You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch! At least we can assume Jim Carrey must have been thinking that when he was filming How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This particular film was not just a box office smash but also a defining moment in the funnyman’s career. What a lot of people don’t know is that the film was serious torture for Jim Carrey.
The makeup was extremely constricting so Carrey was having a really hard time putting forward a good performance. There was a great deal of concern so the producers enlisted the help of the Seals, Navy Seals. The producers actually hired a US Navy Seal to counsel Carrey on torture resistance techniques.
Talk about striking out in Whoville.
It’s almost certain that you are thinking Orson Welles became some sort of religious devotee by reading the tittle of this entry, not so. The fact is that when he made the classic Citizen Kane Welles made an enemy of the legendary media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Essentially Welles pissed him off by creating a character that was based on him, a person that engaged in gaudy self-barony.
Welles was warned by many people not to try and tangle with Hearst in any respect but he did it anyway. When Hearst realized what Welles had done he was looking for ways in which to smash Welles down. One night Hearst planted a girl in a hotel room, the girl was naked and she was supposed to scream rape and get Welles arrested. Welles was giving a lecture somewhere.
On the way back to his room a janitor of the goings told Welles on so he never went to the room. That night Welles was spared but the following years would be a sort of nightmare for Welles as he was somewhat blacklisted as a difficult and casuist individual.