Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said “It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs set up a special 800 number to help the hundreds of former soldiers who were traumatized after seeing Saving Private Ryan.
The U.S. Coast Guard occasionally received telegrams from concerned citizens, who apparently did not realize Gilligan’s Island was a scripted show, pleading for them to rescue the people on the deserted island.
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.
Horror director Eli Roth showed villagers in a remote native village deep in the Peruvian Amazon the controversial 1980 horror film “Cannibal Holocaust”. To show them what a movie was. The villagers thought it was a comedy and the funniest thing they’ve ever seen.
In spite of what Jurassic Park and other dinosaur films have shown us, the Tyrannosaurus Rex probably did not roar. In fact, it is believed that most theropods like the Tyrannosaurus made hissing or rattling sounds, similar to that of modern day snakes or crocodiles.
Princess Leia’s iconic metal bikini was inspired by Fisher’s complaints that the loose-fitting outfits she wore in the Star Wars concealed her feminine physique.
While shooting The Blues Brothers movie, they had a budget for cocaine.
Because Han Solo says “I’ll see you in Hell” in Empire Strikes Back, there’s an entire mythology for what Hell is in the Star Wars universe.
The Godzilla suit used in the 1954 classic was so thick and heavy that the actor couldn’t be inside it for more than three minutes to avoid suffocation, and he would often suffer bouts of dehydration and heat exhaustion, to the point where he passed out. The suit even had to include a valve to drain all the sweat from it.