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J. R. R. Tolkien literally invented “dwarves”

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Few authors are responsible for as many contributions to the world of language as J. R. R. Tolkien, which is unsurprising given the Tolkien’s background as a word nerd of the highest order. Perhaps the most curious quirk of language Tolkien is responsible for though is the word dwarves. A word he accidentally made the default plural for everyone’s favourite fictional bearded hammer-swinging mountain dwellers. 

That time a guy wrote a “screw you” sequel to Forrest Gump

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Forrest Gump is a feel-good movie from the 90’s about a mentally deficient man whose childhood sweetheart dies of AIDS. Adapted from a novel with the same name, Paramount Pictures famously screwed over the original author, Winston Groom, when it came to royalties, a gesture he returned by writing a sequel so batshit insane it was virtually impossible to adapt to film, then making them buy it. 

The Star Trek actor who had to fight to shave his head

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There’s an oft repeated story told about actor Patrick Stewart that says when he was first cast as Jean-Luc Picard, he was endlessly mocked for being bald so much so, it took Gene Roddenberry himself stepping in and delivering the mother of all dunks to shut people up. Weird then that even after Stewart established a Star Trek captain could be bald, actor Avery Brooks had to fight with producers for years until he was allowed to similarly rock a chrome dome. 

The Men In Black reboot was almost 20 films

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22 Jump Street is a comedy movie that dedicates a not insignificant amount of its runtime to shitting on the very idea of a film like it being given the green-light in the first place. A fact that resulted in studio bigwigs thinking that the series could be used to revive the ailing Men In Black franchise, whilst also incorporating the film’s 20 joke sequels. 

Jackie Chan uses stunt doubles, for walking scenes

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As a performer Jackie Chan is known for throwing himself headlong into danger like a suicidal lemming, risking life and limb to get the perfect shot. Although famous for always doing his own stunts, Chan has admitted to using stuntmen for something way more stupid, getting pickup shots of him driving his car.