The movie Goodwill Hunting (starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, and Ben Affleck) is based on the real-life story of George Dantzig. Dantzig was taking a class at Berkeley with Jerzy Neyman, when he arrived late one day. There were two problems on the board, which Dantzig quickly wrote down, thinking that they were homework. He went home and solved them, turning in the solutions a few days later. It turned out that those problems were not homework but two famous unsolved statistics problems!