When Marlon Brando was studying to become an actor in New York, a teacher instructed his class to act like chickens, and added that a nuclear bomb was about to fall on them. Most of the class clucked and ran around wildly, but Brando sat calmly and pretended to lay an egg. Asked by Adler why he had chosen to react this way, he said, “I’m a chicken – What do I know about bombs?” Brando is hailed for bringing realism to film acting.
During filming of “Super Mario Bros.” Bob Haskins (Mario) and John Leguizamo (Luigi) were so unhappy working on what they knew to be a bad movie that they would often get drunk to go through with shooting scenes.
When That 70s Show started, the directors required all actors to be 18 or older. Mila Kunis, 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Ashton Kutcher, Kunis’ boyfriend in the show, was 20 years old at that time.
Vin Diesel helped produce and finance Riddick (2013) and even put up his house as collateral to get it made. “If we didn’t finish the film, I would be homeless.”
Seann William Scott, who played Stifler in the American Pie films, was extremely shy and nervous around women and did not have a girlfriend until he was 30 years old.
Robert De Niro was so dedicated, to prepare for his roles, he actually gained 60 lbs for Raging Bull, lived in Sicily Italy for The Godfather Part II, ground his teeth for Cape Fear, became a cab driver for Taxi Driver, and learned to play the saxophone for New York, New York.
After Samuel L. Jackson agrees to star in “Snakes on a Plane”, producers tried to change the title but did not because Jackson agreed to do the film based on the title alone.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet helped pay the nursing home fees for the last Titanic survivor so she wouldn’t have to sell anymore Titanic mementos to raise cash.
Christopher Lee received Tolkien’s blessing to play the role of Gandalf, if a movie was ever released, but he played Saruman instead. He was also the only person involved with the Lord of the Rings films to have actually met Tolkien himself.
Most of the money George Clooney makes off his Nespresso commercials, he spends on a satellite that surveils Sudanese war criminal and dictator Omar al-Bashir.