It's pretty common knowledge that movies and movie stars are large factors in many people's lives. However, we never really know how the people in the movies are affected by films. Thanks to the book "VARIETY'S "The Movie That Changed My Life" : 120 Celebrities Pick the Films that Made a Difference (for Better or Worse)" we now have some insight into which films truly affected our favorite actors...
1. Javier Bardem
(Skyfall, Eat Pray Love, No Country For Old Men)
Believe it or not, this incredible Spanish actor's favorite film growing up was E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. According to Bardem, even today that movie makes him emotional:
It hits deep in me and always makes me cry...
Why, you ask?
Love...It is such a beautiful love story between this kid and this totally, theoretically dangerous alien. It has to do with trust, with a strong sense of following our instincts and trusting in love rather than what the other people are trying to tell you to do. E.T. is about a commitment of taking care of the person you love. You feel like a better person after watching that film.
2. Steve Carell
(The Office, Dan in Real Life, Foxcatcher)
Steve Carell has two movies that have impacted his life: Ryan's Daughter and Young Frankenstein. The comedian elaborates:
When I was a little kid, my older brothers took me to see my first R-rated film, which was David Lean's Ryan's Daughter...It was the first naked woman's breast I ever saw, and that completely changed my life.
Regarding Young Frankenstein, Carell finds it a funny movie and he hopes to pass its brilliance onto his children...
As a kid, I saw Young Frankenstein, and it holds up, in my opinion. It is just funny....I will introduce that film to my children when they are ready to see it.
3. Seth Rogen
(Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, This is the End)
Seth Rogen's life changing movie is Kevin Smith's Clerks:
Kevin Smith's Clerks, when I saw that, was one of the defining moments of my career....It's the first movie I saw where the characters were talking like me and my friends talk to each other--about Star Wars and blowjobs and what have you. That was tremendously influential in my writing. And then Kevin Smith told me he wrote a movie for me [Zack and Miri Make a Porno] and I'm in. Thank God I really liked it....Usually you have to put a gun to my head to make me finish a script, and I read Zack and Miri in one sitting.
4. Robert Downey Jr.
(Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, The Judge)
Following a childhood of trailing behind his father in and out of movie theaters--leaving after the opening sequence if it wasn't 'good enough'--Robert Downey Jr. discovered his own movie to watch all the way through: Little Miss Sunshine...
When I see that dysfunctional family, demonstrating to us how we can all be OK...I kind of feel like it's a triumph for weirdos.
5. Nicole Kidman
(The Golden Compass, Moulin Rouge, Happy Feet)
Nicole Kidman grew up with The Wizard of Oz. However, initially she was not fascinated with Dorothy, but the Wicked Witch...
As a child I was far more interested in the Wicked Witch than Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. That's a film that changed my life....I loved the drama of the flying monkeys, and that somehow played into my fears. As a child I was fascinated with the many facets of people's lives. I don't see that as dark. I also try to move towards the light, and with that there are some dark stories. I was Dorothy. I wasn't into Dorothy. I'm never attracted to people who are similar to me. I like exploring the psychology of different people ["Which leads [Nicole Kidman], momentarily, to see the very big picture of international relations:]...If we did that more as a nation, we'd be more understanding of what brings us together than what separates us, because with that comes some deep flaws and some abominable behavior.