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Directors’ Cuts

A few facts about movie directors, from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids

13 of the 100 top-grossing films of all time were made by Steven Spielberg or George Lucas.

In 1968 Steven Spielberg and George Lucas took a directing class taught by Jerry Lewis.

During the famous “chest bursting” scene in Alien (1979), director Ridley Scott got the reaction he wanted by unexpectedly showering the actors with real blood.

Youngest movie director: Kishan Shrikanth of India directed a full-length film at age nine.

Only one person has won Emmys for acting, writing, and directing: Alan Alda (for M* A* S* H).

Supposedly, Wes Craven named his horrifying character, Freddy Krueger, after a kid who used to bully him in school.

Leonard “Mr. Spock” Nimoy costarred in the 1985 Bangles video “Going Down to Liverpool.”

Of the more than 250 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Alfred Hitchcock directed only 18.

The sketch that Jack drew of Rose in Titanic was actually drawn by director James Cameron. (Cameron has many talents: he was also once a school bus driver.)

David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi.

Woody Allen disliked his film Manhattan so much that he offered to direct another movie for United Artists for free if they shelved it. (They refused.)

Italian director Frederico Fellini was nominated for 12 Oscars for writing or directing. Number of wins: 0.

Francis Ford Coppola is an honorary ambassador to Belize.

First movie Steven Spielberg ever saw: The Greatest Show on Earth, at age four.

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The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids. Weighing in at over 400 pages, it's a fact-a-palooza of obscure information.

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