The dog from Wizard of Oz was paid $125 per week which was more than some of the other actors in the film.
The green falling code in The Matrix is just loads of sushi recipes.
Oliver Stone’s original story for Platoon was called Break, based on his own experiences in the Vietnam War and set to music from The Doors. He sent the script to Jim Morrison hoping he would play the lead. Morrison never responded but he did have the script with him when he died in Paris.
The film The China Syndrome, a movie about a nuclear meltdown caused by a faulty sensor reading and a stuck-open pressure release valve, aired only 12 days before the 3 Mile Island Meltdown, caused by a faulty sensor reading and a stuck open pressure release valve.
“100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See,” starring John Malkovich and directed by Robert Rodriguez, won’t be in theaters until 2115. The film is being kept in a high-tech safe in bulletproof glass that will open automatically on 18 November 2115, the day of the film’s premiere.
A lot of famous directors begin their careers by making weird, experimental films. For instance, there’s the case of Martin Scorsese and his odd, six-minute film The Big Shave that he made in 1967. It had an alternative title, Viet ’67, because it was apparently a metaphor for the war in Vietnam, even though the entire film involves a guy shaving.
According to Slate.com, “the director conceived of the film after emerging from a ‘spell of deep depression,’ during which he apparently had trouble shaving.”
Over at Cinephilia & Beyond, they’ve posted Scorsese’s original script for the film.
While researching for the film Cast Away, screenwriter William Broyles Jr. chose to strand himself for one week on an isolated beach in the Gulf of California to force himself to search for water and food and obtain his own shelter.
Kevin Smith, funded his first film Clerks, by maxing out several credit cards and selling most of his comic book collection and using most of his college fund along with insurance money from a car he lost in a flood just to pay for a film it at a convenience store he worked at.