Keanu Reeves often foregoes some of his paychecks so that producers can bring on other notable actors. On “The Devil’s Advocate”, he reduced his salary by a few million dollars so that they could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on “The Replacements” to be able to work with Gene Hackman.
Three months after Robin Williams’ death, they discovered that he had a rare brain disease called Lewy body dementia that was one of the worst cases ever seen.
Tom Cruise once had Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Leah Remini, and others over at his house and tried to play hide-and-seek with them, going so far as to run off into 3 acres of land.
Christian Bale saw Tom Cruise on the Late Show with David Letterman while preparing for his role in American Psycho. Cruise’s “intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes” became the inspiration for how Bale would portray the psychopathic murderer.
Hugh Jackman started his own coffee brand and foundation called “Laughing Man” after meeting a struggling coffee farmer in Ethiopia. His goal was to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods for a fair price. Jackman donates 100% of profits.
In his famous scene in ‘The Shining’, the crew made a fake door for Jack Nicholson to break through but had to replace it with a real door as the fake one broke too quickly due to Jack previously being a Fire Marshall.
On New Year’s Eve, 1999, Brad Pitt rented a Mexican resort, filled it with his friends and at midnight had the government cut the power and phone lines and send in troops to raid the compound and “arrest” one of his best friends on drug charges. He did this all as a practical joke.
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Responding as to why he starred in Jaws: The Revenge, Michael Caine said “I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”
In 1975 Al Pacino was offered the role of Han Solo in the film Star Wars, but he refused the role because “The script was too confusing.”
When Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the planned sequel to Commando, it was reworked to star Bruce Willis and was retitled Die Hard.