History EnforcedMethodActing / Film

7th Jan '17 10:09:43 AM nombretomado
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** When he made the film version of ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'', the story called for Joan Fontaine to be nervous around the other actors. To achieve this, Hitchcock told her that no one else on set liked her. (Which was true in LaurenceOlivier's case; he had wanted his bride-to-be, Vivien Leigh, for the female lead and was not pleased when Fontaine was cast instead.)

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** When he made the film version of ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'', the story called for Joan Fontaine to be nervous around the other actors. To achieve this, Hitchcock told her that no one else on set liked her. (Which was true in LaurenceOlivier's Creator/LaurenceOlivier's case; he had wanted his bride-to-be, Vivien Leigh, for the female lead and was not pleased when Fontaine was cast instead.)



* Creator/DustinHoffman tells a story that when they were filming ''Film/MarathonMan'', LaurenceOlivier's acting was way too big and theatrical for the scene, but the director was unwilling to tell SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER to tone it down. So Hoffman went back over and told Olivier that they already had all the film of him they needed, but they wanted more of Hoffman's half of the scene, so could he do a few takes just reading his lines, as if they were in rehearsal. Apparently Olivier saw through it, but appreciated his tact. And when Hoffman's character was supposed to be exhausted by being kept awake for three days, Dustin, being a method actor, stayed awake for three days before shooting -- to which Olivier remarked "Try acting, dear boy... it's much easier."

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* Creator/DustinHoffman tells a story that when they were filming ''Film/MarathonMan'', LaurenceOlivier's Creator/LaurenceOlivier's acting was way too big and theatrical for the scene, but the director was unwilling to tell SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER to tone it down. So Hoffman went back over and told Olivier that they already had all the film of him they needed, but they wanted more of Hoffman's half of the scene, so could he do a few takes just reading his lines, as if they were in rehearsal. Apparently Olivier saw through it, but appreciated his tact. And when Hoffman's character was supposed to be exhausted by being kept awake for three days, Dustin, being a method actor, stayed awake for three days before shooting -- to which Olivier remarked "Try acting, dear boy... it's much easier."
6th Jan '17 7:37:36 PM nombretomado
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** When filming [[Film/TheShining his adaptation]] of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining'', he verbally abused Shelley Duvall and notoriously made her do numerous takes of a single scene in order to render her performance as Jack Torrance's meek and increasingly terrified and hysterical wife Wendy more compelling. He similarly made Scatman Crothers do hundreds of takes of scenes until eventually Crothers broke down crying and yelled "What do you ''want'' from me, Mr. Kubrick?" As Crothers's character has comparatively little screen time this might be less an example of this trope and more of Kubrick just being his usual PrimaDonnaDirector self. Also, as the film's making of explains, JackNicholson's AxCrazy performance is partially influenced by the infinite reshoots, given how after 20 takes an actor gets tired and ''really'' [[EvilIsHammy hams up.]]

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** When filming [[Film/TheShining his adaptation]] of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining'', he verbally abused Shelley Duvall and notoriously made her do numerous takes of a single scene in order to render her performance as Jack Torrance's meek and increasingly terrified and hysterical wife Wendy more compelling. He similarly made Scatman Crothers do hundreds of takes of scenes until eventually Crothers broke down crying and yelled "What do you ''want'' from me, Mr. Kubrick?" As Crothers's character has comparatively little screen time this might be less an example of this trope and more of Kubrick just being his usual PrimaDonnaDirector self. Also, as the film's making of explains, JackNicholson's Creator/JackNicholson's AxCrazy performance is partially influenced by the infinite reshoots, given how after 20 takes an actor gets tired and ''really'' [[EvilIsHammy hams up.]]
1st Jan '17 7:09:06 AM PaulA
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* That scene in ''Film/FlashGordon'' when Dale looks shocked after [[Creator/BrianBlessed Prince Vultan]] walks past and gooses her? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5L8YjsiSk Brian's idea]].

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* That scene in ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' when Dale looks shocked after [[Creator/BrianBlessed Prince Vultan]] walks past and gooses her? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5L8YjsiSk Brian's idea]].
26th Dec '16 3:21:13 PM nombretomado
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* That scene in ''Film/FlashGordon'' when Dale looks shocked after [[BrianBlessed Prince Vultan]] walks past and gooses her? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5L8YjsiSk Brian's idea]].

