Another factor, according to friends of the pair, was Murray's annoyance at people who saw Ramis as instrumental to his success, simply because every other movie he made without the guy sucked. How dare they?
After the movie was done, the two didn't speak for decades. While Ramis was always open to the rekindling of their friendship, and even admitted to having recurring dreams about them becoming pals again, Murray rebuffed every overture for 21 years. The pair reportedly made up on Ramis' deathbed in 2014, where they discussed their lives and the Chicago Cubs, which -- at least up until 2016 -- was the sort of topic that paired well with ruminating on a lifetime of lost opportunities.
Napoleon Dynamite's Pedro Had Evil Twin Troubles
Despite having exhortations to vote for his character plastered on every tchotchke at the mall circa 2006, the actor behind Pedro in the quirky classic Napoleon Dynamite, Efren Ramirez, didn't exactly go onto huge things after becoming instantly recognizable worldwide. He's not a rail-riding troubadour or anything, but his fame was sufficient enough to cause his life to become a drama-filled mess.
You see, Efren has an identical twin named Carlos, and reports suggest the latter may lack the sweet-natured, well-intentioned soul of Pedro. Striking while Efren's fame was still blazingly, well, warm, Carlos began posing as his brother at public appearances. He claims that he only did so at the request of Efren, who was "too busy" to make it to every social engagement that his agent lined up for him. Carlos did admit, however, at least one breach of fraternal etiquette: "I did attend an event without his knowledge as I was being immature and wanted to get back at him for a personal matter which involved the girl I was dating at the time." He didn't elaborate on that, presumably hoping a studio buys the rights to the full story.
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This lends further credence to our theory that being a twin is just a nonstop cavalcade of romantic subterfuge.
What suggests that Carlos' hijinks weren't all that innocent after all is the fact that Efren threatened to sue him, and slapped him with a cease-and-desist order so that unsuspecting attendees of boat shows would no longer be tricked into worshiping a false Pedro. After all of that, Carlos remained upbeat about the possibility of reconciling with his estranged brother: "I would love to talk to Efren. Maybe even work together in the future. His support would be amazing. I think it's safe to say the magnitude of Napoleon Dynamite and everything that has come along with it, has ruined my relationship with my twin." In other words, it's the movie's fault and he learned exactly bupkis.
An Injury During Syriana Made George Clooney Contemplate Suicide
The political thriller Syriana was kind of a monkey's paw situation for George Clooney. Sure, his role of CIA operative Bob Barnes earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor, but it came at the cost of excruciating, months-long, potentially life-ending pain.
During the scene where Clooney's strapped to a chair and receiving a pummeling/fingernail removal procedure in the course of his governmental duties, the chair tipped over and caused the actor to go bonk on the concrete. Here he is explaining what happened next: "I tore my dura, which is the wrap around my spine that holds in the spinal fluid. But it's not my back; it's my brain. I basically bruised my brain. It's bouncing around my head because it's not supported by the spinal fluid."
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So that's what made Tomorrowland seem like a good idea.
We joke, but for Clooney it was dead serious. The resulting headaches drove him to distraction, and he refused to take any meds for them out of fear of becoming part of the opioid addiction epidemic that's all the rage today.
Concentrating was not an easy task, and he was reduced to writing his lines on scraps of paper for his performance in Good Night, And Good Luck. It got so bad that Clooney admits suicide started looking like a reasonable option. Eventually, a neurologist got to the bottom of his problem and solved the issue with multiple surgeries, and Clooney's greatest preoccupation went back to being psychologically tormenting his best friends.
E. Reid Ross is the author of Nature Is The Worst: 500 Reasons You'll Never Want To Go Outside Again, which is in stores now and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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