Being an actor isn’t an easy gig. Imagine what it would be like to live in someone else’s head for months at a time. Sure, they get paid well, but sometimes the job takes it’s toll nonetheless. Here are 10 Famous Actors Who Broke Down On Set.
Now that Suicide Squad has been released for mass consumption, the shroud of secrecy over Jared Leto’s Joker has been lifted. Although he featured heavily in the marketing, the Joker somehow still remained a mystery. After hearing about the unconventional gifts Leto sent to his cast mates, some people began to wonder about the actor. Dead animals and used condoms were some of the presents, and the recipients were less than enthused. Co-star Margot Robbie went on the record saying she was legitimately scared of the actor during filming. And when you consider the research Leto did in preparation for the character, he had no reason to smile.
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen has been acting since the 1960’s, and has over one hundred credits to his name. Beginning with theatre, McKellen has honed his craft over time and been cast in some of Hollywood’s most legendary roles. But most audiences will recognize him from his work as Gandalf, in the big screen adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series. Beginning with the main trilogy from 2001-2003, the actor reprised his role in the recent prequel series The Hobbit. But a lot has changed between 2001 and now. And while the first movies were shot with as many manual effects as possible, the filmmakers opted for more CGI the second time ‘round. Realizing he was now performing alone on a green-screened soundstage, the actor began to weep, seemingly longing for the days when acting was a team sport.
After the summer release of an all-female Ghostbusters, the whole world is now familiar with the concept of “blind rage”. But before we all became so enlightened, it was still shocking to see such genuine anger stem from trivial occurrences. When filming Terminator: Salvation in 2009, the director of photography became the target of Christian Bale’s ire after accidentally distracting him between takes. Bale is a serious actor with serious methods. And any crew member who doesn’t respect that - accidentally or otherwise - is in for a really loud, incredibly angry wake-up call. After the D.O.P got caught in the middle of a verbal shit-storm, audio of the interaction made it’s way to the internet. The actor apologized for his outburst, sort of, and then moved on with his life. And since he’s not the kind of person we want to piss off, we’re gonna move on now.
Sometimes in order to tell a story, actors have to put themselves in situations that make them squeamish. The issue of using torture to gain information is complex, and the subject of great debate. Talking about it is one thing, but having it happen right in front of you is another. Jessica Chastain had to take a long break after filming a waterboarding scene for 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty. Even though it’s a highly-controlled environment in reality, movies wouldn’t be movies if they didn’t feel real. And for everyone on set that day, the mood was an tense one.
Daisy Ridley went from being an unknown to having a major Hollywood presence overnight. Thus is the power of the Star Wars franchise. The Force Awakens was a hugely successful installment, and brought both hardcore and brand new fans together. But on the first day of filming, Ridley wasn’t sure how much longer she’d be sticking around. It turns out the actress was on the receiving end of criticism from director JJ Abrams, who thought her performance was “wooden”. In the big picture, that comment might seem inconsequential. But if someone said that to you on your first day, in front of dozens of people, you’d probably take it pretty hard, too.