43 Rare Facts About Hollywood Actors You Won’t Expect

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26Johnny Depp

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.

27. 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."

28. 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.

29. Bill Paxton is one of only two actors ever to be killed by an Alien, the Terminator, and a Predator.

30. Actor Mark Ruffalo had a brain tumor removed in the early 2000's. This caused partial facial paralysis for several years.

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31Seth Rogen

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.

32. Jackie Chan's family was so poor he was almost sold to a wealthy British Couple when he was still a baby.

33. Liam Neeson agreed to say any line that the writers of the Family Guy episode "Fighting Irish" wrote except one: "I’ve been a world-famous tough guy since 56", which he altered on the basis that he was 55 when he filmed Taken.

34. Arnold Schwarzenegger pays Warner Brothers $1 a year to keep his Mr. Freeze costume.

35. In 2015, Dwayne Johnson became an ordained minister in order to surprise a superfan by officiating at his wedding.

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36Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg was a violent racist bully in the 80's. He purposely yelled racial slurs and threw rocks at black people. He also beat a Vietnamese man in public.

37. Morgan Freeman didn't appear in a movie until the age of 34 and didn't get a big role until he was 52, with Driving Miss Daisy and Glory.

38. After being asked about the success of Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg replied: "It's not like I'm going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!". Two years later, he played the role of Benji in that exact film.

39. 14-year old Laurence Fishburne lied about his age to play a 17-year-old soldier in Apocalypse Now. Filming took so long that Fishburne was actually 17 years old when shooting wrapped.

40. When he was a child, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's parents bribed him into doing commercials with the promise that he would be able to buy anything he wanted with his earnings. His purchase of choice was his very own 'Street Fighter 2' arcade machine.

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41Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis dropped out of the Expendables 3 because he wanted $4 million instead of $3 million, for four days of work.

42. Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Bottom. After his parents took his siblings and him out of the cult "the children of God" they renamed themselves Phoenix to symbolize a new beginning.

43. Bill Murray hated working on Groundhog Day and wouldn't return calls. When the crew convinced him to get a PA, he hired a deaf-mute who only knew sign language - which no one else knew, including Bill Murray.


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