On February 2, 1997, Bill Murray reached over the counter and choked a Starbucks employee for quoting the movie Groundhog Day to him. Despite nearly being strangled to death, the employee didn’t press charges cause he’s “a huge Ghostbusters fan.”
For many wildly popular break-out characters on television shows, there’s usually a story about how the show runner intended to kill off or write that character out after a brief story arc. However, that character usually ends up sticking around for the length of the series due to the overwhelming fan response. In actuality, that character was always intended to be the break-out star, but the story about the character initially only appearing for a few episodes is usually just a PR creation. In the biz, these roles are known as “Fonzies.”
Jackie Chan keeps four calico cats on set, in his trailer, at all times when he films. He names the cats after his main co-star, the director of photography and his favorite grip; the fourth cat is always named “Licorice.” Once production wraps, he hosts a lavish dinner party where he awards cats to those who he felt performed best during filming. It’s not uncommon for Jackie to award a cat to himself… this usually happens when he plays parts that require him to sing at some point during the film.
I heard that Warner Bros was worried that they would be mistaken for the HQ for defense contractor Lockheed since Lockheed had been so well camouflaged. Supposedly Jack Warner had a big arrow painted on top of the WB stages that pointed the way to Lockheed and said “THIS WAY”. The government made him remove it.