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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Reruns of the 90s tv show "Friends" is a billion dollar per year industry, and the cast members each take 2% of revenue or 20 million dollars each. independent.co.uk/life-st…
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…
In 2000 movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks' character was stranded on a fictitious island south of Cook Island [which doesn't exist]. The shooting of film took place in Monuriki Island, Fiji. It's an uninhabited island like the island depicted in Cast Away but accessible by people in neighbor islands. theexpeditioner.com/wordp…
Mr. Rogers enjoyed George Romero's films even calling Dawn of the Dead "a lot of fun." Romero even wanted to cast some actors from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood but Rogers wouldn't let him. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Steve Carrell’s reaction to his goodbye song in S7 E21 β€œMichael’s Last Dundies” was completely genuine and the cast rehearsed the song without him knowing. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Silly String was invented to be used as an aerosol spray to create an instant cast on broken and sprained bones. It worked, but while testing nozzles it was noticed it produced a 30' string. This inspired the inventor to change the formula to be less sticky, add color, and market it as a toy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The TV show "Big Brother" had a policy of keeping the contestants in total information isolation. This included not informing the cast about 9/11. They had to change the policy after one of the cast's family members was lost at Ground Zero. ew.com/article/2001/10/05…
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…
Marlon Wayans was cast as Robin in Batman Returns. Producers decided that, with The Penguin and Catwoman, the movie was too crowded and decided to cut out Robin. Despite not getting to actually play the role, Wayans was still paid $100,000 and receives royalty checks up to this very day. batman-news.com/2018/03/0…
Frasier was filmed in Paramount Studios in LA (1993-2004) and as the studios were also used by Star Trek: The Next Generation (87-94), Deep Space 9 (93-99), Voyager (95-01), Enterprise (01-05) there are a total of 262 cast & crew shared credits with Frasier (details in comments) intl.startrek.com/article…
Steven Spielberg, while filming Raiders of the Lost Ark in Tunisia, avoided the dysentery that afflicted Harrison Ford & most of the cast & crew. Spielberg's secret weapon? The suitcases full of SpaghettiOs he brought with him on the shoot. villagevoice.com/2012/09/…
Sir Christopher Lee(who played Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings") read the trilogy every year from the year it was published to his death in 2015. He was also the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met J.R.R Tolkien himself. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/C…
The meaning of β€œscapegoat” derives from the Old Testament, first appearing in Leviticus, in which a goat is designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
In 1998, the cast of Half Baked and the cast of Dirty Work shared a hotel, leading to Bob Saget's cameo in Half Baked en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I learned of Brian Zimmerman, who gained national attention in 1983 for being elected mayor of Crabb, Texas, a town outside of Houston, at the age of 11. He won in a landslide with 23 out of only 30 votes cast. He ran on formally incorporating the town to avoid annexation, but was unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Randy West, a legendary adult film star who has starred in over 1,300 pornographic films was cast as Robert Redford's body double in "Indecent Proposal" (1993) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan's first studio recordings were with a Texas high-school band called "A Cast of Thousands," which featured as its lead singer Stephen Tobolowsky, who later became a highly-recognizable character actor best known as "Ned Ryerson" in the film 'Groundhog Day' youtube.com/watch?v=AVV5a…
Eddie Murphy is the only person to host Saturday Night Live while still a member of the cast, filling the role at the last minute when the scheduled host (his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte) became ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Leonard Nimoy fought for equal pay for Nichelle Nichols, (Lt. Uhura) as her pay lagged well behind the starring male cast members on 1960s Star Trek. trekmovie.com/2014/07/31/…
A 'stereotype' was originally a plaster-cast copy of a block of typeset letters, that printers could use to reprint unchanged text (for example books) without having to re-set the type from scratch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1973 Danny De Vito, at the very beginning of his career, was cast in "Scalawag" a largely forgotten movie directed by Kirk Douglas, however DeVito's mother Julia sent a endearing letter to Kirk Douglas to thank him for casting his son. lettersofnote.com/2013/06…
The Lucky Iron Fish is a fish-shaped cast iron ingot boiled in water to treat iron-deficiency anaemia developed by Canadian health workers in Cambodia in 2008. It was created to prevent villagers from rejecting treatment, as the fish is a symbol of good luck and happiness in their folklore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Although the TV show "Friends" ended in 2004, the six main cast members still receive a yearly check of $20 million in royalties alone. usatoday.com/story/life/e…
