Hollywood always seems appealing, with all the glitz and glamor. No doubt the idea of being famous is bewitching but requires a lot of hard work in movies. However, the backbreaking determination of the actors as well as the directors bears fruit when they finally succeed. Most actors would do anything to get starred in any of the most anticipated movies of the century. Sometimes, one single good scene possesses the power to change the entire filmmaking process. This work often tests a person’s limits as an actor and also as a human being. Below are 20 TV scenes that pushed the actors too far and almost bailed on their TV roles or movies because they couldn’t take it anymore.
1. From the first 20 TV scenes, the first, Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead contemplated quitting over a particularly stressful scene.
2. Gandalf The Green’s actor, McKellen’s character, towered over the hobbits, which pressured and broke him. The director Jackson did a little emergency outreach and convinced him to stick around. Later, the crew even had a Gandalf Appreciation Day.
3. If the director wouldn’t have been supportive, actor Al Pacino would have walked off the shoot of Godfather as the studio initially wanted him to be removed from the role.
4. Jim Carrey wanted to quit the role of the Grinch as he had to spend three and a half hours a day on the makeup chair to fit his part.
5. Jessica Alba playing Sue, Invisible Woman in “Fantastic Four” almost made her walk away from acting altogether as she was forced to give a flat facial expression.
6. After many years of the movie Interview with the Vampire, Pitt admitted that he was willing to quit as he was so miserable while filming.
7. Russell Crowe, who agreed to star in Nottingham, demanded a complete overhaul of the script, resulting in its retitling to Robin Hood.
8. The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens commented that Daisy Ridley’s acting was “wooden”, triggering a panic attack.
9. Mike Myers threatened to quit as the studio wanted to replace Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with something fresher and cheaper.
10. Tippi Hedren had a breakdown after the scene where she was attacked by real birds in Hitchcock even when she signed on the guarantee to be attacked by mechanical birds.
11. Apparently, John Cena has a severe fear of heights. The scene triggered intense anxiety that he even considered walking away from 12 Rounds, but somehow he managed and shot the scene without incident.
12. Shelley Duvall said that the stress made her hair fall out from shooting The Shining, as she has to give more than 100 takes for a scene.
13. In one of the boxing scenes in the fourth Rocky, Carl Weathers was so rattled that he climbed off the ring and wanted to quit immediately.
14. Zoe Saldana considered quitting acting after being mistreated in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
15. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio walked away with bruises after the scene of The Abyss to prove her commitment to pursue her single minded-vision.
16. Michelle Rodriguez considered walking away with concerns over the way her character was written in the first Fast and Furious.
17. During the shoot of the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Depp was in a sensitive place where he had trouble shooting brutal yelling scenes.
18. In Panic Room, Fincher’s commitment to putting his actors through the wringer made Gyllenhaal take 70-90 takes for a scene.
19. In Marvel’s The Avengers, Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye sulked and whined in every scene.
20. The character of James Bond loves shooting a gun. But in reality, the actor hates guns and what it represents because of his childhood trauma.