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.
Jim Carrey made his role of the Grinch look effortless. The truth is that filming How the Grinch Stole Christmas was a nightmare. Jim ended up spending hours in the makeup chair. He had to wear contacts during most of the filming. A few scenes had to be touched up without them but it was no picnic.
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.
You would think that former pro wrestler John Cena is not afraid of anything. It turns out however that he is afraid of heights. John almost walked away for the movie 12 Rounds because of the rappelling scene. It took some convincing before he ended up doing the scene and continued his acting career.
Of all things it was the internet that made Mary Louise want to say goodbye to Hollywood. She was fed up with the countless blogs talking about celebrities and making up stories. The negative attention was too much for her to bear. She is best known for her role as the soccer mom who becomes a dealer in the show Weeds. Fans are happy that she remained in place.
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.
Shelley Duvall was forced to push boundaries while filming The Shining. Perfectionist director Stanley Kubrick wanted his scenes filmed exactly as he imagined them. One scene where Wendy uses a baseball bat to defend herself almost broke the actress. The scene was shot an astounding 127 times.
This shot comes from the Robin Hood themed movie Nottingham. The movie cost producers millions to rewrite the script due to Russell Crowe’s demands. The behind the scenes drama surpassed the movie’s box office buzz. Russell insisted on twisting the tale to make sure that his Robin Hood role was that of the good guy. His casting was the producers gamble to create much needed buzz. It was a very bad gamble.
Alfred Hitchcock almost lost an icon. When filming the last scene of The Birds, Tippi Hedren was a victim of bait and switch. She was told that she would be attacked with mechanical birds, the truth was that the birds were real. She was at the brink of throwing in the towel after several days of filming.
Chinatown we have a problem! There was no love between Faye Dunaway and Roman Polanski on the movie set. Faye needed a bathroom break but Polanski didn’t want grant it. The seasoned actress threatened to leave, but the famed director refused to give in. She urinated in a coffee cup, and tossed the liquid into his face.
Ian Mckellen is without a doubt one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. But how can anyone act with no actors? He can and he did. In the character of Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s J.R.R Tolkien fantasy films, the actor acted alone. It was just Mckellen, a green screen, and his imagination. What a wealth of talent.
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.
Can you imagine Claire Danes picking out your drapes? That was very possible at one point. After Romeo + Juliet, the actress began thinking about starting a career in interior design. She had a two year drought with no roles. She landed a role in the TV show Homeland just in time.
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.
The movie Titanic took Leonardo DiCaprio from kid actor to Hollywood hunk. But he is not just another pretty face. DiCaprio has become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood but do not try to profit solely off of his image! After seeing this push to profit from his image, he considered leaving the business. He takes his talent seriously.
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.
Pressure to outperform herself? That was precisely the case with Shailene Woodley from the movie The Descendants. After completion of the Oscar nominated movie, she was approached with the anticipation of what she would do next. The pressure almost made her walk away from acting.
Believe it or not, there was a time when Bradley Cooper wasn’t confident with his craft. After a stint of only commercials to represent his talents he began to question his acting skills. He contemplated taking another career direction. His last effort was a play with Julia Roberts to prove that he was worthy of this path. The rest is Hangover history.