7 Famous Performers In Hit Movies( That Were A Personal Hell)

Good actors pick their films based on such factors as the quality of the writing and the talent of the director. But sometimes, even the most money-hungry thespian will decide a role isn’t for them and tell Hollywood they’re bailing hard — only for Hollywood to go, “Haha , not so fast, Jabroni.” It turns out that forcing performers to shut their mouths and act in a movie they want nothing to do with can result in massive makes, cult classics … and yes, the occasional turd. For example …


Mark Hamill Really Wanted To Skip The Force Awakens

For nearly 30 years, Mark Hamill lived easy, supposing his days of waving around a magical space glowstick for a living were behind him. But then in 2012, during a Star Wars event, George Lucas took Hamill and Carrie Fisher aside and told them a new trilogy was happening — and if they didn’t sign up, their characters would be written out.

“Sorry, lost my hand in a freak Slurpee machine accident! I can’t play Luke with merely one … wait, shit.”

Immediately, the actor was filled with utter terror. He explained the sensation as feeling like he’d been drafted. And he’s not exactly wrong. Whoever became responsible for Luke Skywalker being left out of the movie was basically committing suicide-by-angry-nerd.

Hamill, ever the kind farm son, needed someone else to do the dirty work for him — someone like a brazen smuggler, perhaps. In an interview on the Nerdist podcast, he admitted that he was traversing his thumbs and hoping that Harrison Ford would say no first, which seemed like a realistic prospect, given how much he freaking abhors Han Solo. Unfortunately, director J.J. Abrams stimulated the movie irresistible for Ford by offering to kill his character. And so Hamill accepted mostly out of politeness, The Force Awakens was a success, and he aimed up being in it for like ten seconds. Good luck on the next one, Mark! Hope it doesn’t suck!


Tommy Lee Jones Was Fucking Miserable Attaining Batman Forever

Batman Forever may not be the greatest Batman movie, but there’s a touching tale hidden behind the scenes that nearly induces it all worth it. It’s the story of how Tommy Lee Jones loves his son more than he hates Jim Carrey. And he genuinely dislikes Jim Carrey.

After Tim Burton was kicked off the Batman movie franchise for not selling enough Penguin action figures, Warner Bros. brought in director and human strobe light Joel Schumacher. Schumacher’s producer had become close with Jones while filming Under Siege and The Fugitive , and thought it would great to ruin his new best friend’s reputation. He devoted the script to Jones, whom he wanted to play Two-Face, but after read it, the actor said he didn’t get onto. The producer replied with all the grace and diplomacy you’d expect from someone who’d constructed several Steven Seagal vehicles 😛 TAGEND

Jones called back after a few hours to accept the role. Except for a mini-stroke, what could have possible gotten him to change his mind in such a short time? Schumacher detected the answer when he went to visit Jones a few weeks later … and saw his son Austin’s collection of Batman comic books. Yep, Jones’ true motive was to finally star in a movie that his child could watch, instead of trying to explain to Austin why daddy is trying to stop the nice man from procuring his wife’s one-armed killer.

On top of having to sit in a makeup chair for three hours a day to seem half man, half burger patty, Jones had to endure something even worse: Jim Carrey, who played the Riddler. On the night before filming a big scene together, Carrey watched Jones at a restaurant and stopped by his table to say hi. Jones’ face turned ashen gray. He get up, hugged the comedian tight, and said, while shaking: “I dislike you. I actually don’t like you.” When Carrey asked him why, Jones responded with “I cannot sanction your buffoonery, ” because Tommy Lee Jones is so old that he was taught his insults by Mark Twain.


Everybody Was Like, “Fuck Casablanca

An actor’s career lives and dies on their instincts — a professional gut feeling which sometimes tells them they’re making a terrible, awful piece of garbage. You know, like “whats happened to” Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca .

