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Actors Who Were Ridiculously Underprepared For A Role


Like any job, acting can be tough if you fail
to prepare correctly. But unlike a lot of jobs, what an actor is
expected to do on any given day can vary dramatically depending on the project they’re working on. As a result, there are countless stories of
actors being hilariously underprepared for roles due to time constraints, overconfidence,
and sometimes, just plain old bad luck. Benedict Cumberbatch and the penguin doc Benedict Cumberbatch has played everything
from an American neurosurgeon-wizard to Sherlock Holmes. And with such an impressive résumé, you’d
think voiceover would be a cinch for the actor. But Cumberbatch has a very peculiar acting
Achilles’ heel: he can;t say “penguin”. “So why are these woodlands so attractive
to pengwings?” Cumberbatch apparently wasn’t aware of this,
and in 2009, took a voiceover gig for the BBC documentary South Pacific, in which he
struggled to pronounce the word almost every single time. “These are royal pengwings and they’re about
to have their first sighting of land in seven months” On The Graham Norton Show, Cumberbatch admitted
his amazement that nobody working on the doc corrected him. “It’s not just me sitting in a booth going
I don’t think I know how to say penguin, I’ll say pengwings. It’s mortifying” Peter Weller and the RoboCop suit The titular RoboCop was played by Peter Weller,
who was hired to portray the character due to his slight build and his strong jawline. “(target shooting) This guy is really good. He’s not a guy. He’s a machine. (blade sound)” Weller had planned to spend several weeks
getting used to walking around in the RoboCop suit to make his movements seem natural. However, due to the suit’s last-minute tweaks,
it wasn’t ready ahead of time. Weller was instead forced to begin shooting
the day same it arrived on set. “The suit was ready when it was ready”
“The second that we cut, immediately, like a team of Ferrari mechanics, these guys would
go to work on me” This was so frustrating for Weller that production
had to be stopped for three days so he could work with the suit. The rigid, robotic movements audiences would
soon associate with RoboCop were really a byproduct of Weller learning to move without
fighting against the suit. Hugh Jackman’s doughy Wolverine To a lot of people, Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. “Excuse me I’m Eric Lensherr and I’m Xavier
Go f— yourself” The actor has put an astonishing amount of
effort into physically portraying the character — something which is especially notable
in later movies in the X-Men series, where Jackman appears way more ripped than he was
in the first film in the franchise. Jackman has since said that he was embarrassed
by his physique in the first X-Men movie, telling Stephen Colbert, “I thought you could get into shape in 3 weeks…
and I turned up and the director had to push all the shirt off scenes to the very end four
months later” Director Bryan Singer may have pushed those
shirtless scenes as long as he could, but Jackman says he’s still embarrassed about
them. Kit Harrington is buff, not a history buff During the press tour for Pompeii, a film
about what happened to Kit Harrington’s abs during a volcanic eruption, Harrington admitted
that he hadn’t done any research into the actual destruction of the Roman city Pompeii
in the year 79 A.D. Instead, he told the BBC he just figured Hollywood
always gets these things right. “I’m ashamed to say I didn’t do a whole amount
of historical research, I took the script as gospel. […] But I went after we wrapped. […] I was pleasantly surprised to see that
we were very historically accurate. I mean, we’re a big-budget action movie and
we’re bound to take historical liberties. But not many.” “We were very painstaking in re-creating Pompeii
in Toronto.” Ewan McGregor and the lightsaber noises Like millions of people, Ewan McGregor is
a big fan of the Star Wars franchise, and when he was cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the
prequels, he had trouble setting aside his childlike glee around his lightsaber. “To begin with, it was quite difficult not
to make the sound…zuuh. And also when it goes away it makes that nice
ssssssuk noise when it goes down” The actor would later admit that he messed
up quite a few takes because he couldn’t help making lightsaber noises whenever he swung
his prop around. According to a persistent rumor, a sound guy
finally had to tell McGregor that they add sound effects in post, when they noticed his
humming noises were being picked up by the boom mic. Marlon Brando’s clueless, tubby warrior Marlon Brando’s not-giving-a-crap during production
was the stuff of legend. Notoriously indifferent when it came to reading
scripts and learning lines, Brando often turned up on set completely unprepared. “I think you’ve summed it up admirably” Take Apocalypse Now, where Brando was so clueless
about his role that production had to shut down for an entire week so director Francis
Ford Coppola could read the script to him and explain his character. Producer Fred Roos remembered, “The whole company was sitting up on the set
all poised to shoot and Francis and Marlon would be talking about the character.” On top of this, the ending to the film had
to be entirely rewritten because Brando, who was playing “a lean and hungry warrior,” weighed
roughly 300 pounds. To get around this, Coppola shot Brando almost
exclusively in shadow and made him wear all black—partly because there wasn’t a Green
Beret uniform to fit him. Finn Jones’ last-minute choreography Fans and critics alike took issue with the
subpar fight choreography of Marvel’s Iron Fist and its reliance on excessive cuts to
hide actor Finn Jones’ apparent lack of martial arts skill—a fairly major problem, considering
Iron Fist is supposed to be a master of all forms of unarmed combat. “When she sees how good of a fighter he is,
that’s when she starts to realize there’s something else about him” Jones later explained that he literally had
minutes to learn the choreography for his fight scenes, revealing to The Telegraph, “I was learning those fight scenes just
15 minutes before we shot them.” That, and he had only three weeks to train
before filming started. “But I’m Danny Rand and I am the Iron Fist” James McAvoy and the haircut When he learned he’d be playing Professor
X in X-Men: First Class, James McAvoy naturally assumed that since he was playing the bald-headed
superhero previously played by Patrick Stewart, the studio would want him to be similarly
shorn. “This is very important to me and if I can
help you I will do my utmost” He shaved off all his hair before filming
started—but apparently the studio wanted McAvoy to have hair for the role since it
was set in the ’60s, forcing the actor to ask a hairstylist friend to add on hair extensions. A wig was apparently also used for some scenes,
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100 Comments

  1. Au Jun Author

    Thanos : You can't win againts me soccerer.
    Dr. Strange: Why I'm more powerful than you.
    Thanos : I challenge you to say the word "penguin".
    Dr.Strange : I give up the stone to you.

