The original proposal for the plot of the movie Anchorman was about news anchors trying to escape a mountaintop plane crash, while being stalked and killed by orangutans wielding ninja stars.
Quentin Tarantino dug up and used actual KHJ radio broadcasts from 1968 and 69, along with commercials, for the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He sifted through 17 hours of airchecks to find the tracks he wanted to put in the film.
While filming a 170 foot waterfall in the movie Apocalypto, a cow was trying to cross upstream and went over the falls. It emerged at bottom, banging against the rocks, but after a local man swam in to calm the cow it then climbed up the bank and began eating grass as if nothing had happened.
When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat’s suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a “kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in”.
Kevin Costner asked Princess Diana to star in ‘The Bodyguard 2’ and she agreed. The plot followed the princess who required protection from paparazzi and stalkers. The first draft for the script arrived the day before she died.
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million.
George Clooney wanted Julia Roberts for the movie Ocean’s Eleven but never met her before. Julia Roberts was charging $20 million a movie at the time so Clooney, unable to afford her, send her a script with a $20 bill with a note, ‘I heard you’re getting 20 a picture.’ She agreed to do it.
The snow scene in The Wizard of Oz (1939) used Industrial Grade Asbestos as snow. Cotton was used as fake snow until the 1920s, but was considered a fire hazard. Firefighters recommended using Asbestos because it was fire retardant.
The world’s largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China’s history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies.
Sacha Baron Cohen once received a letter from a lawyer informing him that he was being sued for $100,000 because of his role in Borat, at the end of the letter the lawyer added “P.S. Loved the movie. Can you sign a poster for my son Jeremy?”