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.
Over 60 old police cars were purchased for the making of the 1980 movie Blues Brothers‘ chase scenes, and none of them survived.
The developers of famous movies such as Forest Gump, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Return of the Jedi and many others use “Hollywood Accounting” to inflate expenses and show a net loss. This allowed them to completely dodge payments to writers that agreed to be paid a percentage of net profit.