Whenever an actor signs a film or TV show, they generally have a pretty clear idea of what they’re getting themselves into but sadly, not all jobs work out the way they want them to. Things can totally change as soon as a star reaches the set and occasionally the things go completely out of their control.
From script amendments to rude co-stars to just unexpectedly tough working conditions, these actors all say they’ve had experiences where the shooting was pretty damn miserable. Even though they may not have loved their experience on set, they finished the jobs and surely learned some significant lessons from it.
Let’s see what these stars had to share about their difficult roles.
1. Meryl Streep from “The Devil Wears Prada”
Meryl Streep may be famous for her popular role in “The Devil Wears Prada” but she shares that she was much disappointed while shooting for the film. Rather than spending time with the costars when they weren’t shooting, she secluded herself from others to stay in character. Though Method acting majorly helped her justify the role, it became quite an unpleasant experience for her.
“It was horrible! I was [miserable] in my trailer. I could hear them all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed! I said, “Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss! That’s the last time I ever attempted a Method thing!” Meryl shares with EW.
2. Brad Pitt from “Interview with the Vampire”
Brad Pitt shares that he wasn’t comfortable working on “Interview with the Vampire,” specifically because it involved half a year of shooting in a really dreary and dark environment. At one instance he even tried to exit the role but later realized that it was financial trouble.
“I [was] miserable. Six months in the f—ing dark. Contact lenses, makeup, I’m playing the bitch role…One day, it broke me…I called David Geffen, who was a producer…I said, ‘David, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t do it. How much will it take to get me out?’ And he goes, very calmly, ‘Forty million dollars,'” Brad told EW.
3. Emilia Clarke from “Terminator Genisys”
Emilia Clarke also had a pretty unpleasant experience on the set of “Terminator Genisys” and shares that the rest of the cast would agree. While filming Emilia says Alan Taylor was “not the director [she] remembered” as she witnessed him getting “eaten and chewed upon.” She said that she was happy when the movie flunked at the box office and was relieved to not have to film for any sequels.
“[Alan] didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time,” Emilia tells Vanity Fair.
5. Robert Pattinson from “The Lighthouse”
Robert Pattinson tells that conditions whilst filming for “The Lighthouse” were so rough that he rarely conversed with anyone throughout the whole shoot. Adding to the cold winds and rain, Robert shares that during a scene where he was being recklessly sprayed on with a firehose, he would have punched director Robert Eggers.
“That’s the closest I’ve come to punching a director. However much I love Robert, there was a point where I did five takes walking across the beach, and after a while, I was like, ‘What the f— is going on? I feel like you’re just spraying a fire hose in my face.’ And he said, ‘I am spraying a fire hose in your face.’ It was as some form of torture. It definitely creates interesting energy,” Robert shared with Interview.