21 Things That Happened In Hollywood That Simply Don't Seem Real

Hollywood truly is the land of imagination and make-believe. But even in Tinsel Town, there are those rare moments when truth winds up being stranger than fiction ever could.

That's why I've gone and compiled these 10+ things that happened in Hollywood that simply don't seem real. In your wildest dreams, you couldn't script these moments if you tried.

The death of Paul Walker.

Fans of the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as moviegoers everywhere, were shocked to hear the news that Paul Walker had tragically passed away.

What made the whole ordeal so painfully ironic was that Paul died in a high-speed car crash.

Chris Farley was cast as the original voice of *Shrek*.

Not only that but Chris had already recorded nearly all of his lines. Sadly, the legendary comedian passed away from a drug overdose at the age of 33. Instead of scrapping the project, the studio reached out to Mike Myers and recast.

The curse of *The Exorcist*.

So many strange things occurred on the set of The Exorcist that it's tough to keep track. First, actress Linda Blair suffered a serious back injury. Then the entire set caught fire — except for the cursed girl Regan's (Linda Blair) bedroom.

From there, things only got stranger...

One of the actors was convicted of murdering a reporter, just before the film was set to be released.

The assailant was quick to confess but could give the police no motive or explanation for the crime.

These events (as well as many others) lead many to believe that the iconic horror film is indeed cursed.

Things got physical between LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx on the set of *Any Given Sunday*.

Supposedly, LL was being a little too rough with Jamie on the sidelines. After being pushed past his breaking point, Jamie made the mistake of punching LL in the face.

Before you could say "Momma Said Knock You Out" — Jamie was out cold.

Prince William and Prince Harry made cameos in *Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens*.

The Royal Family enjoy watching the Star Wars saga just as much as the rest of us. So much so that William and Harry used their position to be cast as stormtroopers.

Sadly, they didn't make it into the final cut.

Ethan Embry doesn't remember filming *Can't Hardly Wait*.

This was at the absolute peak of Ethan's stoner phase. It got so bad that even the director at one time asked Ethan if he was in an altered state of mind.

During his kiss scene with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan says she gave him 50 breath mints.

Is the *Poltergeist* franchise cursed, too?

Just 5 months after Poltergeist was released in theatres, 22-year-old Dominique Dunne (Dana Freeling) was murdered.

A few years later, after Poltergeist II was released, Julian Beck (Kane), as well as Will Sampson (Taylor), suddenly died.

Finally, just weeks after *Poltergeist III* was released to the public, franchise star Heather O’Rourke tragically died.


Heather played the angelic Carol-Anne Freeling in each of the three films — she was only 12-years-old at the time of her passing.

The doctors said that she went into cardiac arrest, caused by a bowel obstruction.

The death of Brandon Lee on the set of *The Crow*.

Brandon Lee was the son of the legendary Chinese film star/martial artist, Bruce Lee. While filming an action sequence for The Crow, a blank round malfunctioned and somehow fired off a live shot.

The budding young star was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly after. In order to complete the film, a body double was brought in.

Robert Pattinson really did masturbate on-screen in the film *Little Ashes*.

It seems as if Robert Pattinson is simulating himself in almost every film he's ever been in!

But for his breakthrough performance in Little Ashes, Robert decided to go full method and opted for the real thing.

Al Pacino suffered permanent damage to his nose after filming *Scar Face*.

Don't get ahead of yourself — Al wasn't really snorting anything.

The white substance used on-screen is actually vitamin powder. What production didn't realize was that the powder was only meant to be taken orally.

Eric Stoltz was the original Marty McFly in *Back To The Future*.

Michael J. Fox was always the first choice of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, but at the time they were told that Michael was unavailable.

After it became clear that Stoltz lacked the proper comedic timing for Marty McFly, he was fired and production arranged to shoot at night so that Fox could join the cast.

Johnny Depp's *City Of Lies* being barred from release.

City of Lies was supposed to be a true-crime biopic focussed on the murder of Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G.

Supposedly, the film was canned due to Depp's erratic behaviour and legal troubles. But recently, reports of police corruption have started crawling out from the woodwork.

Kirsten Dunst was accidentally given a real joint to smoke on the set of *Woodshock*.

The scene called for Kirsten's character to smoke a joint. Only instead of being given a prop, someone gave Kirsten the real thing. She got so high that she had to go home for the day.

Chloë Sevigny performed un-simulated oral sex on Vincent Gallo in *The Brown Bunny*.

This takes the idea of method acting to an entirely new plateau. During an interview with Variety, Chloë staunchly defended the scene and said that she'd do it again today, given the choice.

Kevin Costner wanted to make a sequel to *The Bodyguard* starring Princess Diana.

He had even spoken with Lady Di on several occasions about the project. Tragically, Princess Diana received the script just days before she was killed in a fatal car crash.

*Beetlejuice* nearly had a sequel.

Tim Burton's cult classic was a surprise box office smash, raking in over $74 million.

The sequel's working title was Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian and would have transplanted the ghastly ghost from the Deetz' home to a tropical island paradise.

Matthew McConaughey auditioned for the lead role in *Titanic*.

Not only did Matthew audition but according to an interview he gave on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen — he crushed it.

Matthew was so sure of himself and was shocked when he eventually learned that James Cameron had passed.

The death of Vic Morrow on the set of *Twilight Zone: The Movie*.

On the final day of filming, a stunt pilot became disoriented due to exploding pyrotechnics. He crashed his helicopter, decapitating Morrow along with two young child actors.

The film was released amid a myriad of controversies and went on to be a big hit.

The production team on *Apocalypse Now* used real bodies.

It was all about creating a sense of realism, of death and danger. The production team scattered the bodies of dead rats to replicate the smell of decay. They also enlisted the help of grave robbers to place cadavers in trees — without telling the actors!

Nicole Kidman was originally cast as the lead in *Panic Room*

Just two weeks into filming, Nicole reaggravated an old knee injury she received while on the set of Moulin Rouge. The Aussie-born actress was forced to bow out and Jodie Foster was brought in to replace her.

Disney exec David Vogel lost his job after he purchased the script for *The Sixth Sense*.

David spent $2.25 million to obtain the script from M. Night Shyamalan — the biggest script purchase ever at the time. He also gave M. Night exclusive directorial rights without first asking permission to do so. Vogel refused to restructure the deal and was fired as a result.