about the movies... and never dared ask
Need a break from the blockbuster films on holiday TV? Turn yourself into an instant movie buff with these fascinating facts from the definitive book of Hollywood trivia...
Alan Alda - Alphonse D'Abruzzo; Jennifer Aniston - Jennifer Anastassakis; Antonio Banderas - Jose Antonio Dominguez Bandera; Jacqueline Bisset - Winnifred Jacqueline Fraser-Bisset; Dirk Bogarde - Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde; Yul Brynner - Taidje Khan; Daniel DeVito - Daniel Michaeli; Goldie Hawn - Goldie Jean Studlendgehawn; Ben Kingsley - Krishna Bhanji; Meg Ryan - Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra; Susan Sarandon - Susan Abigail Tomalin; Jane Seymour - Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg; Charlie Sheen - Carlos Irwin Estevez; Kevin Spacey - Kevin Fowler; Bruce Willis - Walter Bruce Willison.
Jodie Foster and Nicole Kidman 132. Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger 135. Geena Davis and Madonna 140. Jayne Mansfield 149. Sharon Stone 154. Sylvester Stallone and Quentin Tarantino 160. Courtney Love 160. James Woods 180.
Stars with tattoos
Angelina Jolie - tiger (lower back), dragon (left arm), Arabic phrase meaning 'strength of will' (inside right forearm), Buddhist Pali incantation (left shoulder blade), three sets of geographical co-ordinates indicating birth places of her children (left shoulder), numeral 13 (inside left forearm), 'Know Your Rights' (back of neck), letter H (inside left wrist), black cross and Latin phrase meaning 'what nourishes me, destroys me' (front of left hip).
Ben Affleck - barbed wire (right arm), cross (right arm).
Charlize Theron - flower (right foot).
Penelope Cruz - number 883 (right ankle).
Kurt Russell - letter G (leg). Halle Berry - flower (right buttock). Robert De Niro - panther (right shoulder).
Sean Connery - 'Scotland Forever,' 'Mum and Dad' (forearm).
Nicolas Cage - monitor lizard with top hat (upper back).
Johnny Depp - 'Wino forever' (right bicep), Native American face (right bicep), inverted triangle (left bicep), heart engraved with 'Betty Sue' (left bicep), three small rectangles (right index finger), number 3 (left hand), skull and crossbones plus 'Death is certain' (lower right leg), 'Lily Rose' (over heart), 'Jack' and bird in flight (right forearm).
Drew Barrymore - three cherubs holding cross with mother's name (lower back), another cherub (back), butterfly (navel), flower (stomach), cross with vine around it (right ankle), moon (big toe of right foot).
Robert Carlyle (Hitler: The Rise Of Evil); Frank Finlay (The Death Of Adolf Hitler); Anthony Hopkins (The Bunker); Derek Jacobi (Inside The Third Reich); Ian McKellen (Countdown To War); Peter Sellers (Soft Beds, Hard Battles).
Rosanna Arquette, Alec Baldwin, Brigitte Bardot, Kim Basinger, Julie Christie, Doris Day, Michael J. Fox, Richard Gere, Josh Hartnett, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna.
Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Drew Barrymore, Daryl Hannah, Woody Harrelson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix.
Older women, younger men
Sharon Stone and Dweezil Zappa (12 years' difference). Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins (12). Cher and Val Kilmer (13). Joan Collins and Peter
Holm (20). Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky (20).
Couples who married after meeting on set
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (The Marrying Man). Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne (Siesta). Warren Beatty and Annette Bening (Bugsy). Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (To Have And Have Not). Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra). Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (Days Of Thunder).
Wallace & Gromit's contraptions
Shopper 13 (remote-controlled cheese-carrying shopping trolley). Autochef (mechanised friedbreakfastmaker). Christmas Cardomatic (Christmas card-maker). Soccamatic (contraption to beat dogs at football).
