BJÖRK IN DANCER IN THE DARK
Lars von Trier’s intensely morose Dancer in the Dark was a traumatic experience for audiences, and musician Björk’s first big acting role. Björk’s character, Selma, is one of the more tragic and hopeless women to ever appear on screen, and it affected her deeply enough for her to swear off acting forever. Björk often argued with von Trier, and soon after filming was finished, Björk greeted him by spitting at his feet, and then asking to compose a song for him. We can only assume that’s some kind of Icelandic death ritual. Or marriage proposal.
SHELLEY DUVALL IN THE SHINING
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MARTIN SHEEN IN APOCALYPSE NOW
The filming of Apocalypse Now was mired in so much difficulty that it’s become legendary. From typhoons to a morbidly obese and unprepared Marlon Brando, everything about Francis Coppola’s masterpiece was dangerous and frustrating. In one terrifying scene, Martin Sheen is seen drunkenly losing his mind, smashing a mirror, and smearing blood on himself. It was later revealed that most of this had happened spontaneously, and Sheen was allegedly losing his mind on a combination of drugs, alcohol, exhaustion, and seeing Brando with his shirt off.
GRETA GARBO IN TWO-FACED WOMAN
KIM BASINGER IN 9 ½ WEEKS
JAKE LLOYD IN STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE
One might think that being a baby Darth Vader would open up all kinds of possibilities, but the negative critical reception of The Phantom Menace ruined Anakin Skywalker actor Jake Lloyd’s life, according to the actor. After appearing in the film, he experienced constant ridicule in school before abandoning acting entirely. Even today, he’s extremely uncomfortable around cameras, and remains standoffish when answering questions about the film. And no, he refuses the play “the Force card” to get ladies.
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