Warner Brothers despised the name “Beetlejuice.” That was until Tim Burton began joking that he was going to name the film “Scared Sheetless” instead. They thought Tim was serious, and accepted the original title without further hesitation.
Liam Neeson turned down the role of James Bond.
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, E.T., Bladerunner, Tron, The Thing, and Poltergeist were all in theaters at the same time. Not a bad stretch.
While filming Endor scenes in the Pacific Northwest, Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) had to be escorted by crew members so he wouldn’t be shot at by people who mistook him for Bigfoot.
Charlie Chaplin thought talking movies would last 3 years—tops.
BFM improvised nearly all of his lines from Caddyshack, and he wrapped shooting in only 6 days.
Before its release, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was nicknamed “Disney’s Folly” because nobody had ever released a feature-length animated film, and critics were sure it would flop.
The creators of Dumb and Dumber originally had Gary Oldman and Nicholas Cage in mind to play the parts of Lloyd and Harry.
Sylvester Stallone once told Dolph Lungren “Punch me as hard as you can in the chest” while filming Rocky IV. He had swelling so severe near his heart that he had to be hospitalized for four days.
Richard Branson has a brief cameo in Casino Royale.
Jurassic Park is 127 minutes long but only contains 15 minutes of actual dinosaur footage.
M Night Shyamalan has profited from every movie he’s made since the Sixth Sense despite the fact that his last 4 movies have a combined score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Bruce Willis was actually the studio’s 7th choice to play the role of John McClane in Die Hard. Choices ahead of him were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson.