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20 Amazing Scenes That Actors Hated Shooting

It’s been said that pain is temporary, but
film is forever. Perhaps that’s why some of cinema’s best scenes come from making
actors suffer.  Whether it’s being put in a barrel with
raw fish or having to eat it, saying something nasty about another character or sharing a
sex scene with them, there are plenty of things that can make an actor uncomfortable on set.
If they’re lucky the scene can be done in just a few takes, but some of these scenes
can take literally months.  Here are 20 Amazing Scenes that Actors Hated
Shooting  Captain America: Civil War 
The first teaser trailer of Captain America: Civil War features a shot of Steve Rogers
stopping a helicopter from taking off with his bare hands. Chris Evans beefed up even
more for his fifth outing as Captain America, and the filmmakers wanted to show this off
by having him actually strain against a crane holding helicopter. This gave the effect of
Evans’ very real muscles bulging, and co-director Joe Russo said that it’s “the most powerful
shot of the film”.  The Force Awakens
To shoot the scenes that take place on Rey’s home planet of Jakku, the cast and crew of
Star Wars: The Force Awakens spent the first part of the film’s production in the blazing
desert heat of Abu Dhabi. Actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega trained on treadmills for
all the running they’d have to do, but that didn’t prepare them for the added challenge
of running on sand. Ridley said running on the combination of hard and soft sand was
killer on the legs, and she was thankful for the shots that included explosions, because
that usually meant fewer takes.  Mad Max: Fury Road 
Since Mad Max was essentially a two hour car chase in the dessert, the film was extremely
trying on the cast and crew. Tom Hardy in particular struggled to see George Miller’s
vision through the sand and sweat of the production. Both Miller and costar Charlize Theron described
Hardy as difficult to work with, but once Hardy saw the final product he was thoroughly
impressed and apologized to Martin and Theron for failing to see the big picture while on
set.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 
The Hunger Games cast has said multiple times that the hardest scene in Mockingjay to shoot
was the sewer scene. It was three weeks of shooting in an actual hot sewer that Liam
Hemsworth, the tallest cast member, couldn’t even stand up straight in. It didn’t help
matters that their costumes were super absorbent, adding up to 20 pounds of water weight.
The Shining In a production that by all accounts took
a big toll on Shelly Duvall, there was one scene in particular that earned a spot in
the history books. When Wendy is wielding a baseball bat to defend herself from her
deranged husband Jack, Duvall needed to maintain a hysterical state for 127 takes… we’re
not sure there was much acting involved by that last one. 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug For all the CGI Peter Jackson used in his
Hobbit films, you’d think some fish would be easy to fake, but for the Laketown scene
in which the Dwarves hide in barrels, the actors had to be covered in real fish. Adam
Brown, who played Ori, actually has a phobia of fish, so he wasn’t very happy about being
covered head to toe their juices.  The Revenant 
Say what you will about Leonardo DiCaprio, but you can’t deny his commitment to a role,
particularly with regards to his work on The Revenant. It’s now a well known fact that
there was nothing fake about the raw bison liver he makes a meal of, and while any meat
eater would probably have a hard time with this, the fact that Leo is usually a vegetarian
made this an even tougher pill to swallow.  The Exorcist 
The famous vomit scene from The Exorcist wasn’t fun for anyone. The projectile pea soup was
meant to hit actor Jason Miller in the chest, but accidentally hit him in the face. His
shocked reaction you see is real and he was not happy about it. Linda Blair hated vegetables
so much at the time, that the use of the pea soup actually did make her vomit, though fortunately
not in Jason Miller’s face Django Unchained
One of Leonardo DiCaprio’s first days of filming on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained
was a dinner scene that he shared with costars Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx. DiCaprio
had to stop in the middle of a take at one point because he was struggling with character’s
excessive use of the ’N word’. Jackson famously pulled him aside and told him “Motherfucker,
this is just another Tuesday for us.” Apparently this helped, as there is nothing
sugarcoated about DiCaprio’s performance of slaveowner Calvin Candie, and Django Unchained
holds the all time record for most uses of the ’N word’ with 116 uses. 
Guardians of the Galaxy Every Guardian of the Galaxy has a near death
experience at some point in the film. As Drax, Dave Bautista had one of the most difficult
scenes to survive. After losing a fight against Ronan, Drax nearly drowns before before Groot
pulls him out of the pool of yellow liquid. Bautista was already recovering from a cold
and could barely speak, yet he was required to be shirtless, freezing, and covered in
goo while delivering a scene which serves as the emotional centre of his character.
On top of all that, he gets mocked by a racoon.  Black Swan
There is nothing sexy about shooting a sex scene. Surrounded by crew and worrying about
minute technical details is not an aphrodisiac for most actors. Black Swan was no exception
when it came time for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis to film their sex scene. While
audiences seemed to enjoy the finished product, the longtime friends have both gone on record
saying it was one of the hardest scenes to shoot, though Kunis denies the rumour that
they did shots of tequila to help get through it. 
The Evil Dead To achieve the creepy white-eyed look of the
deadites in the first Evil Dead film, director Sam Raimi used crude contact lenses that were
uncomfortable and made the actors virtually sightless. During the scene where the possessed
Linda attempts to stab Ash with the dagger, actress Betsy Baker actually had no idea where
costar Bruce Campbell was, so he there wasn’t much acting required as he defended himself
from the blind actress.  X Men Apocalypse 
The Quicksilver scene was arguably the best of X Men Days of Future Past. With the character
returning for X Men Apocalypse fans are anxious to see how they’ll top it, and it sounds
like they won’t be disappointed. There’s only a couple seconds of it in the trailer,
but Quicksilver’s run in the X-Mansion was shot with 3-D Phantom cameras traveling at
50mph, while shooting at 3,100 frames per second. Actor Evan Peters spent more time
on set than any other actor in the film, with this scene reportedly taking three and a half
months to film. Hot Fuzz
The Brits take their football pretty seriously, so make sure you never get caught calling
it soccer around them. For the scene in Hot Fuzz where Nick Frost is trying to break through
his new partner’s tough exterior, director Edgar Wright chose a very particular shirt
for Frost to wear: a  jersey sporting colors of the Bristol Rovers football team. As a
die hard West Ham United fan, Frost hated wearing the jersey for this scene. 
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape In What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Johnny Depp’s
title character is embarrassed by his obese mother and insults her when she’s not around.
Depp hated referring to the character played costar Darlene Cates as a ‘beached whale’
so much that he felt guilty about it and apologized to the actress later, even though it was all
done in character. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
When shooting the scene where Katniss, Finnick, and Peeta eat fish on the beach, the actors
were actually eating raw fish. It was sushi-grade snapper but that didn’t make it any easier
for the cast members who didn’t like fish, particularly Jennifer Lawrence. She said in
an interview that raw fish tastes just like it smells, then gagged just thinking about
it. Her costars apparently found her struggle very amusing.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom In order to increase the squirm factor after
having 10,000 snakes in the first Indiana Jones film, Spielberg arranged for 50,000
cockroaches and 30,000 beetles to be brought to set for the bug scene in the Temple of
Doom. Many of them had to be placed on Spielberg’s future wife Kate Capshaw, who said she had
to take a Valium before filming in order to calm her nerves. 
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace  British actor Terrence Stamp said in an interview
that he took a role in Episode I of Star Wars for two reasons: pressure from his agent and
to work with Natalie Portman. When it came time to shoot his scene with Portman, she
was nowhere to be seen. He asked Lucas where she was and Lucas pointed at a piece of paper
for reference. Stamp did not reprise his role, as he described the experience as boring and
said that “actors prefer to work with actors.” Batman
While Michael Keaton was clearly having fun with his scenes as Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s
Batman, he wouldn’t say the same for his scenes as the caped crusader. In 1989 super
hero costumes weren’t nearly as advanced as they are today and Keaton could barely
move in his. He said the costume made him extremely claustrophobic, but he worked that
into the character, by making every little movement extremely deliberate and calculated. 
Suicide Squad While we haven’t seen the movie yet, we’ve
heard enough stories from the set of Suicide Squad to know that Leto’s Joker made some
of his costars a little uncomfortable. While the rest of the cast rehearsed together, Leto
was off working on his own brand of crazy while sending them strange gifts. When he
did show up to film his scenes Leto refused to break character between takes. It made
for a weird energy on set, so director David Ayer brought a therapist to set just in case
any of the actors became a little too tormented.  Now that you’ve seen our 20 Amazing Scenes
That Actors Hated Shooting we hope you feel like you Know Your Movies a little better.
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  1. mia malene Author

