Bruce Willis is partially deaf in his left ear due to some of the loud explosions and gunfire while filming Die Hard. “Due to an accident on the first Die Hard, I suffer two-thirds partial hearing loss in my left ear and have a tendency to say, ‘Whaaa?’” Willis said.
Chadwick Boseman was accepted into a prestigious summer theater program at Oxford University, but couldn’t afford to go. He secured funding through a private benefactor, who turned out to be Denzel Washington. Over 20 years later Chadwick thanked him in person at the premiere of “Black Panther.”
At the age of 11, Hugh Jackman decided against dance lessons because his older brother told him “dancing is for sissies.” Years later his brother apologized and encouraged him to follow his passion. Hugh signed up for lessons the following day and went on to win a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
George Clooney once contemplated suicide while recovering from a head injury sustained from filming a thriller movie, as the pain was so great. He basically bruised his brain and couldn’t take painkillers due to a family history of addiction. He had to use therapy to get through it.
Every door frame in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace had to be taken down and rebuilt when they proved to be too low for 6’4 tall Liam Neeson. It cost the set-crew an extra $150,000.
Three cameras were standard in multi-cam TV filming prior to the 1970s. Then Garry Marshall needed a 4th camera to solely follow Robin Williams during Mork & Mindy filming since Williams was so unpredictable with his physical comedy.
Clint Eastwood wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, in all three of his ‘Man with No Name’ Westerns.
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s face was severely injured in 2005 when model Aretha Wilson hit him over the head with a broken bottle at a Hollywood party. She was later sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was Tim Burton’s second choice to portray Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) as a backup in case Johnny Depp wasn’t available.
30Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. buried the clothes that he wore in 1987’s Less Than Zero in the backyard of his house in a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming Chaplin.