In the early 90s John Travolta’s career was over until director Quentin Tarantino asked to meet. Quentin made John play board games from his past movies and had him recite famous lines to his past films. At the end of the evening Quentin offered the part of Vincent in Pulp Fiction.
Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated combat soldiers of WW2, earned every combat award available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism, went on to have an acting career after the war and ended up starring as himself in a movie about his own wartime heroics.
John Malkovich won the award for the best supporting actor for his role in the movie Being John Malkovich.
Russell Crowe, a New Zealand actor and film producer, is the only non-Australian to be featured on an Australian stamp other than Queen Elizabeth II of England, and was featured twice. He has also been rejected in his bid to become an Australian citizen twice.
As a rapper, Will Smith spent so much money between 1988-89, he underpaid his taxes. Smith had $2.8 million of his wages garnished and many of his belongings taken away. This prompted him to become an actor in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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.