Articles & Notes — April 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

Two more Hollywood movie myths busted…

mythbustersA lot of things that we see in the movies today are so ridiculously fake, we actually believe it. Great special effects make us believe that what we’re seeing is actually true.

Well, yesterday, thanks to a TV program that I caught on the Discovery Channel – two more “movie myths” were busted. Let’s take a look at them.

The program I am referring to is “MythBusters”, a science entertainment TV program created and produced by Australia’s Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is screened by numerous international broadcasters, and is widely popular.

The show’s hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories.

“MythBusters” refers both to the name of the documentary and also the cast members who test the experiments.

So, they had this segment about a car engine and “myths” related to it, and one of the experts brough up a subject of Hollywood action scenes, where you see a single shot fired at a car’s fuel tank causes a “beautiful, effective” explosion.

So, the “MythBusters” had this old black car, some sort of an automatic rifle, and a bunch of firefighters standing nearby, just in case the gas tank does blow up.

So, one of the busters starts shooting the gas tank, and it doesn’t explode. After a detailed check, it turns out that he put about 6-7 bullets into the tank, and it did not explode. A “myth” busted for sure.

Another one, also connected with cars, movies and Hollywood, was that during an action scene in a film, we frequently see an actor hiding behind the car’s door, which, supposedly, protects him from the bullets.

Our experts used the same weapon on the same car, and “busted” another myth, as the bullets went right through the door, thus making it obvious that hiding behind an open door will not help at all.

Ah well, the point is, if you do like cheesy action movies – do not watch too much Discovery Channel, or you’ll be dissapointed…

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