After the filming of “2001 a Space Odyssey”, director Stanley Kubrick destroyed nearly all of the film’s props so that they wouldn’t be used for “lesser” science-fiction films in the future.
Actor Dorian Harewood (Eightball) in Full Metal Jacket asked for more money when Kubrick inevitably needed more time on the contract. Dorian asked for more money and Kubrick was furious and killed him off — in the movie. Kubrick had him laying on the cold ground for hours and riddled him with bullets.
During the space race, Stanley Kubrick was so worried that humans would soon make first contact with aliens that he tried to buy an insurance policy for 2001: A Space Odyssey in case audiences found his depiction of aliens ridiculous.
In The Shining, Stanley Kubrick intentionally isolated Shelley Duvall and argued with her often. Duvall was forced to perform the iconic and exhausting baseball bat scene 127 times. Afterwards, Duvall presented Kubrick with clumps of hair that had fallen out due to the extreme stress of filming.
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.
Director Stanley Kubrick had his secretary fill about 500 pages with the iconic “All work and no play” phrase for the film “The Shining”.
Shortly before his death Stanley Kubrick had all the outtakes and deleted scenes from his films destroyed. Burning “thousands of cans” of film so that no one could re-edit his movies.
Director Stanley Kubrick’s secretary often heard the sound of a book hitting the wall as he flung it into a reject pile when looking for a novel to adapt. When it had been a while since she had heard any sound, she walked in to check on her boss and found Kubrick deeply engrossed in The Shining.
Director Stanley Kubrick, known for his endless takes and long production schedules, was obsessed for months over the proper response to a fan letter from the great director Akira Kurosawa. Following many unsent drafts over several months, Kurosawa died before Kubrick could reply.