Everything We Needed To Know About Exploding Heads, We Learned From Movies

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As an expert on merkins (Google it if you must), I consider myself a serious student of movie magic -- but turns out the gritty side of practical effects goes far beyond private parts concealment. Special effects gurus have to fake missing limbs, head explosions and more.

Over at the Daily Beast, Marlow Sturn pulls back the curtain on some of cinema’s greatest mysteries? How do actors have sex? Snort blow? Catch on fire? (Did we just outline a Richard Pryor biopic?)

All those questions and more are answered.

But promise to do the fellow moviegoing public a favor that next time an actor plays twins, you won’t interrupt the movie with a speech about how it was done.

Save it for your Twitter, pal.