Have you ever been watching a movie only to realize the characters feel too in depth and creative to be fake? Sometimes it seems as though the actors really have taken their role to a whole new level. However, this can have a disastrous effect. Not everyone knows when to stop, and there are some actors who took their character too far.
Actors who took their character too far
Is there such a thing as too much in Hollywood? Well, there probably is if you take a look at the list of actors who took their character too far. There’s getting into the role, and then there’s becoming your on-screen persona.
Tom Hanks in Cast Away
Tom Hanks is one of the most versatile and sought-after actors in Hollywood, but there could be a good reason this actor is so talented: he is willing to go further than most for the role. Tom followed a strict diet to lose 55 pounds for his part in Cast Away, but that wasn’t all. All his time in the water caused the actor to contract an infection which resulted in blood poisoning and emergency surgery. Thankfully, it all paid off as Tom walked away with a Golden Globe for his efforts.
Marilyn Burns in Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is easily one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made, and it seems as though it’s not just us that thinks so. Marilyn Burns, the star of the film, didn’t want to see Leatherface in his costume before shooting the movie. Why? So her reactions were genuine. Yes, all that screaming and all those tears were the actress thinking she was actually going to have her life ended. Now THAT’S dedication.
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Landing a role in a movie could mean many stars have to learn a new skill or two if they want it to look authentic. However, Natalie Portman was one of the actors who took their character too far when she dropped 20 pounds for the leading role in Black Swan. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s reported the actress would spend up to eight hours each day practicing her ballet and even dislocated a rib from all the work – ouch.
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot
This film is one of Daniel Day-Lewis’ most successful roles and even won the actor an Oscar for his talents. However, it didn’t come without a significant price. Daniel wanted to experience everything that came with living life in a wheelchair so refused to leave he chair in between scenes. All that time in a wheelchair came with plenty of side effects, including two broken ribs! Perhaps this is just another actor taking their role too far?
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
There is becoming your character, and then there is taking your role to the same level as Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not only did they actress end up moving to Stockholm on her own for a few weeks before the movie, but she also cut off all her hair and dyed it black. Still not enough? The actress even got a host of piercings all over her body, including some pretty inconspicuous places, to fully embrace the part.
Shia LaBeouf in Fury
Ah, now here we have an eccentric actor willing to do anything for a role. This star wanted to do whatever he could to embrace the character and even signed up to America’s National Guard service to learn the ropes. Shia would then cut his face in the same place each day to make his wounds look authentic, removed his own tooth, and refused to wash to make his look seem as life-like as possible. Probably not the most popular actor on set, but at least you could smell him coming!
Ah, actors – they’re a funny bunch, aren’t they? It seems as though it’s more than just turn up and read a few lines every now and then. No, these actors who took their character too far were willing to do anything to give their movies the authentic edge they dreamed of.