When actor Nick Frost (Cornetto Trilogy) was young his parents' business tanked. They had to move into a neighbours’ home and his mother suffered a stroke from stress. Nick dropped out of school and worked to support his family. He was just working as a waiter when Simon Pegg cast him in Spaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
The 1995 short "multi-facial" written, directed, produced by and starring Vin diesel was made on a $3000 budget and shot over the course of three days. It aired at Cannes film Festival later that year and caught the eye of Steven Spielberg who would then go on to cast him in Saving Private Ryan. youtu.be/A6j1yfUxB0U
David Dunbar Buick was a plumber who invented the process for adhering enamel to cast iron, clearing the way for cast iron bathtubs in homes. He would later start the Buick Motor Company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The Wall Street "Charging Bull" sculpture was for sale from 1993 to at least 2008. The artist was trying to recover the $360,000 it cost him to cast the piece. He only received one major offer: a Las Vegas hotel bid $300k but he declined and insisted that it remain in its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned that a cast member on the TV show Survivor found a package of cocaine that had washed up on his camps shore ew.com/tv/survivor-panama…
Despite the fact that the TV show Cheers premiered almost 40 years ago, every regular cast member is still alive with the exception of Nicholas Colasanto who died while the series was still airing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Coolio claims that he only agreed to make a cameo appearance in "Batman & Robin" (1997) because the studio promised to cast him as the villain in the next "Batman" movie if he did. According to Joel Schumacher, that villain would have been the Scarecrow. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
The cast of Gilligan's Island once replaced the characters on Roseanne. youtube.com/watch?app=des…
Today I learned about Matt Kennedy Gould. He was the only real person in a 1990's Big Brother type reality show called The Joe Schmo Show. The rest of the cast were all actors and actresses. gazettereview.com/2016/09…
The cast of FRIENDS each made $1M per episode in the final two seasons and now make $20M per year per cast member for reruns. The show still generates $1B/year for Warner Bros. All thanks to David Schwimmer encouraging the cast to negotiate as a team. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
There was an unmade Seinfeld episode called The Bet. Its plot was Elaine buying a gun for protection but the cast and director hated it saying "guns aren't funny". It was the ninth episode put into production before being abandoned. screencrush.com/seinfeld-…
Alien’s entire cast including Sigourney Weaver was originally just genderless last names, and they then picked the best person for each character, then chose a first name for them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
In the mini-series "Band of Brothers" (2001), Jimmy Fallon was so nervous during his cameo appearance, that he struggled to drive the standard WWII jeep, and feared he would hit the cast. Director Tom Hanks, eventually ordered 2 crew workers to push the Jeep around with Fallon at the wheel. parade.com/674259/lindsay…
Lenny Montana, the actor who played Luca Brasi in The Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Kyle Chandler binge-watched all 30 Godzilla movies in two days after being cast in Godzilla: King of the Monsters syfy.com/syfywire/kyle-ch…
James Cameron originally wanted Billy Idol to play the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator in Terminator 2. Idol got into a serious motorcycle accident before filming and Robert Patrick was cast instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-1…
Today I learned of Cynthia Plaster Caster, an American artist and self-described "recovering groupie" who gained fame for creating plaster casts of famous persons' erect penises, including Jimi Hendrix's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyn…
In order to film on the island featured in 'Cast Away', the location manager Mary Morgan had to meet with the chieftains several times, perform ceremonial prayers, give and receive ceremonial gifts, and get permission from the chiefs and their 80 family members. youtube.com/watch?v=0lBAi…
Bill Burr repeatedly mocked the Star Wars franchise and its fans before accepting the role of Mayfeld in The Mandalorian - he was cast because it was believed his past criticism of the franchise would make his casting more amusing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The Alawism, a sect of Shia Islam, preaches that they were originally stars or divine lights that were cast out of heaven through disobedience and must undergo repeated reincarnation before returning to heaven and that the Prophet Joshua and Ali were incarnate forms of Allah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
In addition to Captain Lou Albano as Cindy Lauper's father, the original plan for the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" video was to dress George "The Animal" Steele up in drag and cast him as Lauper's mother, a role that ended up going to Lauper's actual mother. networkworld.com/article/…
The cast of Whose line is it anyway? attended Steve Jobs' 50th birthday party and did live improv reader.epubee.com/books/m…
Australia invented the secret ballot 1856. Before that votes were cast in full view of the assembled crowds and would often ended in riots. When the practice started to be adopted in the US in the 1880's it was known as the Australian Ballot. nma.gov.au/defining-momen…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
Initially some of the cast members of Friends were nervous about working with Matt LeBlanc since his resume included a stint looking studly as a Levi's model and he was assumed to be too macho. people.com/archive/ill-be…
