Despite spending half his career in the saddle, Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses.
Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paycheck so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On The Devil’s Advocate, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
Alan Alda is the only actor to appear in all 251 episodes of the long-running series M*A*S*H. He commuted from Los Angeles to his home in New Jersey, where his wife and daughters lived, every weekend for the 11-year-run of the show, because he didn’t know how long the show would last.
Napoleon Dynamite had a budget of only $400,000 and Jon Heder was paid only $1,000 for his role as Napoleon.
Keanu Reeves turned down a $10 million offer for the main role in Speed 2, in favor of touring with his band and playing Hamlet in a theater production.
Actors and actresses can buy their way to an Oscar. They throw money at advertising, promotions and gifts to academy members, and has proven successful for some that otherwise wouldn’t have won.
The “real Mafia” did not allow the producers of “The Godfather” to use the word Mafia in the movie. They even sent “family” members to the set to monitor filming. That’s how producers discovered Lenny Montana aka “Luca Brasi”.
Matthew McConaughey gave up on going to law school in 1993 to go into acting. His breakout movie role came in 1996, as a lawyer.
The actor who played young Forrest Gump is now 30, and he served an 18-month tour in Iraq.