Actresses' vital statistics
Angelina Jolie 36C-27-36; Cameron Diaz 34B-23-36; Sandra Bullock 33B-24-34; Marilyn Monroe 37C-24-35; Julia Roberts 34B-23-34; Pamela Anderson 34C-24-34; Nicole Kidman 34B-23-36.
Woody Allen (showers with drains in the middle). Drew Barrymore (claustrophobia). Cher (flying). Joan Crawford (germs). Katharine Hepburn (fire). Steven Spielberg (lifts).
The first screen kiss - May Irwin and John Rice (The Widow Jones, 1896)
The first Hollywood French kiss - Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty (Splendor In The Grass, 1961)
The first same-sex kiss - the orgy scene in Cecil B DeMille's Manslaughter (1922)
The most kisses in one movie - 127 by John Barrymore in Don Juan (1926).
Hitchcock and screen presence
Hitchcock appeared in every film he directed, but what part did he play? Here's a selection: Easy Virtue (Man beside tennis court). Blackmail (Man on Underground train being tormented by obnoxious child). Rebecca (Man outside telephone box). Strangers On A Train (Man getting on a train with a double bass). Dial M For Murder (Man seen in photograph at school reunion dinner). Rear Window (Man winding clock).
Actors recast after shooting began
Michael J. Fox replaced Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back To The Future. Martin Sheen replaced Harvey Keitel as Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Apocalypse Now. Sandra Bullock replaced Lori Petty as Lt Lenina Huxley in Demolition Man.
Actors who gained or lost weight for a role
Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket) +70lb; Sylvester Stallone (Cop Land) +40lb; Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding) +40lb; Tom Hanks (Cast Away) -50lb; George Clooney (Syriana) +35lb; Will Smith (Ali) +35lb; Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Diary) +25lb; Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) -25lb; Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man) -50lb; Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) -30lb.
Sean Connery (coffin polisher); Bette Midler (worker at a pineapple processing plant); Danny DeVito (hairdresser); Harrison Ford (carpenter); Keanu Reeves (skate sharpener at the local ice rink); Sylvester Stallone (lion cage cleaner); Warren Beatty (rat-catcher).
Guy ritchie's mockney rhyming slang
From Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels: Battle cruiser (boozer); Bird's nest (chest); Chevy Chase (face); Nuclear sub (pub); Ping pong (strong); Tiddly (wink) (drink).
Extracted from Empire Movie Miscellany, published by Virgin
Stars who've never won an Oscar
Peter O'Toole, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, WC Fields, John Ford, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles.
Elizabeth Taylor's marriages
All eight and what she said at the time: Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton
(May 6, 1950 to February 1, 1951) 'Your heart knows when you've met the right man. There is no doubt that Nicky is the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.'
Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 to January 30, 1957) 'I just want to be with Michael. This, for me, is the beginning of a happy end.'
Mike Todd (February 2, 1957 to March 22, 1958) 'This marriage will last for ever. For me it will be third time lucky.'
Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 to March 6, 1964) 'I have never been happier in my life. We will be on our honeymoon for 30 or 40 years.'
Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 to June 26, 1974) 'I'm so happy I can't believe it. I love him enough to stand by him no matter what he might do.'
Richard Burton (October 10, 1975 to August 1, 1976) 'There will be no more marriages or divorces.
We're stuck like chicken feathers to tar - for always.' Don't think of John as Husband Number Seven. He's number one all the way - the best lover I've ever had. I want to spend the rest of my life with him and I want to be buried with him.'
Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 to October 31, 1996) 'With God's blessing, this is it, for ever.'
Famous last words
Douglas Fairbanks: 'I've never felt better.'
John Barrymore: 'Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.'
Humphrey Bogart: 'I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.'
Errol Flynn: 'I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute.'
Noel Coward: 'Goodnight, my darlings. I'll see you tomorrow.'
Groucho Marx: 'Die, my dear? Why, that's the last thing I'll do.'Elvis Presley: 'I hope I haven't bored you.'