Our Favorite Quotes About Our Favorite Stars That Make Us Love Them Even More

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It's always nice to hear good things about good people. This goes for friends, family members, and our favorite stars. We love watching them perform, but we also love hearing about the kind of people they are behind the scenes.

When someone shares a comment or story that confirms we were right about how cool, or even how weird, that star is, it can make us love them even more. 

  • Bill Pullman Said John Candy 'Had My Back'
    Photo: Spaceballs / MGM/UA Communications Co.

    In 2017, actor Bill Pullman wrote a piece for The New York Times about how John Candy befriended him on the set of his first big Hollywood feature, Spaceballs. Prior to this 1987 film, Pullman had only appeared in a small role in one film. Pullman wrote that Candy, for reasons unknown to him, watched over him during the production.

    Candy introduced himself to Pullman by inviting the actor to eat lunch with him, and the routine continued sporadically during filming. However, the moment that truly touched him occurred during a major scene with writer/director/actor Mel Brooks. Pullman wrote:

    John was feeling that, as scripted, most of the funny lines were being given to Barf [Candy's character], and he suggested I might take one of the wisecracks. A certain silence suddenly dominated the sound stage. Mel paused...

    “You think Pullman can make the line funny? Pullman? Okay. Back to one.”

    We all went back to our start marks and ran through the three-minute sequence, crew and cast making for a lot of moving parts. After a silence following “Cut,” we heard Mel say: “Okay. We are cutting that line. Back to one.”

    Later I was disappointed that I had allowed Mel’s snap to fill me with shame and frustration. In the moment, as we all reset for another take, I must have looked like I was stewing.

    I felt the arm of the Mog drape around my shoulders. John leaned in. “Pullman, how about another doughnut?” He continued: “You’d better not look so red right now. And don’t go blue on me later.”

    His chuckle and wink calmed me down. I did eventually manage to recalibrate. And the next day, Mel met me with a hug.

    I have never forgotten John Candy’s generosity. He showed me how to be a gentle leader. He lightened my load.

    He had my back.

    305 votes
  • Kurt Russell Said When He Was 12, Charles Bronson Rode Skateboards With Him On Set
    Photo: The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters / ABC

    As a child actor, Kurt Russell appeared in the early-'60s Western TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. The show ran for a single season; Charles Bronson came on board for the second half of that season.

    Bronson's reputation as a difficult actor to work with preceded him onto the McPheeters set. Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Kurt Russell recalled how he was able to break the ice with this intimidating character:

    I heard it was his birthday... So I think I got him [Bronson] a remote-controlled airplane. And I came to the set with it and I gave it to him, and he just kinda looked at me and then he looked at the ground and then he walked away... 

    [A] few minutes later, the assistant director said, "Charlie wants to see you in his room." So I knocked on the door and he opened the door and he looked at me... [He] said, "Uh, nobody ever really got me a present before for my birthday"... 

    Later on, when it was my birthday... he knew that I liked skateboarding, and he got me these fantastic skateboards for himself and myself for my birthday. And he started skateboarding...

    When a studio employee told Russell he would not be able to skateboard on the lot anymore, Bronson set things straight. Russell recalled:

    We went up to, I think it was the head of the studio, and we just walked by the secretary, and just walked in, and he said, "Hi, we’re gonna be skateboarding around the lot."

    397 votes
  • Robin Williams Wrote A Letter To Lisa Jakub's High School, Encouraging Administrators To Let Her Return
    Photo: Mrs. Doubtfire / 20th Century Fox

    When 14-year-old Lisa Jakub filmed Mrs. Doubtfire with Robin Williams in 1993, she continued her high school work via correspondence, just like many other child actors did at the time. Although she kept up with her studies, the school decided to not let her return because her unique situation created extra work for teachers. Jakub wrote in a blog post how Williams stuck up for her, writing a letter to the school on her behalf:

    When I arrived at work the next day, Robin noticed that I was upset and asked me what was wrong. I explained what had happened, and shortly after that, he handed me a letter that he had written to my school. He explained that I was just trying to continue my education while pursuing my career. He wrote embarrassingly kind things about my character and my work, and requested that they reconsider and allow me to return to my classes.

    When I told him I still didn't think they would take me back, he said, "It's kinda like Amnesty International. That school just needs to know that people know the truth." The school framed the letter. They hung it in the principal's office. But they didn't invite me to return to school. But here's what matters from that story. Robin stood up for me. He was in my corner. I was only 14, but I had already seen that I was in an industry that was full of back-stabbing. And it was entirely clear that Robin had my back.

    398 votes
  • According to Twitter user Philly Byrne, Ranking Roger - vocalist of the English Beat and later of General Public - once detailed a Bowie encounter in an interview. The Beat had supported Bowie at a stadium show in the UK in the mid-1980s. According to Byrne's retelling:

    They were in their dressing room before the show; Bowie poked his head around the door and asked if they were all good and ready. Their trombone player, an elderly Jamaican man with no clue who David Bowie was, started complaining that they'd been promised another tray of Red Stripe, his favorite beer.

    The band stood dumbstruck as he laid into Bowie about it. Bowie then said, "Right," and walked out, leading to an explosion in the room as they shouted at the hapless [guy]. A few moments later, Bowie came in, two trays of Red Stripe in his arms, all smiles. Top man.

    364 votes
  • Charlize Theron Remembered How Gracious Tom Hanks Was When She Nearly Bombed Her Audition For 'That Thing You Do!'
    Photo: That Thing You Do! / 20th Century Fox

    In an interview with Backstage magazine, Theron remembered her painful audition for That Thing You Do!, as well as the compassion she received from Tom Hanks, who wrote, directed, and acted in the 1996 film.

    Theron first described how she was a "horrible auditioner" and hated the process - a difficult thing to avoid for a newcomer in the 1990s:

    I struggled a lot with my nervousness. I would break out in hives. My neck would just get incredibly red and I would see black dots, and in the beginning, that was really hard for me.

    But she recalled how kind Hanks was when she first bombed the audition: 

    I remember auditioning for Tom Hanks, and I was so nervous that I couldn’t say the character’s name, and he just got up and he was like, “You know what, I really need to go to the bathroom. I’ll be back.” It was his way of giving me a breather. When you have people who have that kind of kindness, you’re incredibly grateful.

    331 votes
  • Carrie Fisher Said Dan Aykroyd Once Had To Perform The Heimlich Maneuver On Her 
    Photo: The Blues Brothers / Universal Pictures

    Carrie Fisher and Dan Aykroyd starred together in The Blues Brothers in 1980, and after an incident involving Brussels sprouts and the Heimlich maneuver, the two stars ended up engaged.

    Fisher recalled the mishap in 2011 at Dragon Con: 

    I almost choked on some kind of vegetable that I shouldn't have been eating: Brussels sprouts! So he had to give me the Heimlich maneuver. He saved my life, and then he asked me to marry him. And I thought... wow, what if that happens again? I should probably marry him.

    210 votes