    I'm just saying!!! Kids are watching this and being scared… i got scared because os Samara in exorshinsen or whatever it is called… When i was 9 years old some boys… Holded my hands and got me to watch on the f*cing Samara! I got f*ucing scared now because of this! TY FOR GIVING ME NIGHTMARES!:) I'm not trying to be mean but don't do that! Kids are watching this!

  2. BrokenAlchemist 1987 Author

    wish people would stop comparing one Joker to the others. Each is different and great based on the Joker that the story needs. From Cesar Remaro to Jared Leto, all the actors are damn fine at portraying The Joker.

  3. Caleigh Knight Author

    Mentioned Hunger Games twice but forgot to mention in mockingjay one Jennifer Lawrence cried when she learned she had to sing for her role. She apparently shut herself in her trailer before finally coming out to sing it. Those reared stained cheeks and dry eyes you saw in the movie were real

  4. msk Author

    Jared Leto's performance as the Joker, and the Suicide Squad itself wasn't as bad as many say it was. The movie has some cliche's but overall seemed decent enough, and Leto's version of the Joker was quite refreshing to be honest. I think the whole point this version of the Joker is that he actually HAS some sort of chemistry and attachment towards Harley.

    I personally think the movie left some possibility for a sequel, especially regarding the Joker and Harley.

  5. Localcrackhead Author

    You missed that the girl who played Harley Quinn hated to shoot the seen where she had to get dressed in front of all the cast

  6. Ms Imperfection Author

    The phantom of the opera:
    Gerald Buttler hated kissing Emmy Rossum as she was about 16 and Gerald was in his thirties.

  7. Ritaj Jassim Author

    in the star wars thing he says in the super hot desert in abu dhabi " abu dhabi isnt that hot there is a country next to emarat but 1hr:30mins away its called bahrain and its even hotter than emarat


    The thing that turned my stonach is watching actors grab hold of the toilet and put their face in it to throw up. I guess we all have our little and that is one of mine .


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