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    A thread to post anecdotes or stories from TV/Film/Theatre that members find amusing or witty. I'll start the ball rolling...


    Michael Gambon - related on Top Gear

    When doing a promo for the movie 'Sleepy Hollow', Michael Gambon, Johnny Depp and some of the other stars arranged a contest in the hotel they were being interviewed in. The rule was that during each interview, each star had to insert a specific phrase (pre chosen by another star) into each answer they gave.

    Michael Gambon was first up and Johnny Depp chose the following phrase...

    'Claudia Schaefers knickers'

    Gambon then took part in a 10 minute interview with a reporter from a famous magazine, and in EVERY reply he mentioned the above item of clothing!

    Incredibly, the reporter seems to taken every reply as serious and religiously recorded them all by hand without noticing!


    Sir Laurence Olivier - Sir John Guilgud?

    Both were appearing in a matinee performance of a rather average play in London, during the 1950's. About half way through the play, Olivier's part called for him to appear in drag in a scene with Guilgud. The theatre was virtually empty and so Olivier seems to have decided to amuse himself.

    As they exchanged lines, Sir Laurence began to hold his stomach as if in pain instead of relaxing as the script required. Guilgud kept to the script and so the phantom pains became ever more worse. Eventually Sir John lost his temper and trying to keep in character leant over and enquired firmly...

    'Whats the matter with you woman?'

    Olivier looked up and with a smirk replied...

    'I've got the CURSE dear!'

    The story goes that for the rest of the performance nearly all the cast said their lines either giggling or laughing when Olivier was on, while Sir John nearly choked on the drink he was holding at the time.


    Last one for now...

    Vaguely remember the details of this one, related i think by Kenneth Williams...

    An upcoming Shakespearian actor was being shown around a London theatre, and was taken to a cabinet containing an old pair of actors tights. Pointing to the tights his guide intone pompously...

    'Yes... the great man wore them for every performance in this theatre, and for luck he never once washed them!'

    The actor paused for a moment and then deflating the mans moment replied...

    'No wonder they keep them under glass!'

    Gaz

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    Charlie Sheen tells a story of how when he was making the movie "Platoon" Capt. Dale Dye took all the
    Platoon" members (The actors) out for training to make them look and act like soldiers would in Vietnam. He took them out into some jungle in the Philippines and trained the "Hell" out of them as Charlie put it. And At night, Capt Dye warned them they had better set up a perimeter and night watches as he and some of his trainers might "attack" them to keep them on their toes. So the cast diligently ran night watches every night of their training awaiting the said Attack. And the Cat. continued to train the beJesus out of them during the day. And The Good Capt waited til his "Platoon' were good and cranky before pulling his dreaded night "Attack"
    Now Capt Dye has been known to pull a few pranks in his time so he hired a Filipino goatherder to run his goatherd right smack into the middle of the Cast's encampment to give them the night of their lives!... Capt Dye continues the story saying that the blank firing went on til well after dawn!
    Wllem Defoe...said of the incident... IT scared the Hell out of us! We were firing at shadows til sunup!
    Now it's ten years later but he still keeps up the fight
    In Ireland, in Lebanon, in Palestine and Berkeley
    Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it

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    • #3
      Originally posted by panzermacher View Post
      Charlie Sheen tells a story of how when he was making the movie "Platoon" Capt. Dale Dye took all the
      Platoon" members (The actors) out for training to make them look and act like soldiers would in Vietnam. He took them out into some jungle in the Philippines and trained the "Hell" out of them as Charlie put it. And At night, Capt Dye warned them they had better set up a perimeter and night watches as he and some of his trainers might "attack" them to keep them on their toes. So the cast diligently ran night watches every night of their training awaiting the said Attack. And the Cat. continued to train the beJesus out of them during the day. And The Good Capt waited til his "Platoon' were good and cranky before pulling his dreaded night "Attack"
      Now Capt Dye has been known to pull a few pranks in his time so he hired a Filipino goatherder to run his goatherd right smack into the middle of the Cast's encampment to give them the night of their lives!... Capt Dye continues the story saying that the blank firing went on til well after dawn!
      Wllem Defoe...said of the incident... IT scared the Hell out of us! We were firing at shadows til sunup!
      Good story!

      About three weeks ago there was a documentary on TV here that featured his brother in Apocalypse Now. Martin related that in the early scene featuring him in his hotel room, he was REALLY pissed out of his brains for most of the shoot!

      thanks

      Gaz

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