The screenwriter of “Cast Away” deliberately stranded himself on an isolated beach for a week, to experience how Tom Hanks’ character would have to search for water, food and shelter. During this time, a volleyball washed up on shore, inspiring the “Wilson” character.
After a test preview for Apollo 13, an audience member said he hated the movie because it had a “typical Hollywood ending” and that the crew should have not survived.
Animal Planet aired a fake documentary about mermaids that was so convincing, NOAA had to refute the existence of mermaids on their website.
The best selling DVD of all time is Finding Nemo.
Robin Williams called Spielberg every two weeks to cheer him up with various jokes during the filming of Schindler’s List.
There was a sequel to the Wizard of Oz that was about Dorothy going into a mental hospital because nobody believed her adventure.