Casablanca was set up to fail from the start. Hurriedly adapted from an unproduced play called Everybody Comes To Rick’s , Jack Warner( of the Warner Bros .) had little hopes for its success. In order to construct the best of a bad situation, they brought in director Michael Curtiz, who was not only an amazing filmmaker, but also the various kinds of maniacal workaholic who believed lunch breaches were for lazy people. And they were going to need a strict taskmaster to keep everything together, especially since the screenplay was in no way ready when they had to start filming and the two results had the exuberance of a cat at bath time.

Between an ever-changing script and an ever-shouting Curtiz, all Bogart and Bergman knew about Casablanca was that it was sloppy, with tons of bad dialogue and absurd situations. When actress Geraldine Fitzgerald took them to lunch( lazy ), all they could do was talk about how to get out of the movie. This shit sandwich had literally killed their appetite.

Every morning, Bergman would arrive on decide asking Curtiz, “Who are we? What are we doing? ” because the script would change with each pas day. Neither Bergman nor Bogart particularly liked one another , nor knew how the movie would aim until they were practically shooting it, with many classic lines being pulled out of the writers’ asses at the last minute. In the end, Casablanca turned out to be a timeless masterpiece, which came as a great surprise to the people who’d induced the damn thing. But hey, sometimes when you fell a thousand-piece puzzle, all the pieces fall in precisely the right place, and then you have a perfectly formed puzzle on the floor of your kitchen. That’s Casablanca .


Evangeline Lilly Merely Concurred To Build The Hobbit If There Was No Love Triangle( And Then They Added One )

One of the more baffling aspects of the Hobbit trilogy was the out-of-place romantic rivalry between inexplicably hot dwarf Kili and beautiful mop Legolas over the affection of the elf Tauriel. There seemed to be zero chemistry between all the actors involved, but there’s a perfectly valid reason for that: None of them knew they were supposed to fancy one another until the movie was almost finished.

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One Tumblr fic to regulation them all .

When Evangeline Lilly was asked to play the role of Tauriel, an elven warrior created specifically for the movies, she only had one demand: no love triangles. After being trapped in one for six seasons on Lost , she wanted nothing to do with that crap. The producers assured her that there was nothing like that in the script, so Lilly signed onto the films. Then, after an entire year of shooting, they notified Lilly that they needed some vital reshoots between herself and actors Aidan Turner and Orlando Bloom. Why? Oh, because instead of the mentor/ mentee relationship with Legolas and a flirty competitiveness with the dwarf Kili, Tauriel now had the high elven hots for these two dudes.

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Look, if you’re going to make love triangles up, why not go for the gold ?

This stealth love triangle was snuck in using reshoots and editing wizardry. When she asked why her badass elven hero was suddenly the superstar of some teenage drama more befitting Degrassi: Mirkwood than a Tolkien story, Lilly cites the producers telling her that “the relationship between Tauriel and these male character is a bit too ambiguous.” They had suddenly remembered a golden rule of fiction: A female character can only be defined by which hero’s longsword she’s trying to get her hands on. Eventually, Lilly grew to understand the audience’s need for clarity, and accepted that there wasn’t time to build another nuanced relationship in a trilogy that only had ten measly hours to accommodate a 300 -page book.


Brad Pitt Was Bored To Tears Filming Interview With A Vampire

When an interviewer once noted that Brad Pitt appeared “miserable” throughout 1994 ‘s Interview With A Vampire , the actor answered “I am miserable.” You assure, Pitt was excited about the movie at first, but didn’t get his hands on the script until two weeks before shooting started, only to read that all the juicy bits had been given to Lestat, Tom Cruise’s vampire.

The screenwriter had butchered author Anne Rice’s story — which was surprising, because the screenwriter was Rice herself. Plus, it didn’t assistance that Rice disliked Pitt’s guts, publicly calling his and Cruise’s casting “the worst crime in the name of casting since Bonfire Of The Vanities “( the Batman v. Superman of the early ‘9 0s ).

