Bill Murray is a comedy legend, and he’s known for pulling some strange — and hilarious — stunts (like wearing a “George Clooney is a Beautiful Man” shirt while hanging out with George Clooney).
So it should come as no surprise that Bill Murray pulled a prank while filming Groundhog Day. Asked to hire an assistant to be a type of buffer between him and the studio, Murray decided to acquiesce, except he hired a deaf mute that could only communicate in sign language.
While filming Titanic, around 80 crew members fell ill and began hallucinating, and it wasn’t because they were simply distraught that Rose wouldn’t share the door with Jack — it was because somebody spiked the lobster on set with PCP (a.k.a. angel dust). The culprit behind the act was never discovered.
3. Isla Fisher's Near-Death Experience On 'Now You See Me'
During a scene in Now You See Me, Isla Fisher had to do a stunt that involved being submerged in a tank of water while chained. Her very realistic portrayal of the fear one would have while drowning was largely due to the fact that the safety chain was stuck and she was actually on the verge of drowning. Fortunately, a stuntman saved the day.
Remember the Fight Club scene where Edward Norton (The Narrator) is learning how to fight and punches Brad Pitt (Tyler Durden) in the ear? Well, Pitt’s surprised, slightly pissed reaction is authentic, because he expected a fake punch. Prior to the scene, however, director David Fincher told Norton to make it real and actually punch Pitt in the ear.
When The Wizard needed a tattered coat for his scenes in The Wizard of Oz, a costume assistant went out and bought a basic old coat from a second-hand store. The actor later found the name L. Frank Baum written in the pocket of the coat, as in the L. Frank Baum who penned The Wizard of Oz books. His widow later confirmed that the coat once belonged to Baum.
6. Harper Lee Cried On Set Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'
Author Harper Lee based the character Atticus Finch on her father, so when she visited the set and saw Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Finch, she broke down crying. Lee told Peck the reason for her tears and gave him a pocket watch that had belonged to her father. Peck wore the watch to the Academy Awards that year.
7. Draco Got In Trouble For Sneaking Food Onto Set
Black Swan simply wouldn’t have been the masterpiece it is if there was no tension between Natalie Portman’s character and Mila Kunis’ character, which is why director Darren Aronofsky tried to manipulate the actresses to feel real resentment toward the other during filming. While the tension definitely showed up in their performances, we can chalk it up to the fact that both Kunis and Portman are terrific actresses, because they never let Aronofsky's puppeteering affect their actual relationship.
There’s a reason why the kids in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory had looks of genuine wonder on their faces when they entered the giant candy-filled room, and it wasn’t just because they were talented actors — they were purposely not allowed to see the set until they began filming.
10. Sean Bean Got His Workout In During LOTR Filming
Actor Sean Bean (a.k.a. Boromir) would spend hours climbing up mountains during the filming of TheLord of the Rings because he was terrified of helicopters and wouldn’t board one with the rest of the cast and crew to get to the filming location.
In Interview with a Vampire, there's a scene where Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are walking in a park at night. For this scene, a trench had to be built for Pitt to walk in so the actors appeared the same height. Poor Tom. He's a little short on, well, height. He's short.