Hollywood is a very popular topic to talk about. You can’t go anywhere without seeing the latest hot actor or actress all over the place. Since there is a lot of gossip about Hollywood that means there will be a lot of stories that are embellished or just completely made up. So I will share with you some stories that you should not believe.
Brandon Lee’s Death
Of course we all know that Brandon Lee was killed during an accident while filming the movie The Crow. Many rumors over the years say that the scene where Lee was killed was left in the final cut of the film. The scene where Lee got killed was also supposed to be his character’s death scene. Lee was to walk through a door carrying a bag of groceries when Funboy was to shoot him as he entered. After Lee’s death both his mother and fiancée supported finishing the film. However, there is no scene where Eric Draven is shot while carrying groceries so therefore the scene where Lee was killed was not included in the film.
Here’s looking at you kid
I’m sure everybody has heard of the movie Casablanca. It’s known as one of the greatest movies of all time and was a springboard for Humphrey Bogart into super stardom. But what if Humphrey Bogart never was Rick Blaine, after all the part was originally offered to Ronald Reagan, or that’s what people say. However, the rumor is completely false. Ronald Regan was never the first choice nor was he the second, third, or fourth choice. Humphrey Bogart was the first and only choice to play Rick Blaine.
Best Supporting Actress
I’m a big movie fan and every year I look forward to awards season. Like movie fans every where I cheer when someone I like wins and I’m angry when someone of less talent wins, especially if they beat Jennifer Connelly. In 1993 I wasn’t furious when they announced the Best Supporting Actor, I was confused. Marisa Tomei? Seriously? It was later explained that the reason Marisa Tomei won was because the presenter Jack Palance was drunk and called out the wrong name because he couldn’t read the teleprompter. Of course this is totally false. First of all the winner’s name is not shown on the teleprompter, all the teleprompter tells the presenter is to open the envelope and announce the winner. So if Palance had misread the name it would’ve been on the card right in front of him. I suppose it’s possible to be too drunk to read a card but Palance still didn’t read the incorrect name. Every year at the Academy Awards there are two officials stationed in the wings just for this purpose. If the wrong name is called the officials will come onto the stage immediately and announce the correct name. So Marisa Tomei did rightfully win the 1993 Supporting Actress award although I’d still like an explanation as to why.
She’s in the attic!
This legend I had never heard but it’s pretty humorous. There was an actress by the name of Pia Zadora who was very pretty but not very talented. She was very ambitious and decided if she got some theater experience she would improve. She had a wealthy boyfriend who got her the part of Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. The rehearsals went so horrible that the director threatened to quit the production. Finally opening night came and Pia forgot her opening lines, the performance continued to go downhill and by intermission the audience wanted to leave. In the first scene of the second act the Nazi soldiers break into the home overturning furniture shouting “Where is she? Where’s Anne Frank?” Then the audience, fed up with Pia’s performance, yelled back to the Nazis “She’s in the attic!” As hilarious as that would’ve been it didn’t happen, at least not to Pia Zadora. The truth is this Anne Frank story has been told about several different people (including Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White). The legend is really used as a standard put-down of any untalented actress and it’s very unlikely it happened to all of them and probably didn’t actually happen to any of them. If it did happen to any of them it couldn’t have been Pia Zadora. The person who wrote that it was Pia Zadora in the story was George Burns who claimed he worked with Pia Zadora. But it’s unlikely Burns ever worked with an actress who had it happen to her because by the time George Burns was acting the story had already been told about several other actresses before.
In the movie the Wizard of Oz there is one scene where the Tin Man, Dorothy, and the Scarecrow head down the road on their way to Emerald City. If you look closely you can see in the background that a munchkin commits suicide by hanging himself. Many people have seen the footage and many people believed it’s true. But if you do, you need your eyes checked. In order to give the scene a more outdoors look the director decided he wanted live birds of various types and sizes on the set. As this scene comes to an end and the famous munchkin hanging takes place what appears to be a munchkin is actually an emu and nothing else.
In 1998 movie critic Gene Siskel passed away due to complications from his brain surgery. After his lawyer read the will to the Siskel’s family, which left his estate to them, the lawyer told the media that Gene Siskel asked to be buried with his thumbs pointing upward because of the trademark thumbs up and thumbs down he gave during his movie reviews. This story was passed off as true even though once again this is a completely made up story. In fact, it wasn’t even intended to be true, it was a humor piece someone wrote. Even if Gene Siskel really did want to leave instructions to how he was buried then he would not have done it in his will. A will is not a good place to state what you want done with your body because usually the will is not read immediately after your death while the funeral is often not long after your death. So in most instances your will won’t be read until after your funeral.