The work was tolerable at first, until the crew endeavoured to Pinewood Studios( near London) in the dead of winter. According to Pitt, at Pinewood, his working day boiled down to “wake up in darkness, run be sad and blink painfully in a drafty mausoleum, go back home in darkness.” It was like working night shift at the Louvre McDonald’s.

Pitt detested the experience so much that at one point, he called producer David Geffen to find out how much it would take to buy himself out of the movie. Geffen responded “4 0 million dollars.” Pitt softly and professionally completed the movie. And peaking of reluctant vampires …


Christopher Lee Kept Getting Guilt-Tripped Into Playing Dracula

Famed pretend wizard and real-life secret agent Christopher Lee rose to fame playing Dracula in Hammer Film Productions, a London-based studio famed for their low-budget horror cinemas. But after his third Dracula flick, Lee felt that the studio was merely churning out movies — he famously had no dialogue at all in that film because, according to him, the lines they devoted him sucked. Much to Lee’s chagrin, the sequels scarcely gave him anything to do, as if as if individual producers had figured out that Christopher Lee hanging out in a Dracula costume with fangs was scaring enough. And sure, they were right. Christopher Lee could wear a Pikachu costume and still be terrifying. But that’s not the point.

When he eventually announced he was discontinuing, Lee get a frantic call from Hammer co-founder Sir James Carreras imploring him not to abandon the studio. Apparently, they’d already sold the next movie to the distributor based on the promise of Lee’s appearance. When that didn’t run, Carreras moved on to full-on emotional blackmail, saying, “Think of all the people you’re putting out of work.” That line worked on Lee, who admitted that he didn’t want to be responsible for hundreds of people ending up on the street. So he wound up pumping out four more Dracula cinemas for Hammer, which he did “under protest” — though you couldn’t truly tell, because glaring intensely was also part of his job.


Marlon Brando Was Even More Of A Goddamn Maniac Than You Ever Realized

Marlon Brando has a long and storied past as one of the most difficult actors to work with in Hollywood history. But like all good villains, Brando has his origin narrative — a singular moment in which he tipped over from brilliant performer to every director’s nightmare. That moment was 1954 ‘s Desiree , a movie most notable for providing Google Images with pictures of Brando dressed as Napoleon.

After winning an Oscar for On The Waterfront in 1954, Brando was the most wonderful ticket in township. 20 th Century Fox managed to seduced the star into signing up for their upcoming big-budget epic The Egyptian . Brando loved the idea — until he read the script, which was terrible. Knowing now what a scar the movie would leave on his career, Brando did what any responsible adult would do: He snuck out of the studio lot, bought a fake mustache, and pretended to be a United Nations diplomat in order to escape to his apartment unnoticed.

However, Fox tasked a U.S. marshal to serve Brando with papers to let him know they were suing his gasps off. The marshal tracked Brando down to his home and, making the wild assumption that Brando had a massive ego, decided to trick him by pretending to be from the Academy to inform Marlon that he had been nominated for another Oscar. Within moments, Brando crashed through the front, only to be informed that Fox was suing him for$ 2 million( we’d definitely watch a celebrity prank show with this exact premise ).

To settle the issues, Brando agreed to do Desiree for the studio … and everyone else on decide suffered for it. When Brando didn’t like a line, he would read it in a ridiculous accent and refuse to do a second take. According to co-star Cameron Mitchell in the appropriately titled biography Brando Unzipped , at one point, Brando pissed his own gasps mid-take to ruin a shot. The narrative is unconfirmed, but it’s true that Brando squirted people with his hose — as in, a literal fire hose, which he’d use to blast extras and create chaos between takes.

This turned out to be the beginning of Brando’s on-set madness, with his behavior becoming more and more volatile and unpredictable with every new project. Then again, studios kept hiring a notorious trousers-pisser, so who’s actually to blame?

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