11 Fascinating Facts About 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'

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‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ is an all-time classic film, starring Johnny Depp, Darlene Cates, Juliette Lewis and a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Here are some interesting things you might not know about this amazing movie.

1. Johnny once paid Leo $500 to sniff a rancid pickle as a bet during filming.

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2. Depp landed the role for his incredible ability to demonstrate emotions without speaking.

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Bustle

3. Just like in the film, Cates had been a recluse in real life, staying at home for five whole years.

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Telegraph

4. Leo wasn’t supposed to kill the grasshopper, and the move angered many animal rights groups.

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Knowable

5. This is actually the only movie Darlene Cates ever acted in.

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Movpins

6. The photo we see of a young Momma is actually a real photo of young Darlene Cates.

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Ravepad

7. Leo says that Arnie was one of the most fun roles he’s ever had.

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8. Momma didn’t actually climb the stairs. They filmed Cates climbing a short section and then looped the footage.

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Eclectic Scribblings

9. The name of Cates’ charater is Bonnie, but she gets credited as ‘Momma’ because she only talks to her kids.

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Estrelando

10. The interior of the family home is the same set used for the film ‘The Roadie’.

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Cineplex

11. Leo actually spent time with mentally-handicapped kids to prepare for the role.

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Daily Mail