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20 Times Movies And TV Shows Cleverly Disguised Regular Items As Movie Props

Published 6 months ago

If you’re a fan of fantasy or sci-fi movies, you probably noticed that they’re always chock-full of all sorts of props. However, designing each prop from scratch only for it to appear on screen for a few seconds is both expensive and time consuming. That’s why prop designers have to get creative – which often means cleverly disguising regular household items. And you’ll be surprised how a simple lick of paint can completely transform an item.

The keen-eyed users of the r/ThatsABookLight subreddit are sharing photos of movie props that they recognized to be just regular items in disguise, and it’s both fascinating and pretty funny. Check out some of the most interesting ones in the gallery below!

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#1 This Is Cool

Image source: HamillHimself

#2 One Of The Most Iconic Movie Props Of All Time, Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber From The Star Wars Franchise Is A Flash Handle From A Vintage Camera (Graflex 3 Cell Flash Handle)

Image source: cgsimmons1983

#3 Prop: In Phantom Menace, Qui Gonn’s Comlink Is A Gillette Women’s Razor

Image source: ticktockdroptop

#4 I Present To You: Willrow Hoods Aka Ice Cream Man From Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back In The Background Of Cloud City. He Carries A Completely Undecorated Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker. This Previously Unnamed Character Has Spawned A Cult Following, Leading To Books, Comics, And Fan Lore

Image source: PolyklietosOfAthens

#5 One Of Young Anakin’s Tool Is A Silver-Painted Dog Toy That I Own

Image source: augmentedseventh

#6 In An Episode Of Mutant X, Jesse Uses A Familiar Looking “Device.” It Looks Like A High Tech Gadget With Buttons, But I Recognized It As The Eyeshadow Compact I’ve Had Since High School

Image source: phantomjerky

#7 The Mask Used For Halloween (1978) Was A William Shatner Mask That Was Painted White

Image source: notsure500

#8 I Was Told This Might Be This Sub’s Cup Of Tea

Image source: moonpies4everyone

#9 This Transmitter That Cracks Access Codes In Resident Evil (2002) Is A Glucose Meter With An Antenna

Image source: KiwyGal

#10 Batman’s Boots In Batman Returns Are Just Air Jordan 6s With An Extended Top And Foam Glued On. The Sole Even Still Has The Jordan Logo

Image source: Chief-Queef

#11 [tv] In Alias [2005], Her Specialized Locker Cutting Tool Is A Creme Brûlée Torch

Image source: 2019starter

#12 Greef Kargas Buckle Is A Cheap Folding Knife

Image source: Super_Jackk

#13 That’s An Escalator

Image source: Collinnn7

#14 Jawas In The Mandalorian Have Volkswagen Fuel Injection Rails. I Recognized Them Immediately (Jumping Up From The Couch And Startling My Wife). I Replaced Dozens Of These During A Recall In 2013

Image source: spannerboy69

#15 Dark Crystal Used A Die Cast Tie Fighter For This Foe’s Eye

Image source: ecto_27

#16 That’s An Echo Mic

Image source: blondepianist

#17 [film] Back To The Future [1985] A Krups Coffee Machine Became Mr Fusion On The Delorean

Image source: PolyklietosOfAthens

#18 [tv] The Expanse [2018]. The Cryo Chamber Used For Mei Is A Repurposed Thule 624 Cargo Box

Image source: ostrich_fondlerer

#19 [tv] Mandalorian Season 1, Friend Just Started It And Sent Me Proof That This Mechanic’s Tool Is Actually A Thermometer!

Image source: adamskaocelote

#20 The Chest Thing The First Order Officer Wears In The Kyle Ren Snl Sketch Is A Pack Of Gum

Image source: netflows

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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