One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
Apocalypse Now (1979)
1) Francis Ford Coppola believed that Marlon Brando was familiar with Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and had prepared for the role before the legendary actor arrived on the set. When Brando did come out, Coppola was horrified to find that Brando had never read “Heart of Darkness”, did not know his lines, and had become extremely fat (Kurtz had always been written as a tall but starvingly thin man). After some panicking, Coppola decided to film the 5’10” Brando as if he was a massively built, 6’5″ brute (to explain Brando’s size) and steered the camera clear of Brando’s huge belly.
2) Laurence Fishburn famously lied about his age to secure a role in the film. He claimed to be 18 when in fact he was 57 and actress Yvonne De Carlo of Munsters fame.