18 Facts About Mario Kassar


Mario F Kassar is a Lebanese film producer and industry executive who produced the first three films of the Rambo series, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, The Doors, Angel Heart, Jacob's Ladder, Rambling Rose, Basic Instinct, Universal Soldier, Chaplin, Showgirls, and Stargate, among other films.


Mario Kassar founded the now-defunct Carolco Pictures with Andrew G Vajna.


At the age of 15, Mario Kassar had purchased several Italian and French films for distribution in the Far East.


Mario Kassar executive produced Angel Heart and Johnny Handsome, as well as having produced Red Heat.


Andy and Mario Kassar personally knew all the worldwide local independent distributors.


Hoffman thought Mario Kassar's largesse was destroying the company; Mario Kassar suspected Hoffman was scheming to depose him.


Mario Kassar paid $10 million to Arnold Schwarzenegger for him to star in Total Recall and $15 million to Michael Douglas for him to star in Basic Instinct.


Mario Kassar went as far as even giving Schwarzenegger his own airplane, which cost an additional $17 million.


Mario Kassar attempted to produce the now shelved Bartholomew vs Neff, a John Hughes film which would have starred Stallone and John Candy.


Mario Kassar excels at producing major action-adventure films with high level directors and cast that have worldwide appeal.


Mario Kassar brings creative financial arrangements to the films he makes.


Mario Kassar executive produced Lolita, which was directed by Adrian Lyne and starred Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith and Dominique Swain.


C2 Pictures was later disbanded afterwards and it was later revealed that Vajna and Mario Kassar founded the company only for the purpose of reviving the Terminator franchise.


The Hollywood Reporter announced on October 4,2012, that Mario Kassar was backing Schuyler Moore, who is helping raise $100 million for the Singapore-based Infiniti Media Fund.


In June 2014, it was reported that Mario Kassar will be producing an English language remake of Takashi Miike's 1999 film, Audition, which is based on the 1997 novel of the same name by Ryu Murakami.


Mario Kassar's remake will be set in the United States and will be written and directed by Richard Gray.


On February 17,2015, it was announced that Mario Kassar had returned as chairman of the board of directors of the currently relaunched Carolco Pictures.


On November 14,2013, it was reported by the New York Post that Mario Kassar's name was apparently mentioned in an email exchange between Alec Baldwin and his stalker, Genevieve Sabourin.