5 Infamous Hollywood Urban Legends

  • May 12, 2010
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That hot girl in Goldfinger died of asphyxiation from the gold paint

Early in Goldfinger, James Bond has sex with a woman. We know, big shocker there, right? We hope we didn’t spoil anything for you if you haven’t seen it, but then again, shame on you for not having seen Goldfinger. Anyway, it turns out this woman is the personal secretary of the nefarious Goldfinger, whose finger is not actually gold. However, he makes up for that sad lack of gilded appendages by killing his secretary and covering her body in gold.


More deadly than some kind of C4 and AK-47 sandwich.

And somehow, this on screen evil somehow led to people believing the actress who portrayed Goldfinger’s secretary and James Bond’s conquest had actually died from asphyxiation. At the time, people actually believed that being covered in paint would in fact suffocate and kill you. Of course if that were true, wouldn’t it be a little foolish for the filmmakers to actually carry out this act on one of their cast members? I suppose it would add to the realism and all, but using real dinosaurs for Jurassic Park would have been more realistic, too. Curse you Spielberg and your lack of real dinosaurs!


Richard Gere has a soft spot for gerbils

Richard Gere is many things: an actor, a humanitarian, a gymnast (no, seriously, he went to college on a gymnastics scholarship), and a lover of animals. We mean, this guy really, really loves animals. A lot. Or at least, that’s the rumor that has circulated throughout Hollywood for decades now. In case you don’t know what we’re talking about, type “Richard Gere” into Google and look at the search suggestions. Go on, we’ll wait.

So did you do it? And did you notice that two of the top three search terms involve the word “gerbil?” In case you’ve never heard the story, and I’m guessing you have but I’ll recap it anyway, the story goes that Gere actually inserted a gerbil into his hind end for pleasure, and the little rodent got stuck in there. So, an obviously embarrassed Gere had to go to the hospital to get it removed. If you were hoping this was a true story because it’s hilarious (and it is), I’m sorry to tell you it’s false.

The word is that Gere even has an idea about who started the rumor: Sylvester Stallone. Apparently when they were making the movie The Lords of Flatbush back in the 70’s, Stallone and Gere didn’t get a long too well, and Gere thinks that Sly started the rumor to ruin his reputation. It didn’t quite work, of course, and Sly denies starting the rumor. And we’re sure every time he hears it, he cackles with delight and pats himself on the back for a job well done.

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Does this look like a man who would engage in felching? Wait, don’t answer that.

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Image sources:

  • - There was a ghost in 3 Men and a Baby: http://healutah.org/files/u36/Tom_Selleck_list_view.jpg
  • - Some poor munchkin hung himself on the set of Wizard of Oz: http://www.mulholland-drive.net/pics/reference/oz_tree.jpg
  • - Jack Nicholson’s sister was actually his mother: http://xmsdesign.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/jack-nicholson.jpeg
  • - That hot girl in Goldfinger died of asphyxiation from the gold paint: http://www.sxc.hu/pic/m/o/om/omster-com/950157_paint_bucket.jpg
  • - Richard Gere has a soft spot for gerbils: http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/images_3/RichardGere.JPG