A 16th century Christian mystic/magician claimed to have come in contact with angels who shared with him the language spoken in the Garden of Eden. It has been called "Enochian" because Enoch was supposedly the last person to speak it, and it's used to cast spells in Enochian Magic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eno…
Hugh Jackman was a last minute fill-in for the role of Wolverine in the X-men movies. Dougray Scott was originally cast for the role, but had to back out when Mission Impossible 2 needed more shooting time and Tom Cruise wouldn't let him leave the set. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The first narrative film (The Fairy of the Cabbage) was made by Alice Guy-BlachΓ©, the first female director ever in 1896. She was also the first director to use an all African-American cast (different movie) independent.co.uk/life-st…
Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of Michael Corleone but Brando said he would walk if they cast him. β€œHe is the epitome of something that makes me want to throw up. He is the epitome of everything that is disgusting about the thespian, he worships at the temple of his own narcissism.” variety.com/2018/film/new…
During the film production of Apollo 13, producers originally wanted Kevin Costner to play as Jim Lovell due to his facial similarities with the main character. Instead, Tom Hanks was cast because he was a big fan of Apollo and space histories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
1938 film 'The Terror of Tiny Town' is the world's only musical Western with an all Dwarf cast. Producer Jed Buell was inspired after overhearing an employee remark "If this economic dive keeps going, we'll be using midgets as actors". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mark Hamill voices Master Eraqus and Leonard Nimoy voices Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. The game’s creator, Tetsuya Nomura, cast them because the rivalry between the characters mirrors the rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek. khwiki.com/Eraqus
America's first space shuttle, The Enterprise, was supposed to be called The Constitution but had its name changed after a massive write-in campaign from Star Trek fans. At the dedication, Gene Roddenberry and cast members from the show were in attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Just after shooting β€œThe Goonies,” Richard Donner desperately needed a break and flew to his Hawaii home to get away. In response, Spielberg flew the cast to Hawaii, and Donner eventually came home to discover the child actors had emptied their luggage and were lounging on his furniture youtube.com/watch?v=-SF_V…
Today I learned about Bottle Episodes, where a TV show episode is produced cheaply and restricted in scope to use as few non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
The cast of Breaking Bad became hooked on the fake meth they used to portray meth on the show. news.com.au/entertainment…
There was a cowboy western movie durning the 1930's called The Terror of Tiny Town that had an entirely all dwarf cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
On the sitcom "NewsRadio", Ray Romano was originally cast as the electrician and handyman character Joe Garrelli but was let go after one rehearsal, and was replaced by Joe Rogan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
You should never wash a cast iron pan with soap because it can strip off the oil you've baked and cooked into the dish. Also, when you first get a cast iron, you need to "season" it by baking oil into it and each time you use it, the layers of oil and flavor will build. hunker.com/12433041/what-…
The scene of Big Bird learning Mr. Hooper died was in one take because the cast was so overwhelmed they couldn’t do another. The emotional reactions were all genuine. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast as the Predator with the intent that the action star would use his martial arts skills to make the Predator an agile, ninja-like hunter. It was reported that Van Damme constantly complained about the suit being too hot and caused him to pass out. wikipedia.org/wiki/Predat…
Today I learned of Roar, a 1981 wildlife film infamous for its troubled production. Over 70 cast and crew were injured, 15 lions and tigers escaped, 3 had to be shot, and $3 million worth of sets and equipment were destroyed when a dam collapsed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Actor George Wendt ("Norm" from "Cheers") is an uncle of actor and former SNL writer and cast member Jason Sudeikis, his sister's son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Alice Guy-BlanchΓ©, the first female film director, also directed the 1912 film "A Fool and All His Money," largely recognized as the first movie with an all African American cast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned about Alice Guy-BlachΓ©, the first female film director, one of the first directors of a narrative fiction film, and the director of the first film with an all-African-American cast. After she retired, she tried to rectify her absence from the historical record and get credit for her works. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Jeremy Renner broke both his arms during filming of the movie "Tag". CGI was used to replace Renner's arm casts in the final film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The Kid (1921), considered one of the greatest films of the silent era, still has a living cast member: Silas Hathaway, who portrayed the infant version of the title character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The cast member of Frasier that received the most fan mail was Eddie the dog. NBC reported that he received hundreds of letters a week with job offers and requests for breeding opportunities cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
