Daniel Day-Lewis, on receiving his 2008 Oscar presented by Helen Mirren (who won an Oscar for playing the Queen) said: “That’s the closest I’ll come to ever getting a knighthood.” He was knighted 6 years later.
In “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”, Han Solo’s “I know” reply, when Princess Leia professed her love to him, was improvised by Harrison Ford on the spot, as he felt that the original line (“I love you too”) doesn’t effectively suit Han’s characterization.
During the first meeting between Lecter and Starling, Anthony Hopkins’ mocking of Jodie Foster’s southern accent was improvised on the spot. Foster’s horrified reaction was genuine. as she felt personally attacked. She later thanked Hopkins for generating such an honest reaction.
Leonardo DiCaprio has never done drugs and had to be taught how to play being high by drug experts while filming The Wolf of Wall Street.
In high school, with his imposing physique and creepy mustache, most of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s classmates thought he was an undercover cop.
Despite spending half his career in the saddle, Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses.
Robin Williams’ will prevents Disney from using his name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years after his death.
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While filming Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro asked out Cybill Shepherd but was rejected. He then refused to speak to her unless a scene from the movie required them too.
Will Smith owed $2.8 million to the IRS and almost went bankrupt, just before he signed the contract for ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ Therefore his wages were garnished 70% during the first three seasons of the show to pay his back taxes.
In 1998 Sean Penn was taken hostage in a police department holding cell and dragged outside by gunpoint only to learn that the whole thing was an elaborate prank by Woody Harrelson.