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* That scene in ''Film/FlashGordon'' when Dale looks shocked after [[BrianBlessed [[Creator/BrianBlessed Prince Vultan]] walks past and gooses her? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5L8YjsiSk Brian's idea]].
15th Dec '16 5:40:46 AM Ronfar
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* In the last scene of ''Film/AChristmasStory'', the Parker family is served roast duck in a Chinese restaurant, and the waiter startles the family by suddenly chopping off the duck's head with a meat cleaver right in front of them. Melinda Dillon, who played the mother, wasn't told that this was going to happen; her shock and surprise was completely genuine.



** Blueberry!Violet's look of miserable discomfort is not acted. Denise Nickerson was sandwiched between two halves of a styrofoam ball, which took some forty minutes to get into. This meant that she couldn't get out of the costume for lunch; she had to be in it for up to eight hours a day. In addition, the costume was nearly as wide as the Oompa-Loompa actors were tall, making it difficult to coordinate the rolling. She frequently mentions that they "didn't have their blueberry driving licenses."



* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'':
** BruceWillis' reaction at the end of the Diva's performance was real. Even though the actress playing the Diva had practiced her scene 30 times a day every day for 3 months before filming, nobody told Bruce what was going to happen, and that the actual filming was the first time that both actors had met each other.

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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'':
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''Film/TheFifthElement'': BruceWillis' reaction at the end of the Diva's performance was real. Even though the actress playing the Diva had practiced her scene 30 times a day every day for 3 months before filming, nobody told Bruce what was going to happen, and that the actual filming was the first time that both actors had met each other.
15th Dec '16 1:34:16 AM LtFedora
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** Blueberry!Violet's look of miserable discomfort is not acted. Denise Nickerson was sandwiched between two halves of a styrofoam ball, which took some forty minutes to get into. This meant that she couldn't get out of the costume for lunch; she had to be in it for up to eight hours a day. In addition, the costume was nearly as wide as the Oompa-Loompa actors were tall, making it difficult to coordinate the rolling. She frequently mentions that they "didn't have their blueberry driving licenses."



* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'': BruceWillis' reaction at the end of the Diva's performance was real. Even though the actress playing the Diva had practiced her scene 30 times a day every day for 3 months before filming, nobody told Bruce what was going to happen, and that the actual filming was the first time that both actors had met each other.

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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'': ''Film/TheFifthElement'':
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BruceWillis' reaction at the end of the Diva's performance was real. Even though the actress playing the Diva had practiced her scene 30 times a day every day for 3 months before filming, nobody told Bruce what was going to happen, and that the actual filming was the first time that both actors had met each other.
12th Dec '16 7:32:09 PM eowynjedi
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** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', the camera was hidden for the scene where Chekov and Uhura stand on a street corner and ask "Where are the nuclear wessels?" Those are real pedestrians, not extras, interacting (or not) with Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols. When one unexpectedly stopped and gave directions, a staffer had to chase after her with a release form.

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** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', the camera was hidden scenes set aboard the aircraft carrier used the ship's personnel as "extras." When preparing for the scene where Chekov scenes of Chekov's capture and Uhura stand on a street corner and ask "Where are escape, the nuclear wessels?" Those are real pedestrians, not extras, interacting (or not) with Marines were sufficiently gung-ho that Leonard Nimoy felt compelled to remind them that Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols. When one unexpectedly stopped and gave directions, was only ''playing'' a staffer had to chase after her with a release form.Russian. During the chase, Koenig was concerned enough about what would happen if they caught him that he ''really'' ran.
12th Dec '16 10:04:32 AM Jikybebna
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* A horrific example in ''Film/LastTangoInParis''; Bertolucci ''didn't tell Maria Schneider what was going to happen in the rape scene'', because he wanted her reaction to be "real".

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* A horrific example in ''Film/LastTangoInParis''; Bertolucci ''didn't tell Maria Schneider what was going to happen in the rape scene'', a scene wasn't even ''in the script'', because he wanted her reaction to be "real".
7th Dec '16 6:24:39 PM jlunatic
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* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'': The shot in which Creator/JamesCagney [[SignatureScene shoves a grapefruit]] in [[Creator/MaeClarke Mae Clarke]]'s face may have been a complete surprise to Clarke. (Other accounts suggest that Clarke knew what was coming, but the crew did not.)
7th Dec '16 6:22:26 PM jlunatic
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* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'': The shot in which Creator/JamesCagney [[SignatureScene shoves a grapefruit]] in [[Creator/MaeClarke Mae Clarke]]'s face may have been a complete surprise to Clarke. (Other accounts suggest that Clarke knew what was coming, but the crew did not.)
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