The Knight was played by two actors. John Cleese is in the Knight’s armour until he is down to one leg. Cleese could not balance well on one leg, so the Knight is then played by a real one-legged man, a local by the name of Richard Burton, a blacksmith who lived near the film shoot (not to be confused with Richard Burton, the Welsh actor). After the Knight’s remaining leg is cut off, the quadruple-amputee that remains is again Cleese. Cleese still boasts that he had Richard Burton as his stunt double.
In 1977 Steven Spielberg took out an ad i Variety congratulating George Lucas and his film Star Wars when it overtook Jaws at the box office. This became a tradition between the two directors as you can see by the photos above. And when James Cameron’s Titanic beat Star Wars, George Lucas congratulated him with an ad too.
Kurt Russell made his film debut at age 10 by kicking Elvis Presley in the shin in the movie It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963). Many years later Kurt Russell would portray Presley in the TV movie Elvis (1979) and also be the voice of Elvis in Forrest Gump (1994). He would also play an Elvis impersonator in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), where he gets kicked in the shin by David Kaye.
In 1984, production started on Back to the Future with Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly instead of Michael J. Fox. After 5 weeks of filming, Stoltz had to be let go – a decision that cost the studio just over $3 million. According to Zemeckis and Spielberg, Eric Stoltz, though he was a fantastic actor, was just not naturally funny enough for the film.