After the filming of “2001 a Space Odyssey”, director Stanley Kubrick destroyed nearly all of the film’s props so that they wouldn’t be used for “lesser” science-fiction films in the future.
Harrison Ford was frozen in The Empire Strikes Back because, unlike Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Ford had only signed on for two films. After the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lucas didn’t think Ford would return for the 3rd Star Wars film, but left him frozen just in case.
Kevin Costner is responsible for suggesting that Whitney Houston should sing “I Will Always Love You” for The Bodyguard.
In the original ending to “Pretty Woman”, Richard Gere’s character throws Julia Roberts character out of his limo in a dirty alley and tosses $3,000 on top of her.
One of the world’s first online food delivery services was named Cyberslice and its first customer was Steve Jobs who ordered a pizza in 1996. Per the founders, Cyberslice was inspired by the 1995 movie “The Net” where Sandra Bullock orders a pizza using technology which didn’t fully exist then.
Saddam Hussein’s family were such big fans of the movie Scarface that they named their trust fund “Montana Management” after the lead character’s money laundering front. It held a 2% ownership in magazines such as Elle and Woman’s Day.
In the 50s and 60s both American and Soviet films were banned in Yugoslavia, so instead they imported films from Mexico, who were going through their cinematic golden age. This created a Mexican craze in Yugoslavia where Yugoslav singers would dress like mariachis, sing songs in a Mexican style.
Taxi Driver (1976) was made with a low budget of only $1.9 million. Robert De Niro & Cybill Shepherd received only $35k for the film while Scorsese received only $65k. Despite the low budget, it went on to receive 4 nominations at the 1977 Academy Awards.
Actor Dorian Harewood (Eightball) in Full Metal Jacket asked for more money when Kubrick inevitably needed more time on the contract. Dorian asked for more money and Kubrick was furious and killed him off — in the movie. Kubrick had him laying on the cold ground for hours and riddled him with bullets.
Following Bruce Lee’s death in 1973, a series of “Brucesploitation” movies got released starring look-alike actors to capitalize on the late star’s fame. The actors had names such as Bruce Le, Bruce Lai, Brute Lee, and Bruce Lie.