During their work, actors often have to break out of their comfort zones and expand the borders of their own ideas of what is possible and what is not. And they also have to look natural, because viewers are not supposed to suspect anything. In order to fully dive into a role and be convincing on screen, they have to do some weird and unpleasant things. Very often, this dedication is worth it because people enjoy their films, but sometimes, it is a nightmare for all the participants of the shooting process.
1. Sharon Stone — Basic Instinct
When Sharon Stone talked about the famous scene from Basic Instinct, she said that it changed her life. The thing was that the actress didn’t know what this scene with her uncrossing and crossing her legs would look like before the final cut. Stone said that director Paul Verhoeven convinced her to take her underwear off, first, in order to show the superiority of her character over men, and second, to draw the attention to the people in the next shot. Also, the director promised her that nobody would see anything in this scene. But after the premiere, the actress was shocked and she didn’t know what to do. It’s said that she even slapped Verhoeven in his face.
2. Taylor Lautner — The Twilight Saga
The well-built Jacob from the Twilight Saga won over a lot of girls’ hearts. In the film, there were quite a few scenes where Taylor Lautner had to show his strong body when he was transforming into a giant wolf. But the actor himself wasn’t a fan of the idea that he had to be almost naked in front of the camera. In one of his interviews, he said that if he’d had a choice, he would have preferred to never take his shirt off during the shooting. Lautner wanted colleagues and viewers to pay more attention to his acting, rather than his body.
3. Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is considered to be one of the most explicit TV series of the modern era. And some bed scenes were fun to do. So, the star of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke said in one of her interviews that during the shooting of the bed scene between her and actor Jason Momoa, he covered the thing between his legs with a pink fluffy sock. This was Jason’s way of making the situation less intense because he could see that Emilia was very nervous. According to Emilia, he started laughing hysterically, so she forgot everything she was supposed to do in the scene, and because of this, the shooting was canceled that day.
4. Jim Carrey — Kick-A$$ 2
In 2013, Jim Carrey played quite an unusual role for him — a superhero named Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-A$$ 2. Later, the actor admitted that he was very ashamed of all the violent scenes he took part in. Carrey said that this level of violence is inappropriate, even if it’s in a comedy action film.
5. Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Natalie Portman won a well-deserved Oscar for the role of the ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller Black Swan. But one of the shots from this film still gives her bad memories. It’s about the love scene between her and Mila Kunis. In an interview, Portman said that it was totally crazy, because Mila and she were close friends. The actress even wanted to hire a stunt double, but in the end, she managed to do this difficult task on her own.
6. Margot Robbie — Suicide Squad
The villain, Harley Quinn, from Suicide Squad is one of the coolest characters of the film but Margot Robbie wasn’t pleased with some of the scenes. First, she felt awkward walking around in mini-shorts and torn T-shirt: Robbie was ashamed of such a revealing look. Second, the actress still gets the chills when she remembers the scene where her character falls into a bowl of chemicals. According to Margot, this was the worst moment in her entire acting career: the liquid got into her nose, ears, and eyes, and it was really uncomfortable. And right after she came back to the surface, she was supposed to look at Joker with loving eyes and it didn’t look very good.
7. Kurt Russel — The Hateful Eight
In Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, there is a scene where the character of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh plays an old ballad on the guitar and then the bounty hunter, portrayed by Kurt Russell, swipes the instrument from her hands and breaks it into pieces. So, the guitar Russell smashed was a valuable antique instrument that cost $40,000. It wasn’t just a prop. Obviously, the actor didn’t know about it and said that he was very ashamed by what happened in this scene.
8. Keira Knightley — A Dangerous Method
The film A Dangerous Method tells the story about the relationship between psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung and his patient. According to the plot, in one of the love scenes, Keira Knightley’s character had to be spanked by Michael Fassbender’s character. This scene was a true challenge for the actress. In an interview, she even admitted that she took the edge off with several vodka shots before the shooting and a glass of champagne afterward.
9. Ellen Page — Juno
It was the film Juno that made Ellen Page really famous. However, in the film, there is an episode the actress is not very proud of. So, while discussing the potential future name for her child, Page’s character tells a homophobic joke. When her partner suggests the name Madison, she says that it’s “A little gay.” Later, the actress said that she is very ashamed of that joke now that she is older and she understands how stupid it was.
10. Josh Brolin — Avengers: Infinity War
Josh Brolin who played Thanos in Avengers was very convincing in his role, but later the actor admitted that the Loki murder scene was very unpleasant for him. In the film, the cunning Loki staged his death several times, so Thanos had to be sure that he killed him one last time. But the scene where the villain is strangling the character seemed too brutal for the actor. Besides, Josh said that he felt pity for Tom Hiddleston at that moment because he had spent so much time with the character and it was his last scene.
11. Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan — Fifty Shades of Grey
The actors who played in the main roles in this film totally agree that doing all the love scenes in this film was really challenging for them. They were hot, sweaty, and completely uncomfortable. Besides, some of the episodes took a very long time to shoot so the actors had to lie tied and blindfolded for several hours in a row. And even worse, the viewers called the work of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan one of the most unconvincing relationships in history.
12. Chris Hemsworth — Thor: The Dark World
It is hard to believe that the handsome Chris Hemsworth is not a fan of showing his body in front of the camera. So, when he had to take off his T-shirt in Thor: The Dark World, he felt very uncomfortable. In an interview he said that he was trying to convince the director to get rid of the shirtless scene, but he didn’t listen. A similar story happened during the work on Thor: Ragnarok. According to the actor, he was happy that he was dressed in the first part of the film, but then the director said that the film needed to be spicier.