The screenwriter for the movie “Cast Away” stranded himself on an island for research, and when a volleyball washed up on shore, it became the inspiration for “Wilson.”
Heath Ledger asked Christian Bale to actually beat him for the interrogation scene in the Dark Knight.
During the 1st season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith memorized the lines of EVERYONE in the cast. If you go back and watch closely, see him lip synching the lines of whomever was speaking in a scene.
While viewing 1980’s The Blue Lagoon, a herpetologist noticed iguanas in the background with characteristics unseen in documented species. He then traveled to Fiji, tracked & named the Fiji Crested Iguana.
The Soviet Union allowed theaters to play The Grapes of Wrath movie because of its depiction of the plight of the poor under capitalism, but it was later withdrawn because Russian audiences were amazed that even the poorest Americans could afford a car.
Neil deGrasse Tyson criticized the scene in “Titanic” where Rose looks at the night sky after the ship sank, saying the placement of the stars was inaccurate. After speaking with Tyson, Cameron corrected the scene for the DVD- it was the only scene to be completely redone for the re-release.
The developers of famous movies such as Forest Gump, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Return of the Jedi and many others use “Hollywood Accounting” to inflate expenses and show a net loss. This allowed them to completely dodge payments to writers that agreed to be paid a percentage of net profit.
Like today’s athletes, gladiators did product endorsements. Particularly successful gladiators (such as Maximus) would endorse goods in the arena before commencing a fight and have their names promoting products on the Roman equivalent of billboards. This fact was planned to be included in the movie Gladiator, but was scrapped because it wasn’t a fact that audiences might believe to be true.
During the filming of Maidstone (1970) actor Rip Torn struck fellow actor Norman Mailer with a hammer, resulting in a brawl between the actors in which Mailer bit into Torn’s ear and Torn furiously choked Mailer on the ground. The scene was captured on camera and is in the final cut of the film.