Not only is Kenan Thompson SNL's longest-tenured cast member, he is the 1st one born after the show premiered in 1975 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Matthew McConaughey originally auditioned with Kate Winslet for 'Titanic' (1997) and was confident he got the role of Jack, but Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed next and James Cameron said every woman in the building showed up for the meeting so he thought, 'maybe I should cast this guy'. thewrap.com/james-cameron…
The neon-green-hued liqueur Midori was introduced to America in 1978 at the iconic discotheque Studio 54 during a cast party for β€œSaturday Night Fever.” liquor.com/articles/midor…
Fran Drescher’s stalker changed how sitcoms were made. To stop him from sneaking into the studio audience of The Nanny, they began to cast the audience from extras. Good/loud laughers were picked in casting, making the show feel funnier to home audiences. This became an industry standard. news.com.au/entertainment…
Caren Marsh Doll, Judy Garland's stand-in, is the only non-munchkin cast member still alive today from The Wizard of Oz (1939). She would also appear in Gone With the Wind that same year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Ronald Reagan was so indelibly type-cast as the 'great loser' in films that when Jack Warner, movie magnate and his longtime employer, was first apprised of the actor's ambition to run for Governor of California, he protested: "No, Jimmy Stewart for Governor. Ronald Reagan for Best Friend." content.time.com/time/mag…
The longest running TV soap opera, Coronation Street, has been running for nearly 60 years (December 1960). Bill Roache, who appeared in the first episode, is still a member of the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The cast of Pawn Stars don't work at the shop. The Gold & Silver Pawn is managed by someone else and filming interrupts business because they have to close down to bring in the cast and pre-screened customers. reviewjournal.com/enterta…
A chocolate river existed in 1971. The famous chocolate river from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made with 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The river spoiled fairly quickly due to the cream and the cast said it stank. flitto.com/content/2753
In 1995 Vin Diesel wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short film 'Multi-Facial.' This caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who wrote a part for Vin Diesel, and cast him in Saving Private Ryan yahoo.com/entertainment/v…
Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams originally auditioned for each others roles in the movie Mean Girls. The head of Paramount decided Lohan's audience didn't want to see her as villain which is why she got cast as Cady and not Regina George. McAdams was seen as too old for Cady's role. screenrant.com/dark-secre…
When Julie Andrews won the Oscar for Mary Poppins, she thanked Jack Warner, the producer of the competing movie, My Fair Lady. Andrews had starred in My Fair Lady on Broadway but Warner refused to cast her in the movie, leaving Andrews open to play Mary Poppins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Today I learned: Vampira creator and actress Nurmi Maila wanted black actress Lola Falana to replace her in the 80’s revival. She pulled out when actress Cassandra Peterson was cast without her permission. dreadcentral.com/news/315…
4 months after Florida man Ryan Lee Carroll won a Breaking Bad contest to meet the cast, he was charged with running a drug distribution operation when he was found with $1M in synthetic marijuana. Also seized was a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by the Breaking Bad cast. theguardian.com/world/201…
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme told Paul Thomas Anderson he wanted Meg Ryan or Laura Dern to play Clarice Starling before agreeing to cast Jodie Foster (who went on to win the Oscar) moviemaker.com/silence-of…
In 1998 Mila Kunis was cast in the FOX sitcom That '70s Show. All who auditioned were required to be at least 18 years old; Kunis, who was 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. She played in all 200 episodes of the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
There was a Sabrina the Teenage Witch movie before the original show that starred Ryan Reynolds, as well some of the tv show's cast; and it's set in Riverdale! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
Coneheads (1993) is the film with the most SNL cast members featured (16). In addition to having the most cast members, its also the only film to feature past members (Aykroyd, Curtin), current members (Farley, Sander), and a future member (McKean). McKean would join SNL the year after the film vulture.com/2013/07/which…
Organized mobs of overly perfumed, armed, and costumed middle class youth were used by upper class politicians for over a year to attack the lower class leadership controlling the early days of the French Revolution. The youth were cast aside once the affluent leadership gained control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Robin Williams was interested for the role of Hagrid (Harry Potter) but was rejected due to the "all-British and Irish cast" policy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The cast of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (the fifth in the series) were not aware they were in a Friday the 13th movie until after they were cast. The movie's fake title was called "Repetition". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
While filming the movie The Abyss, James Cameron filled a nuclear reactor with 7.5 million gallons of water to film in. The cast and crew had to be on set for up to 70 hours a week and were encouraged to relieve themselves in their wetsuits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
12 out of 48 Vice Presidents did not cast any tie-breaking votes as President of the Senate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Bruce Lee tried to create an American TV show in the 70’s but Warner Brothers stole the idea, created β€œKung Fu” and cast David Carradine as the lead. 50 yrs later Bruce Lee’s daughter took her fathers idea and created β€œThe Warrior” for Cinemax. theguardian.com/film/film…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…

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