For the production of ‘Master and Commander’, Russell Crowe personally bought the violin his character plays in the film as the budget couldn’t spare the expense. He later then sold the violin at auction in 2018 for $104,000.
Actor Frankie Muniz suffers from long term memory loss and doesn’t remember being on Malcolm in the Middle.
Sean Bean is so afraid of flying that while filming The Fellowship of the Ring, he chose to hike across the countryside rather than take a helicopter.
In 1974, Time magazine researchers learned, and informed Jack Nicholson (30 at that time), that his sister was actually his mother, and his mother was his grandmother.
Crooner Al Martino, who played Johnny Fontane in the Godfather, was originally passed over for the movie. He complained to his Mafia “godfather” and eventually got the part, much like his character.
Sir Alec Guiness hated his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: “Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film,” calling the dialog “lamentable.” An autograph seeker told him he’d seen the movie over 100 times; he gave him an autograph on the condition he never see the movie again.
Actor George C. Scott was nominated and eventually won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in ‘Patton’. He refused to accept the award based on his belief that each performance is unique and actors shouldn’t be in competition with each other. He stayed home and slept through the awards show.
When Charlie Sheen came out as HIV positive, it led to a 95 percent increase in over the counter HIV home testing kits and 2.75 million searches on the topic, dubbed “The Charlie Sheen Effect.” Some said that Sheen did more for awareness of HIV than most UN events.
Sylvester Stallone was not the actor that the producers wanted to star in ‘Rocky’. With just $106 in his bank account, Stallone turned down a $300,000 offer — the equivalent of $1 million today — for the rights to ‘Rocky’ so he could star in the film himself.
Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds by drinking melted ice cream to play the father in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones.’ He was then told he was too fat to play the part and the role went to Mark Wahlberg.