1Robert De Niro
Irish American actor Robert De Niro was raised by an openly gay Catholic father and an atheist mother in New York just two generations after his family fled Ireland to escape the famine.
2. Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to do a sequel to Elf. 'It wasn't difficult at all,' he said. 'I remember asking myself: could I withstand the criticism when it's bad and they say, "He did the sequel for the money"?
3. Christian Bale went to his lunch meeting with 'American Psycho' writer Bret Easton Ellis as Patrick Bateman. Ellis became so uncomfortable with it that he had to ask Bale to stop the act.
4. Tom Cruise once witnessed an unknown pedestrian get hit by a car that fled the scene. He summoned an ambulance, followed it, and when he discovered that the patient was uninsured, he paid the victim's $7,000 emergency room bill.
5. In 2011, James Franco launched a college course entitled "Master Class: Editing James Franco...with James Franco," in which student editors are to compile a 30 minute documentary on Franco, using behind the scenes footage of Franco supplied by Franco, to "create a cinematic image of James Franco."
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Clint Eastwood insisted on removing some of the dialogue in the original script for his character 'The Man with no Name' in the Dollars trilogy so that it could make the character more mysterious. As the trilogy progressed the character became even more stoic and silent.
7. Leonard Nimoy appeared in public as Spock only once. After needing police rescue from thousands seeking autographs, he did not repeat the experience.
8. Jim Carrey was offered to be the eighth doctor of Doctor Who, but he declined the role. He felt he would cause outrage amongst Doctor Who fans if the role wasn't played by a fan.
9. Tom Hanks is an avid supporter of NASA’s manned space programs and originally wanted to be an astronaut, but “didn’t have the math”. He was awarded the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in 2006 for his contributions to raising public awareness of space programs.
10. Vin Diesel broke into a theater in New York with his brother when he was 7 with the intent of vandalizing it. When they were caught, instead of calling the police, the theater's artistic director offered them roles in an upcoming show, thus starting Diesel's acting career.
Ben Affleck met a disabled 13-year-old named Joe Kindregan in an airport and has flown him to every movie set ever since, even speaking at his high school graduation.
12. For over 15 years Paul Rudd has been showing the same clip of Mac and Me on the Conan O'Brien instead of clips from the movies he's starring in and promoting.
13. Christopher Walken likes to edit the punctuation of every script he gets, so he can say things the way he wants to.
14. Nicolas Cage has already bought his grave. It's a 9-foot pyramid in New Orleans.
15. Bill Murray auditioned for the role of Sulley in Monsters, Inc., but the director, Pete Docter, said that when they decided to offer it to Murray, they were unable to track down the elusive actor because he had replaced his team of agents with a toll-free 1-800 number. They took that to mean "no".
Sir Anthony Hopkins is renowned for his ability to memorize lines. He did the 7 page Amistad courtroom speech in one take and usually has his co-actors practice with stand-ins. He then comes and does it in one take when they are fully ready.
17. Robert De Niro was so dedicated, to prepare for his roles, he actually gained 60 lbs for Raging Bull, lived in Sicily, Italy for The Godfather Part II, ground his teeth for Cape Fear, became a cab driver for Taxi Driver, and learned to play the saxophone for New York, New York.
18. Leonardo DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when he first kicked.
19. Johnny Depp dropped out of high school to become a rock musician, and when he attempted to go back to school two weeks later, the principal told him to follow his dream of being a musician.
20. Dwayne Johnson was set to star in a movie about Hawaiian warrior-king Kamehameha, but was pulled because he's Samoan, with the producer saying, "It would be a great taboo for the part to go to a nationality that was a fierce enemy of the Hawaiians during that time."
Will Smith's 'Hancock' was originally a script called Tonight He Comes, about a superhero alcoholic who could not make love because if he climaxed, he would kill a woman with the power of his climax.
22. Bill Paxton is one of only two actors ever to be killed by an Alien, the Terminator, and a Predator.
23. Actor Mark Ruffalo had a brain tumor removed in the early 2000's. This caused partial facial paralysis for several years.
24. Seth Rogen was considered too old to play the character he wrote based on himself in the movie “Superbad.” Jonah Hill was cast instead, despite being only a year and a half younger than Rogen.
25. Jackie Chan's family was so poor he was almost sold to a wealthy British Couple when he was still a baby.