When we watch a finished movie, we don’t see the behind-the-scenes moments that led to the final product. The production process can be messy, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Some of the most iconic films in history featured behind-the-scenes moments you just can’t make up. These are the most shocking secrets, including the story behind a classic scene from the movie Alien (on page 10).
1. George Clooney got into a fistfight with his Three Kings director
David O. Russell is notorious in Hollywood for being one of the most volatile directors to work with. During the filming of Three Kings, that reputation was well-earned, when he verbally berated an extra. When the assistant director tried to calm him down, Russell threw his walkie-talkie to the ground, and the AD quit on the spot. Then, George Clooney got in on the action, telling the director, “you can’t shove, push or humiliate people who aren’t allowed to defend themselves.”
Clooney describes what happened next in an interview: “He turned on me and said, ‘Why don’t you just worry about your f**ked-up act? You’re being a dick. You want to hit me? You want to hit me? Come on, pussy, hit me.’ I’m looking at him like he’s out of his mind. Then, he started banging me on the head with his head. He goes, ‘Hit me, you pussy. Hit me.’ Then, he got me by the throat and I went nuts.”