Eddie Murphy has a daughter with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Murphy had initially denied it was his child until a DNA test proved he was the father.
In 1990, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland were to be married – but Julia ran away to Europe with Kiefer’s best friend. Humiliated, Kiefer took solace in steer roping. And despite breaking three fingers at his first rodeo he persevered to become a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit.
George Clooney purchased a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Max as a gift for then girlfriend, actress Kelly Preston. When their relationship ended, Clooney kept the pig for an additional 18 years until Max died in 2006. He has jokingly referred to Max as the longest relationship he had ever had.
When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat’s suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a “kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in”.
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million.
Marlon Brando was once sued for $40,000 for punching a paparazzi photographer in the face, breaking his jaw and knocking out five of his teeth. Undaunted, the same photographer later tried to photograph Brando again, but wore a football helmet to protect himself.
Diana Serra Cary, aka Baby Peggy, was one of the last living film stars of the Silent Era of Hollywood until her death in Feb 2020, working 8 hours a day 6 days a week as a child star. She later became a silent film historian and advocate for child actors’ rights.
After high school senior Allison Closs dressed up a cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito to go with her to prom, DeVito returned the favor by bringing a cardboard cutout of Closs to the set of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
George Clooney wanted Julia Roberts for the movie Ocean’s Eleven but never met her before. Julia Roberts was charging $20 million a movie at the time so Clooney, unable to afford her, send her a script with a $20 bill with a note, ‘I heard you’re getting 20 a picture.’ She agreed to do it.
Actor Lance Henriksen was illiterate until the age of 30, when he received his first acting role. For his first role, he also put the entire script to tape with the help of a friend, learning everyone’s part in addition to his own.