Werner Herzog once promised fellow documentary maker Errol Morris that he would eat his shoe if Morris ever finished his movie on pet cemeteries, because he found Morris to be incapable of ever finishing his projects. In 1978 Morris finished his film, and Herzog publicly cooked and ate his shoe. Herzog also made a short film about eating his shoe. The name of the film is Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.
Shortly before his death Stanley Kubrick had all the outtakes and deleted scenes from his films destroyed. Burning “thousands of cans” of film so that no one could re-edit his movies.
Director Stanley Kubrick’s secretary often heard the sound of a book hitting the wall as he flung it into a reject pile when looking for a novel to adapt. When it had been a while since she had heard any sound, she walked in to check on her boss and found Kubrick deeply engrossed in The Shining.
While James Cameron was stricken with food poisoning in Rome on a film set, he had a nightmare about an invincible robot hit man sent from the future to kill him giving him the idea for the Terminator catapulting his career.
James Cameron was homeless when writing The Terminator, and sold the rights for $1, on the condition he could direct it.
While filming a scene for Chinatown, Roman Polanski wouldn’t allow a bathroom break for Faye Dunaway. In protest, she pissed in a coffee cup and threw the urine in his face.
Director Robert Rodriguez was commissioned to video tape his high school’s football games but was promptly fired because he shot them “with a cinematic style, getting shots of parents’ reactions and the ball traveling through the air instead of shooting the whole play.“