These Scenes Almost Made These Actors Quit Hollywood
Not every scene that you see on the big screen is as perfect as they make it seem. There are events sometimes on the set that make new actors want to pack up and call it quits on their careers. Fortunately most don't and stick it out and were better for it. Here are some actors who almost quit Hollywood due to their scenes.
Al Pacino's facial expression is unmistakable for his iconic Godfather role. The producers were not impressed with his acting, according to Francis Ford Coppola. Clearly the Oscar committee saw it differently. The movie Godfather became a cinematic classic and Al Pacino was nominated for an Oscar.
Kristen Stewart is the popular teenager in the movie series Twilight. Kristen told her mom she wanted to quit acting before her breakout role. A year of failed auditions for commercials was enough for her. Her mom convinced her to go on one last scheduled interview. The movie was The Safety of Objects. Kristen got a role, and the stage was set!
Who can forget Carl Weather’s Apollo Creed role? Word is that during filming things got a little too real. When Ivan Drago (played Dolph Lundgren) punched Carl so hard that he was knocked out, Carl was ready to quit filming. Stallone intervened and convinced the veteran actor to come back. He also spoke to Lundgren about being a little too aggressive.
Daisy Ridley’s first day of filming Star Wars was almost her last. JJ Abrams pulled no punches when she said that her acting was “wooden”. It was enough to make the actress want to walk away. She panicked but took his criticism to heart and improved her performance.
Emma Watson’s Hermione Granger role was a blessing and a curse. She knew with so many HP movies – 7 in total – there was the risk of getting typed cast. She was actually correct. This solidified role identity didn’t stop her from trying for other roles. In the end it worked and she was able to prove herself as a versatile actress.
Naya Rivera was not so gleeful at one point. She almost quit acting before getting the role on Glee. According to her, for years her roles were scarce. Casting managers were never sure where to place her. That all changed with Glee.
Did you know that Brad Pitt tried to buy his way out of his Interview with a Vampire contract? It seems that he was so put off by the filming that he just wanted out. When he was told the cost of the buyout he worked through it. The 1994 film became a turning point for Brad’s acting career. Good thing he stuck it out.
Rags to riches is an understatement for Robert Pattinson. He was flat broke when he moved to Los Angeles. He had a dreadful time in the UK trying to get roles. His career took a quantum leap when he landed the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga.
Acting is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Jessica Alba will attest to that when it comes to her casting in the Fantastic 4. The contradictory and demanding direction from the director was taxing to say the least. She was even required to remain straight faced while crying. Do not look for Mrs. Alba to appear in another Fantastic Four franchise.
Even the comics have diva like demands. Mike Myers, for example, insisted that the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was included in Wayne’s World. It was either the Queen classic, or quits for the actor. The studio wanted a Guns N’ Roses tune since they were new and hip. Well I think we all know who won that battle.
Michelle Rodriguez had an issue with her Fast and Furious character. She was not on board with the way her character was written. She put her foot down and threatened to walk out if the script was not changed. She must really had some pull because the script was adjusted.
Lauren Cohan plays Maggie in the Walking Dead series that has become a popular tv sensation. There was a point in season three when she almost walked away from her starring role. In the near career altering scene, her character Maggie had to do a C-section. Lauren was so troubled about the scene that she considered walking away. Instead she used her anxiety to make the scene power and convincing.