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.
Just after filming Biloxi Blues, Matthew Broderick was vacationing in Northern Ireland with Jennifer Grey, his Ferris Buller co-star. He drove on the wrong side of the road, collided with and killed a mother and daughter, and was fined $175.
It wasn’t until he was 37 when Jack Nicholson found out that his supposed “sister”, June, was actually his mother.
The voice actor of Boo in Monsters, Inc. was so young, it was difficult to get her to stand in the recording studio. The solution: they followed her around with a microphone.
After his success in the Harry Potter films Rupert Grint bought a 1974 Mr Whippy Bedford van to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an ice cream man. He drives around local villages giving free ice cream and lollipops to children.
Sean Connery was offered the part of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and 15% of the box office takings of the movies, but turned it down because he didn’t understand the script. The 15% ended up being nearly 450 million dollars.
Actor Paul Marcarelli – the Verizon Wireless “Can you hear me now?” guy – told “The Atlantic” magazine that the catchphrase plagues him so much that someone even said it to him at his grandmother’s funeral as her casket was being lowered into the cemetery plot.
Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd that starred in many silent films, almost won the first Oscar for best actor but the Academy, “believed that this new idea of handing out these Oscars could possibly be damaged by the first Best Actor being a dog.”