The movie Waterloo included 15,000 Soviet foot soldiers and 2, 000 cavalrymen as extras. And to recreate the battlefield , the Russians bulldozed two hills, laid five miles of roads, transplanted 5,000 trees, sowed fields of rye, barley and wildflowers and reconstructed four historic buildings.
The Normandy beach landing scene in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan cost $12 Million alone, employed use of over 1,500 extras and has been rated ‘the best battle scene of all time’ by Empire magazine.
John Malkovich filmed a movie entitled 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See, which was locked in a safe at the Cannes film festival, and will only be able to be watched 100 years from now.
James Cameron was stricken with food poisoning and during his illness, Cameron had a nightmare about an invincible robot hitman sent from the future to kill him, giving him the idea for The Terminator, which later catapulted his film career.
The US Pentagon will fund Hollywood movies that portray the military in a positive light.
The Mummy had a hazardous production. The cast and crew had a special drink to prevent dehydration, many crew members had to be airlifted out after snake and spider bites, the production took out kidnapping insurance on the cast and Brendan Fraser almost died filming the scene where he’s hanged.
Winston Groom was paid $350,000 for the screenplay rights to his novel Forrest Gump and was contracted for a 3 percent share of the film’s net profits but never received his share due to Hollywood accounting which posits that the movie lost money.
The accent used by Tom Hanks in ‘Forrest Gump’ was actually the real-life accent of the boy that played young Forrest.
Director Stanley Kubrick’s secretary often heard the sound of a book hitting the wall as he flung it into a reject pile when looking for a novel to adapt. When it had been a while since she had heard any sound, she walked in to check on her boss and found Kubrick deeply engrossed in The Shining.
Simon Cowell briefly worked as a runner in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. He polished Jack Nicholson’s axe.