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That time Werner Herzog ate a whole-ass shoe, for a bet

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Werner Herzog is a celebrated and award winning German director, actor and writer who arguably has one of the most eclectic resumes of any filmmaker working today if only because he’s the only filmmaker we’re aware of who wrote a film starring himself eating a shoe. 

That time a studio made a movie so bad the actor’s widow (successfully) sued them

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Peter Sellers was an actor best known for playing the terminally incompetent and bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series. A role he was so closely associated with during his lifetime that he reprised the role over a year after coming down with a severe case of being dead.

That time appearing in Twins helped Arnold Schwarzenegger get paid in jets

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At the height of his career, Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood with the Austrian Oak being able to command millions of dollars for his time. Something that has been partly linked to a deal he made back in the 1980’s that saw him accepting a salary of zero dollars for appearing in a movie that grossed almost a quarter of a billion dollars at the box office. A deal that later saw the actor being paid in jet planes. 

The Ottoman empire hired burly gardeners to race (and strangle) people

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The glory days of the Ottoman Empire were marred by wanton brutality, torture and executions seemingly doled out on a whim by dumpy sultans wearing immaculate silk hats. Executions that were largely carried out by one of the sultan’s gardeners, a role that required amongst other things, chasing the condemned through the very gardens they were tasked with maintaining. 

That time they punch apart a mini building for Pacific Rim

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Pacific Rim is a film in which Idris Elba commands giant robots to perform rocket-assisted boat combos on alien bio-weapons. Scenes which were, for the most part, largely realised with CGI because the film didn’t have the budget to build an actual giant robot. That said, they did have the money to build a giant fist, which they used to destroy a tiny building. Because of course.