Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Dante Brasco, 'Hook' (1991)

Robin Williams became best friends with director StevenSpielberg after making this film. Reportedly, after Williams's death, Spielberg decided to watch this film out of rememberance, but couldn't finish it because he couldn't stop crying for hours.

Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Dante Brasco, 'Hook' (1991)
Gary Sinise, 'Forrest Gump' (1994)

The necklace worn by Lieutenant Dan is a rosary with a Saint Christopher medal, inscribed "Protect Us In Combat." It was worn in Vietnam by GarySinise's brother-in-law, Jack Treese, in 1967-68.

Gary Sinise, 'Forrest Gump' (1994)
Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan, 'The Dark Knight' (2008)

Christian Bale admitted he did not pack on as much muscle weight for this film as he did for Batman Begins (2005), in part due to keeping with the new Batsuit design, which is leaner and more flexible.

Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan, 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel, 'The Passion of the Christ' (2004)

Jim Caviezel required heart surgery after the completion of The Passion, following the extreme stress in the making of this film and the several accidental injuries received. Rumor has it that director Mel Gibson paid for all bills from the procedure, as a sign of his gratitude and an apology for putting him through that.

Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel, 'The Passion of the Christ' (2004)
Steven Spielberg, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill, Jurassic Park (1993)

Harrison Ford was offered and turned down the role of Dr. Alan Grant, as he felt that the part just wasn't right for him. After seeing the film, he says that he had made the right decision.

Steven Spielberg, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill, Jurassic Park (1993)
Gary Oldman, 'Hannibal' (2001)

The part of Mason Verger was originally offered to Christopher Reeve based on his work as a wheelchair-bound police officer in Above Suspicion (1995). Not having read the novel, Reeve showed initial interest in the role, but ultimately declined upon realizing that Verger was a complete and total monster.

Gary Oldman, 'Hannibal' (2001)
Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Departed' (2006)

Leonardo DiCaprio called his one-on-one scene with Jack Nicholson "one of the most memorable moments of my life."

Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Departed' (2006)
Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, 'The Dark Knight' (2008)

Before filming the interrogation scene. Heath Ledger told Christian Bale to hit him as hard as if Batman was really hitting the Joker.

Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton, 'Aliens' (1986)

According to Bill Paxton, he improvised much of his lines including "Game over, man! Game over!"

Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton, 'Aliens' (1986)
'Inception' (2010)

The exterior of Fischer's snow fortress is based on, and actually contains some elements of, the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego, designed by famed futurist architect William L. Pereira.

'Inception' (2010)
'Django Unchained' (2012)

The notoriously famous shootout between Django and Calvin Candie's henchmen, was not written in the final script. Instead, he and Broomhilda are immediately captured after Dr. Schultz's demise.

'Django Unchained' (2012)
Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, 'Batman' (1989)

Michael Keaton was unable to hear while wearing the Batsuit. He said that his claustrophobia helped get him in the proper mood to play Batman. "It made me go inward and that's how I wanted the character to be anyway, to be withdrawn," he said.

Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, 'Batman' (1989)
Amy Adams and Denis Villeneuve, 'Arrival' (2016)

Amy Adams was Denis Villeneuve's first choice for Louise. She agreed to the role within 24 hours of receiving the script.

Amy Adams and Denis Villeneuve, 'Arrival' (2016)
Bill Murray 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' (2009)

The original story was written at a dark time in Roald Dahl's life. He had already lost one of his five children to measles. It was only natural that he would be spurred on to write a tale portraying the father as a protector of the family.

Bill Murray 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' (2009)
Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, 'Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix' (2007)

Near the end of the movie, when Voldemort faces off with Dumbledore in duel, you can clearly see Dumbledore use The Elder Wand. The Elder Wand is the greatest wand ever made. The Elder Wand also is the vital element in the last instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). The Elder Wand was also clearly visible in the Prisoner of Azkaban, too.

Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, 'Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix' (2007)
Orlando Bloom, 'Pirates of the Carribean' (2003)

When casting for the role of Will Turner, it was down to Orlando Bloom or Heath Ledger. Gore Verbinski chose Bloom, because he heard he was in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and felt he would be a more bankable choice.

Orlando Bloom, 'Pirates of the Carribean' (2003)
Tim Curry, 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975)

One night, during a typical midnight screening at a New York theater, a patron was asked to leave before the film ended. This patron was accused of being an impostor. The patron was Tim Curry.

Tim Curry, 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975)
Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Winona Ryder 'Edward Scissorhands' (1990)

Winona Ryder dropped out of The Godfather: Part III (1990) to appear in this film. Reportedly, it was Johnny Depp who actually convinced her to do so.

Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Winona Ryder 'Edward Scissorhands' (1990)
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004)

When Joel is in his head, and is visiting his session of the erasing process, no special effects were used to show the two Joels in the one scene. Jim Carrey had to take off his hat and jacket when he was not in the shot and had to quickly sit down in the chair, and visa-versa when he has to stand up.

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (2004)
Christopher Nolan, 'Interstellar' (2014)

For a cornfield scene, Christopher Nolan sought to grow five hundred acres of corn, which he learned was feasible from his producing of Man of Steel (2013). The corn was then sold, and actually made a profit.

Christopher Nolan, 'Interstellar' (2014)
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, 'Fight Club' (1999)

Brad Pitt says he did not want his parents to see the movie, but he could not convince them not to watch it. They changed their minds after watching the chemical burn scene.

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, 'Fight Club' (1999)
'Skyfall' (2012)

Judi Dench has more screen time in this film alone than Desmond Llewelyn had in his 17 films as Q, making her portrayal of M the most recurrent character in the series after Bond himself.

'Skyfall' (2012)
Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Star Wars Episode VIII (2017)

Carrie Fisher was also a well-known writer, whose services were often called upon to act as script doctor for other films. She later began declining such assignments when producers would solicit her story ideas, then hire someone else to actually change the script, using her ideas without paying her. However, Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped with the writing of the script for this film.

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Star Wars Episode VIII (2017)
'Jurassic Park' (1993)

The T-rex occasionally malfunctioned, due to the rain. Producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls, "The T. rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We'd be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T-rex would come alive. At first we didn't know what was happening, and then we realized it was the rain. You'd hear people start screaming."

'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)

Despite having the dream team of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg behind the film, it was initially turned down by every studio in Hollywood. Only after much persuasion, did Paramount agree to do it.

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)
Matt Damon, 'The Departed' (2006)

As research for his character's occupation, Matt Damon worked with a Massachusetts State Police unit out of Boston. He accompanied them on routine patrols, participated in a drug raid, and was taught proper police procedures, like how to pat down a suspect.

Matt Damon, 'The Departed' (2006)
Michael Fassbender, 'Prometheus' (2012)

Ridley Scott was determined from the outset to have Michael Fassbender play the part of David despite his agents asking too high a price as his fee.

Michael Fassbender, 'Prometheus' (2012)
John Travolta, 'Face Off' (1997)

JohnTravolta asked the writers if they were making fun of him with the "ridiculous chin" line. They explained that Castor was such an egomaniac that he would hate having anyone else's face.

John Travolta, 'Face Off' (1997)
Heath Ledger, 'The Dark Knight' (2008)

Heath Ledger kept licking his lips, because the way he speaks during his performance, requires him to have a moist mouth. Many people said it was a habit of his own beforehand, (which it was), however, he ensured he did it "a lot more to keep his performance consistent".

Heath Ledger, 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Carrie Fisher, 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)

Carrie Fisher traveled to the filming location of Finse, Norway, even though she was not scheduled to take part in any outdoor scenes.

Carrie Fisher, 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)

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