50 Awesome Facts about Hollywood Actors – Part 3

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26Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine

Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine

In a Fox News interview, for "Now You See Me", Morgan Freeman fell asleep while co-star Michael Caine was chatting. Freeman responded, “Regarding my recent interview, I wasn’t actually sleeping. I’m a beta tester for Google Eyelids and I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page.”

27. After he finished school, Benedict Cumberbatch took a year off to volunteer as an English teacher in a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India.

28. When Chris Pratt's wrestling coach asked what he wished to do with his life he responded with 'I don't know, but I know I'll be famous and I know I'll make a sh*t ton of money.'

29. Many personal checks written by Marlon Brando were often never cashed as his signature was usually worth more than the amount on the check.

30. Shia LaBeouf only became an actor to support his poor family.

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31Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage was George R.R. Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' first and only choice for the role of Tyrion.

32. While filming Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Benicio Del Toro got so into the character of Dr. Gonzo that he would burn himself with cigarettes because that's what the real Oscar Zeta Acosta did. 

33. Tom Hardy impressed the real Charles Bronson so much with his preparations for his role as him in the Bronson movie that Charles shaved off his trademark mustache so that Tom could wear it as a loose mustache in the movie.

34. Brad Pitt, while playing Achilles in Troy, injured his Achilles Tendon, delaying production for several weeks.

35. Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Morgan purchased an upstate NY candy shop after the original owner had passed away. They were both friends with the proprietor and wanted to keep his legacy alive.

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36Nicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage was on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook from 1991 to 2003.

37. Paul Walker was in a jewelry store one day when he noticed a young U.S. military veteran with his fiance shopping for a wedding ring. Paul went to the manager and said: "Put that girl's ring on my tab."

38. In the graveyard scene in the movie Zoolander, Ben Stiller forgot his line after David Duchovny's long response to the question "Why male models?" and instead, just repeated the question.

39. Edward Norton commented on smashing the Volkswagen Beetle in fight club by saying, "We smash it ... because it seemed like the classic example of a Baby Boomer generation marketing plan that sold culture back to us." 

40. Mel Gibson was dropped from The Hangover Part ll because the cast wasn't comfortable working with him after allegations of spousal abuse.

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41Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

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. 

42. James Franco got a "D" in his acting class while he was filming 127 Hours, the film he was nominated for an Oscar for. It has been claimed that either his acting professor was jealous or that he had too many absent days to complete the course.

43. Even Sylvester Stallone believes "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!" was one of his worst movies ever, calling it "maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we’ve never seen."

44. 6-year-old Ryan Gosling, inspired by the movie "First Blood," once took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess.

45. Matt Damon, when asked why he accepted his role in Saving Private Ryan, responded: "It was offered to me. When Spielberg says jump, b*tches say how high?"

46Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson worked for animation legends, Williams Hanna and Joseph Barbera. He was talented enough to be offered a spot as a staff animator but declined in favor of acting. 

47. Actor Kevin Spacey has kept his private life as secret as possible and says "The less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen."

48. Harrison Ford isn't grumpy in all his interviews, he actually suffers from anxiety and a fear of public speaking.

49. Vin Diesel wrote and directed a short film about auditioning for different roles in movies that chides the film industry for perpetuating racial and ethnic stereotypes. This propelled him into his Hollywood career.

50. Jeremy Renner, probably best known for playing Hawkeye in the Avengers, also owns a profitable business with his brother where they flip houses. "It's been a great outlet for me creatively... I'd probably still do it if I [just] broke even."


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