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  2. theRealAV8r Author

    Hugh looked fine in the first XMen. He was just taller than the short stocky comic book Wolverine.
    But that scene remains one of the most badass movie entrances ever. From that moment, Hugh fucking Jackman was, and remains, MCU Wolverine.

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  3. manditheos Author

    Nothing to do with the subject. Except the iron fist, end Marlon.
    We can understand why Marlon was chosen but why in the name of God they cast an actor with no fighting skills to play an ultimate fighter? They destroyed the series.

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  4. Thanh Nguyen Author

    When James McAvoy popped up I thought he was like "what I have to shave my hair?", turns out it was "what I'm not supposed to shave yet". It's surprising and hilarious, love the man

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  5. jg Author

    Hardly any of these even make sense. Hugh Jackman looked fantastic in the first X-men. I can't believe anyone thought he needed to be MORE ripped. He looks way too ripped in the later movies. Don't get it.

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  6. Dennis Sinned Author

    So, because Cumberbatch can't pronounce the word "penguin" that makes him an unprepared actor ? Can you say " skoulikomermegotrepa" real fast ? No ? You are unprepared.

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  7. Dennis Sinned Author

    Peter Weller was an unprepared actor because they made changes to his suit ? Well, give him time to get used to it since you've made changes.

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  8. Salazar's Salsa Author

    It seemed kind of rude with the comment about Marlon Brando.. you guys didn't need to say "because he there wasn't an outfit big enough for him". You could have just ended the segment there.

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  9. Douglas Bull Author

    Henry in Superman actually the entire cast for justice league should be on this list as being the worst chemistry between actors in this history of Cinema

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  10. LJY08 Author

    Marlon Brando, as almost a 'Buddha' like character worked so much better than the original idea of making him a hard-core militant who had lost his mind.

    It was a blessing in disguise for the film, because the 'Kurtz' that Brando gave us was done, didn't want to go on living, and just wanted his life to end. He had achieved the greatest feats of battle, and had a tribe of natives worship his every move, and who would do ANYTHING for him, and yet he was still not satisfied, but just tortured and tired.

    The sense that Willard was sent to him, almost by the gods, to take his place and end his pain was so palpable in the end, that it managed to bring a whole extra layer of 'realism' to the film.

    I honestly think it was, overall, a win for Coppola that Brando was overweight, bald and looked tired and burned out.

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  11. Tallulah Lawksley Author

    Hugh Jackman has never been 'doughy' – way to bodyshame. As for Ewan McGregor, he didn't make the noises because he didn't know they added sound effects later. Give a lightsaber to anyone and they will make the noises… it just happens! Whoever wrote the script for this video is an idiot.

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  12. Jofus Author

    Finn Jones just needs to not, I’m sure there’s tickets that need to be taken at county fairs or something he’s actually capable of doing.

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  13. Arachné Sakura Author

    Im not sure how making the lightsaber noises makes Ewan 'unprepared'. He was just geeking out a little and thats okay. Hell I'd pay to see the whole trilogy with just Ewan making the noises in the scenes of the fights. Like thats how confident Obi-wan is he makes noises for his lightsaber during battles!

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  14. Jonny Tolley Author

    Brando wasn't unprepared for Apocalypse Now. He just didn't give a shit. He held up production and caused Coppola to spend extra money because he was lazy and arrogant. Brando earned more money for that film than all the other actors combined and he has the least amount of screen time. He sat in the dark and did his typical mumbling performance for a few days. Meanwhile the rest of the cast is working their asses off in the jungles of the Philippines for months at a time.

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  15. Forsake Author

    Ewan McGregor was one of the only good parts of the prequels lol. He loved that role and making noises because he loved it so much doesn't make him underprepared. If anything it makes him overprepared because he was such a fanboy.

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  16. VicenzoV Author

    The producers were lucky to get Weller playing Robocop. The suit was a complete nightmare. If it was someone with a little less dedication and perseverance, they would probably have walked away

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  17. beezzarro Author

    I really think you guys made the list first and just struggled to be at peace with naming it "things that we noticed that bothered us because we couldn't stop noticing them"

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  18. Scott Whatever Author

    I thought the first X Men flick was quite good where Wolvie was concerned. Yeah, he wasn't a walking muscle, but so what? That sort of thing is unrealistic anyway.

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  19. jolymac Author

    Benedict Cumberbatch was not acting when he was narrating a documentary. He wasn't playing a role. It makes no sense that he's on the list for that.Making light sabers noises doesn't make Ewan McGregor underprepared.
    Showing up with a shaved head to play Professor X, doesn't mean James McAvoy was underprepared.  The producers should have told him what they were looking for.

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