Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder — the character he plays is an overly pretentious method actor who only takes roles that will potentially win Oscars.
Famous paparazzo Ron Galella was once punched in the face so hard by Marlon Brando that his jaw broke and he lost five teeth. The next time he took Brando’s picture, he wore a football helmet.
John Wayne died of stomach cancer, which is highly suggested to have been caused by filming downwind of a nuclear weapons test. Wayne refused to believe the fallout caused his cancer and instead attributed it to his smoking. However, 90 others from the movie also developed cancer after.
Leonard Nimoy fought to get pay equity for Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek in the 1960s.
George Lazenby wasn’t an actual actor. He got himself a suit, a Rolex and a new haircut, then met with the producer and made up movies he had been in. He later landed the role of James Bond.
George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s was wary because some fans tried to test his “invulnerability.” At one appearance a young fan pulled a pistol on him. Reeves convinced him to hand over the gun by telling him that a bystander could be hurt when the bullets bounced off
In seasons 9 and 10 of the popular American sitcom ‘Friends’, each of the star cast members were paid $1 million per episode.
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.