George Lucas made the working title of Star Wars Episode II "Jar Jar's Great Adventure" to troll the cast and crew, even labeling the script as such in the original drafts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Melora Hardin (Jan from the Office) was briefly cast as Jennifer, Marty’s girlfriend, in Back to the Future. youtu.be/cvEIafusCMw
That the surviving cast members of the Mary Tyler Moore Show (Gavin McLeod, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman and Betty White ) have an average age of 92.5 lacrossetribune.com/enter…
Bea Arthur (Dorothy) was one year older than Estelle Getty (Sophia) and Rue McClanahan was 10 years younger then the rest of the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
Leonardo Da Vinci once conducted an experiment to understand the flow of blood through the valves of the heart, by pouring hot wax into one, making a mould of thin glass from the cast, and then pumping water mixed with seeds through it. He saw how a heart actually regulates itself. rct.uk/collection/919082/…
Today I learned about Larry Wilson an ex-NFL player who was renowned for his toughness. He played a game with casts on both broken hands and even intercepted a pass during the game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
The creators of The Brady Bunch cast two sets of kids, each with all blond or all brown hair, and would pick the set that matched whomever they cast as Carol and Mike. So somewhere there are 3 brunette women and 3 blond men who were almost Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Greg, Peter, and Bobby reelz.com/behind-closed-d…
That, in addition to big contemporary star David Schwimmer, the cast of 2001 TV series Band of Brothers also included Tom Hardy, Simon Pegg, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy playing minor characters before they were famous. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
James Gandolfini was cast in his role as the mobster in True Romance because Tom Sizemore didn't want to beat Patricia Arquette on screen. This was one of his first big parts before he went on to star in his iconic role as Tony Soprano. film.avclub.com/tom-sizem…
Actress Glynis Johns originally thought she was being offered the role of Mary Poppins. To soften the blow of telling her she was being cast as Mrs. Banks, Walt Disney announced she'd get her own song, then quickly called the film's songwriters, who adapted a deleted song into Sister Suffragette en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Today I learned of the Brocken Spectre, the shadow of an observer on a mountain, cast by low sunlight onto clouds below the observer, often with a circular rainbow halo. It is named after the Brocken peak in the Harz Mountains britannica.com/science/Br…
, Scatman Crothers (Dick Halloran on The Shining) was the voice of Hong Kong Phooey. Richard Dawson (original host of Family Feud - the one who kissed all the female contestants) was also part of the voice cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Wuying Pagoda is the oldest standing architectural feature in Wuhan. Legend says the pagoda casts no shadow at noon on the summer solstice, or at noon on the winter solstice. Another tradition says the pagoda was built to block the dragon vein below mountains in the area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuy…
A common practice while electing a new pope was for Cardinals to cast a throw away vote for someone who was not seen as a strong candidate To see how the others were voting, one year the majority of cardinals cast the same throw away vote and in 1335, Jaques Fournier became Pope Benedict XII perryponders.com/2015/06/…
Originally (up until 1804) electors could cast two votes for two different U.S. candidates for President, and the first runner-up presidential candidate became Vice President to guard against electoral gamesmanship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Memoirs of a Geishsa (2005) was protested for racially insensitive casting. Japan felt it was wrong to cast Chinese actors to portray Japanese people, while the Chinese felt it was insulting for a Chinese to have to portray a Japanese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Patrick Stewart wanted to play Othello from the age of 14. In 1997 he got his chance, by portraying a white Othello in an otherwise all-black cast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Desert Island Discs. It's a BBC radio program that's been on air since 1942. Each week a guest is asked to choose eight recordings (usually music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
The Friends cast each receive $20m royalties per year and NBC receives $1bn in revenue moneyinc.com/heres-much-f…
Dennis Farina was the only cast member of Law & Order who was actually a Cop. He served in the Burglary division of the Chicago Police Department from 1967 - 1985. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Abercrombie & Fitch offered $10,000 to cast members of "The Jersey Shore" if they'd agree to stop wearing the brand on the show theguardian.com/media/201…
Producer Lee Mendelson was working on a Peanuts special whenβ€”while driving over the Golden Gate Bridgeβ€”Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind came on the radio. He was so moved, he immediately booked lunch with Guaraldi & asked him to score the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas. pri.org/stories/2014-12-2…
