Napoleon Dynamite had a budget of only $400,000 and Jon Heder was paid only $1,000 for his role as Napoleon.
Stanley Kubrick asked journalists to refer to “2001: A Space Odyssey” as “two thousand and one” instead of “twenty-oh-one” hoping it would influence the pronunciation of that year.
The producers of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest asked local car salesman Mel Lambert to help them find grotesque-looking locals to play extras. Lambert placed an ad asking ”Do You Have a Face That Scares Timberwolves?” Despite subsequent editorials protesting the insult, the ad was a success.
An artist edited together 1000s of scenes of clocks and watches from movies and TV shows into one 24-hour movie – which itself functions as a working clock.
The “real Mafia” did not allow the producers of “The Godfather” to use the word Mafia in the movie. They even sent “family” members to the set to monitor filming. That’s how producers discovered Lenny Montana aka “Luca Brasi”.
Matthew McConaughey gave up on going to law school in 1993 to go into acting. His breakout movie role came in 1996, as a lawyer.
Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that all his films are secretly connected.
British director Ken Russell was once challenged to create a film that even he would want to see banned. The result was “A Kitten for Hitler”.
A woman sued the distributors of the movie “Drive”(2011) and the theater in which she watched the movie,claiming that “it had very little driving”.
In 1977, 20th Century Fox had so little faith in the “Star Wars” franchise that they gave away all of the movie licensing and merchandising rights to George Lucas in exchange for his $500,000 directorial fee. In 2014, the overall value of the franchise was estimated at $37 billion.