Till 2016 Michael Caine’s legal name was Maurice Micklewhite. He legally changed it to Michael Caine because of the rise in airport security checks. Airport security guards know him as Michael Caine but his passport had a different name which made him wait hours.
2Samuel L. Jackson
In 1969, Samuel L. Jackson was expelled from Morehouse College for holding the board of trustees hostage, including MLK Sr., demanding reform in the school’s curriculum and governance. His mother, afraid of him becoming a person of interest for the FBI, sent him to Los Angeles where he began acting.
After being assigned to create the first act of a play for his playwriting class, Matt Damon turned in a 40-some-odd-page document and said, “Look, I might have failed your class, but it is the first act of something longer.” This was later developed into the movie, ‘Good Will Hunting.’
Clint Eastwood fired Phillip Kaufamn as director of The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and assumed the job himself. In response, the Directors Guild of America created the Eastwood Rule that prohibits an actor or producer from firing the director and then becoming the director himself.
George Clooney once pranked his friend by cleaning his friend’s cat litter box for days so that his friend would think that his cat did not poop. Then one day suddenly George took a dump in the box making it look like the cat took a huge dump after several days.
Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to ensure “Logan” would be rated R. Since ‘R-rated’ films typically limit the overall audience that can attend, Jackman’s reduced salary brought the budget down to an acceptable place to warrant an R rating.
During the filming of Schindler’s List (1993), when Ralph Fiennes was dressed in his full SS uniform as Nazi captain Amon Goeth, a Polish woman called out and said “how much she loved his uniform and wished ‘all of you were back here protecting all of us again.’” When a survivor of the concentration camp met him, however, she had the exact opposite reaction. She began to shake uncontrollably at the sight of him because he was so convincing.
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In 2002, Bruce Willis’ daughter suggested giving Girl Scout cookies to troops. He bought 12,000 boxes and delivered them to troops stationed throughout the Middle East.
Jake Gyllenhaal tried out for the part of Frodo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and heard back that it was one of the worst auditions they had. Gyllenhaal was not even aware he had to have a British accent for the role.
Morgan Freeman wears his earrings because they are just worth enough to pay for a coffin in case he dies in a strange place.