Brad Pitt tried to buy himself out of a movie, ‘Interview with the Vampire’. Upon hearing about the 40M$ exit clause he was forced to shoot the movie. It went on to launch Kirsten Dunst’s career and received 2 Oscar nominations.
Howie Mandel got expelled from high school for impersonating a school official and hiring a construction company to build an addition onto the school.
Don LaFontaine, the movie trailer voice guy, offered to record an answering machine message for anyone that contacted him, if he had the time. He received so many requests, he had to stop offering.
The dwarf actors in the 1987 film The Garbage Pail Kids Movie could only survive in their costumes for five to seven minutes before their oxygen depleted, so a paramedic with a stop watch was required on set in order to keep the takes quick, and the actors from asphyxiating.
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.