Inside Hollywood: Exposing 45 More Lesser-Known Facts About Hollywood Actors – Part 5 2

26Will Smith

Will Smith

Will Smith did Bad Boys and Independence Day while the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was still releasing new episodes.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

In high school, with his imposing physique and creepy mustache, most of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s classmates thought he was an undercover cop.

32. Despite spending half his career in the saddle, Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses.

33. Robin Williams’ will prevents Disney from using his name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years after his death.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36Sean Penn

Sean Penn

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.

37. Tom Hanks intentionally gained 50 pounds to film the first half of Cast Away. He then took a year off to lose the weight and grow out his hair prior to filming the second half. During the break, the director and most of the crew went off to film 'What Lies Beneath.'

38. Liam Neeson was once a school teacher, but he got fired after a student pulled a knife on him, and he punched him.

39. George Clooney once gave 14 of his closest friends each $1 million in cash, and even paid the taxes on it for them, with one condition: they all had to take it or none of them got it.

40. Brad Pitt agreed to do a brief cameo in Deadpool 2 for just the daily minimum rate (less than $1000 per day) plus a cup of coffee hand-delivered by Ryan Reynolds.

41Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Famous paparazzo Ron Galella was once punched in the face so hard by Marlon Brando that his jaw broke and he lost five teeth. The next time he took Brando’s picture, he wore a football helmet.

42. Hunter S. Thompson once pranked Jack Nicholson on his birthday by shining a spotlight on his house, blasting a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, firing his pistol, and leaving an elk’s heart at the front door, while Nicholson and his two daughters hid in the basement.

43. Al Pacino boycotted the 1973 Academy Awards because he was insulted at being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Godfather, noting that he had more screen time than his co-star and Best Actor winner Brando.

44. Tom Cruise himself actually created the character (and the dance) for Les Grossman, suggesting “What about some greedy pig studio executive who really represents the gross part of Hollywood?” because of how much he enjoyed the script of Tropic Thunder and wanted to be in the movie.

45. Keanu Reeves was once sued by a woman who suggested that he used hypnosis and impersonated her ex-husband to impregnate her. She sought $3 million in spousal support from the actor, and $150,000/month, retroactively, in child support. A DNA test proved he was not the father and the suit was thrown out.

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