to the public
On November 15, 2005, one of the most curious Guinness records in cinema was broken when an original poster of Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, was sold to an American collector by the London Poster Gallery. The amount for which the purchase was made was 690,000 pounds sterling (approximately $ 18 million Mexican pesos).
It was designed by graphic artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm and the other three copies in existence are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Berlin Film Museum and in a private collection.
Most credits of a single person in a movie
Jackie Chan obtained this title when on December 5, 2012 it was recorded that in the film Chinese Zodiac, the interpreter had 15 credits.
Chan served as a director, writer, lead actor, executive producer, cinematographer, catering coordinator, songwriter, title track vocalist, stuntman, stunt coordinator, prop manager, art director, unit manager, production, gaffer and producer.
As if this weren’t enough, it also held the record for the most action scenes shot by an actor.
The largest inflatable ball
Yes, this is not a joke! This one also has to do with a movie, because said ball was made with the aim of promoting the premiere by Baywatch. Paramount Pictures took the title of one of the most curious Guinness records in cinema when on May 31, 2017 it was recorded that the rubber piece measured 15.82m in diameter.
Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario attended the event where the ball was thrown into the River Thames.
More laps in the air than a car has ever made in a movie
In the James Bond 007 movie Casino Royale, an Aston Martin DBS spins 7 times in the air after being pushed by a nitrogen cannon.
It was accomplished by advancing at 128 kilometers per hour towards a 10-inch wide ramp. Previously, an attempt had been made to break the record on the Top Gear show, but the car only made 6 laps.
José Roberto Landaverde Cinephile and music lover. I love writing, listening, reading and commenting on everything related to the seventh art. I think Fleetwood Mac is underrated. I’m a Rocky and Back to the Future fan and obviously one day I’ll go up the “Philly Steps” and drive a DeLorean. Faithful believer that the cinema is the best teleportation machine, and also that on the big screen we can all see ourselves represented.