Paul Thomas Anderson dropped out from the NYU’s film program because he handed in some of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s work as his own and got it graded a “C”.
Multiple cast and crew members were struck by lightning during the filming of The Passion of the Christ, including the actor who played Jesus.
Director Robert Rodriguez was commissioned to video tape his high school’s football games but was promptly fired because he shot them “with a cinematic style, getting shots of parents’ reactions and the ball traveling through the air instead of shooting the whole play.“
The film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was shown in Swedish theaters for 11 years straight.
During the filming of The Exorcist, many actors were injured, the set burned down, a priest was brought in many times to bless the set, and the actor who played Burke, Jack MacGowran, died from influenza.
When Alien was first screened to audiences, ushers fainted, people vomited, and some ran screaming from the theater.
In 2005, documentary film makers gave a homeless person $100,000 in cash, and followed him to see what he would do with the money. 6 months later, he was completely broke and back in the same place he was before the windfall.
In 2007, children were shown The Hills Have Eyes 2 instead of The Last Mimzy in a US cinema. The opening scene of The Hills Have Eyes 2 features a chained naked woman giving birth to a deformed baby.
An East Germany film studio made several successful “Westerns”. The heroes were not cowboys but Native Americans.
Arnold Schwarzenegger only spoke 74 words in The Terminator.