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17th Dec '17 4:04:55 PM Drgonzo
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* After portraying Idi Amin (a brutal and genocidal Ugandan dictator) in Film/TheLastKingOfScotland, Forrest Whitaker had to go into a period of intense therapy to shake off the character.
30th Nov '17 7:07:14 AM Malady
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** Over a decade after the show ended, JamesMarsters said in an interview that the worst filming day of his career was still the day they filmed the episode in which Spike tried to rape Buffy. According to him, he can't even watch scenes like that in shows and movies, so being required to act it out, as the perpetrator no less, lead to him sitting in a corner curled up into a ball of misery between takes.

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** Over a decade after the show ended, JamesMarsters Creator/JamesMarsters said in an interview that the worst filming day of his career was still the day they filmed the episode in which Spike tried to rape Buffy. According to him, he can't even watch scenes like that in shows and movies, so being required to act it out, as the perpetrator no less, lead to him sitting in a corner curled up into a ball of misery between takes.
10th Nov '17 1:43:15 AM Silverblade2
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** Back when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker had his own comic series in the 1970s, one of the opponents he faced was an actor who had started to believe he actually was Franchise/SherlockHolmes.

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** Back when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker had his own comic series in the 1970s, one of the opponents he faced was an actor who had started to believe he actually was Franchise/SherlockHolmes.



* Rumours abounded that Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight take]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was at least in part responsible for his death. The Joker's psyche certainly is unsettling, to say the least. His co-stars seem to debunk this theory as they said he seemed really relaxed between takes and on stage, and in no way exhibited behavior that supports this theory. Likewise, at the time of Ledger's death, he was working on another film, Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' which was a comic performance and far less stressful.

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* Rumours abounded that Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight take]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker was at least in part responsible for his death. The Joker's psyche certainly is unsettling, to say the least. His co-stars seem to debunk this theory as they said he seemed really relaxed between takes and on stage, and in no way exhibited behavior that supports this theory. Likewise, at the time of Ledger's death, he was working on another film, Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' which was a comic performance and far less stressful.
7th Nov '17 11:29:57 AM LongTallShorty64
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* The 1947 FilmNoir ''A Double Life'' is all about this, where an actor (Ronald Coleman) playing ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' on Broadway finds his life being taken over by the role and eventually [[spoiler:follows in the part's footsteps when he murders his mistress.]]

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* The 1947 FilmNoir ''A Double Life'' ''Film/ADoubleLife'' is all about this, where an actor (Ronald Coleman) (Creator/RonaldColman) playing ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' on Broadway finds his life being taken over by the role and eventually [[spoiler:follows in the part's footsteps when he murders his mistress.]]
13th Oct '17 1:12:33 AM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', a young [=LARP=]er named Michelle is handed a working rifle by a saboteur and unwittingly kills an extra in the Fimbulwinter Game. Unable to face what she's done, she convinces herself she really ''is'' her character, "Eviane", who'd shot the man because he was a villain trying to impose EndlessWinter upon the world.

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* In ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', ''Literature/TheBarsoomProject'', a young [=LARP=]er named Michelle is handed a working rifle by a saboteur and unwittingly kills an extra in the Fimbulwinter Game. Unable to face what she's done, she convinces herself she really ''is'' her character, "Eviane", who'd shot the man because he was a villain trying to impose EndlessWinter upon the world.
13th Sep '17 12:32:18 PM VioletVisions
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** Over a decade after the show ended, JamesMarsters said in an interview that the worst filming day of his career was still the day they filmed the episode in which Spike tried to rape Buffy. According to him, he can't even watch scenes like that in shows and movies, so being required to act it out, as the perpetrator no less, lead to him sitting in a corner curled up into a ball of misery between takes.
12th Sep '17 6:26:29 AM chopshop
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* In the ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' DLC "Burial At Sea", it turns out that [[spoiler: the Booker you've been playing as is actually an alternate version of [[BigBad Comstock]]. In his universe, he accidentally caused the death of his Elizabeth and was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone overwhelmed with horror and regret over what he did]]. In a desperate attempt to atone or at least calm his guilt, he found a universe that had no Elizabeth (that of [[VideoGame/Bioshock1 the original Bioshock]]) and took up Booker's name as a private detective who helped people in Rapture. At some point his deception became so thorough that he ''genuinely'' thought he was Booker, seeing no distinction between his real history and the cover story he made up for himself.]]
1st Sep '17 10:44:17 PM theknack101
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* In ''Anime/DotHackSign'', a limited version happens of this. Tsukasa knows he's in a videogame even though he can't leave the game and feels everything within it as though he were actually there, but [[spoiler:he's forgotten that in real life he's actually a girl.]]
3rd May '17 5:58:21 PM TheCuza
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-->-- '''Kirk Lazarus''', ''Film/TropicThunder''

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-->-- '''Kirk Lazarus''', Lazarus''' (as Lincoln Osiris), ''Film/TropicThunder''



* Deconstructed and parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'' by Robert Downey, Jr.'s character. During the DVD commentary, RDJ stays in in character as Kirk Lazarus ''as Sergeant Lincoln Osiris'' until the very line of the movie where Osiris claims not to break character until the DVD commentary. When Ben Stiller calls him on it, he finally breaks character... down to Kirk Lazarus, acclaimed Aussie actor. It's only when Lazarus has his own "Who am I?" moment in the film that Robert Downey Jr. emerges.

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* Deconstructed and parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'' by Robert Downey, Jr.'s character. During the DVD commentary, RDJ stays in in character as Kirk Lazarus ''as Sergeant Lincoln Osiris'' until the very line of the movie where Osiris Lazarus-as-Osiris claims not to break character until the DVD commentary. When Ben Stiller calls him on it, he finally breaks character... down to and continues the commentary as Kirk Lazarus, acclaimed Aussie actor. It's only when Lazarus has his own "Who am I?" moment in the film that Robert Downey Jr. emerges.



** "Super Fun Time" has the boys and their class visit a 19th century living history museum. The actors playing the villagers refuse to break character for any reason, even when a group of thieves takes everyone in the museum hostage and demand they give the code to a locked door (they actually kill the one actor who breaks character to give the code).

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** "Super Fun Time" has the boys and their class visit a 19th century living history museum. The actors playing There is a rule stating that the villagers refuse employees are not allowed to break character for any reason, even when a reason until the moment the work day ends, and the employees treat this rule as SeriousBusiness. A group of thieves robbers who held up a Burger King takes everyone in the museum hostage and demand they give up the code to a an electronically locked door (they actually kill so they can escape the police, and since electronic locks don't exist in the 19th century, the employees can't tell them, no matter how much they want to. When the robbers start killing employees for not cooperating, one actor who breaks employee decides to break character to give and tell them the code). code to make the killing stop. Before he can do so, one of the other employees ''takes the robber's gun and shoots him dead''. The kids ''and'' the robbers are absolutely dumbfounded.
--->'''Robber:''' You people are fucking insane!
13th Apr '17 8:33:19 PM dclark
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* Creator/MelBlanc, of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' fame, once spent two weeks in a coma after a car crash. The best efforts of his wife, son, and doctors couldn't revive him- until a neurologist addressed him as BugsBunny ''and he responded in Bugs Bunny's voice!'' He likewise responded to the names of other characters he voiced; apparently, they had ingrained themselves even deeper in his mind than his real self.
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