Tinseltown Trivia: 35 Essential Facts About Hollywood Actors – Part 2

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1Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander threatened to quit "Seinfeld" in the third season. After the table read of "The Pen", which features only Jerry and Elaine, Alexander pulled Larry David aside and said, "if you write me out again, do it. permanently." In 9 seasons, that was the only episode he wasn't in.


2. Peter Cushing, the actor for Grand Moff Tarkin, found his costume's boots to be very uncomfortable. Any time his feet were not visible in the shot he would be wearing comfy slippers. Grand Moff Tarkin destroyed Alderaan wearing comfy slippers.


3. Christopher McDonald, the actor who played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, says he never pays for a round of golf because of his widespread fame from that role.


4. Actor Peter Ostrum who played Charlie in the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was offered a three-picture deal after filming. He declined the offer and bought a horse with his earnings from the movie which spawned a love for animals. He then decided not to pursue acting and became a vet.


5. Billy Crystal's character, Miracle Max, in the Princess Bride was so funny that it nearly stopped the production of the movie. One actor bruised a rib from clenching to try not to laugh.


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6Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman had been with his first girlfriend (Rima Horton) since 1965 - when he was 19 years old.


7. Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with Queen. He was told Mercury died in the middle of the film. Impressed, he thought they meant a non-linear story structure like Pulp Fiction but realized the second half would be how the band “carried on.”


8. Rainn Wilson originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott in "The Office." The producers didn’t like his audition but offered him the role of Dwight.


9. Hugh Laurie auditioned for his role in House M.D. by shooting a video in a hotel bathroom. Director Bryan Singer, unaware that Laurie is English, commented: "See, this is what I want: an American guy."


10. Pavel Chekov did not appear on 'Star Trek' until the first episode of the second season. The character was created to attract young viewers by resembling Davy Jones of The Monkees.


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11Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

Superman actor Christopher Reeve was interested in Scientology until he was auditing and told them about a "past life" that was really a story from Greek mythology. He was disillusioned that they believed his lie and stopped pursuing Scientology.


12. Jackie Chan never really liked the Rush Hour Series but continued starring due to the “irresistible” amount of money he was offered.


13. Actor Vincent D'Onofrio holds the record for most weight gained for a movie role. He gained 70 pounds to play the role of Private Leonard Lawrence (aka Private Pyle) in Full Metal Jacket.


14. When Paul Rudd was 10, he made a large LEGO model of Steelers punter Craig Colquitt. 30 years later, Craig's son moved next door to Paul Rudd. Paul wanted to use this opportunity to give the LEGO model to Craig, but Paul's mother broke it one day before Craig came into town to visit his son.


15. Stan Lee's eyesight has deteriorated to the point where he can no longer read comic books.


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16David Yost

David Yost

Actor David Yost, who played the original Blue Ranger from “The Power Rangers” TV Series walked off set one day during lunch and never came back due to perpetual harassment from producers and crew members over him being gay.


17. In the ‘50s, Christopher Lee was engaged to Henriette von Rosen, daughter of Count Fritz von Rosen. After hiring private detectives to investigate the actor and demanding references, the Count refused to allow his daughter to marry him unless Lee got the blessing of the King of Sweden. Lee got it.


18. The visor that Geordi La Forge wore to give him the vision in Star Trek: The Next Generation made actor Levar Burton 90% blind while filming.


19. John Cusack once asked his agent to present him with the "craziest, the most unproduceable script you can find." His agent presented "Being John Malkovich". Impressed with the script, Cusack auditioned and won a role in the film.


20. Gary Sinise, the actor behind disabled veteran Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, has a foundation that builds houses and vehicles designed for disabled veteran autonomy.


21Peter Billingsley

Peter Billingsley

Actor Peter Billingsley who played Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” was the executive producer of “Iron Man.”


22. Victor Mature, after being denied membership of the Los Angeles Country Club because he was an actor, replied: "I am not an actor - and I've got 64 films to prove it."


23. John Wayne once played Genghis Khan in a movie. He didn't change his voice in any way.


24. Tom Wilson, best known for playing Biff Tannen, Griff Tannen and Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy, got so tired of hearing the same questions about his experiences making the films that he wrote a song titled "Biff's Question Song".


25. James Cromwell, the actor who played Farmer Hoggett in "Babe", became an ethical vegan and vocal opponent of the unethical treatment of pigs because of the movie.

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