Wilford Brimley was only 49 years old when he was cast as elderly retirement home resident Ben Luckett in the 1985 film "Cocoon." At the time of the filming, Brimley's co-star Don Ameche was 76 years old, while Hume Cronyn was 73. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
All main actors in the movie Saving Private Ryan apart from Matt Damon were required to undergo military training. This was done so the remaining cast would build up genuine resentment for his character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
The 4 cast members from Hogan’s Heroes, a sitcom about World War II, were all Jewish. Klemperer (Klink), Banner (Schultz), Leon Askin (Burkhalter) and Howard Caine (Hochstetter) were Jewish and had fled the Nazis during WWII, with the cook being interned at a concentration camp. decades.com/lists/12-incr…
Mia Farrow's husband, famous singer Frank Sinatra, was furious when she landed the lead role in Rosemary's Baby. Previously, Sinatra had demanded she forgo her career when they wed, and he served her divorce papers via a corporate lawyer in front of the cast and crew midway through filming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
The cast of Glee has 207 Billboard Hot 100 hits billboard.com/articles/ev…
The original Chris on the Partridge Family tv show was replaced after the first season because he had a personality conflict with every person in the cast, especially David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce. He was 10 years old at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Contrary to popular belief, Jerry Maren was not the last surviving Wizard of Oz cast member; he was the last one with a speaking role. An actor for a Winkie guard survived til late 2018, and Dorothy's own dance stunt double is still alive as of this posting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
The film "The Killing Fields" cast a real life survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. Hang S. Ngor survived three terms in Cambodian Prison camp by eating insects. He went on to win an Academy Award for supporting actor. His fate ended by being murdered my an LA street gang in 1996. biography.com/people/hain…
Nintendo created a video game based on the Popeye comic strip, but could not acquire licensing rights for the characters. Rather than scrap the work that was done, it released with a new cast - a plumber, his girlfriend, and a gorilla - and was renamed "Donkey Kong" after the game's antagonist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Sean Young was cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's Batman - she broke her arm after falling off a horse during rehearsals and was replaced by Kim Basinger. thefw.com/sean-young-batm…
Because β€˜Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ was filmed on a microscopic budget of $60,000, the cast and crew had to work 7 days a week, 12-16 hours a day in 115Β°F heat in a poorly ventilated farmhouse amid rotting roadkill being used as props to finish the film. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The first Titanic movie in color was 1979 TV movie S.O.S. Titanic. The cast included Cloris Leachman, Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, and David Warner who was also in James Cameron's Titanic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.O…
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…
Henry Cavill was almost cast in the role of Edward in Twilight. Losing the role to Robert Pattinson just before filming began webcitation.org/68EJ4cL1Z…
The reason Michael and Andy brought back different waitresses in The Office episode "A Benihana Christmas" is because they failed to pickup the original women and settled on less attractive ones. The joke failed because the women they cast were too good-looking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_B…
The Minute Man was cast from the metal of ten cannons captured from the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tehran's Carpet Museum exhibits a variety of Persian carpets, dating from the 16th century to the present. The museum's exterior is designed both to resemble a carpet loom, and to cast shade on the exterior walls, reducing the impact of the hot summer sun on the interior temperature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Abercrombie & Fitch offered the cast of Jersey Shore "substantial payment" to stop wearing their brand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
During the movie "Sneakers," cast members would gather inside the makeup trailer for the hours it would take Ben Kingsley to get hair and makeup done every day, and he would regale them with stories of his early stage experiences in England. slate.com/culture/2012/09…
The saw used to cut off a cast cannot cut human skin. The saw vibrates rather than rotating which can be absorbed by the skin but splits the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Laurence Fishburne was only fourteen years old when shooting of Apocalypse Now began in March 1976, as he had lied about his age in order to get cast in his role. The film took so long to finish that Fishburne was seventeen (as his character) by the time of the release. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, which features the main cast of the 1977 original movie, introduced both Chewbacca’s family and Boba Fett. youtu.be/6hH8rxarVG8

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