The submarine resembling a Lotus Espirit, from the Bond film The Spy who Loved Me, went unclaimed for 10 years in a prepaid storage unit. When its lease ran out, a buyer bought the unit for less than $100, including the submarine. In 2013, the submarine was sold at auction for £550,000.
Chimpanzees are more likely to spend time with another chimpanzee if they have watched a film together.
When the government of Kazakhstan threatened to sue Sacha Baron Cohen for the movie ‘Borat’, Baron Cohen (in character as Borat) replied: “I’d like to state that I have no connection with Mr. Cohen and fully support my government decision to sue this Jew”.
Brad Pitt tried to buy himself out of a movie, ‘Interview with the Vampire’. Upon hearing about the 40M$ exit clause he was forced to shoot the movie. It went on to launch Kirsten Dunst’s career and received 2 Oscar nominations.
Paint Drying is a 10 hour movie about paint drying on a wall. It was created as a protest to force British Board of Film Classification watch all 10 hours to rate the movie.
The dwarf actors in the 1987 film The Garbage Pail Kids Movie could only survive in their costumes for five to seven minutes before their oxygen depleted, so a paramedic with a stop watch was required on set in order to keep the takes quick, and the actors from asphyxiating.
Gargoyles on a 15th century church in Loire-Atlantique, France, now include Gizmo and a Gremlin from “Gremlins” and the xenomorph from “Alien.” The characters were added when the centuries-old church was restored in the 1990s.
Top Gun was produced in collaboration with the Pentagon to rebrand the US military’s image post-Vietnam war, and attract new Navy recruits. Top Gun was the first full-blown collaboration between Hollywood and the US military.
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.