Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care — then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star.
In the film Candyman, Tony Todd negotiated a fee of $1000 for each time he was stung during the bee scene. He walked away with $23000.
When Marlon Brando was studying to become an actor in New York, a teacher instructed his class to act like chickens, and added that a nuclear bomb was about to fall on them. Most of the class clucked and ran around wildly, but Brando sat calmly and pretended to lay an egg. Asked by Adler why he had chosen to react this way, he said, “I’m a chicken – What do I know about bombs?” Brando is hailed for bringing realism to film acting.
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.
Nicholas Cage claims to have invented his own acting style, and plans to write a book on it…