All of the actors who played patients in “One Flew over the cuckoos nest” (1975) actually lived on the Oregon State Hospital psychiatric ward throughout production. The men personalized their sleeping quarters, spent their days on campus “get[ting] a sense of what it was to be hospitalized” (as actor Vincent Schiavelli put it), and interacting with real psychiatric patients.
Emotionally strained by a demanding shooting schedule that kept him 3000 miles from his future wife, Rhea Perlman, DeVito developed the coping mechanism of an imaginary friend with whom he would have nightly chats. Concerned that his own sanity might be slipping away, DeVito sought the advice of Dr. Brooks, who assured him that there was no reason to worry as long as DeVito could still identify the character as fictional.
While Dr. Brooks had no concerns about DeVito, he echoed the rest of the cast and crew’s apprehensions about the psychological state of Sydney Lassick, who played Charlie Cheswick. Lassick exhibited increasingly unpredictable and emotionally erratic behavior during his time in character, a pattern that culminated in a tearful outburst during his observation of the final scene between Nicholson and Sampson. Lassick became so overwhelmed during the scene that he had to be removed from set.
To complete this realistic immersion, Forman led his performers in unscripted group therapy sessions in which he directed the actors to develop their characters’ psychological maladies organically. He would often capture footage of the actors, both in and out of character, without explicitly mentioning that the cameras were rolling. The film’s final cut includes a shot of a visibly irritated Fletcher reacting to a piece of direction fed to her by Forman.
There is a mental delusion called The Truman Show delusion where those affected believe their lives are actually reality shows. A patient went to New York to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline.
The ultra violent 2010 film Machete is actually a spin-off of the 2001 children’s film “Spy Kids”.
Bill Murray was incredibly difficult to contact on the set of “Groundhog Day“, a movie he hated working on. When asked to hire a personal assistant, he obliged and hired a man who was mostly deaf and mute, only using sign language. Nobody else on set knew sign language, including Murray.
Carl Sagan considered Back to the Future 2 the greatest time travel movie ever made, due to the movie’s accuracy in handling the multiple timelines.
In 1927 the Soviet Union released a film about traveling to Mars where they saved an alien race from capitalism.
The film American Pie almost didn’t get made, but the studio eventually couldn’t resist the original title of its screenplay, “Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love”.
In the film Cast Away, actual dialogue was written for Wilson so that Tom Hank’s character had more of a connection and interaction with the object.
In Marfa, Texas, “No Country for Old Men” had to halt filming for a day because of a huge cloud of smoke from the set of “There Will Be Blood.”
Keanu Reeves gave away almost all of his earnings from the Matrix (~£50 million) to the special effects team, turning them all into millionaires. “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries” – he declared.
During the filming of Leon, a man who had just robbed a store round the corner encountered the set, filled with ‘police’ cars. Mistakenly believing himself to have been caught, he gave himself up to a group of uniformed extras.
Scientists at the South Pole annually torment themselves by having a double feature of The Thing (1982) and The Shining (1980).