While filming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, actor Oscar Isaac specifically requested that his character Poe Dameron be a native of the planet Yavin 4. This is because the scenes on Yavin 4 in the original trilogy were filmed in Guatemala, where Isaac is actually from.
I was born in Guatemala, and one of Guatemala’s biggest claims to fame is that Guatemala is featured in the end of ‘A New Hope,’ At the medal ceremony, that was filmed … in Tikal, Guatemala, said Isaac. “So I said, ‘How cool would it be if that’s where Poe was from?!’ You know, he’s a Rebel fighter, that’s where the Rebel base is, why wouldn’t he be there? That’s an incredible idea.”
Donnie Dunagan, a retired United States Marine Corps drill instructor, managed to keep secret – throughout his entire career – that he was a voice actor in the Walt Disney’s Bambi film, providing the voice of young Bambi.
The girl who played Robin Williams’ teenage daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire was kicked out of school for missing too many classes during filming. Robin Williams then wrote a letter to the principal ‘respectfully requesting’ he reconsider. She didn’t get back in, but the school did frame the letter.
Kevin Smith actually worked at the convenience store in Clerks. He worked all day, and they filmed all night (thus the closed shutters) for 21 straight days. He slept one hour a day during filming. The whole production cost $27k, funded by maxing out credit cards and selling his comic books. By the end of the 21-day shoot, Smith was unable to stay awake while some of the most climactic scenes of the film were shot.
The directors of ‘Swiss Army Man’ had a dummy made up of Daniel Radcliffe, assuming he didn’t want to do the weird, nude, farting stunts and lay around in dirt. But he loved it so much, he insisted on doing every scene.
Christian Bale’s stepmother, Gloria Steinem, was a feminist who protested the 1991 publication of the novel, American Psycho, due to its portrayal of violence toward women. In 2000, Bale went on to star as the title character of the novel’s film adaption.