These days, it seems every other movie is one that involves costume-clad heroes running around a city, trying to keep it from shattering. Superhero movies are big money, and they tend to draw some of the most talented actors and actresses in the industry - but how much do you really know about Gal Gadot, Chris Evans, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and the rest?
This list takes a look at some of the most popular people working in the superhero movie business and uncovers as many things you probably didn't know about them as possible. Take a look below, and if you learn something about one of your favorite actors or actresses that you didn't already know, be sure to give it an upvote!
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Although some fans might not have noticed that Wade Wilson was wearing a Bea Arthur shirt in Deadpool, that didn't matter to Reynolds. He wanted to wear the shirt, and the only way he managed to do so was by paying $10,000 to a charity chosen by her estate. This makes sense if you know the character through the comics because Deadpool is fanatical about his love of the Golden Girls actress. The character is often seen watching reruns of that series and claims to be her No. 1 fan, so Reynolds had a reason for wanting to wear the shirt.
Reynolds made his request in person, and once he got the go-ahead, he made a donation to an undisclosed charity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arthur's sons granted Reynolds permission to use their mother's likeness in the movie. According to her son Daniel Saks, a set designer, he was working on the sitcom Dharma & Greg when Reynolds was on a nearby set acting in Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, and he remembered Reynolds as a "nice guy, and the fact that it was him gave it more weight with me and my brother, Matthew. We thought, 'Why not?'"39018Cool fact?
After smashing into the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord, Chris Pratt solidified himself as a future Avenger. Before that could happen, though, he stole his costume. Now, modern superhero costumes are incredibly expensive and can require hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, so nabbing a costume is a pretty big deal. But the actor had an amazing reason for taking it.
Pratt explained his decision in an interview with Panzer TV:
I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone - say, like, a Russell Wilson - and go visit kids. If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?27515Cool fact?
Back in 2001, Mark Ruffalo had a vivid dream about a brain tumor that turned out to be true - he had a golfball-sized mass behind his left ear. He was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma (a brain tumor that affected his hearing). Fortunately, it was benign, but his recovery was incredibly difficult, and since this was also during the time his wife was pregnant with their first child, the difficulty was compounded for the family.
The surgery to remove it was risky, and he fought for 10 months, dealing with the paralysis of his facial nerves. This messed with his balance, and he couldn't move the left side of his face, but he just followed his mantra, "Keep moving," and he powered his way through. Still, it was challenging for him and his family.
"Recovery really tested what I was made of as a man. It also became a blessing in disguise, as time progressed," he explained.23411Cool fact?
Chadwick Boseman's Private Benefactor Was Denzel Washington
When he was still in school at Howard University, Chadwick Boseman was accepted into the highly prestigious summer theater program at Oxford University. Unfortunately, he couldn't afford to go but managed to secure funding through a private benefactor. This was done via Phylicia Rashad of The Cosby Show, who was one of his acting teachers at Howard.
She pushed for Boseman and his friends - who also applied and got in - which Boseman explained as "She essentially got some celebrity friends to pay for us to go." It wasn't until the program was over that he received a beneficiary letter, revealing that his private benefactor was none other than Denzel Washington. He wrote a thank you letter to Washington and didn't speak about it for 20 years.
As he was promoting Black Panther, it was time to let the cat out of the bag. While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he said, "I've basically been holding this secret my whole career." He finally got a chance to meet Washington (and thank him in person) when he showed up for the Black Panther premiere in New York. The two met, and he thanked him, to which Washington jokingly replied, "Oh, so that's why I'm here. You owe me money! I came to collect!"1844Cool fact?