While filming the Russian Roulette scenes in The Deer Hunter, Robert De Niro asked for a single live round to be put in the pistol. Director Michael Cimino allowed it.
The license plate of Agent Smith’s car in the Matrix Reloaded is “IS 5416” – referencing Isaiah 54:16, which states “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have the waster to destroy.”
Christopher Lee received Tolkien’s blessing to play the role of Gandalf, if a movie was ever released, but he played Saruman instead. He was also the only person involved with the Lord of the Rings films to have actually met Tolkien himself.
While James Cameron was stricken with food poisoning in Rome on a film set, he had a nightmare about an invincible robot hit man sent from the future to kill him giving him the idea for the Terminator catapulting his career.
The director of the movie Cannibal Holocaust was arrested for murder 10 days after the movie premier, as the courts did not understand how an impalement scene was done, and actually believed that an actress was murdered for the scene. He literally had to bring in all the “murdered” actors to prove his innocence.
The FBI assigned a team to Sacha Baron Cohen during the filming of Borat due to numerous reports of a “Middle eastern man traveling the Midwest in an ice cream truck.”
Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said “It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs set up a special 800 number to help the hundreds of former soldiers who were traumatized after seeing Saving Private Ryan.
The U.S. Coast Guard occasionally received telegrams from concerned citizens, who apparently did not realize Gilligan’s Island was a scripted show, pleading for them to rescue the people on the deserted island.
Sean Connery was offered the part of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and 15% of the box office takings of the movies, but turned it down because he didn’t understand the script. The 15% ended up being nearly 450 million dollars.