One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
1) Daryl Hannah, a vegetarian, refused to eat real lobster for the restaurant scene. The crew scooped out the insides of real, cooked lobsters and filled them with a thick, tofu-like paste. In an interview for “Biography,” director Ron Howard said Hannah cried after each take over the deaths of the lobsters for their shells.
2) 69-year-old Jackie Coogan, famous for playing Uncle Fester in The Addams Family series and having his parents steal all of his acting money when he was a kid, was cast in the lead role of Allen Bauer, but failed to inform the producers that he didn’t know how to swim, and fatally drowned on the first day of filming, in a scene with virtually no water in it. After being turned down by 46 other actors, the studio turned to Tom Hanks, who was then spending his days pissing in a garbage can in the park trying to drown squirrels inside and float them to the top so he could have a meal. After three weeks of filming, director Ron Howard had had enough of Hanks constantly staring at the top of his head while licking his lips, and tried to drown him while filming scenes set under the sea. But to Howard’s shock and dismay, Hanks was a freak who had a fully functioning set of gills on his scrotum, allowing him to breathe underwater indefinitely. This bizarre mutation came in handy during Hanks’ and Howard’s later collaboration, Apollo 13, when Hanks was able to film all of the zero-gravity scenes underwater, saving the production hundreds of dollars, while co-star Bill Paxton suffered from brain asphyxia, from which he would never fully recover.
*true trivia courtesy of IMDB.com
BONUS!: The fountain from Splash is now awkwardly located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. I was there last week and managed to take the following picture of this cinematic icon that is recognized the world over and parts of Canada.